Spend 8 days in South Africa covering some of the country's most celebrated destinations: World Heritage Site of the Cradle of Humankind, Lesedi Cultural Village, Madikwe Game Reserve, and Cape Peninsula. This package is perfect for families that would like to experience all that South Africa has to offer in a malaria free environment. Bring your family to South Africa and cherish unforgettable moments with them!
The Maslow is renowned for offering premier 4-star Sandton accommodation for travelers. The Maslow is located in Sandton’s financial district, only a few minutes away from the Sandton Gautrain station, Sandton City mall and Nelson Mandela Square. With modern conference facilities and meeting rooms, Sun International’s The Maslow is Sandton’s premium business hotel. Superior comfort, relaxation and elegance are guaranteed when staying at this high-end hotel in Sandton.
Jaci’s Safari Lodge provides accommodation in 8 luxurious tents, each with a distinct African feel, decorated with rich, vibrant colors and textures. Each suite has its own large mosaic bath, outdoor shower and private deck from which to enjoy the beautiful views that surround you. The family suites, Nare and Safari, have their own private plunge pools and come with their own guides and game-drive vehicles.
Set on Cape Town’s historic Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, this elegant hotel offers 329 fully air-conditioned rooms, all of which feature views of either the ocean or Table Mountain. The rooms have luxurious walk-in cupboards, marble finishes, and writing desks and each is equipped with a butler station and an honor bar. Bathrooms have separate showers and baths. Vanities include a personal hairdryer and a full range of internationally acclaimed cosmetics and toiletries. Hotel facilities include an outdoor pool, an exercise room and a day spa. Cosmopolitan, gracious and relaxed, Table Bay Hotel is the sum of all that is good about Cape Town.
Upon arrival in Johannesburg you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Sandton.
After breakfast, depart on a full day excursion to the Cradle of Humankind. You’re going right back to your beginnings, to the exceptional World Heritage Site of the Cradle of Humankind. The superb Maropeng Visitor Centre is truly an exciting, world class exhibition, focusing on the development of humans and ancestors over the past few million years.
From past to present, you’ll be exploring five cultures at the Lesedi Cultural Village, heart and home to families of a range of African tribes, all living harmoniously in traditional homesteads. You’ll be right there experiencing the warmth and hospitality of people from the Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Sotho and Pedi cultures, and you’ll find it fascinating.
The multilingual, multi-visual orientation depicts the history of South Africa, and will deepen your understanding of the complexity of the multicultural community. You will enjoy a traditional African meal, a fine way to round off a day of new experiences and fresh insights.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Madikwe Game Reserve where you will spend the next 2 nights on safari.
Out in the wild, there are no guarantees, but Jaci’s expert field guides have years of experience in tracking and identifying animals of the African bush. Your field guide will do his utmost to ensure that you enjoy an incredible bush safari adventure.
Early morning and evening are the best times to catch a glimpse of Africa’s top ten: lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant and rhino (both black and white), along with the equally impressive hippo, giraffe and the endangered wild dog, hyena (spotted and brown) and cheetah. Be sure to keep an eye out for large antelope species such as eland, gemsbok, sable and nyala.
Smaller buck species such as springbok, oribi, duiker and klipspringer also abound. Over the Destination Southern Africa’s highly qualified field guides have accumulated a wonderful repertoire of anecdotes and interesting facts on local wildlife, geology, history, and geography. As you traverse the African bush, these tales of the wild will make your African safari game drive a fun and informative experience.
You’ll have a transfer from Madikwe Game Reserve to Johannesburg Airport (JNB). Upon arrival in Cape Town, you will be met and transferred to the Table Bay Hotel conveniently located at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
After breakfast you will be met by your local English speaking driver-guide for your full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Depart the hotel and flank the colder Atlantic Ocean en route to Hout Bay which was once a fishing community and now is one of the most popular residential areas, the harbor still has a charm of days gone by. There’s also a chance to join the M.V "Circe" for a half hour cruise to "Seal Island" (at an additional cost) or for the not so adventurous, the fish market "Mariners Wharf" is a must.
The tour now continues over the famous Chapman’s Peak drive (if open), with a 200 meter drop on one side and a 200-meter rise on the other, as you make your way south, following the Atlantic Ocean until you reach Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. Said to be the romantic meeting place of the two mighty oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian, Sir Francis Drake the Explorer once called it "the fairest Cape that we saw in the whole circumference of the Globe". And rightly so, it must be the highlight of any visit to the Mother City, if not South Africa. Your optional lunch stop today is at the Fish Hoek Galley.
You’ll pass the naval base of Simonstown as you continue along the Indian Ocean, en route to see the Jackass penguin colony which has become well established at Boulders Beach near Simonstown. Your last stop of the day is at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, home of some 3 500 species of Southern African fauna and flora. You’ll return to the hotel in the late afternoon, having seen some of the best the Cape has to offer.
After breakfast, you will enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the beautiful city of Cape Town. Maybe take a trip in the cable car up Table Mountain or a boat ride for a poignant visit to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years. In the summer months, maybe head for the white sand beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay. Whatever else, you will not be at a loss for fun filled things for a family to enjoy.
After breakfast you will be transferred to Cape Town Airport.
Madikwe Game Reserve is the newest of South Africa's prime safari destinations. A public-private partnership resulted in the creation of this Big Five game reserve on almost worthless cattle farms and today it is home to 66 mammal species.
Madikwe is a haven of amazing diversities. The landscape has mountainous areas, plateaux, rocky hills, a perennial river, seasonal wetlands, a variety of sandy and clay areas, bushveld, Kalahari veld and savanna areas. The rich diversity of vegetation ensures a wide range of game and the topography offers ideal game viewing opportunities in a malaria-free environment.
There is a good chance of seeing the ‘Magnificent Seven’ which comprises the Big Five as well as the rare and endangered wild dog and cheetah. The reserve is home to the largest elephant population outside the Kruger National Park, black and white rhino, and the biggest disease free herd of buffalo in the country.
In addition to those, one may see brown and spotted hyena and all other South African predators. A multitude of plains game includes giraffe, zebra, springbok, and sable. There are also large populations of wildebeest, impala, and warthogs. For bird watchers Madikwe is an unmissable destination with the latest official bird list boasting an incredible 340 species.
Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbor, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.
Principal air routes are serviced by SAA and British Airways, operated by Comair. There are 2 low-cost carriers on main routes, namely Kulula.com and Mango. Facilitating travel around South Africa are 10 airports managed by the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA).
In addition, there are some 90 regional airports, including the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP) in Nelspruit and the Skukuza Airport (SZK), offering access to the Kruger National Park.
"They did a great job planning my safaris in 2006 and 2012. The 2012 experience was fascinating; I learned to dwell on my companionship with my guides as I travelled alone and happy in 2012. I like to think of the line by Tennessee William's that "One can always depend on the kindness of strangers." Yes, Vivien Leigh had it right, and I highly recommend a safari alone in order to be truly happy, content and at peace."
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"Destination Southern Africa did a great job planning my safaris in 2006 and 2012. The 2012 experience was fascinating; I learned to dwell on my companionship with my guides as I traveled alone and happy in 2012. I like to think of the line by Tennessee William's that "One can always depend on the kindness of strangers." Yes, Vivien Leigh had it right, and I highly recommend a safari alone in order to be truly happy, content and at peace."
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