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Fully inclusive of food, drink and activities on safari
per person based on 2 people sharing, accommodation, activities as stated, meals as per the itinerary, private transfers, 24-hour assistance, English speaking driver-guide, entrance fees, VAT & Tourism Development Levy and welcome pack.
Immerse in the winding trails and spectacular scenery at South Africa's only walking safari in Marataba
Go in search of the Big 5 and the elusive wild dogs in the malaria-free Madikwe Private Game Reserve
Enjoy the seafood foodie haven of Cape Town and work off those delicious calories by hiking up the Lion's Head
Learn about the famous fynbos and search the Marine Big 5 at Grootbos: whales, sharks, seals, penguins, dolphins
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.
A great active itinerary to South Africa for the more adventurous. Enjoy walks in the Waterberg region with its stunning scenery of rolling plains and large spectacular outcrops, enjoy a Big 5 safari in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, before heading to the Marine Big 5 paradise of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. To end your South African sojourn, experience some fun and delicious seafood in Cape Town with hikes up the iconic Table Mountain.
Your holiday begins as you arrive into Johannesburg International Airport, where you will be collected by a representative and transferred to Lansaria Airport, taking approximately 1 hour for your private flight to the Marataba Game Reserve where you will spend the next two nights on a fully inclusive basis, with all food, drinks and activities included.
Arrive to a mysterious and beautiful wilderness steeped in history and home to a plethora of free roaming wildlife. Activities here are highly focused on enjoying a selection of winding trails through a vast diversity of ecosystems. Trails lead up through mountain ranges, along ravines and through gorges, along with your specialist guide you can marvel at the scenery and perhaps even come across some animals. Other activities on offer include 4x4 game drives, where you can go in search of lions, elephants, cheetah, to name a few, or perhaps jump aboard the Miss Mara and enjoy a water safari in search of hippo, crocodiles and elephants coming to the waters edge to drink. A two-night stay will allow you to experience the very best that Marataba has to offer.
This morning you will have one final game activity at Marataba before an afternoon flight to the Madikwe Game Reserve, home to the Big 5 and a fantastic introduction to a traditional South African safari. During a two-night stay you will head out early in the morning and then again in the late afternoon to enjoy twice daily game drives in search of a plethora of wildlife. Animals here are confident and you are able to enjoy some truly spectacular wildlife sightings of elephants, rhino, lion and even the endangered painted dogs. When not out enjoying 4x4 game drives in the South African bush, join your specialist guide on bush walks in search of the smaller flora and fauna that call this park their home, or perhaps enjoy some downtime by the pool with a cocktail in hand.
This morning you will head out on an early game drive and after breakfast back at the lodge you will be transferred to the airstrip where your flight to Johannesburg will be waiting for you. Once at Johannesburg you will be assisted on your private transfer from the Fedair hangar to the domestic terminal at Johannesburg where you will catch a flight to Cape Town. In Cape Town you will stay on the famous V&A Waterfront, one of Cape Town’s biggest attractions, host to a range of delicious restaurants, shopping, and entertainment venues. The next morning you will be met by your driver-guide for your morning hike. A hike of Lion's Head is on the cards and once you make it to the top you will be rewarded by incredible views of the city surrounds. After your morning hike is over you will continue with a Cape Town city tour where you will head up Table Mountain following on with some stops at points of interest and a lunch in a local spot. In the afternoon you will be met by your 'Footsteps to Freedom' guide who will take you on a historical tour of the city. The next morning you will have a full day Cape Peninsula tour where your driver will take you to the Cape of Good Hope, passing Hout Bay followed by a cruise to Seal Island and a stop for some delicious seafood. After lunch you will stop at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens to visit the Treetop Canopy before arriving back at your hotel to spend the rest of the afternoon at your leisure.
For your final two nights in South Africa you will be transferred to the Grootbos Nature Reserve stopping off for a wine tasting experience along the way and a visit to the coastal town of Hermanus where you will have an abalone farm tour along with a tasting. You will get to Grootbos in the late afternoon, ready for an activity if you wish. Grootbos is host to some of the very best views in all of South Africa and boasts a huge variety of activities from horse riding, to bike rides to whale watching. During a two-night stay, get back to nature on a Grootbos walking trail through fields of beautiful fynbos flowers, and along cliff edges looking down at the powerful waves of the Atlantic, you may even see a whale or two.
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