- Tour duration
- 7 days
- Cascades Hotel, Madikwe Safari Lodge
- Best For
- Family, Malaria-Free Safari, Affordable Safari Packages
Days 1-4: A sun-kissed holidayArrive at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg where a private transfer will take you to Sun City, Africa’s premier resort, and your room in the Cascades Hotel. Sun City's sprawling grounds house a wealth of entertainment: play a round on one of the two Gary Player-designed championship golf courses, spoil yourself with a spa treatment, relax at the lake’s edge, visit the exhilarating Valley of the Waves – which has its own tropical ‘beach’ and wave machine - or simply relax on a sun lounger. Game drives in search of the Big 5 are possible the neighbouring Pilanesberg National Park – you can self-drive on the tarred roads or join a guided tour with an experienced ranger who will point out the animals and birdlife to you. Sun City is a place where you can do as much or as little as you like: there are plenty of activities for children, including a farmyard, outdoor parks and an action-packed arcade. Adults can unwind with a cocktail at the Royal Baths, a massive swimming pool reserved for over-18s only. The resort also has plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from – there are a host of establishments from ranging from down-to-earth family favourites to sophisticated venues for special occasions.
Days 4-7: Track the Big 5After four days at Sun City, enjoy a final breakfast before you are transferred by road to Madikwe Safari Lodge in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, which is renowned for its superb Big 5 game viewing and reliable sightings of white rhino. Cheetah and wild dog are also regularly spotted here, making up the Magnificent 7, and are a major draw card for safari enthusiast. Situated between rolling hills, the luxurious lodge overlooks game-rich plains bisected by the majestic Marico River, which cuts a life-giving swathe through this marvellous landscape. Encounters on expertly guided 4x4 game drives are generally limited to a maximum of three vehicles per sighting to maintain exclusivity and ensure the well-being of the animals. You will check into the Lelapa section of the lodge, which is ideal for families travelling with children under 16. Your suite’s veranda is a private refuge, with magnificent views, where you have the luxury of a plunge pool for refreshing afternoon dips. On chilly nights, curl up in front of the fireplace in your elegant suite and, when the weather is warm, cool off in your alfresco shower immersed in the captivating wilderness. Barbeque dinners are enjoyed around a roaring campfire, accompanied by African song and dance, while the chef also regularly prepares personalised pizzas in the traditional wood-fired oven. For a truly intimate wilderness experience, expert guides escort you through the bush on foot, introducing the diverse array of flora and fauna found on the reserve. Identify the tracks of a cheetah and learn how they differ from those of the leopard. Rub the leaves of an acacia tree and listen to your guide as he imparts his knowledge about its health benefits for both humans and our 4-legged friends. Bird watching on the reserve is phenomenal and your guide is always available to assist with identification. Before retiring to your suite for the night, turn your eyes to the pitch-black skies and spot brilliant star constellations as you learn more about African astronomy. Children can enjoy a kids’ game drive in the late morning, lessons in bushcraft, spoor tracking and dung identification, and trips to the Ecology House, where they can learn more about South Africa’s plants, animals and birds.