Tailor-Made Holiday

South Africa - Madikwe, Kalahari and Cape

Elegant properties, beautiful landscapes and abundant wildlife

11 days

from £6,795pp (excluding flights)

Set out on a stylish South African safari, exploring two of the country’s greatest game reserves, before finishing at the stunning Silo hotel in Cape Town.

  • Combine time on safari in game reserves with a short break in Cape Town
  • Stay at beautifully designed lodges, away from the crowds
  • Explore the dry Kalahari landscape, as well as game-rich Madikwe
  • Finish at the stylish Silo hotel, located on Cape Town’s vibrant V&A Waterfront

Madikwe

Begin in Madikwe – only a short flight away from Johannesburg. Here, stay at the owner-run and managed Jamala Madikwe Lodge. This beautiful thatched lodge, comprising just five individual villas, sits within the Madikwe Game Reserve. It features an elevated viewing deck, looking out over the reserve.

Explore this remarkable landscape, home to a diversity of wildlife. Once barren farming land, this area now teems with species. Set out on morning and afternoon game drive, in search of lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, buffaloes and more.

Kalahari

Head further west, flying via Johannesburg, and head into the arid Kalahari Reserve. Stay at Tswalu Motse – a wonderfully isolated lodge that lies beneath the Korannaberg Mountains, looking out over the dry grassy plains of the Kalahari. Decorated in a natural style, with dead wood and red clay, this lodge is a brilliant base from which to explore the reserve.

Ideal for both families and couples, Tswalu offers a wide range of activities. Take game drives through the desert, set out on guided bush walks, horse ride across the plains, track rhinos or star gaze beneath the night’s sky.

Flexible and private, the Tswalu experience is individually tailored for every guest, with bush dinners, sundowners, wine tasting and dune picnics.

Cape Town

Finish in cosmopolitan Cape Town, staying in The Silo, which occupies the upper part of a renovated grain silo. Beneath, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa fills the rest of the building, which itself sits right at the heart of the famous V&A Waterfront.

Brilliantly located for exploring Cape Town, this remarkable hotel stands out – not just because it rises high above the rest of the waterfront, but because of its remarkable design. The stylishly appointed rooms all feature pillowed window bays, with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over Cape Town’s cityscape.

Why We Like It

This trip combines a carefully selected trio of properties that all prize individuality and excellence. A journey to South Africa ought to be the holiday of a lifetime and these properties aim for just that.

 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 6795 £ 1000

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Johannesburg overnight

Day 2

Travel from Johannesburg to Madikwe Game Reserve (Air Transfer Journey)


One of South Africa's largest game reserves, Madikwe Game Reserve is home to the Big Five and has a healthy African wild dog population. Bordering Botswana, which lies to its north, the reserve is one of the best run in the country. Some 8000 animals including lion, elephant, cheetah, rhino and buffalo were introduced to the reserve during one of the biggest wildlife translocation projects in the world, "Operation Noah" some 20 years ago and have flourished in this unique environment.


You will be staying at Jamala Madikwe, Full board

Day 3

Days at Jamala Madikwe
Spend time exploring the vast malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Standing on what was once farming land, this diverse reserve now supports an array of wildlife. Take morning and afternoon game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, led by highly trained guides.

Three hunting packs of wild dogs roam this landscape of rock-strewn hills, open savannah and rich bushveld, as well as numerous larger mammals. These include leopards, cheetahs, lions, giraffes, rhinos, elephants and many other species. The varied topography of the reserve means that there is a diverse range of animal species, including more than 340 types of birds.


You will be staying at Jamala Madikwe, Full board

Day 4

Another day exploring Madikwe


You will be staying at Jamala Madikwe, Full board

Day 5

Travel from Madikwe Game Reserve to Johannesburg (Air Transfer Journey)

Travel from Johannesburg to Kalahari Reserve (Air Transfer Journey)


Activities for the day at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Enjoy an all day game drive with delicious picnic


You will be staying at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, Full board

Day 6

Activities for the day at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Take a guided bush walk which will offer the chance to get closer to the land, then on your return enjoy a spa treatment which is located outside in the spa garden where guests find the occasional antelope grazing alongside them.


You will be staying at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, Full board

Day 7

Activities for the day at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Last day to enjoy the activities from Tswalu - perhaps take a horse back safari across the grassy plains and rolling Kalahari dunes with spectacular views across the desert


You will be staying at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, Full board

Day 8

Travel from Kalahari Reserve to Johannesburg (Air Transfer Journey)

Fly Johannesburg to Cape Town


Lying immediately beneath Table Mountain, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, a true melting pot of diverse cultures with a fascinating past.

The central city is packed full of quirky roads to explore and the Victoria & Albert Waterfront offers mainstream shopping with a great harbour. Restaurants here are world class, with a fusion of cuisines from fresh seafood to Cape Malay, complimented by incredible wines from the Cape Winelands nearby.

To the south of the city are the picturesque golden beaches of Bantry Bay, Clifton, and Camps Bay. Friendly and welcoming, Cape Town is a city you can't help but love.


You will be staying at The Silo, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Things to do in Cape Town
Spend a day or more exploring Cape Town. Explore Kirstenbosch Gardens and enjoy rooibos tea at the Café. Ascend Table Mountain by cable car, swim with penguins at Boulders Beach or walk with them on the board walk. Learn about Just Nuisance as you eat famous fish and chips at Simon's Town Harbour. Discover shipwrecks at Cape Point with a picnic or eat sushi at the Two Oceans Restaurant.

Drive back from the point via the scenic Chapman's Peak and the Hout Bay Harbour Market. Meet the friendly city inhabitants on Noordhoek, Clifton, Kommetjie, Camps Bay and Llandudno beaches. Walk through the city to discover the Castle, Greenmarket Square and the many museums found there. Bustle through the V&A Waterfront to the aquarium and harbour-side bars and follow Mandela on the Long Walk to Freedom at Robben Island.

Savour high tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel, overlooking the Company Gardens, or taste wine and eat at the vineyards of Klein Constantia, Constantia Glen and Steenberg Estates. Get aboard a boat, take a kayak trip to Seal Island or swim with Cape Fur seals.


Another day to explore Cape Town.


You will be staying at The Silo, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Fly Cape Town to Johannesburg

Fly Johannesburg to London overnight


You will be staying at The Silo, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

Arrive into London Heathrow

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

Tswalu lies at the foot of the Korannaberg mountain range, facing westwards across the grasslands of the Kalahari....

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Jamala Madikwe

Jamala Madikwe

Overlooking a wide grass plain, in the heart of the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve lies the super luxurious and boutique Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge....

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The Silo

The Silo

The Silo is positioned at the heart of downtown Cape Town, overlooking the historic V&A waterfront....

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