(Cape Town, Hermanus, Madikwe Game Reserve)
From adorable lion cubs, thundering elephants and waddling penguins to treasure hunts, pony rides, beach time and boat cruises, this kidtastic new tour is destined to become a family favorite! Marrying South Africa's renowned luxury for grown-ups with exotic animals, interactive activities and educational fun for the little ones, families of every age will go wild as they discover Cape Town, Hermanus and Madikwe. Keep young minds growing and small hands busy with bumble safaris, day and night game drives, special children's guides, cooking lessons, arts and crafts, stargazing, eco-walks, whale watching and swimming pools. Complete with babysitters, gourmet cuisine, VIP airport treatment and5-star hotels and lodges, this customizable adventure has everything family legends are made of.
*Kids stay free when they share with 2 adults, Children must be 12 and younger. The following holidays are excluded (Dec 16- 5th of Jan) and(21st Mar - 8th of April).
Upon arrival into South Africa you will be met at the door of the plane and escorted through Customs and Immigration avoiding any queues. You will also receive all of your necessary documents for your trip which contains a detailed personalized itinerary, maps, restaurant suggestions, top tips for exploring each city or region and a 24 hour concierge service (for restaurant reservations, spa treatments, child minders, day tours etc.)
Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel.
Situated in walking distance of the famous Victoria and Albert Waterfront, overlooking the popular Robben Island, the Radisson SAS Hotel Waterfront is one of the most attractive hotels in Cape Town. The 181 rooms are offered as standard, business class, and suite class. Some feature balconies overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the harbour. Free broadband is available throughout, as well as mini bars and satellite television. Culinary surprises soaked in local and international flavours are prepared at Tobago's Restaurant, at the Radisson SAS. Lunch is displayed buffet style, while dinner is an a la carte affair. Watch the sun set at Tobago's Bar and Terrace after a meal. Otherwise, plan a mountain-biking or paragliding trip and get to know the region's natural surroundings.
Today you will be met by your guide for an exploration of Cape Town, known affectionately as the Mother City. Your tour will take in the Houses of Parliament, the Castle (built between 1666 and 1679, this is South Africa’s oldest building), lively Greenmarket Square with its daily market, the Company Gardens and of course Table Mountain which will give you spectacular views over the city and Peninsula (cable car fee is not included as it is weather dependent). On our descent, we stop at the Bo Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses.
Sign up for optional activities (not included in tour price); diving to see Great White sharks, whale watching, visit to Robben Island to see Mandela's prison, visit to local townships, walking tours, visit winelands, cycling, cultural tours and more.
This transfer from Cape Town will take your guests along the R44 from Gordon’s Bay to Hermanus. This is regarded as one of the top scenic drives in South Africa, hugging the coastline with amazing views of False Bay. Between June and November, whales are often sighted on this drive. The route winds through the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, which is known for its beautiful fynbos. En route to Grootbos we will visit Stony Point in Betty’s Bay to view a colony with over 3500 African Penguins (the same penguins, guests would experience in Boulder’s). There are incredible pathways leading past the penguin nests and your guests will have many photographic opportunities of these amazing creatures.
Grootbos Nature Reserve, with its two 5-star lodges is a jewel of Cape ecotourism and luxury accommodation. The reserve is spectacularly situated on the fynbos and forest clad hills overlooking the whale-watching haven of Walker Bay. Grootbos has carved a unique niche in the up market eco-lodge sector by specializing in the Cape region of South Africa’s world-renowned flora and marine biodiversity. This multi-award winning 1750 ha reserve is home to more than 750 different species of plants, offers warm hospitality, excellent cuisine, fine South African wines and is a nature lover’s paradise.
Grootbos offers many wonderful adventurous trips that weave throughout the majestic reserve; it is the perfect place to recapture one’s outdoor spirit through the panoramic and beautiful scenery. On a guided walk through the nature reserve trails, visitors are far more likely to encounter birdlife which they would not have been able to spot and discuss if they had been in a vehicle. The Grootbos hiking trails offer so much to explore above the obvious flora and fauna. Animal tracks, local insects, flower details and much more are far more easily observed on the pleasant guided walks and hikes through the Grootbos reserve.
Other activities incldue: forest walks, visit the historic Klipgat Caves, spend a day at the beach, or enjoy 4×4 reserve drives through the last of the Cape’s Milkwood forests and the beautiful floral Kingdom. On another day you could choose to go horseback riding. One of the most satisfying and enriching ways of exploring Grootbos Nature Reserve is by horse back. The horses at Grootbos are ideal for beginners and experienced horse riders alike. Experienced staff look after 18 horses at the Grootbos stables, and accompany guests on rides.
At Grootbos Nature Reserve the children’s activities are not just activities – they are a combination of education and fun in our wonderful nature setting. Our tailor-made Family Fun Package is about inspiring, educating, enthusing and exhilarating the children to make them curious of what is coming next and to ensure that they spend an exciting, interesting and enjoyable time with us.
Specialized guides accompany the children during exciting treasure hunts, excursions to the beach, the rock pools and trips through the reserve. The children get familiar with our fascinating eco-system and the history of the area. Picture Frame or Shell Bracelet Making are great activities to inspire their creativity and to give them a lifelong memory to take back home. While exploring their immediate and natural environment they can collect shells, porcupine quills or bugs, which will be brought back to their own activities rooms for exciting identification. At the same time we teach the children not to destroy or interfere in the natural habitats that they can find everywhere.
Grootbos boasts the last of the Cape’s Milkwood Forests and the beautiful Cape Floral Kingdom. For those who wish to venture farther you can sign up for other activities as well. Whale Watching - By land, sea or plane (from June to December). Shark Cage Diving - By air, boat or cage diving. Big 5 Marine Tour - By boat, enjoy sights such as penguins, seals, dolphins, sharks, or even whales. Scenic Flights - View mountains, vineyards, shipwrecks and even sharks and whales. View the southern most part of the African land mass from this unique perspective.
Today you'll depart seaside Hermanus and enjoy a drive through scenic mountains back to Cape Town.
Take your flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg today. The flight duration is approximately 2 hrs. Flight times confirmed when booked.
Today you will drive from Johannesburg to Madikwe Game Reserve. This drive will take approximately 4 hours.
In the afternoon, enjoy some time on your own to relax.
This afternoon you'll meet up with others at the lodge and embark on your afternoon game drive. Sunrise and sunset are when the animals are most active. You'll be out in the reserve for a few hours before returning back to the lodge to freshen up for dinner. A private vehicle can be booked at an additional cost dependant on availability.
Etali Safari Lodge is located in the heart of the spectacular Madikwe Game Reserve, embraced and nurtured by Mother Africa's rich red soil and meets you with lavish hospitality. Built in harmony with nature under the vibrant African sun, Etali Safari Lodge is an exclusive, intimate haven, where body and soul are rejuvenated in surroundings created by people who understand luxury. You will find the accommodation at this lodge sheer bliss in any one of the eight luxury air-conditioned suites, each set apart for total privacy in its own busheled domain. The mix of cool and earthy colours in the decor is a peaceful contrast to the unsurpassed beauty of the sweet-thorn Acacia trees outside. Dining is available on location featuring a mixture of African and fine dining as well as other special dietary requirements. Recreational facilities include a Wellness Spa with a steam room and an air open gym available to you at any time. Since Etali Safari Lodge opened to guest, it has received the prestigious 5 star rating from the South African Tourism. Etali is operated and run by the owners.
Before first light you'll meet up with others at the lodge and embark on your early morning game drive. Sunrise and sunset are when the animals are most active. You'll be out in the reserve for a few hours before returning back to the lodge for breakfast. A private vehicle can be booked at an additional cost depending on availability.
This afternoon you'll meet up with others at the lodge and embark on your afternoon game drive. Sunrise and sunset are when the animals are most active. Enjoy and explore. The game guides of Madikwe prefer to focus on the “Top Ten” rather than the Big Five. So, in addition to boasting more sought-after African species such as lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant and rhino, malaria-free Madikwe is home to hippo, giraffe, wild dog, hyena and cheetah. Of these, the cheetah, wild dog, brown hyena and black rhino are the most endangered species. Madikwe’s location close to the edge of the Kalahari Desert means there’s an overlap of a number of species, offering visitors greater viewing diversity. The reserve supports a number of large antelope species, such as eland, gemsbok, sable and nyala, to name but a few. Smaller buck species such as springbok, oribi, duiker and klipspringer also abound.
Embark on an early morning game drive with your expert guide. Madikwe is known for it's divers wildlife and this was help to a effort in the 90's to encourage conservation called "Operation Phoenix". It is to this day one of the largest game translocation exercises in the world. More than 8,000 animals of 28 species have been released into the Madikwe Game Reserve including elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, cheetah, Cape hunting dog, spotted hyena, giraffe, antelope and other herbivores.
Children under the age of 6 are not allowed on game drive vehicles as per the North WestParks and Tourism Board. However, we offer a free bumble drive after breakfast where the kids are joined by their parents after the normal drive and then do a short drive. Rangers then concentrate on smaller things with the kids, they do plaster of paris imprints of tracks, discuss medicinal and other uses for trees and grass, and let them in on many other secrets of the bush and the inhabitants thereof. Whilst we welcome families with kids, the experience of all our guests is our priority. We have wonderful babysitters to take care of the children and allow parents the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful meal, game drive, treatment or the luxury of an afternoon nap. At Etali we offer activities for the kids like biscuit baking under the guidance and supervision of our chefs, games and puzzles they can use. Kids often enjoy spending a lot of time in the pools in summer as well.
Today you will drive from Madikwe Game Reserve to Johannesburg. Travel time is approximately 4 hour.
Depart from Johannesburg international airport - End of itinerary.
VISA/PASSPORTVisitors to South Africa for tourism, short business meetings, or those in transit do not require visas for stays of up to 90 days. We recommend that the passports of all travelers to South Africa contain at least two completely blank (unstamped) visa pages each time entry is sought. These pages are in addition to the endorsement/amendment pages (as many as four) at the back of the passport. While South African statutes require only one completely blank visa page, this rule has been applied inconsistently by South African immigration officials. In addition, any trip to a neighboring country would necessitate another blank page upon return.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the embassy of South Africa for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are relatively wide spread and good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/south-africa.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Pretoria (administrative). Government: Republic. Gained independence from the UK in 1910. Language: The official languages are Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. Religion: Most inhabitants profess Christianity. There are also Hindu, Muslim and Jewish communities, and traditional beliefs are still practiced widely, sometimes in conjunction with Christianity. Time: GMT + 2. Electricity: 220/240 volts AC; 250 volts AC (Pretoria), 50Hz. Three-pin round plugs are in use. Telephone: Country code +27. Area codes are used even if you are making a call in the same area. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage extends to most of the country except in the very remote areas. Internet: Internet cafes are present around the country and wireless is available at airports and in upmarket hotels.
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