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Each destination on this Trip with a Purpose shares a strong conservation ethos to preserve the country’s vulnerable wildlife and enrich the local communities. A great option if you are eager to make a positive impact with your travel spend.

Marataba Mountain Lodge, part of the greater Marakele National Park, and Kwandwe Private Game Reserve’s Great Fish River Lodge combine for the ultimate safari experience on this tour. Each immaculate malaria-free location showcases its own unique biodiversity. Walking safaris and game drives provide thrilling game viewing and magnificent views of the reserves’ striking landscapes. Both destinations offer the unique opportunity for guests to take part in various projects run by passionate conservation teams. Most notably, their rhino conservation efforts.

In between the two safaris, sojourn in the scenic town of Franschhoek. The dubbed ‘gourmet capital’ of South Africa is renowned for its phenomenal food, wine, and art, as well as breathtaking landscapes and quaint architecture. La Clé Lodge will be your base from which to enjoy the Cape Winelands. Whether you’re after romance, adventure, quality family time, or all of the above, this tour is perfect for you. It’s an incredible way to make a difference, while enjoying every creature comfort of a luxury safari holiday.


Why Is This a Trip with a Purpose?

  • At Marataba, take part in identifying, monitoring, tracking and collecting data on mega fauna such a rhinos and elephants, as well as predators like cheetah. Get involved in habitat rehabilitation through wire-barking special trees to prevent damage caused by elephants. Help set up a camera trap and take a behind-the-scenes look at what happens during the day and night.
  • La Clé is a foundation sponsor of the The Kusasa Project and continues to support them long term. They work within the Franschhoek community to break the cycle of poverty by engaging disadvantaged children during the very important early childhood learning phase. Enjoying the meals at La Clé, prepared by Mel Shepherd the manager and chef, who supports local producers within a 30km radius.
  • At Kwandwe, re-plant spekboom, a wonder plant that is endemic to the Eastern Cape, on game drives and walking safaris and observe flora rehabilitation in action.  Volunteer your time by reading or telling a story during the pre-school morning ring, helping in the vegetable garden, assisting at afternoon homework club, or offering basic computer training for children and staff.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Explore a private reserve in the malaria-free Marakele National Park
  • Delight in the food, wine & history in Franschhoek
  • Enjoy a safari at the scenic Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
  • Make a positive impact by supporting conservation initiatives
  • Encounter endangered rhino species & assist with vital conservation efforts
  • Expert & knowledgeable guides take care of your safari from beginning to end
  • Engage with the community from the rural village Obakeng
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Tour Duration: 11 Days
Start: Waterberg, South Africa
End: Eastern Cape, South Africa

Accommodations visited

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Waterberg, South Africa

Marataba Mountain Lodge
4 Nights

Franschhoek, South Africa

La Cle
3 Nights

Eastern Cape, South Africa

Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge
3 Nights


Day to day

A warm welcome to South Africa! After your arrival in Johannesburg, meet your driver for the commencement of your journey on South African soil, a road transfer to your first safari destination.

Kick off your safari at the beautiful Marataba Mountain Lodge, just a 3.5-hour drive from Johannesburg. The majestic Waterberg mountain range will serve as a backdrop to your first four days of an enlightening, conservation-driven safari. Marataba uniquely offers a wide range of activities apart from your usual daily game drives. Enjoy thrilling walking safaris and leisurely boat cruises on the river—great for keen birders.

The highlight is getting involved in the various conservation efforts on the reserve. This includes participation in various wildlife interventions, such as identification, monitoring, tracking, and behavioural assessments of the resident wildlife. Marataba is home to critically endangered white and black rhinos, both species under immense pressure from many threats. It is a fascinating and critical subject to take part in during your stay.

While not out on the many experiences on offer, find a shady spot at the lodge to relax and enjoy the exquisite views and meandering wildlife. Enjoy your meals under the shade of the iconic Acacia trees of the bushveld, delighting in the attentive service of the friendly staff. A day out in Marataba will no doubt have enriched your knowledge of this reserve and its precious wildlife. As the evening arrives, settle around the fire to swap stories from the day while gazing upon a starry night sky.

On one of your days on safari here, head out to visit the community of the rural village, Obakeng. Learn how the More Community Trust works with the community to assist with various challenges faced. The tour includes visits of the Itekeng Basha Crèche and the Motshabaesi Primary School, with an introduction to the Induna (the Village Chief).
Then onwards to the small Heuningvley Primary School, located on Honingvlei Farm, which is the only learning center in the area, and attracts children from surrounding farms as far as 50kms away.


Competitive rates for unforgettable experiences
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Date Price
2024-02-01 - 2024-03-31 $9,605
2024-04-01 - 2024-04-30 $9,605
2024-05-01 - 2024-05-31 $8,770
2024-06-01 - 2024-06-30 $855
2024-07-01 - 2024-09-30 $8,680
2024-10-01 - 2024-11-30 $9,885
2024-12-01 - 2024-12-31 $12,455

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What's Included?

  • Transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town
  • Flight from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth

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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