On this South African safari tour, explore the three best destinations for wildlife sightings in the country. The Eastern Cape Game Parks are perfect for family-friendly safaris and outdoor excursions with their expansive and dramatic landscapes and sprawling accommodations. Kruger, an all-time safari favorite, boasts close encounters with the Big Five animals, luxury lodges, and a host of outdoor activities. Malaria-free Madikwe is a prime safari destination with diverse species inhabiting its open grasslands and woodlands where you can easily spot big game.
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Find the Big Five! The Eastern Cape Game Parks around Port Elizabeth are malaria-free safari destinations and are therefore ideal for families.
Amakhala Bush Lodge: Game Drives Unearth the secrets of the Eastern Cape with an exciting game drive from the Amakhala Bush Lodge. Set out from the lodge in an open Land Rover with an experienced Ranger to discover Amakhala Game Reserve. Bounding over dirt tracks, venture deep into the heart of the dramatic landscape punctuated by a diverse range of flora, from bushveld to savannah. Beautifully scenic, this vast expanse is home not only to the big five but also elusive creatures such as hyenas and foxes. Not just animals, there are plenty of birds and insects for you to see as well, which your guide will happily point out to you. As you travel, learn about the habitat and the antics specific animals that have been lovingly named by local rangers and guides. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning/Evening; Please use sunblock, wear shades and sturdy footwear.)
Shamwari Bayethe Tented Lodge: Game Drives and Birding, Visit to Conservation Projects Enjoy the vibrant surroundings on riveting game drives and revel in the beauty of the reserve with its diverse wild animals and colorful birds. Have your fill of the area’s delightful sights, sounds, and scents, while professional guides help you discover the minute details and fascinating accounts of the reserve. A walking safari, in the company of skilled and knowledgeable rangers, gives you a close view of the exquisite wildlife and birds that have made this region their home. This is one captivating, out-in-the-wild experience that you’ll cherish for a long time.
Kruger National Park is the epitome of safari experience in Africa, rich with its lion prides, elephant herds and thousands of other animals, against shifting backdrops of savanna, forests, rivers and mountains.
Nottens Bush Camp: Game Drives, Bush Walks Search for the Big Five and experience wonderful game drives in the early morning when the animals are particularly active and in the late afternoon when the sun paints incredible colors on the horizon. You can also experience exciting night drives to observe rarely spotted nocturnal wildlife. Stretch your legs and enjoy exciting bush walks with an experienced guide to discover the small wonders of nature.
Inyati Game Lodge: Game Drives, Bush Walks Search for the Big Five and experience wonderful game drives in the early morning when the animals are particularly active and in the late afternoon when the sun paints incredible colors on the horizon. You can also experience exciting night drives to observe rarely spotted nocturnal wildlife. Stretch your legs and enjoy exciting bush walks with an experienced guide to discover the small wonders of nature.
Visit one of South Africa’s prime safari destinations! Madikwe Game Reserve is one of the few malaria-free reserves in southern Africa.
Jaci’s Safari Lodge: Day and Night Game Drives Jaci’s Safari Lodge offer a variety of exceptional safari activities, providing one of the best ways to experience the natural wonders of the Madikwe Game Reserve. You can opt for the game drives with expert guides where you can explore the diverse and game-rich reserve at leisure. Pursue your photography passion either on a safari or in the submerged Terrapin Hide, which is accessible via an underwater tunnel and offers a truly unique game-viewing and photographic experience. If you are travelling with children, Jaci’s offers a range of activities and child-friendly amenities for all ages to keep the little ones busy. You can also explore parts of Madikwe on foot in a walking safari or be part of conservation efforts through on-the-ground wildlife conservation efforts taking place in the greater Madikwe Game Reserve. Something for everyone!
Rhulani Safari Lodge: Game Drives There’s much to see and explore in Rhulani Safari Lodge so you can make the most of your time in the wild. Begin your day with the game drives in the sprawling Madikwe. From elephants and buffalos to lions and giraffe, get up close to them all. Indulge in a spot of birdwatching too, and see how many of the 350 species of birds in Madikwe you can spot. There are several child-friendly activities that can keep your little ones gainfully employed as well. Later, enjoy a cocktail around the swimming pool, after a refreshing dip. You could end your day with a meal under the South African skies, followed by some star gazing.
Discover South Africa’s beating heart! Johannesburg, or Jo’burg’ is a dynamic, cosmopolitan city with great places to eat and interesting sites to visit.
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 12,490 /person
Option 2 From $ 15,390 /person
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 10 days / 9 nights.
Meals as indicated
Economy flights for all sectors :
Port Elizabeth – Southern Kruger
Southern Kruger – Johannesburg
Johannesburg – Madikwe
Federal Air Charter: Madikwe – Johannesburg
All activities as listed :
Eastern Cape Game Parks: Amakhala Bush Lodge: Game Drives
Eastern Cape Game Parks: Shamwari Bayethe Tented Lodge: Game Drives and Birding, Visit to Conservation Projects
Southern Kruger: Nottens Bush Camp: Game Drives, Bush Walks
Southern Kruger: Inyati Game Lodge: Game Drives, Bush Walks
Madikwe: Jaci’s Safari Lodge: Day and Night Game Drives
Madikwe: Rhulani Safari Lodge: Game Drives
Game drives in high quality and well maintained safari vehicle with professional English-speaking driver-guide. In case the game drives are booked through your lodge/camp, they will be shared with other guests with a maximum of 9 guests per vehicle
All transfers as indicated above
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
Fees and taxes
Tips, additional meals, and personal expenses
Drinks and meals not specified above: Most of our camps and lodges include a variety of alcoholic and non- alcoholic drinks on certain meal plans. Depending on the meal plan you are booked for, it is important to note that imported brands like luxury spirits, wines, and champagne are not included.
Travel, health, and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return), unless specified under the trip inclusions above