Cape Town, Kalarhari, Meerkats and Madikwe

13 Days from £7653 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
13 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Big Cat Safari
Luxury
Off The Beaten Track

This exceptional South African journey combines three very contrasting experiences – all truly fabulous. Firstly, an open vehicle safari in the vast Madikwe Private Game Reserve, right on the border with Botswana. Madikwe is particularly renowned for its frequent sightings of endangered African wild dog as well as the Big Five and plains game. Secondly, fly into the serene wilderness of Tswalu Kalahari Private Nature Reserve with its endless horizons. Here you will learn about all aspects of this magical semi-desert ecosystem while observing desert-adapted wildlife including troops of meerkats, unique Kalahari black-maned lion, pangolin, aardvark and more. Finally, enjoy beautiful Cape Town with its Mediterranean climate, iconic Table Mountain, lovely beaches, and historic and natural wonders both on land and offshore. This tour of contrasts constitutes an exclusive exploration of South Africa staying in luxury lodges and hotels, with ultra-convenient scheduled charter flights and no self-drive, and the reassurance of being malaria-free throughout.

Itinerary

Price from £7653 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Johannesburg

Arrive Johannesburg and take charter flight to Madikwe Private Game Reserve. Afternoon safari in the reserve. The reserve is a transitional habitat between lowveld and Kalahari thornveld and supports a fantastic mammal and bird fauna.

Staying at Thakadu River Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 3 - Madikwe Private Game Reserve

Enjoy safari activities in MadiKwe Private Game Reserve in search of the Big Five, and other wildlife. The reserve has a population of the highly endangered and charismatic African wild dog and guides can help to track them down.

Staying at Thakadu River Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - MadiKwe Private Game Reserve

Enjoy another day of safari activities in MadiKwe Private Game Reserve.

Staying at Thakadu River Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve

A last morning activity in the reserve. Transfer to the airstrip and fly to Jo'burg and take charter flight to Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve.

Staying at Tswalu Motse. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve

Enjoy the stunning wilderness of Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve on game drives, bush walks or horseback if desired. The 100,000-hectare reserve is the largest private reserve in the country and is committed to conservation and preservation of its natural habitats and wildlife.

Staying at Tswalu Motse. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve

A day of guided activities in Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve, including wildlife watching on game drives or walks in the awe-inspiring scenery. The semi arid grasslands and open woodland make wildlife viewing very rewarding and there are over 80 species of mammal resident within the reserve and up to 240 species of bird have been recorded.

Staying at Tswalu Motse. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve

Day of activities at Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve. There is an excellent selection of wildlife to be seen in the reserve, among the more unusual species being black and white rhinos, African wildcat, aardvark, pangolin, cheetah, gemsbok and two habituated groups of meerkats that allow close approach for a memorable experience.

Staying at Tswalu Motse. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Cape Town

Transfer to the airstrip and take charter flight to Cape Town. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Then enjoy a private city tour including Table Mountain (cable car fee payable direct as excursion is weather dependent.) OPTIONAL: Visit the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens if time allows.

Staying at Camps Bay Retreat. Includes Breakfast.

Day 10 - Cape Town

Today take a private, full-day Walk to Freedom tour of Cape Town, including famous Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.

Staying at Camps Bay Retreat. Includes Breakfast.

Day 11 - Cape Peninsula

Enjoy a private, full-day tour of the beautiful Cape Peninsula, including the attractive sandy beaches, penguin colony, rugged coastline, the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, and the all-round beautiful mountain scenery. Later visit the world famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

Staying at Camps Bay Retreat. Includes Breakfast.

Day 12 - Cape Town

A part-day to relax or venture into town (if time allows). Transfer to the airport and depart South Africa on flight to London.

Includes Breakfast.

Day 13 - Arrive UK

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly from London to Johannesburg, return from Cape Town.

Area Specialist

Alan Godwin
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There are accommodation upgrade choices in Cape Town and Madikwe. If you have enought time, perhaps add 2-3 nights in Hermanus or Grootbos to enjoy the fynbos flora and whale-watching season (Jun-Oct).

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

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Thakadu River Camp: -24.802656, 26.459779
Tswalu Motse: -27.304486, 22.358208
Camps Bay Retreat: -33.946529, 18.380731