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Cape Town, Madikwe & Marataba

The Mother City and a malaria-free safari that’s a hidden gem

The beauty about a safari in Africa is that each time you go, you are guaranteed that it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. No one game drive is the same as the animals are wild and unpredictable and the landscapes are ever-changing with the seasons. You could spend your whole life travelling to all the different safari regions of Africa (and what a life that would be!) and discover that each one is unique and extraordinary in its own right. In this 12-day itinerary, you will get to explore two such safari regions of South Africa: Madikwe Private Game Reserve, famous for its wild dogs; and Marataba, a private concession within Marakele National Park an excellent option for a walking safari with breath-taking views over the Waterberg Mountains. The added bonus is that both are malaria-free and are hidden gems that offer high-quality game experiences but only those "in-the-know" would know about them. But before your adventures in the bush, you will first start your itinerary with 3 nights in Cape Town to explore this first class, cosmopolitan city that uniquely combines beauty and nature with history and culture.

Day 1: Cape Town

Arrival at Cape Town where you will collect your rental car and self-drive to your hotel. Cape Town, fondly known as The Mother City, South Africa’s first and most historical City. Also home to Table Mountain, One of the World’s “New 7 Wonders of Nature.

Cape Cadogan (B&B)

Day 2: Cape Town

You will have the whole day at leisure to discover the old city centre, the beaches, the V&A Waterfront, Robben Island, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Table Mountain, Signal Hill and many more.

Cape Cadogan (B&B)

Day 3: Cape Town

Today would be the perfect day to explore the Cape Peninsula. Start with a seal island cruise from Houtbay, take the panoramic Route Chapmans Peak towards Noordhoek and continue south along the coastline. Have a stop at Boulders Beach to visit the penguin colony and spend the afternoon in beautiful Cape Point Nature Reserve.

Cape Cadogan (B&B)

Day 4: Cape Town - Madikwe Game Reserve

After breakfast you will drop off your vehicle at Cape Town Airport and check in on your flight to Johannesburg. Road transfer to Madikwe Game Reserve.

Madikwe Safari Lodge (FI)

Day 5: Madikwe Game Reserve

Today you will enjoy a morning and afternoon game drive with some leisure time in between to relax at the swimming pool or on your private deck.

Madikwe Safari Lodge (FI)

Day 6: Madikwe Game Reserve

By now we are sure you will have discovered the Big 5! Madikwe Game Reserve is the 5th largest game reserve and also one of the lesser-known parks in South Africa which makes it a hidden-gem and also one of the best conservation areas.

Madikwe Safari Lodge (FI)

Day 7: Madikwe Game Reserve - Marakele National Park

After your morning game drive you will have a road transfer to Marakele National Park. In the afternoon you will be able to enjoy a game drive.

Marataba Safari Lodge (FI)

Day 8: Marakele Nature Reserve

Today you will enjoy a morning and afternoon game drive with some leisure time in between to relax at the swimming pool or on your private deck.

Marataba Safari Lodge (FI)

Day 9: Marakele National Park

The reserve is home to the Big 5 and offers breath taking views from the dramatic Waterberg Mountains, vast plains and winding rivers cutting through the landscape.

Marataba Safari Lodge (FI)

Day 10: Marakele National Park

After one last morning game drive, you will have a road transfer back to OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg. Check in on your international return flight.

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Above price is based on two people traveling together sharing a room.


  • All accommodations
  • Meet & Greet + travel pack
  • Rental Car with super cover insurance
  • Meals and activities as specified in itinerary
  • Regional Flight (price subject to change due to fluctuating fuel surcharge):
    Cape Town - Johannesburg


  • International Flights
  • Contract Fee for rental car, and optional Delivery Fee, Cross Border Fee, Additional Driver charge, Young driver surcharge, Optional equipment, Document Administration Fee, Claim and Fine Handling fee
  • Meals and activities if not specified in itinerary
  • Visa Fees
  • Travel Insurance

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