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Overview

Ideal for families or a group of friends travelling together, this 10-day journey incorporates the stunning natural beauty of the southern Cape, and the lively city of Johannesburg with thrilling big game adventures in Madikwe Game Reserve.

You begin your journey at Morukuru Ocean House in the De Hoop Nature Reserve. Considered the finest coastal reserve in Southern Africa, De Hoop is a pristine fynbos environment teeming with endemic flora and fauna, as well as being a nursery for southern right whales between July and October every year. Next, you travel to the bustling city of Johannesburg, where you spend two nights at the luxurious Athol House, and take a tour of vibrant Soweto, where a large part of the country’s recent history was made. Leave the city lights behind as you fly to Madikwe Game Reserve, where you enjoy thrilling and intimate big game encounters while staying at Morukuru Farm House.

With private villa accommodation throughout, this is an adventure that can be taken entirely at your own pace and schedule, while enjoying the very best hospitality and cuisine in South Africa’s most beautiful scenic settings.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Private villa accommodations throughout
  • Private chefs & dedicated staff
  • Sleep under the stars at Morokuru Hide
  • Whale watching in season
  • Guided nature walks & mountain biking
  • Day & night game drives at Madikwe
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Summary

Tour Duration: 10 Days
Start: Whale Coast, South Africa
End: Madikwe, South Africa

Accommodations visited

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Madikwe, South Africa

Morukuru Farm House
4 Nights
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Whale Coast, South Africa

Morukuru Ocean House
3 Nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa

Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa
2 Nights

Itinerary

Day to day

Arriving at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met for the scenic drive to De Hoop, through mountain passes and rolling farmlands interspersed with glimpses of the Indian Ocean. Passing small towns and villages in the open countryside, you arrive at De Hoop and continue to Ocean House. Nestled on a slope richly vegetated with indigenous fynbos, this stone-clad villa stands overlooking the ocean just a short walk from the pristine beach.

With a private staff and chef to ensure that all your needs are met, your time is entirely yours to do with as you wish, where you can be as active or as relaxed as you like.

Your guide is at your disposal to take you on a variety of excursions, from a 4×4 trip to learn of the unique fynbos ecology of the area to birding and sightseeing and nature walks along the coastal zone. With 51 kilometres (32 miles) of beach, dunes and limestone cliffs to explore, there is a wealth of things to do! In the whale calving season (about July to October), southern right whales can be seen from the beaches and cliffs as they breach and display with their calves in the crystal-clear waters of the bay.

Expert Opinion

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Ashley Gerrand

Ashley Gerrand

Africa Safari Expert

This is the perfect family vacation combining a magical Big 5 safari experience in Madikwe with an incredible Marine and nature experience in De Hoop Nature reserve. Both areas are malaria free making them ideal locations for children and these amazing properties offer such awesome activities for the whole family. With the add on to Johannesburg and the Soweto tour you get a taste of the culture and history of our beautiful country.

What's Included?

  • Flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg
  • Half Day Soweto Tour
  • Return air charter from OR Tambo International Airport to Morukuru Farm House
  • Return transfer from Cape Town International Airport to Morukuru Ocean House
  • Return transfers from OR Tambo International Airport to Athol Place Boutique Hotel

What's Excluded?

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
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