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A male impala in a field of yellow flowers, Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Northern Wildlife Reserves and Cape Town



9 Days

Prices Start from

$8,806pp (ex. flights)

Set out on a stylish South African safari, exploring two of the country’s greatest wildlife reserves – the dry Kalahari and the game-rich Madikwe, before finishing at the stunning Silo Hotel in Cape Town.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Kalahari Reserve, South Africa 1


Get close to the habituated meerkat family in the Kalahari Reserve.

Aerial View, Cape Town, South Africa 2

Cape Town

Explore Cape Town – packed with restaurants, galleries and activities.

Makanyane Safari Lodge, Madikwe & The Waterberg, South Africa 3

Wild Dogs

Search for hunting packs of endangered wild dogs in the richly diverse Madikwe Game Reserve.

Artist's impression, The Silo, Cape Town 4

Silo Hotel

Finish at the stylish Silo Hotel, built above the Museum of Contemporary African Art.

Why we like it

This trip combines a carefully selected trio of properties that all prize individuality and excellence, whilst also highlighting the incredible contrasts of this diverse country. A journey to South Africa ought to be the holiday of a lifetime and this trip, we think, aims for just that.

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  • Day 1

    Johannesburg - Madikwe Game Reserve

  • Days 2-3

    Madikwe Game Reserve

  • Day 4

    Madikwe Game Reserve - Johannesburg - Kalahari Reserve

  • Days 5-6

    Kalahari Reserve

  • Day 7

    Kalahari Reserve - Johannesburg - Cape Town

  • Day 8

    Cape Town

  • Day 9

    Cape Town - Johannesburg

Day 1

Johannesburg - Madikwe Game Reserve

Days 2-3

Madikwe Game Reserve

Wild Dogs

Search for hunting packs of endangered wild dogs in the richly diverse Madikwe Game Reserve.

Day 4

Madikwe Game Reserve - Johannesburg - Kalahari Reserve

Days 5-6

Kalahari Reserve


Get close to the habituated meerkat family in the Kalahari Reserve.

Day 7

Kalahari Reserve - Johannesburg - Cape Town

Silo Hotel

Finish at the stylish Silo Hotel, built above the Museum of Contemporary African Art.

Day 8

Cape Town

Explore Cape Town – packed with restaurants, galleries and activities.

Day 9

Cape Town - Johannesburg

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Lioness and cub, South Africa
Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Madikwe Game Reserve

Begin in Madikwe – only a short flight north 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.

Red Hartebeest, Kalahari, South Africa
Kalahari Reserve, South Africa


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.

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.

Artist's impression, The Silo, Cape Town
The Silo, Cape Town, South Africa

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.


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Jamala Madikwe £££££

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  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Overlooking a wide grassy plain, in the heart of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve lies the super luxurious and boutique Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge. Offering the best there is in fine dining, attention to detail, service and game viewing. Nothing has been left unattended, the game drive vehicles are state of the art – the private salas replete with fluffed cushions and the wildlife come to watch you as you sit on the deck overlooking the plain. Each suite is vast with its own lounge area, rim flow plunge pool and private deck. Linens are sumptuous and furnishings reflect refinement and safari chic. Owner and manager, Rodney is always around to ensure that every wish is made into reality.

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Tswalu Kalahari £££££

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Tswalu Kalahari lies at the foot of the Korannaberg mountain range, facing westwards across the grasslands of the Kalahari. This 115,000-hectare private reserve has grown over the past 30 years, rewilding an area that was once farmland. Now, it is home to just two lodges, as well as a host of rare and endangered species. These include desert-adapted black rhinos, black-maned Kalahari lions, cheetahs and African wild dogs.

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The Silo £££££

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  • City

The Silo is positioned at the heart of downtown Cape Town, overlooking the historic V&A waterfront. Housed within a 57-metre-high former grain silo, it sits on top of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). The hotel is spread over six floors, affording views of both the city and distant Table Mountain. 30 rooms fill the silo’s repurposed tower, split into seven categories. The unique architecture means the layout is inherently vertically spacious and the clever design makes the most of this. The rooms are all beautifully appointed in a contemporary style and are remarkable for their pillowed window bays, with floor-to-ceiling windows.

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An excellent holiday well organised with personal help from Illona. Always available to answer my questions. Everything worked like clockwork whilst in South Africa.

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When to travel

South Africa in January

A great time to visit around Cape Town and the Garden Route, as it is hot and dry. Further north in the Kruger, it is also hot, but there is a much greater chance of rainstorms.

South Africa in February

Peak season in the Cape continues, and it is often the hottest time. It is worth booking well in advance to get your preferred accommodation.

South Africa in March

It is an excellent time to visit all parts of the country, as the weather is still warm and the rain eases in the north. In the Kruger, it is lush and green after the rainy season.

South Africa in April

Visitor numbers drop, and lower temperatures make for ideal hiking conditions in the Drakensberg mountains. It is warm and dry across the country, making it a great time to explore multiple regions.

South Africa in May

A quieter time of year and a good time to visit, especially if you are not looking for balmy heat. The north and especially the Kruger enters its dry season, with cooler temperatures.

South Africa in June

Midwinter brings the rainiest time in the Cape, but it is still pleasantly mild in the day with the sun shining. The dry season in the north makes for excellent wildlife viewing as animals congregate around watering holes.

South Africa in July

Clear skies and crisp sunshine dominate in the north, as it is the driest month. It is low season so parks are generally quiet and it is easier to spot wildlife around the sparse waterholes.

South Africa in August

A fantastic time to see KwaZulu Natal as is one of the warmest places in the country at this time. In the Western Cape, it is starting to dry out in time for whale watching season.

South Africa in September

The West Coast springs into life as the flowers bloom and temperatures rise across the country. A chance to spot newborns and it is prime time for whale watching in the Cape.

South Africa in October

A great time to see both the north and south, as it is relatively dry everywhere. Flowers carpet the countryside as temperatures continue to rise.

South Africa in November

The start of the rainy season in the Kruger and the north, as temperatures heat up. Impressive thunderstorms become more regular in the afternoon. The last chance to see whales in the Cape, and a good time to see inland areas before they toast in the summer heat.

South Africa in December

Summer approaches and with it visitor numbers rise, especially in the south. If you want to travel around Christmas and New Year, you should book well in advance to secure the best spots.

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