8 Days Malaria Free Safari and Cape Town from US$3,075.-pp

Go on safari in customized open safari vehicle or watch game come to the waterhole right in front of your chalets private balcony. Madikwe Game Reserve is a malaria free area with the magnificent “Big-5” and a good chance to see the rare wild dogs.  Walk to the V&A Waterfront from your luxury hotel in Cape Town and choose from the many optional tours activities available. This itinerary is also ideal for families.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Safari in one of South Africa’s foremost “Big-5” malaria free game reserves
  • Excellent chance to see rare wild dogs and rhino
  • Bush Walk with professional ranger to explore the little things
  • Walk from your Cape Town Hotel to lively V&A Waterfront

ITINERARY MAP

Use the route map below to explore the destinations & accommodation on this tour

Start Accommodation Destination Basis Room Type Duration
Day 1 Madikwe River Lodge Madikwe Game Reserve FB 1x Standard Rooms 4 Nights
Day 5 Commodore Hotel Cape Town B&B 1x Luxury Standard Rooms 3 Nights

PRICE

US$3,075.- from April though sep 2020
Inquire for other dates
Price per person, double occupancy

Included: Accommodation in standard room/chalet. Full board on safari, bed and breakfast at Cape Town hotel. Morning and afternoon game drives daily on safari with sun downer cocktail. Return flight to Cape Town and road transfer to Madikwe. National Park fees, Cape of Good Hope half day tour.

Excluded:

Airport taxes and fees, international flights, optional activities and tours.

BEST TIME TO GO – year round

Accommodation: Luxury

 

FULL DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1:  Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Game Reserve

Bordering Botswana in South Africa’s North West Province, the lesser-known Madikwe Game Reserve is the fifth largest reserve in South Africa. It is home to a wild dog reserve, abundant wildlife including the world-renowned Big Five and over 300 bird species such as vulture, ostrich and the large kori bustard. The landscape is characterised by vast grasslands, woodlands, and the rugged Tshwene Tshwene hills sheltering a host of wildlife. Visitors can look forward to sunset drinks overlooking the Madikwe Dam, ample game viewing opportunities and a variety of accommodation options ranging from community lodges to luxury safari lodges in a malaria-free zone.

Arrive in Johannesburg  from your overseas flight and transfer by scenic road to Madikwe River Lodge located in malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve. Depending on your arrival time you may join the afternoon game drive.

Activities

Transfer to Lodge and evening game drive

Overnight: Madikwe River Lodge

Amidst untamed wildlife and endless horizons…

The luxurious Madikwe River Lodge is settled on the banks of Groot Marico River inside the diverse Madikwe Game Reserve, located in the North West bordering Botswana, surrounded by 75 000ha of breathtaking scenery and endless malaria-free African sand-veld, acacia savannah, river-forests and wildlife. Madikwe’s convenient location – only four and a half hours from Gauteng and a mere 45min by aircraft – has ensured its popularity as being easily accessible with excellent service delivery and superb facilities in spectacular bush settings.

Sixteen comfortable and secluded split-level thatched chalets surround the main lodge, each individually decorated to create a rich African feel, with en-suite bathroom and outside shower, full range of guest amenities, separate lounge and private wooden decks overlooking the tranquil forest and river.

An outdoor Boma is located on a central island in the river, accessed by a wooden bridge, with early morning breakfasts served under Acacia trees and fine-dining cuisine under sparkling and smiling stars. Madikwe River Lodge is the ideal venue to host intimate wedding ceremonies amid natural elements in an African ambiance, and very popular for conferencing and incentive group packages with team building activities such as bush dinners, big five spotting, treasure hunts, bird watching programmes, group game drives, game walks, star gazing and swimming.

Standard Rooms

STANDARD ROOM FEATURES:

En-suite bathrooms with showers.
Bedroom leading onto a private balcony with views overlooking the Groot Marico River.
Range of customised toiletries.

Basis

Full Board

Day 2-4: Safaris or Walks at Madikwe River Lodge

Enjoy early morning and afternoon game drives or walks accompanied by a professional ranger. Each day brings something different, as you explore the endless fascination of Africa’s wildlife in an open, state-of-the-art Land Cruiser. Whether it is a leopard on the hunt, lions roaring at twilight, dung beetles going about their business, or birds building a nest – all can offer an amazing experience! Possibly watch mother baboons carry their babies on their backs, lions interact with each other, and the barking of an impala to announce a predator! Lucky ones might even catch lions on a kill, or get a glimpse of a leopard. Nature at it’s rawest and best in the bush veld of Africa. A spotlight will search for predators and other animals that come out on the prowl after dark – a hyena maybe? A visit to the local school which Tau supports is an option. You may also choose to watch the game visiting the waterhole from your chalet’s private porch or the elevated lounge where the views are magnificent.

Stargazing under the night sky.

Basis

Full Board

Day 5: Flight to Cape Town

Cape Town

Cape Town is a city like no other – a vibrant melting pot alive with creativity, colors, sounds and tastes. Take in a view from above by riding the cable car to Table Mountain or check out the tiny cell Nelson Mandela was kept in on Robben Island. Visit the V&A Waterfront near your hotel, a place for shopping or just hanging out to watch the world go by. Breathtaking natural scenery, long standing cultural heritage and world-class wine production estates characterize an area known as the Wine Lands where you will can taste the wines of the region. Drive through gorgeous scenery and hamlets on the way to Cape Point, the Cape of Good Hope, a rocky coastline seafarers have respected and feared for hundreds of years. Please check your itinerary for inclusions.

Activity:

Enjoy your last morning game drive before heading for  Johannesburg and  your flight on to Cape Town. Your driver will be waiting for you in the arrival hall and transfer your to The Commodore Hotel within walking distance to lively and famous V&A Waterfront.

Overnight: Commodore Hotel      View iBrochure

Overlooking the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront with views of Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Harbour and the Atlantic Ocean is the Commodore, Legacy’s flagship hotel in Cape Town. Stylish living, quality service and a tranquil setting have ensured that our guests return year after year, be it as businessmen or tourists excited to experience all that is the Mother City.

 Standard Rooms

All rooms are bright and spacious, decorated in a nautical style. All rooms have individual air conditioning, televisions, tea/coffee making facilities, bathroom with bath and shower, direct dial telephones, electric razor plugs, and hairdryers.

Day 6: Explore Cape Town and Surrounding Areas

Activities

Cape of Good Hope morning small group tour

This is an awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point. Magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, historic and picturesque coastal villages are to be seen along the way. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s most scenic areas and stretches from the city centre to Cape Point.

We travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, stopping at a Llandudno look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach. Optional: Seal Island boat trip (seasonal) (not incl. in cost). On through Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve, which has magnificent fynbos vegetation, birdlife, endemic antelope species and zebra, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks. Cape Point is perceived to be the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. It is also called the Cape of Good Hope and feared by sailors.

We go on to historic Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. Boulders Penguin Colony (included in cost) is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat and there is also an information centre.

We then begin our scenic journey back to Cape Town.

Optional – extra charge

Cape Wineland Tour – Half Day, small group
Sea kayaking and Cape Point Tour
Robben Island and City Tour
Cape Arts and Culture

Cape Wineland Tour – Half Day, small group

This delightful drive winds its way to the heart of the Cape Winelands, through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads.

Head off to the wine country via the N2 to the heart of South Africa’s wine industry, Stellenbosch; boasting great beauty and culture that is steeped in South African history. Walk down the canal-lined avenues, in the shade of giant oak trees and beautifully preserved historic buildings. With the sheer vastness of wine estates on offer, we are truly spoilt for choice when we enjoy our first wine tasting of the day at the Waterford Estate.

Travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek, historically dating back to the 17th century when the French Huguenots arrived. Billed as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, this charming town, in a most picturesque valley, retains a French Huguenot style.

We enjoy a wine tasting before returning to the bustle of city life after an enthralling day in the countryside, arriving back at the hotels at approximately 13:30 for morning departures and 17:30 for afternoon departures.

Sea kayaking and Cape Point Tour

There is no better way to experience the False Bay coastline other than a morning sea  kayaking experience. The latter part of the day sees you visiting the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point, then on via Chapman’s Peak Drive to Hout Bay and ending at your hotel in the late afternoon.

Robben Island and City Tour

Situated below Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, Cape Town offers a rich cultural and industrial heritage. Including all the `must-sees` of any Cape Town day tour, this option is a geographical and cultural extravaganza, showing you Cape Town, from its historical beginnings to the dazzling modern shopping malls of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

The tour commences with a ferry trip across the bay to Robben Island. (weather permitting). From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum, a poignant reminder to the newly democratic South Africa and of the price paid for freedom. The excursion includes a return ferry to the island, a bus tour on the island and of the prison.

In the city itself enjoy a drive through Bo-Kaap to discover how the Malay slaves influenced the culture, food and aesthetics of this beautiful city and its people. Continue to Table Mountain where you shall reach the top by cable car (weather permitting; cable car fee not included). Enjoy the panoramic views over the city with Robben Island lying sleepily in Table Bay. Also get a bird’s eye view over the Atlantic Seaboard.

Return to the city bowl area to the Company Gardens. Enjoy a walk through the garden and a visit to the SA Museum. This is followed by a visit to the Castle of Good Hope. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a maritime replenishment station, the Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa.

The drive through the city centre would also take you past the Houses of Parliament, the Grand Parade and City Hall from where Nelson Mandela first addressed South Africans after his release in February 1990.
This is a full day tour from 8am to 5pm

Cape Arts and Culture, Private Full Day Tuesday to Sunday only

Explore the aesthetic production of South Africa, Africa and further afield whilst learning about the history and culture of art in the Cape. The programme boasts awe-inspiring scenery along the Cape Peninsula. Magnificent beaches, breath taking views and picturesque coastal villages are to be seen along the way.

Basis

Bed & Breakfast

Day 7: Explore the City on your own or choose from above tours

Basis

Bed & Breakfast

Day 8: Afternoon flight to Johannesburg

Venture out for some last minute shopping before your transfer to the airport and flight to Johannesburg in the afternoon.

Note: Tour starts and ends in Johannesburg. This is individual tour and can be adjusted to your liking. Minimum 2 persons. Terms and Conditions apply

 

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