(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.
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 receive the necessary documents for your trip which contains a detailed personalized itinerary, with pick up and drop off times.
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: 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)
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.
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.
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 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!"
Nathan Nerland ,
December 15, 2014
"Kensington Tours is always our only guided company we use because every staff has been amazing along the way and they accommodate everything we request, and more."
December 12, 2014
"Our week-long tour in Morocco went without a hitch in the company of a great driver and knowledgeable guide who were always prompt, courteous, helpful, and very nice. Kensington Tours' picks for our overnight accommodations were excellent, as well as the excursions planned for us. We're grateful to our conscientious agent, Lily, who went out of her way to make us feel welcome in Morocco. We feel confident that we are in very capable hands whenever we travel with Kensington Tours. "
December 12, 2014
"Our trip was a perfect 10 - exceeding all expectations! Starting with Christine Willner's attentiveness to our wish list and balancing it to our budget, every leg and element of our journey took place without so much as a hiccup. We were blown away by the quality of our tours, accommodations and guides. Thank you for giving us a great experience and wonderful memories!"
Rebecca Warren ,
August 02, 2014
"My 26 year old daughter recently traveled alone to Madagascar using Kensington tours. I was a little concerned about her safety and wanted to make sure that she would be well taken care of. Kensington was great from start to finish. Our travel agent, Marc Sisson, put together the tour in very short order with very little notice, had no problem doing it for just one person, and gave me a sense of security that my daughter would be well cared for. She did the Anjajavy 5 Day Beach extension. The tour guide who picked her up at the airport in the capitol city was outstanding -- very knowledgeable and helpful. The Anjajavy hotel was extraordinary. Her pictures are breathtakingly beautiful. She kayaked, swam in the ocean and saw lemurs feeding. She got to practice her French with the outstanding hotel manager and otherwise was able to just relax and unwind. She described the experience as "visiting Eden." I highly recommend Kensington. I contacted a number of tour/travel agencies and none of them compared to Kensington. "
Shayna Maislin ,
April 21, 2014
"I would highly recommend the tour guide that we had in the Serengetti . He was extremely knowledgeable, very helpful and courteous. We all agree that Kensington has first class staff working for them in Africa. All the camps that we stayed at were absolutely beautiful except perhaps for the one in Lake Manyara. All in all it was a spectacular trip!"
Lucy Gilkes ,
April 21, 2014
"The whole trip was wonderful but the guides were what made it for us. They were knowledgeable and thoughtful a pleasure to spend time with."
Janine Chey ,
April 21, 2014
"Our trip to Masai Mara via Kensington ran very smoothly. We stayed at the Mara West Lodge. Beautiful location atop a ridge overlooking the Masai Mara plains. Our luxury tents were quite comfortable and the staff/service at the lodge were great. Meals were very nice especially the daily soups. Our guide, Steve, was also great...so knowledgeable and eager to show us many interesting things. He planned our daily game drives and took us on a nature hike one afternoon. He clearly knows and understands this ecosystem. He has an amazing eye, finding animals in fields of tall grasses. Our entire family had an amazing time, trip of a lifetime...would love to go back!"
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