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Heidi’s Five Star Luxury Johannesburg, Madikwe & Cape Town Experience

Heidi’s Five Star Luxury Johannesburg, Madikwe & Cape Town Experience

9 Days

Johannesburg Madikwe Cape Town Experience – 2 nights Johannesburg | 2 nights Madikwe | 4 nights Cape Town


I was contacted by Annie who had a group wanting the ultimate five star luxury experience which included two of South Africa’s major cities as well as a safari experience. Madikwe Game Reserve was the option we settled on as Tau Game Lodge is luxury at its finest and the safari experience is excellent as well. It was a pleasure organising this tour for Annie and her friends who had a wonderful time!

Trip Highlights

  • Johannesburg Living
  • Soweto & Apartheid Museum
  • Tau Game Lodge Luxury
  • Radisson BLu Luxury Accommodation
  • Cape Point & Boulders Beach
  • Michelangelo Luxury Hotel
  • Madikwe Game Reserve
  • Big Five Game Viewing
  • Cape Town City & Sights Tours
  • Cape Winelands Tastings & Tours


Upon arrival in Johannesburg you are met and transferred to your hotel in Sandton, an upmarket suburb in Johannesburg for your 2-night stay. This afternoon is at leisure.

Transfer time: Johannesburg Airport to Hotel: approx. 45 minutes

Day 1-3 :

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.

Once you have had a hearty breakfast at your hotel. You are met and transferred by road through the rolling hills of the North West Province to Madikwe Private Game Reserve for your 2 night stay. You arrive in time to settle into your lodge before embarking on your afternoon game drive.
This afternoon you embark on your afternoon game drive and return to lodge for dinner.

Transfer time: Johannesburg Hotel to Madikwe Lodge: approx. 4½ hours

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.

This morning after your morning game drive and brunch you check out of your lodge. You are met and transferred by road to Johannesburg where you board a flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival in Cape Town you are met and transferred to your hotel for your 4 night stay.
This evening as at leisure.

Transfer time: Madikwe Lodge to Johannesburg Airport: approx. 4½ hours
Flying time: Johannesburg to Cape Town: approx. 2 hours
Transfer time: Cape Town Airport to Cape Town Hotel: approx. 35 minutes

Day 5-9 :
Cape Town

Explore the Mother City and the Fairest Cape – from the oldest buildings in South Africa to trendy waterfront shopping; from majestic Table Mountain to sun drenched beaches; and from dramatic seascapes to verdant vineyards. Cape Town regularly tops many lists of world must-visit destinations and Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain has recently been voted one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Cosmopolitan and fashionable, the relaxed atmosphere and pavement café culture give Cape Town a Southern European feel – but with a distinctive African twist.

This morning after breakfast you check out of your hotel. You bid this African Wonderland Farewell as you are met and transferred to Cape Town Airport.

Transfer time: Cape Town Hotel to Cape Town Airport – approx. 35 minutes

Johannesburg: The Michelangelo Hotel

The Michelangelo Hotel is a superb 5-star hotel ideally situated in the heart of Johannesburg’s Sandton business and leisure district. Combining luxury accommodation with a prime location makes this hotel perfect for those who want to base themselves in the centre of the city and experience all that it has to offer, such as Nelson Mandela Square.

The well-appointed tastefully decorated guestrooms feature luxury bedding, designer toiletries and all of the in-room amenities you would come to expect from a 5-star hotel; a minibar, flat-screen TV, climate control, free WiFi internet access, tea/coffee making facilities and room service. Guests can also avail of the wonderful Renaissance Spa treatments in the adjacent Michelangelo Towers.

Excellent hotel amenities range from an indoor swimming pool, sauna, and Spa to laundry service, concierge, babysitting service and a comprehensive business centre with multiple meeting rooms for events. Should you wish to dine at Hotel Michelangelo, The Piccolo Mondo delights guests with delicious Italian cuisine and an extensive wine list. Or if you would prefer something lighter, the 24-hour lounge serves a selection of tapas and snacks.

Madikwe Game Reserve: Tau Game Lodge

Tau Game Lodge is a  South African luxury safari lodge situated on the far northern border of South Africa, in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, the 4th largest game reserve in the country.

27 major species of game roam this South African nature reserve, making Tau Game Lodge the ideal place for a safari holiday, offering Big 5 game safaris and bird-watching safaris.

Privately owned Tau Game Lodge, situated in the North West Province, can accommodate up to 60 people and offers an ideal South African conference venueas well as an idyllic wedding venue overlooking a natural waterhole.

Enjoy an authentic South African safari vacation in the midst of natural wildlife, complete with great game viewing and luxury private facilities, at our South Africa luxury safari lodge.

Cape Town: Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel

The Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel is spectacularly situated right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean overlooking its own private marina and famous Robben Island. So close to the ocean is the Radisson that a guest has described it as “like a cruise liner without the motion”. This is a first-class international hotel, combining high levels of luxury with friendly service and the warmth of true South Africa hospitality.

The hotel has 177 bright and elegantly designed bedrooms. The business-class bedrooms are extremely spacious and all have wonderful sea views and private balconies. The standard rooms have mountain views. Offering exceptional Cape Town dining, the in-house Tobago’s Restaurant boasts local and international cuisine. Tobago’s Bar and Terrace offers one of the best settings for sipping seaside cocktails. Enjoy Atlantic Ocean sunsets on the deck beside the rim flow swimming pool. The V&A Waterfront just a few minutes’ stroll away and is filled with shopping and dining options.

INCLUDED IN PRICE Johannesburg: City, Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour

Two of our most popular tours, WJSO Johannesburg & Soweto orientation and WASO Apartheid Museum & Soweto, are combined to give visitors one full day to experience South Africa’s commercial and financial capital – Johannesburg – the City of Gold, known amongst locals as Egoli, Jozi or Jo’burg.

This tour provides a great opportunity to take a closer look at South Africa’s turbulent past, by combining a drive through Soweto with a visit to the Apartheid Museum, regarded as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the story of apartheid. The Museum opened its doors in 2001 and here visitors can embark on a historical voyage of discovery, a personal exploration of the past that examines apartheid right up to the first democratic elections held in 1994. The tour of the museum lasts approximately two hours.

INCLUDED IN PRICE Madikwe Game Reserve: Daily Safari Programme at Tau Game Lodge

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.

INCLUDED IN PRICE Cape Town: Full Day City, Table Mountain & Robben Island Tour

A tour guide takes you on a city tour of one of the world’s most beautiful cities. You will visit the historic Castle and the Bo-Kaap Malay Quarter with its narrow cobbled streets and colourful mosques. You will also visit District Six, site of forced removals during the Apartheid era. You view the Houses of Parliament, the City Hall and the Slave Lodge and will enjoy a walk through the Company Gardens. Weather-permitting, you will ride the cable car up Table Mountain to enjoy the view over Cape Town and across Table Bay to Robben Island. If the weather is inclement, you will be taken on a scenic drive up Signal Hill. You are transferred to the Jetty at the V&A Waterfront where you board a ferry to Robben Island, once the prison where Nelson Mandela lived. You are met at Robben Island by an ex-prisoner and taken on a tour of the island. You then board the ferry back to the V&A Waterfront and back to your hotel later that afternoon.

Cape Town: Full Day Cape Point Tour

You are collected from your hotel by a tour guide and taken on a drive along the Atlantic seaboard via glamorous Clifton to the quaint seaside village of Hout Bay. We continue via the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive to Cape Point. Looking at this dramatic promontory jutting into the sea gives one an idea why early sailors nicknamed it the Cape of Storms. We then follow the coastline northwards via Simonstown, where you can visit the penguin colony of Boulders Beach. We also visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, which is dedicated to the extraordinary variety of plants found in the Cape Floral Kingdom. A leisurely drive through the leafy southern suburbs will bring us back to the city bowl in the late afternoon.

INCLUDED IN PRICE Cape Winelands: Full Day Tour

You are collected from the hotel this morning and are taken on a Full-day tour of the Cape Winelands, with its backdrop of majestic mountain ranges and lush valleys. We stop for wine tastings at a minimum of two wineries and you have the chance to purchase some of the wines you have tasted. We visit Stellenbosch, the “town of oaks” for a short guided tour of South Africa’s second oldest town.

A scenic drive over the Helshoogte Pass (Hell’s Heights) takes us to the Franschhoek Valley. French Huguenots settled in the Franschhoek Valley in the late seventeenth century, seeking refuge from religious persecution in Europe and bringing with them precious root-stock to establish the wine-growing industry in South Africa. After the tour you are dropped off at your hotel.

Annie C & Friends, Germany,2nd February 2020

Heidi from Pembury Tours was fantastic in planning this trip for me and my friends. She listened to what we wanted and her itinerary was perfect for what we wanted to experience. Her choices of accommodations was very luxurious and she found the ones that work best for our group which exceeded our expectations. Out safari in Madikwe was amazing and we have many, many photographs to remember the trip with. I would recommend Heidi to all my family and friends. Thank You.

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Cost Per Person Sharing

When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: $3015


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