Ultimate South Africa

Overview

This safari offers the two main game viewing areas in South Africa; Madikwe Game Reserve, known for its wild dog population and Sabi Sands Game Reserve (Kruger), with wonderful wildlife sightings, particularly leopard. The safari also includes two nights at Sun City and ends with three nights in Cape Town, where you will experience a city tour and a visit to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, the tip of the Cape Peninsula that has captivated travellers for centuries with its dramatic scenery and fascinating history. Accommodation is luxury throughout and all ideally located.

Itinerary

DAY 1: JOHANNESBURG – SUN CITY
On arrival at Johannesburg Airport you will be met and transferred by road to Sun City. Two nights at THE PALACE OF THE LOST CITY.

DAY 2: SUN CITY
Spend the day exploring the resort and all its attractions, such as the Valley of the Waves, the casinos, the golf courses, restaurants and adventure zone. (B)

DAY 3: SUN CITY – MADIKWE GAME RESERVE
This morning you will depart Sun City and travel by road through the Madikwe Game Reserve to your lodge. Three nights at MADIKWE SAFARI LODGE. (B, L, D)

DAYS 4 – 5: MADIKWE GAME RESERVE
Madikwe Private Game Reserve is located in South Africa’s North West Province, bordering Botswana. This 75,000 hectare reserve is home to over 300 species of birds plusAfrica’s Big Five, as well as cheetah, brown and spotted hyena, oryx, eland, springbok and ostrich. It is also one of the best areas to see wild dog, known as the most successful predator. There are a number of dens in the park with the opportunity to see the pups growing up. Wild dogs are very social and the pups are well looked after by the whole den. It is certainly one of the great thrills to watch a wild dog hunt. You will head out on morning and afternoon game drives with your expert guide to explore this fantastic reserve with its rich biodiversity of animals. (B, L, D)

DAY 6: MADIKWE GAME RESERVE – SABI SANDS GAME RESERVE
After an early morning game drive you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight to Kruger. On arrival at the airstrip you will be met by your guide and transferred to LION SANDS RIVER LODGE for your three night stay. (B, L, D)

DAYS 7 – 8: SABI SANDS GAME RESERVE
Spend the next two days on morning and afternoon game drives in one of South Africa’s best wildlife areas. In between the game drives there will be time to relax and enjoy the lodge. Lion Sands Game Reserve offers excellent game viewing with very few vehicles due to it being a private game concession, with only Lion Sands vehicles on game drives except for one area that one other lodge is allowed to traverse. Lion, elephant, leopard, cheetah, giraffe and zebra are common sightings, as well as other plain game and bird species. (B, L, D)

DAY 9: SABI SANDS GAME RESERVE – CAPE TOWN
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Skukuza airport to board your scheduled flight to Cape Town, where you will be met and transferred to the luxurious MORE QUARTERS HOTEL for your three-night stay. (B)

DAY 10: CAPE TOWN
After breakfast, enjoy a guided city tour. Visit the summit of Table Mountain, South Africa’s prominent landmark, on an aerial cableway (the cableway ticket is not includedas it is weather permitting). Other noteworthy sites and stops include the Malay Quarter (Bo Kaap), city centre, Company Gardens, the Castle of Good Hope (time permitting) and the Diamond Works. (B)

DAY 11: CAPE TOWN
This morning, you will be taken on a half day guided tour of the Cape Peninsula. Travel along the Atlantic seaboard with its gorgeous white beaches and rugged mountains to Hout Bay. If open, you’ll continue to Chapman’s Peak Drive, renowned as one of the most stunning roadways in the world. See the beautiful Cape Peninsula in the Cape Point Nature Reserve. The return journey to Cape Town takes you along the False Bay coast with the option of visiting the colony of rare African Penguins at Boulder’s Beach (own expense). Pass through the naval village of Simon’s Town, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg. (B)

DAY 12: DEPART CAPE TOWN
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Cape Town Airport for your onward flight, marking the end of your safari. (B)

Includes

• 11 nights accommodation on a twin share basis
• Meals as indicated (B, L, D)
• All transfers
• Internal flights as per itinerary
• Touring as per itinerary
• Two game activities per day at Madikwe Safari Lodge and Lion Sands River Lodge
• Park fees

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More Quarters Hotel

Conveniently located just 10 minutes from Table Mountain and the V&A Waterfront is More Quarters Hotel. With deluxe rooms and apartment options, this hotel caters to everyone. Enjoy luxuriously appointed furnishings and spacious rooms. This is the perfect place from which to explore Cape Town, with complimentary shuttles to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

Lion Sands River Lodge

Lion Sands River Lodge is set on the banks of the Sabie River with views of the life that lives on or near the river. The lodge has 20 luxuriously appointed thatched bedrooms, each with a private wooden viewing deck with views of the river. What sets Lion Sands apart, are the friendly and attentive staff to make guests feel relaxed and that they are staying in a home away from home. Enjoy game drives on a private concession, undisturbed by other vehicles.

Palace of the Lost City

The Palace of the Lost City Hotel is located amongst the Pilanesberg Mountains and is adjacent to the Pilanesberg National Park. Built in the style of a fantasy palace set in a dense jungle, the 338 luxury rooms and suites boast every modern convenience. The hotel is surrounded by tropical gardens, lakes, waterfalls, a man-made rain forest and a water park that includes river rides, giant water slides and a wave pool. The hotel includes several restaurants and bars, a pool and spa, wellness centre and two golf courses.