By Focus Online Team on February 12, 2019

Madikwe Game Reserve Wildlife Checklist

Madikwe Game Reserve is wildlife conservation area in South Africa’s North West Province, bordering Botswana. It is the fifth largest reserve in the country and one of South Africa’s lesser known parks.

As a result of one of the largest relocation programmes in Africa, today Madikwe Game Reserve is home to a wide range of species. It’s unique location in a transition zone on the border of the Kalahari Desert means that unusual desert-adapted species can also be seen. A few of these rarer animals include brown hyena, wild dog and bat eared fox.

Below is a list of many (but by no means all) of the animals to be seen in Madikwe. They have been listed by their English, Setswana and Latin names. Take a look and let us know how many you saw during your time with us.

Large mammals

African Elephant | Tlou | Loxodonta africana
Cape Buffalo | Nare | Syncerus caffer
Hippopotamus | Kubu | Hippopotamus amphibius
Black Rhinocerous | Tshukudu e ntsho | Diceros bicornis
White Rhinoceros | Tshukudu e tshweu | Ceratotherium simum


African Wild Cat | Felis silvestris lybica
Caracal | Thwane | Caracal caracal
Cheetah | Lengau | Acinonyx jubatus
Leopard | Nkwe | Panthera pardus
Lion | Tau | Panthera leo
Serval | Tadi | Leptailurus serval

Nocturnal animals

Aardwolf | Mmabudu | Proteles cristatus
Bat-eared fox | Tlhose | Otocyon megalotis
Black-backed Jackal | Phokoje | Canis mesomelas
Brown Hyaena | Phiri Tswana | Parahyaena brunnea
Spotted Hyaena | Phiri | Crocuta crocuta |
Wild Dog | Letlhalerwa | Lycaon pictus
Honey Badger | Magwegwe | Mellivora capensis


Blesbok | Nono | Damaliscus dorcas phillipsi
Blue Wildebeest | Kgokong Connochaetes taurinus
Bushbuck | Serolobotlhoko | Tragelaphus scriptus |
Common Duiker | Photiko-tswana | Sylvicapra grimmia
Eland | Phofu | Tragelaphus oryx
Gemsbok | Kukama | Oryx gazella
Impala | Phala | Aepyceros melampus
Klipspringer | Kololo | Oreotragus oreotragus
Kudu | Tholo | Tragelaphus strepsiceros
Mountain Reedbuck | Mofele o mohibidu | Redunca fulvorufula
Red Hartebeest | Kgama | Alcelaphus buselaphus
Steenbok | Phudufudu | Raphicerus campestris
Tsessebe | Tshesebe | Damaliscus lunatus

Monkeys and baboons

Chacma baboon | Tshwene | Papio cynocephalus ursinus
Lesser Bushbaby | Kgajwanamasigo | Galago moholi
Vervet monkey | Kgabo | Chlorocebus aethiops

Other Animals

Burchell’s Zebra | Pitse ya naga | Equus burchelli
Cape Pangolin | Kgaga | Manis temminckii
Rock Hyrax/Dassie | Pela | Procavia capensis
Warthog | Makorwane | Phacochoerus africanus

Print Checklist

If you’d like to print a copy of this list, please find a PDF in the link here. If you’re interested in finding out more about our accommodation options, please follow the link to our accommodation page. Alternatively send our team an email at or fill in our online booking form here.

We look forward to welcoming you to Tuningi Safari Lodge.

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