Madikwe Game Reserve is currently the fifth largest game reserve in South Africa and yet remains one of the lesser- known parks. This makes it a hidden African safari gem as it is regarded as one of the best conservation areas in Africa and offers the Big 5 in a nearly 250 square mile sanctuary as well as the famous “painted dogs of Africa”, the highly endangered wild dog. Introduced in 1994 with a pack of 6 and facing rabies and predation by lions and leopards, there is nonetheless a thriving wild dog population with three hunting packs currently roaming the park. The dogs are somewhat accustomed to the vehicles offering for spectacular photographic safaris.