Madikwe is a remarkable conservation success story. Located in South Africa’s North-West Province, against the border with Botswana, it was only founded in 1991 on what had been farmland. Operation Phoenix saw hundreds of wild animals relocated to this new reserve, and they have thrived. Today, it’s a flourishing ecosystem, known especially for its population of rare wild dog. There is even the famed “Madikwe Super Seven”, which includes wild dog, cheetah, as well as the Big Five. It’s a completely malaria-free area, which makes it ideal for families with young children. Madikwe can be reached by air or road (it’s about a five-hour drive from Johannesburg), and offers a number of accommodation options that allow you to encounter the wildlife of the area at close quarters. By visiting Madikwe, you’re helping to generate more conservation good news from Africa.