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The Cape – comprising Cape Town and the Winelands – is one of the biggest attractions for visitors to South Africa and has much to offer. Here our South Africa specialist (and former Capetonian) Annie gives her top five experiences for those looking for something new.
One of the best ways to take in the spectacular scenery that South Africa has to offer, rail travel couldn’t be further from a daily commute in the luxurious surroundings of Rovos Rail and the Blue Train. Here we give you the lowdown on what to expect and what separates these two outstanding experiences.
One of our South Africa specialists, Jen, recently saddled up for an exciting riding safari taking part in game census week at Ant’s Hill in the malaria-free Waterberg region of South Africa. Read on for more about Jen’s experience and all you need to know about exploring South Africa on horseback…
From the premier game viewing of the Kruger and malaria-free options in Madikwe and the Eastern Cape, to riding safaris in the Waterberg and getting off-the beaten-track in the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve – there is truly something for everyone. Here we give our lowdown on all that South Africa has to offer safari-wise – now all you have to do is decide which one(s) will suit you best!
South Africa and Mauritius couple superbly for a safari and beach holiday or honeymoon. Whilst South Africa offers both world class safari and cosmopolitanism, Mauritius encapsulates the very essence of laid-back island life. Start your adventure on the plains of one of South Africa’s many game rich national parks, spending your days on safari, tracking the Big Five and sipping on sundowners, before exploring the country’s vibrant cities or impressive coastal routes. A short flight to Mauritius takes you to another world of sugar white beaches, kaleidoscopic reefs and a verdant green mountainscapes. There, you can choose to do as little or as much as you like, whether it be soaking up the island’s unique Creole culture or whiling away lazy days under the shade of a leafy palm. The ultimate safari and beach combination for a year-round adventure.
This off-the-beaten-track itinerary is perfect for those searching for an authentic, scenic and cultural adventure as well as some independence that only a self-drive holiday can offer.
Self-driving in South Africa is how a number of people decide to travel as it tends to prove a more adventurous and affordable option, as well as giving you the freedom to explore. Self-driving is a hugely rewarding way to travel and appreciate the always stunning and ever-changing scenery. Here we give you our tips for taking to the open road.
Contemporary Cape Town hotels, beautiful Cape Dutch wine estates and luxurious private game lodges, all combine to make South Africa the perfect honeymoon destination. Here we give our top ideas for making South Africa the perfect honeymoon destination for you.
South Africa for Families
Cape Town & Madikwe, South Africa
Best for: Family, Malaria free, Wildlife
Take your family away for a week on a South African adventure. Experience the sights and attractions of the picturesque Cape Town before heading into the bush in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve to hunt the ‘Big Five’.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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This six day itinerary is perfect for a week-long family getaway to explore the best of city and safari that South Africa has to offer. Starting in Cape Town, you will have three days to roam the city and find some exciting things for the kids, whether they are history buffs or action aficionados, there’s plenty on offer for all. Aside from the typical, but no less exciting tourist attractions; you could go on treasure hunts around botanical gardens, kayak and snorkel in the waters, find the cheeky penguin colony on Boulders Beach and hunt for the Cape 5, the options are endless. The next half of your trip will be spent in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, home not only to the ‘Big Five’, but also to the elusive African wild dog and other game. You’ll spend your time in an open-sided 4x4 game vehicle tracking these animals across the varied landscape of Madikwe, offering plenty of opportunities to tick some animals off your list and the chance to take home some unforgettable stories about the sights, sounds, and even smells of the African bush.
Day 1 - 2 : London to Johannesburg
Begin your holiday with an overnight flight to Cape Town and land ready to start your family adventure.
Day 2 - 3 : London to Johannesburg
Days 3 - 6 : Cape Town, South Africa
Stay at Welgelegen for 3 nights
On arrival into Cape Town International, you will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel located in the centre of the city. You will spend the next three nights here with breakfast included.
Welgelegen is a fabulous boutique hotel in a great location, with easy access to numerous local restaurants. A hire car will be dropped off to you at your hotel, giving you the freedom to explore Cape Town and all it has to offer. The city is a wonderful place for families, children particularly enjoy finding the penguins at boulders beach, exploring the vast coastline of Cape Town and its surrounds, and learning about the interesting history of the city. These are just a couple of suggestion, the options are endless.
Days 6 - 9 : Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Stay at Thakadu River Camp for 3 nights
This morning you will drive back to Cape Town International Airport and drop your hire car off in time for your flight to Johannesburg. On landing in Johannesburg you will be met and privately transferred to Thakadu River Camp located in Madikwe Game Reserve. You will stay here for the next three nights with all activities, meals and drinks included.
Madikwe Game Reserve is an excellent safari destination for families, it's status as a malaria-free reserve makes it an ideal and safe option. With the 'Big Fve' present in the reserve, families will have fun spotting incredible game as well as more elusive animals like the African wild dog. The scenic landscape offers varied habitats and terrain to explore, making every day out on the vehicle a different one.
Day 9 - 10 : Johannesburg to London
You will be transferred back to O.R. Tambo International Airport in time for your flight home.
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Day 10 - 11 : Johannesburg to London
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When to go
The best game viewing is from May to the end of September. Summer (November to March) days can get quite warm (up to 28-32 degrees on average) but it is a dry heat. Summer rainfall, normally in the form of thunder storms are usually in the evening, however, the African climate is still always unpredictable. Autumn (April to May) days can still be warm but the evenings cool down. Average day time temperature 22-28 degrees. Evenings 10-15 degrees. Winter (June to August) days are warm (temperatures in the mid-twenties) evenings and early mornings very cold with average early morning temperatures 5-12 degrees. It very rarely rains at this time when the bush is golden and dry.
Spring (September, October) days start getting hotter, evenings and mornings could still be crisp but not as cold. A very slim chance of rain.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Game Drives in Madikwe
Madikwe is a 'Big Five' safari destination, teeming with wildlife. Whilst on a drive, you should keep an eye out for lion, elephant, black & white rhino, buffalo, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, spotted & brown hyena, and a whole array of plains game.
From $2138 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
Accommodation as listed
Activities as per the itinerary
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.