8 Days
Anya’s Madikwe Family Safari & Johannesburg

Tour Highlights

  • Johannesburg
  • Family Travel
  • 4x4 Game Drives
  • Big 5 Safari

Client Review

Perfect service This spring we( a German family) were planning a vacation in South Africa, Since we were not really impressed about the possibilities to book with a German travel agency , I browsed the internet and found Pembury Tours. I planned then a Tour which included 4 days in a game Lodge and a couple of days in Johannesburg with Anya. What a smart decision. Every e-mail I sent was answered immediately by Anja. All the hotels we booked were great.The Transfers we booked were absolutely perfect. We always had very nice and knowledgeable drivers. The highlight was the Impodimo Lodge in Madikwe.

But most important of all was, that I could plan the trip with Anya, I really felt in good hands because she always answered all my questions promptly and found the right solutions for my ideas for the trip.So we started very confident from Germany that everything would be ok. The trip then was absolutely amazing .

I definitely will recommend Anya and Pembury tours to all of our friends.

Gisela D & Family

Tour Consultant's Overview

Gisela D sent an enquiry directly to Pembury Tours in April 2017 with the interest of a safari in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. In her initial enquiry, Gisela expressed her preference to stay at the luxurious 4 star lodge, Impodimo Game Lodge. Once I received Gisela's enquiry, I immediately looked for availability at Impodimo Game Lodge for her preferred dates. I was very pleased to let her know that as she was planning so far in advance, I could secure availability for two rooms for herself, her husband and her two kids at her preferred lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve! I sent through a detailed day to day itinerary for Gisela and her family to review. They were very happy with it and were ready to book. Gisela advised they would be interested in a Johannesburg City Tour as they would be staying in Johannesburg after their safari in Madikwe Game Reserve before departing to the Seychelles. I included a two night stay at Protea Hotel Balalaika in Sandton and a 3 hour city tour with the flexibility of deciding which sites in Johannesburg they would like to see. I sent Gisela the updated itinerary and she was ready to secure the family vacation to Madikwe Game Reserve & Johannesburg. Once Gisela had booked her tour, she advise her international flight details and with this at hand, I suggested an overnight in Johannesburg at one of the airport hotels on the day of arrival. Her international flight would only arrival in the late afternoon, instead of wasting a full day on safari and spending an additional cost at the lodge, I advised her it would be a good idea to overnight at the airport hotel, located a 5 minute walk from OR Tambo International Airport and rest. Then the next morning, they would be collected early and enjoy the full day at the lodge. Everything was confirmed and Gisela and her family were ready to experience the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve!
Anya Visser
Day 1 Arrival in Johannesburg (1 night)

Upon arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, ex EY604 arriving at 16h30, you are met by our representative who will hand over your travel documents. You are assisted across the road to your airport hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 2 Johannesburg to Madikwe Game Reserve

This morning you will be met by one of our representatives at 10h00 and transferred through the rolling hills of the North West province to your game lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve.

Days 2 to 6 Madikwe Game Reserve (4 nights)

The 76,000 hectare Madikwe Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s biggest wildlife sanctuaries and is home to the Big 5 and over 340 bird species. It is especially famous for its packs of African Wild Dog – and it is malaria-free. It is about 4 hours by road from Johannesburg. Madikwe is situated in the transition region between two vegetation types: Lowveld bushveld and Kalahari thornveld. As a result, the region is able to host to an incredible diversity of species. In addition to wild dog, cheetah, lion, white and black rhino, buffalo and elephant, Madikwe is home to a wide range of plains game, such as giraffe, zebra and many antelope species. Madikwe’s game viewing is of a very high standard, aided by the fact that all game rangers are in radio contact with one another. There is a strict code of conduct and animal sightings are generally limited to a maximum of 3 vehicles at one time in order to maintain the feeling of exclusivity and to ensure the animals’ well-being.

Day 6 Madikwe Game Reserve to Johannesburg

Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city and is the financial and commercial capital of Africa. It is in this fast-paced metropolis that the country’s radical political and social transformation is most evident - this is the “Rainbow Nation” at work.

Day 8 Departure

This morning is at leisure. You will be met by our representative at 11h00 and transported to the OR Tambo International Airport for your direct flight to the Seychelles departing at 13h40.

City Lodge OR Tambo

Based at Africa’s busiest airport, City Lodge at OR Tambo Airport will provide business and leisure travellers with “home away from home” accommodation that is ideal for those commuting to and from Johannesburg and perfect for those who require immediate access to the airport. The hotel boasts boardroom and conference facilities, a fitness room as well as a deck with a pool and a large commercial area with a coffee shop. There is a sociable bar where you can while away an evening. The 303 spacious air-conditioned rooms have either queen or twin beds and en-suite bathrooms. OR Tambo Airport offers a number of services from banking to a wide range of retailers, so whether it’s a good book or a scrumptious meal, the airport’s facilities have everything you need.

Impodimo Game Lodge

Impodimo Game Lodge is set along a rocky ridge commanding stunning vistas of the reserve. It is also located at the source of a natural spring, which provides the lodge with elevated views as well as riverine serenity. The lodge offers dawn and dusk safaris. The safaris are carefully timed to ensure optimal seasonal comfort. Whilst Impodimo has 10 suites, its capacity is 16 guests, each of the suites have been carefully positioned to ensure absolute privacy. Spacious in design, each includes a closed system fireplace, climate control air conditioner, mini bar fridge, tea & coffee making facilities and full en-suite bathroom and outside shower. Your private deck allows uninterrupted views of the Madikwe Game Reserve. The owner / manager team of Steve and Debbie are ideally suited to tailoring the most memorable safari experience, Whilst Steve is a highly qualified expert ranger, Debbie adds impressive culinary qualifications to the team. The team has gone to great lengths to ensure that guests have as much choice as possible in enjoying their experience, for example, 7-seater land rovers are used instead of the traditional 10 seater type. Impodimo is the first lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve to have qualified Shangaan trackers as part of the team. This adds a different dimension to the safari experience ensuring consistent big game sightings. With fewer guests on land rovers the team encourages guests to maximise optimal game viewing times.

Protea Hotel Balalaika

Established in 1949, the Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton is a privately owned Premier hotel, set in the heart of the trendy suburb of Sandton. This recently refurbished and stylish 330-bedroomed property has 2 private gardens and 2 swimming pools, lending a distinctive atmosphere of luxurious tranquillity to the hotel. Each of the rooms is tastefully furnished to portray the ultimate in comfort and style. There is an in-house restaurant, a coffee shop and a cigar bar. The hotel comprises 330 bedrooms spread over two sections – the Balalaika and the Crown Court. Each room is air-conditioned and tastefully furnished in a classic, comfortable style with its own en-suite bathroom. There are also 2-bedroomed Family Suite The trendy shopping precinct of Nelson Mandela Square and Sandton City are situated metres from the hotel. There is a complimentary shuttle between the hotel and the Gautrain.

Daily Safari Programme - Madikwe

After an early-morning wake-up call, you set off on your morning game drive. Madikwe is one of South Africa’s largest sanctuaries and has a rich biodiversity of mammals, such as Africa’s Big Five, cheetah, wild dog, brown and spotted hyena, oryx, eland, springbok & ostrich. You return to the lodge for a mid-morning brunch. There is time between game drives to relax on the deck with a good book, do some bird-watching (Madikwe has more than 250 recorded species of bird) or, if you are feeling more energetic, do a game walk with your game ranger. High tea is served in the late afternoon, before you set off on an evening game drive through the untamed wilderness of the Kalahari Thornveld. The late evening is when predators are more active and it is also an opportunity to see animals such as aardvark and caracal. You return to the lodge for a safari cuisine dinner in the open-air boma.

Johannesburg City Tour - Half Day

South Africa’s largest city remains its financial and commercial heart. It’s in this fast-paced metropolis that the country’s radical political and social transformation is most evident – this is the “Rainbow Nation” at work. It’s a heady experience, with contrasts of every kind round every single corner. Our tour sets off for Constitution Hill, home of South Africa’s architectural marvel, the Constitutional Court and site of Johannesburg’s Old Fort Prison. We meander through the newly renovated, quaint and quirky suburb of Melville with its vibey shops and trendy restaurants, and stop at Newtown, home of the Johannesburg Market Theatre. Museum Africa is Johannesburg’s premier cultural history museum; reminiscent of a 1950’s shebeen or pub, and its here you’ll really sense the soul of the inner city. We return to your hotel via the flipside of the coin, the lush, up market suburb of lower Houghton. A city of contrasts, that’s for certain.

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This itinerary started on 16 October 2017
When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: USD$ 1,969
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