Madikwe Game Reserve has only been around for about 30 years, and a few of our team have called it home for many of these. Madikwe’s magic captures all who visit, and is undoubtedly one of the most underrated reserves in Southern Africa.
Our small, dynamic and super passionate team is headed up by Leigh-Ann Panos. Born in Cape Town she has been travelling into Africa since she could walk. Part of her education included learning how to navigate a mokoro in the Okavango Delta, tracking with the San Bushman in the Kalahari, walking with elephants in Zimbabwe and identifying different animal spoor in the Kruger National Park. After her university studies & travels abroad, Leigh-Ann returned to her beloved Africa joining one of the Africa’s largest award winning online tour operators. Honing her skills over her 17 years professional tour planner career, she has visited nearly every corner of Southern and Eastern Africa, and continues to this day. Madikwe has always been one of her most beloved game reserves, nearly guaranteeing sightings of her favourites: Wild Dog and Brown Hyenas.
At Madikwe.com Leigh-Ann and her team share their collective experiences and knowledge with their guests, constructing itineraries that suit each individual perfectly and are meticulous in their planning. Leigh-Ann is supported by a tremendously hard working product & sales manager who has several years experience working in and with world class lodges as well as a background as an exceptional field guide in Madikwe and beyond. Together, along with mentors with over 25 years of experience in the travel industry itself, we all fully understand the guest experience and how to deliver on that promise. We partner with service providers that go above and beyond for our guests and give back to their own communities, ensuring sustainable travel. Add to that our spectacularly creative and brilliant marketing & design manager and her team, we are ready to bring you to Madikwe.
There is absolutely no charge for our services, our passion is to bring you to Madikwe to experience the magic for yourself!