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Signature Madikwe & Kruger Safari: Madikwe, Johannesburg & The Sabi Sands

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 10,381

DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Explore two of the best game reserves in South Africa, as well as Johannesburg. Start in Madikwe Hills Game Reserve, where you’ll head on game drives along the northern border. Next, explore the history of apartheid and liberation in Johannesburg. End your journey in The Sabi Sands Game Reserve for more game drives in a beautiful environment.


This 9-day South African safari vacation takes you to Madikwe Hills Private Game Reserve and Sabi Sands Game Reserve, with a visit to Johannesburg in between. It features deluxe accommodations and small group tours.

Your journey begins in Johannesburg, where you’ll fly to Madikwe Hills Private Game Reserve, a conservation range on the northern border with Botswana. Madikwe is a malaria-free zone that restricts access to ensure intimate experiences with the wildlife and plenty of wide-open spaces. Stay at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge for 3 nights, enjoying the 5-star accommodation with a health spa and gym on site. You’ll head out on morning and afternoon game drives during your two full days at the reserve. Search for the Big Five in the sparse bushveld or go on a birding excursion to see some of the more than 350 distinct species. You’ll also have a chance to see wild dogs in the reserve, which are exceedingly rare across the country.

Connect back to Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa and a city’s whose diversity is particularly emblematic of the Rainbow Nation. You’ll head on a Journey to Freedom tour to trace the legacy of Nelson Mandela and other men and women who fought to end apartheid. Weave your way throughout the city from the Kliptown Open Air Museum, where the Freedom Charter was adopted in 1955, to Regina Mundi Church, where activists held underground meetings, to the Hector Pieterson Museum. Swing by the Mandela House before lunch in Soweto and then pass through ritzy Diepkloff before reaching the Apartheid Museum, an award-winning interactive museum that delves into the dark history of South Africa.

From Johannesburg, continue on to Sabi Sands Game Reserve, a private game reserve in Greater Kruger National Park. Stay at Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, a 5-star property with eight glass-fronted suites, each with sundecks and a heated rock plunge pool. Enjoy pampering luxury for three nights and spend two full days on morning and afternoon game drive throughout Sabi Sands. Venture through the private reserve with the highest density of big game in South Africa. That means you’ll have a good chance of spotting the Big Five, including the elusive leopard.

After a game drive on your final morning, head back to the airport to connect to Johannesburg for onward travels.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 10,381

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Day 1

Johannesburg to Madikwe Hills Private Game Reserve

On arrival at Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport you will be met by Goway's local representative and assisted to your domestic flight.

On arrival at Madikwe Hills Private Game Reserve you will be met by a member of the camp's staff and transferred to the lodge.

This afternoon, depart on your first game drive in the reserve with your game ranger (time permitting). Your ranger is your host for the duration of your stay and he will take care of your every need whilst sharing his intimate knowledge of the wild. Sipping sundowners under an African sky somehow "finishes off" the whole day's experience.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge Main Camp

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    Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge Main Camp


    Traversing over 75,000 hectares of true, untamed Africa and set in magnificent koppies amongst boulders, Madikwe Hills gently ebbs to the pulse of Africa's drumbeat. 45 Minutes by air from Gauteng or a scenic four hour drive. Upon arriving you will be met by our …

    Traversing over 75,000 hectares of true, untamed Africa and set in magnificent koppies amongst boulders, Madikwe Hills gently ebbs to the pulse of Africa's drumbeat.

    45 Minutes by air from Gauteng or a scenic four hour drive. Upon arriving you will be met by our warm and friendly staff in the main reception area. Open land rovers with bucket seats and friendly, knowledge rangers stand ready to take you on safari.

    For the energetic, Madikwe Hills offers a fully equipped gym and health spa. For the businessman... Internet connection! Children of all ages are most welcome and are accommodated with their own game activities and where needed, Nannies can be arranged to babysit.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Children's Activities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Library
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna

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Day 2

Madikwe Hills Private Game Reserve

Today the full day is spent enjoying your included morning and afternoon game drives at your lodge as you search out the Madikwe’s many inhabitants large and small.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Madikwe Hills Private Game Reserve

Enjoy a second full day to find that extra special sighting as you continue to explore the Madikwe with morning and afternoon game drives.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Madikwe Hills to Johannesburg

This morning, head out on one last game drive (time permitting) before transferring to the airstrip in time for your onward flight.

On arrival at Johannesburg, transfer to your hotel in Sandton.

The balance of the day is at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

The Maslow Hotel

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    The Maslow Hotel



    The Maslow Hotel offers exceptional location and modern design. In the heart of Sandton within close proximity of the Gautrain Station, Sandton provides a multisensory experience peppered with international brands, pavement cafes and skyscraper buildings that sit side by side with street vendors selling African …

    The Maslow Hotel offers exceptional location and modern design. In the heart of Sandton within close proximity of the Gautrain Station, Sandton provides a multisensory experience peppered with international brands, pavement cafes and skyscraper buildings that sit side by side with street vendors selling African curios. The Maslow Hotel is a preferred destination due to its location and the significant landscaped gardens that surround the hotel.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa

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Day 5

Private Full Day Journey to Freedom

Today you enjoy a full day Journey to Freedom Tour. Many South Africans gave much, some gave all, to achieve a truly democratic South Africa. Come join on this full day tour that shares some of the journey, pain and struggle of those heroes; witness the places, experience the diverse museums where these momentous, tumultuous years have been so well documented. Your day begins at the Kliptown Open Air Museum where delegates met in 1955 to adopt the Freedom Charter, now the cornerstone of the Bill of Rights and the South African Constitution. The next significant stop is the fascinating Regina Mundi Church, site of so many of the underground meetings of the then banned political parties. Standing in here, you can feel the tension, picture the intensity, the strain on the faces of those unthinkably brave souls, committed at any cost to changing the way of life of a nation. Your next stop is the Hector Pieterson Museum, where you start to unravel the cause of the devastating riots, before travelling past Mandela House, where you have the option of visiting this small museum (own account). Lunch in Soweto at a local restaurant. Then continue your journey driving past the affluent suburb of Diepkloof, which is in stark contrast to the lower income areas seen earlier in the day, en-route to the iconic Apartheid Museum. This is an interactive voyage of discovery, one which takes you from the dark days of whites only privilege, through to Nelson Mandela's historic release. The Apartheid Museum is a multimedia experience, with documentary film snippets, texts, sound clips and live accounts, recapturing life in the dark days of South Africa. It's a fascinating tour, filled with tales of bravery and sadness, but ultimately, it's a story with the right ending.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 6

Johannesburg to Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve.

Upon arrival at the airstrip, you will be met and transferred to your lodge. Check in and time permitting, spend a few hours at leisure. This afternoon, depart on a safari drive in an open Land Rover with your game ranger.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve

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    Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve



    The lodge is built on a hill overlooking a natural waterhole. Each of the 8 luxurious glass fronted suites, retain their own sundeck and heated rock plunge pool offer superb views of the African bushveld beyond. Enjoy the privacy of your suite and salute the …

    The lodge is built on a hill overlooking a natural waterhole. Each of the 8 luxurious glass fronted suites, retain their own sundeck and heated rock plunge pool offer superb views of the African bushveld beyond. Enjoy the privacy of your suite and salute the timelessness of Africa over a drink or snack.

    Or savor the day, either in your hammock or pool lounger outside, whilst listening to the tranquil sound of the surrounding bushveld. Aspects of nature have been incorporated into your suite, to provide the ultimate in luxury while experiencing Africa at its best.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Library
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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    Preferred Hotel
Day 7

Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve

Up at dawn for your early morning game drive! Of course, the less energetic are welcome to sleep late! Search out a multitude of animals including lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard, cheetah and wild dog, together with a wealth of antelope and birds interacting in their natural environment.

Return to camp for a hearty breakfast, relax around the pool or talk with your ranger and mingle with the guests. Your afternoon game drive takes you well into the evening. Return to your lodge for another sumptuous dinner. Weather permitting you may enjoy a bush 'braai' at a surprise venue!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve

Enjoy a second full day exploring the reserve with morning and afternoon game drives as you search out the many different animals that call this area home.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Sabi Sands Game Reserve to Johannesburg

This morning, time permitting you depart on your final game drive with the hope of spotting that extra special sighting. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Depart for the airport in time for your onward flight.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Meet and Greet at Johannesburg Airport
  • Shared arrival and departure airstrip transfers in Madikwe
  • Shared arrival and departure airport transfers from Johannesburg Airport
  • Shared arrival and departure airstrip transfers in the Sabi Sands
  • 3 nights deluxe accommodations in Madikwe Game Reseve
  • 2 nights first-class accommodations in Johannesburg
  • 3 night deluxe accommodation in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
  • 2 shared safari activities per day at Madikwe Hills Main Camp including:
    • Early morning and afternoon game drives (max 6 guests per vehicle)*
    • Guided bush walks
  • Private Journey to Freedom Tour
  • 2 shared activities per day at Leopard Hills including:
    • Early morning and afternoon game drives (max 6 guests per vehicle)*
    • Guided game walks
  • Entrance & landing fees
  • South African VAT
  • Madikwe Guest Conservation Contribution
  • Sabi Sand Guest Conservation Levy
  • Laundry at Madikwe Hills Main Camp and Leopard Hills
  • Teas and coffees, and a wide selection of local beverages, house wines and spirits at Madikwe Hills Main Camp
  • Teas and coffees, and all beverages excluding premium wines from the wine cellar at Leopard Hills
  • Internal light aircraft flights: Johannesburg - Madikwe - Johannesburg - Sabi Sand - Johannesburg including air taxes
  • 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners

*Please note maximum vehicle capacities are subject to change without prior notice

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare & airfare taxes
  • Domestic airfare & airfare taxes unless otherwise stated
  • Meals & beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Gratuities
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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20 Sep 2022
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