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Warm welcome

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Be inspired

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Untamed beauty


We at Madikela Tours wish you a warm welcome from here under the Southern Africa sky. We are happy to provide you with both a selection of pre-packaged tours and the option to customize a travel package to suit your needs.

We take you to and beyond the normal tourist attractions, giving you the opportunity to travel off the beaten track. We bring a personal touch to your Southern African experience by keeping our group sizes small and making use of lodges, guesthouses and other accommodation that will meet your expectations of comfort and quality.

Madikela Tours makes use of qualified guides and we have many years of experience of taking travellers from all over the globe around this beautiful region. Our specialized pre-packaged and tailor-made tours incorporate cultural and natural highlights from the various countries and regions we travel.

Be inspired by Africa’s untamed beauty and re-invigorate your mind, body and soul. Your journey will bring you timeless memories to treasure for life. Meet the people of Africa and begin to understand the diversity it has to offer.

Madikela Tours:

Why choose us

  • More than 10 years experience.

  • Opportunity to customize your tour.

  • Giving you the opportunity to travel off the beaten track.

Our team


Rudolf BadenhorstCo-owner and National Tourist Guide


About Madikela Tours

Madikela means "Sunset" in seSotho, one of the most widely spoken languages in South Africa. Southern Africa is known for its beautiful sunsets and we at Madikela Tours are passionate about showing you the beauty of our region. We are a tour company that offers educational, inspirational and adventure experiences to people drawn to the natural environment, diverse cultures, fascinating history and the many complexities that southern Africa has to offer.

Madikela was founded in 2004 and is owned and operated by Rudolf Badenhorst of Pretoria South Africa. Rudolf's vision is to continue to build Madikela’s success by providing guests with a truly unforgettable experience. Madikela believes in keeping things small and personal and seeks to make a difference in both their clients’ lives as well as in the lives of people with whom they interact. Madikela offers its clients the opportunity to get actively involved in community projects, wildlife & nature conservation. Whether it's by visiting a conservation area or empowering the local communities by supporting their local business, because every bit helps.



Rudolf’s first love is nature and wildlife. Right after leaving high school he obtained his diploma in Nature Conservation and started working and guiding at the Hoedspruit Research and breeding station for endangered species.  For the subsequent six years he worked closely with the African “big five”, first as a game ranger and then as a game farm manager at the Kapama Private Game Reserve and the Kranskoppie Nature Reserve. Some years later Rudolf completed his second qualification in the field – earning him the title of National Tourist Guide.  Now, for over ten years Rudolf has been guiding travellers from around the world to the natural wonders of southern Africa, from Cape Town to Mozambique to Lake Malawi to Victoria Falls and everywhere in between.  His experience and the considerable knowledge he has acquired about the animal and birdlife as well as the cultural groups of the area will leave you in awe at the region.  This along with his personable nature and sense of humour will make your Madikela Tour in southern Africa a truly memorable experience.



Combining the love of people with the love of Africa and nature, it was a natural decision for Liezel to make a 180 degree change to her career in 2006 when she sold her business and studied Culture and Nature guiding to become a qualified South African Tourist Guide. Her guiding experience took her to her inter alia Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland and throughout South Africa. As a freelance guide working for a number of tour operators, she gained valuable experience in all aspects of the tourism industry.  She has been married for the past 13 years and in 2011 became the proud mother of a son. She recently became a permanent member of the Madikela team based in our Cape Town office. 

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