(Johannesburg, Madikwe Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, Cape Town)
A premium safari to South Africa's top locations. From Johannesburg drive to the exclusive Madikwe Game Reserve for Big Five game viewing. One of South Africa’s newer and prime safari destinations, the Madikwe Game Reserve is situated in the malaria free North West Province, bordering Botswana. This Reserve spans 75,000 hectares making it one of the largest game reserves in South Africa. It is particularly known for its wild dog reintroduction in the east, as well as the unusual gemsbok, tsessebe and springbok. The lions in Madikwe originate from Etosha in Namibia and are known to hunt very large prey such as giraffe and eland; this requires immense strength and makes for impressive sightings. Enjoy 2 nights stay with daily game viewing included. Then fly on to the exclusive Sabi Sand Game Reserve to enjoy the best Big Five game viewing in the country. Located on the east corner of the Kruger National Park, Sabi Sand is arguably the most renowned game park in South Africa. Enjoy 3 nights here with daily game viewing included. Rounding off the trip fly on to the beautiful city of Cape Town. Voted one of the world's most picturesque cities, it is nestled between Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean with pristine sandy beaches. Your private guide will take you exploring out to windy Cape Point and up to the dizzying views off Table Mountain. Other worthwhile optional activities include a visit to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, seasonal whale watching, scuba diving with great white sharks, or the winelands or cultural excursions. This unique trip combines some of the most rare and wild big game with cosmopolitan Cape Town, a truly unique African adventure. Includes internal flights.
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Upon arrival into Johannesburg-South Africa, you will be met at the door of your aircraft with your name on a paging board. You will be assisted through immigration, baggage collection and customs. You will then be shown to your onward flight, or to your awaiting transfer vehicle.
Upon arrival you will receive all of your necessary documents for your trip which contains a detailed personalized itinerary with pick up and drop of times. Includes a Kensington Tours branded envelope with summary itinerary, e-tickets and map.
A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer between the Airport and your hotel, or vice versa, today.
Today you will drive from Johannesburg to Madikwe Game Reserve. This drive will take approximately 4 hours.
Prepare for an adventure this afternoon as you'll meet up with other guest from your lodging accommodation and embark on an exciting afternoon game drive. You'll find that the majority of the wildlife within this game reserve a most active during the sunrise and sunset hours. 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.
Before first light you'll meet up with others at the lodge and embark on your early morning game drive. As to stay as cool as possible the wildlife of the area tend to feed during the somewhat cooler sunrise and sunset hours. This morning's game drive will take you deep into the Madikwe game reserve for some exploration before returning back to your lodge for lunch.
Fly today between your lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve (GBE) and Johannesburg. Travel time is approximately 1 hour.
Charter flight: 20kg (44lb) per person, for both carry-on and checked luggage. Your checked luggage needs to be soft-sided - no wheels / no spine, a duffel bag is recommended. A small purse/backpack, is recommended as a carry-on, to keep your camera, passport, hat, sunblock or other items you need within easy reach.
Economy flight: Hand luggage: One piece not exceeding 8kg (18lb) and maximum dimension of 56cm (L) 36cm (W) 23cm (H). Checked luggage: One piece not exceeding 23 kg (50 lb) and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches)
Checked luggage restricted to 20 kg per person in soft sided bags. Travel time is approximately 2 hours.
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 depending on availability.
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.
Embark after lunch on a 4-hour game drive with other travelers. These drives normally carry 6 to 8 passengers and are in open Land Rover type vehicles. The driver is an experienced guide who will make the drive more interesting. A tracker sits in front and follows the animals, often off road to secure sightings that are often really close and clear. As the sun sets, you just might spot some of the nocturnal animals as they awake for their nighttime feeding.
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.
Today your free day is ripe with opportunity to enjoy daytime game viewing, a “sun downer” and an evening game drive, additional activities for you to sign up for, or simply to relax at your hotel.
Fly today between your lodge in Sabi Sands and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.
Luggage restriction applicable to this flight: 20kg (44lb) per person, for both carry-on and checked luggage. Your checked luggage needs to be soft-sided - no wheels/no spine, a duffel bag is recommended. A small purse/backpack is recommended as a carry-on to keep your camera, passport, hat, sunblock or other items you need within easy reach.
Note: Should a lodge hop be cancelled due to bad weather, the air carrier will provide a road transfer where possible and there will be no refund on the flight.
Take your flight from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport to Cape Town today. The flight duration is approximately 2 hours.
Luggage restrictions applicable to this flight: The general free allowance is 20Kg in Economy Class. 90cm x 72cm x 45cm (including handle, wheels and pockets) total dimensions 207cm.
Hand luggage: One bag allowed in addition to one slimline laptop bag. No bag should exceed 56cm x 36cm x 23cm (total dimensions of 115 cm including handles and wheels) weighing not more than 7Kgs.
Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel.
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 your descent, you stop at the Bo Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses.
*Table Mountain Cable Car will be closed from 27 July until 10 August for annual maintenance.
Today you embark on a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. You take in the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, before crossing over to Hout Bay, where you may choose to join an optional boat cruise to Seal Island. From here you drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, where you will board a funicular to the top of the Peninsula to witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans as well as have spectacular views over False Bay. You enjoy lunch near here (not included – own account) before continuing to Simonstown, the naval base, and visiting the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. En route back you stop at the world renowned Kirstenbosch Gardens before returning back to your hotel.
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.
The Michelangelo Hotel has captured the spirit of a bygone era while being at the heart of the pulsating vibrant corporate capital of Africa, Sandton Square. The hotel offers unsurpassed attention to detail and ensures that individual needs and tastes are catered for in every possible way. Beautiful Renaissance-inspired décor ensures that guests enjoy the utmost luxury both in their private suites as well as in the lounges and other public areas of the hotel. The Michelangelo, a retreat in the square's bustle, overlooks Sandton Johannesburg. The Renaissance-style hotel is venerated for its easy access to the neighborhood’s shopping, dining and entertainment, many located in the adjacent square. Guests can take advantage of a fitness center with personal trainers, a sauna and heated indoor pool. The spa is acclaimed, especially for its grass-covered sundeck. Expert but unobtrusive service has long made the hotel a leading choice for travelers.
Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, situated in the heart of the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, offers local and international visitors alike the utmost in luxury and outstanding hospitality. The lodge, which is ingeniously set amongst boulders and age old Tamboti trees, overlooks the 75 000 hectare reserve, and it offers some of Southern Africa’s best Big 5 and wild dog viewing. Madikwe Hills’ dawn and dusk game drives, hosted by the extremely knowledgeable game rangers, ensure that guests leave having seen a wide and exciting range of African wildlife and birdlife. The Lodge’s ‘Afrochic’ styled and luxuriously decorated glass fronted suites each have their own verandah and plunge pool, offering absolute privacy and majestic views of the Reserve. Other touches add to the experience in the form of outside showers, fireplaces, under floor heating and air conditioning, as well as concertina glass doors that open the room up entirely.
The award-winning Leopard Hills is located in the western sector of the renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve, bordering the world famous Kruger National Park. The Lodge is spectacularly situated atop a rocky outcrop, offering magnificent views over the bush and an active waterhole on the plains below. The Reserve comprises over 10,000 hectares of incredibly diverse ecosystems making Leopard Hills the ideal destination to view plentiful game in its natural habitat. This five-star luxury lodge features newly renovated and decorated glass-fronted, air-conditioned suites, each with private plunge pool and spectacular views over the African bush. Superb game-viewing and a wide variety of activities, along with outstanding fine dining, attended to by professional and friendly staff; all create the safari experience of a lifetime. Facilities at the lodge include an extensive library with internet access, a traditional Shangaan boma, a fully stocked wine cellar and a curio shop. The treatment Sala and gym are very popular among guests.
A destination unto itself with captivating views of Table Mountain, the chic design and contemporary African flair of the One & Only resort finds a natural home in the heart of Cape Town. The resort’s seven-storey Marina Rise features various spacious rooms and suites. With its crescent-shaped architecture, all guestrooms and suites enjoy uninhibited views of either the picturesque harbour-side or iconic Table Mountain. Two lushly landscaped private islands at the centre of the waterfront feature 40 Island suites and a tranquil spa. Enjoy classic Japanese cuisine with a contemporary twist at Nobu, or generous portions and beautifully plated dishes at Reuben’s. Experience some incredible panoramic views of Table Mountain while enjoying an afternoon tea at the Vista Bar & Lounge. Adjacent to the outdoor pool, Isola restaurant is located on its own private island and features a combination of island and Mediterranean cuisine. Unwind with a refreshing glass of local wine at the impressive Wine Loft, boasting over 5,000 bottles. Visit the onsite fitness centre, including modern equipment, yoga, Pilates and more! A heated infinity-edge pool is located on one of the private islands, featuring private sitting areas with double chaise lounges - ideal for sunbathing or relaxing under shaded pavilions.
May 11, 2015
"We were a group of 5 to Morocco. We were impressed at how seamless our private guided tour went. Accommodations were five star, the choice of family run hotels, beautifully appointed with Moroccan furnishings and large breakfasts, contributed to our experience. Our guide, Ishmail and driver, Abdul, made us feel like family. Ishmail showed off his country with pride, listened to our needs and was flexible to our style and speed of travel. We couldn't be happier with our Kensington experience beginning with the pre-planning in the US with Lily Baffour. Thank you very much for a memorable experience! "
May 12, 2015
"Our guide, Chakim, was fantastic, and our driver was excellent. We were very pleased with our accommodations. Only negative comments would be the villa in Essaouira (room, food, service not good although people very nice), and, while probably not an issue for other travelers, we were disappointed that we could not relax over a glass of wine at the end of our journey because Hotel Le Doge did not offer alcoholic beverages. We are currently scheduled with Kensington Tours for India in November and we are now planning on scheduling with Kensington for all our trips - right now that would be Thailand to Mynamar, and Egypt with Dubai extension. We are extremely happy with Kensington Tours and their travel agents. We would recommend Lily Balfour to anyone. "
April 08, 2015
"Kensington and its partners did not miss a single deadline, appointment or function to our total satisfaction. The result, no stress and total enjoyment."
April 08, 2015
"Christine was absolutely superb both in helping us frame and develop a custom tour as well as in constant follow up until we left. Inevitably things will change on the ground when trips are planned in advance and Christine was consistently on top of the changes and advised us accordingly. As first time travelers to Kenya and Tanzania Christine's advice and guidance was simply excellent. Rose, in Kensington's Nairobi office was likewise superb. Totally responsive to our needs, she helped make a few final adjustments while we were there. Once again, an exceptional experience made possible by Kensington."
Sachi Gowda ,
December 15, 2014
"We are extremely happy with your service from beginning to end and we had very a memorable trip."
Ronald Jones ,
December 12, 2014
"I cannot express how fabulous our trip was!! I know it was made that way thanks to ALL the kind, knowledgable, and helpful people that you all placed in our path. Many went above and beyond to make our experience even more positive. From drivers, to guides, to hotel staff---we met some wonderful people that we can now call friends. Thank you Christine and Kensington tours for this once in a lifetime African adventure!"
December 15, 2014
"Christine, our family trip was ALL we wanted it to be. The hotel accommodations in the cities were GREAT. We needed to make some room assignment adjustments but that's to be expected with a large family with children and same names.
I don't know where/how ya'll got those guides but...KEEP'EM! In both Cape Town and Joberg the guys knew their cities and environs excellently. Their English was very good...so good in fact that several got the sarcasm and even joked some. I do apologize if we over-tipped. I relied on each family to tip their own driver but, I wasn't sure of their "sense of what was right" so I followed up with something for each.
Simbavati was "PERFECT". As much as Glenda and I really liked Ngala, I do not think they could have handled a family as well...UNLESS, they had accommodations we did not see.
Please rest assured when ever I plan to travel on a multi-dimensional trip in the future, for sure with a group, or maybe just Glenda and I, I'll be calling Kensington... Christine and Donna specifically. And most definitely, anytime I can recommend a travel professional, your company and you two will be mentioned by name!
Thank you again Christine...you presented us the exact trip we dreamed about for our family and your folks on the ground made it happen! I sincerely hope you, Donna and everyone else involved have a most Blessed Christmas and a wonderful, successful New Year!"
Bruce Lundstrom ,
December 15, 2014
"Morocco has a lot to offer. Food, historic sites, craftsmen (rugs, jewelry, ceramics, furniture, etc.), natural beauty, roads and infrastructure, and a reasonably safe environment. Both Guide (Abdel) and Driver were excellent. Service-oriented, timely and easy going. Abdel was not afraid to speak his mind, offer suggestions and give us feedback on ideas. We enjoyed their company."
December 09, 2014
"A truly wonderful trip......first class accommodations and service in each venue....the guides were knowledgable and went out of their way to insure that we could see and understand Africa. Capetown is a fascinating city, Sabi Sands an extraordinary private game preserve, and Zimbabwe with Victoria Falls and the Victoria Falls Hotel a once in a lifetime experience. For those who want to visit Africa we enthusiastically recommend Kensington Tours. And Jolene Plant stayed with us in every step during the planning of our trip and itinerary. We saw as much of Africa as much as anyone can during our two weeks vacation."
Belinda Skelton ,
December 12, 2014
"This was one of the most amazing trips that I have ever had. The custom tours and activities exceeded my expectations. I was traveling alone but felt safe and in good hands. The process of booking the trip with Lily Baffour was so easy and personal, especially with the constant communications from her up to my departure. Thank you Kensington Tours for an awesome experience. I will definitely use you for my next adventure!"
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