Family Private Safari Whale Coast & Madikwe

10 days
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  • 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


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.


  • Tour Duration: 10 Days

  • Start: Cape Town
  • End: Johannesburg

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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.
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Ashley Gerrand

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Days 1-3: De Hoop dreams

Whale Coast, South Africa
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Days 1-3: De Hoop dreams | 3 Nights

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Whale Coast, South Africa

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 4x4 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.


Days 4-5: Electrifying Johannesburg | 2 Nights

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Johannesburg, South Africa

Landing in Johannesburg, you will be whisked to Athol Place in the quiet and leafy enclave of Sandton. Set on expansive grounds with an established garden, large trees and a beautiful swimming pool, the villa is a delightful blend of understated elegance and glamour. The friendly and welcoming staff include a host, manager and a private chef to ensure that your experience is relaxed and indulged in utterly tranquil surroundings. The upmarket shopping and dining precincts of Mandela Square and Sandton City are a stone's throw away for any last-minute shopping or to sample a variety of fantastic cuisines.

Once you are ready, a guide will collect you for a tour of Soweto's vibrant neighbourhood. This is where a large part of South African history was made. From colourful and bustling ‘shanty towns’ to the affluent suburbs of wealthier residents, which have included luminaries such as Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. You will see the Hector Peterson Memorial and the Apartheid Museum, which stand as a testament to the triumph of the human spirit.


Days 6-8: Into the wilds | 4 Nights

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Madikwe, South Africa

Returning to the airport, you will board a charter flight to Madikwe Private Game Reserve, where your guide from Morukuru Farm House will meet you.

The 5-suite Farm House is an oasis, set within a 100-hectare fenced-in safe area that is home to harmless game, so children can play and roam at will, and you have the freedom to walk and explore. This generously proportioned house is elegant yet unpretentious, giving a wonderful sense of a home away from home. The fenced area around the Farm House is the perfect place for kids to take a nature walk with your guide, learning of the many fascinating facets of the wilds, identifying antelope tracks, observing the smaller creatures like dung beetles or examining the complexity of a termite mound. Outside the fence, it is big game territory, and a walking safari out here is nothing short of exhilarating.

You are likely to encounter the Big 5, as well as a host of other large game, including the critically endangered African wild dog. Your guide and tracker’s expertise combine to show you the secrets of the wilderness, the freshness of spoor upon the ground, the flattened grass where a lion lay down, the warning call of a go-away bird. Taking these sensations to another level, you have the opportunity to sleep out under the stars at the Morukuru Hide, a raised platform overlooking a popular waterhole. Combined with a candlelit dinner at an impeccable linen-clad table, beds are made up below billowing mosquito nets where you lie in perfect safety beneath the stars, while the life of the African night surrounds you.


Day 10: Stay well, South Africa

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The time finally comes for you to depart: after a final morning game drive or walk, you enjoy a delicious brunch before setting off back to the airstrip. Full of happy memories and indelible experiences of the previous days, the flight back to Johannesburg drifts by as you reminisce on deserted sun-kissed beaches at De Hoop, whales frolicking in the azure water beyond the breakers; the sight of ochre-clad elephants drinking in a line on a riverbank…

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