Tailor Made Itinerary

10 Days
Heidi’s Special South African City, Madikwe Safari & Victoria Falls Adventure Tour

3 nights Cape Town | 2 nights Madikwe | 2 nights Victoria Falls | 2 nights Johannesburg

Tour Highlights

  • Cape Town City
  • Cape Winelands Tour & Tastings
  • Big Five Game Drive
  • Madikwe Game Reserve
  • Johannesburg & Soweto Tours
  • South African History
  • Victoria Falls
  • African Adventure Activities

Client Review

5/5 stars – Everything was perfect, all services superb, they reacted fast on all our demands. They really made a programme as we wished, they were helpful before the journey and also during the journey, accommodation was more than the best, all other: vehicle quality, punctually of delivery and collection was amazing, they were always 15 minutes before departure. We were very surprised about the presents and book with maps and itinerary for each passenger – Pembury Tours – thank you for this! Also big thanks to Ms Heidi Bedford for all her time and support.

Brigita V

Tour Consultant's Overview

Brigita contacted Pembury Tours from her Travel agency in Prague.  They had a group of clients that were wanting to come to South Africa on an incentive travel trip. Brigita sent through a couple of places that the clients were interested in visiting. The clients were very interested in the “highlights of Africa” option, after a couple of example tour itineraries were sent through, they decided on a tour which included Cape Town, Madikwe Game Reserve, Johannesburg & Victoria Falls.
Heidi Bedford
Day 1 Arrival in Cape Town

Upon arrival in Cape Town you are met and transferred to your hotel for your three night stay.

Transfer time – Cape Town airport to Cape Town hotel: approx 35 minutes

Day 1 to 4 Cape Town (3 nights)

Spend your days exploring 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.

Day 4 Cape Town to Madikwe Game Reserve

This morning you are met and transferred to Cape Town Airport where you will board your flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Johannesburg you are transferred to Madikwe Game Reserve, a malaria free National Park. You have time to settle into your lodge before embarking on your afternoon game drive.

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

Flying time: Cape Town to Johannesburg – approx. 2 hours

Transfer time: Johannesburg Airport to Madikwe Game Reserve – approx. 4 hours

Day 4 to 6 Madikwe Game Reserve (2 nights)

Your stay includes two game drives per day,one morning and one afternoon, in the 76,000 hectare Madikwe Game Reserve. It 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 four 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.

Day 6 Madikwe Game Reserve to Johannesburg

This morning after your morning game drive and breakfast you are met and transferred by road to Johannesburg where you will enjoy a Soweto Tour, if there is enough time over, a Pretoria Tour will be included.

Transfer time: Madikwe to Johannesburg – approx. 4½ hours

Tour time: Soweto Tour & Pretoria – approx. 5 hours

Day 7 Johannesburg to Victoria Falls

This morning you are met and transferred by road to Johannesburg Airport where you will board a flight to Victoria Falls. Upon arrival in Victoria Falls you are met and transferred to your hotel for your two night stay.

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

Flying time: Johannesburg to Victoria Falls – approx. 1½ hours

Transfer time: Victoria Falls Airport to hotel – approx. 20 minutes

Day 7 to 9 Victoria Falls (2 nights)

Besides being one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available.

At 1708m wide, Victoria Falls is the most expansive curtain of water in the world and drops more than 100m into the sheer Zambezi Gorge. Straddling the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, these Falls and the Zambezi River are the central points in an area of spectacular scenic beauty: from the Falls themselves to the broad, picturesque course of the Zambezi River upstream, the rainforest adjacent and the stark jagged gorge downstream, the power and timelessness of nature's forces are evident throughout.

Day 9 Victoria Falls to Johannesburg (1 night)

This morning is an early start to your day, there is time to view the Falls this morning. Your hotel is situated on the falls and you have free entrance into the falls. You are met mid morning and transferred to Livingstone Airport where you will board a flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival you are met and transferred to your hotel for your one night stay.

Transfer time: Hotel to Victoria Falls Airport – approx. 20 minutes

Flying time: Victoria Falls to Johannesburg – approx. 1½ hours

Transfer time: Johannesburg Airport to hotel – approx. 45 minutes

Day 10 Johannesburg & Departure

Today you are met and taken to the Congress WONCA where you will attend your conference after which you are transferred to Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport for your flight home.

Cape Town: Protea Hotel Seapoint

Bold mountain views and refreshing ocean vistas are but a few of the warm and inviting amenities that create a comfortable stay for corporate and leisure travelers alike at the Protea Hotel Cape Town Sea Point. Those looking to experience the best of Cape Town while enjoying the convenience of accessible accommodation and intuitive service will find our beachfront hotel's tranquil beach house feel, charmed with discreet and modern elegance, an ideal destination.

Located between the Cape Town CBD and fine beaches and within close proximity to major tourist attractions, our hotel's guest rooms and suites offer everything needed for a relaxed and productive stay. From our interactive lobby and outdoor plunge pool to steakhouse dining and a delicious breakfast buffet, guests can revel in amenities while exploring the sights and sounds of Cape Town.

Madikwe Game Reserve: Tau Game Lodge

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

Johannesburg: Protea Hotel Sandton 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 two private gardens and two 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 two-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.

Victoria Falls: The Kingdom at Victoria Falls

The Kingdom at Victoria Falls is situated within the Victoria Falls National Park, a World Heritage Site, and is the closest hotel to the Victoria Falls. It is a modern-day tribute to ancient Africa. The architecture of the 4-star Kingdom Hotel resembles that of the city of Munhumutapa, capital of an ancient civilisation in Zimbabwe.

The hotel has a variety of restaurants (Whitewaters, Thundercloud Spur, the Burger Place, the Sweet Hut and Panarottis pizzeria), bars (Rapids Pool Bar, Quartermains Bar, Wild Thing Action bar, the Pit), a casino with slot machines, Black Jack and American Roulette. There are four swimming pools, an Internet café, a spa and beauty parlour, hair salon, a supervised children’s play area, curio shops and 24-hour room service.

Built around a man-made lake, the 294 rooms are beautifully decorated in deep browns and beiges, with natural wood furnishings. The Kingdom at Victoria Falls offers a wide range of room types to select including twin rooms, double rooms, family rooms and suites. The air-conditioned bedrooms have tilled floors and bathrooms have both a shower and bath.

Included in price Cape Town: Half Day City 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.

Included in price 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 Guided 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.

Included in price Johannesburg: Pretoria City & Soweto Tour

The City of Pretoria lies only 58 km (36 miles) north of Johannesburg and provides a complete contrast to the City of Gold. South Africa's administrative capital was founded in 1855 and named after the Voortrekker leader, Andries Pretorius. Often referred to as the "Jacaranda City", this nickname refers to the thousands of trees lining the streets, their purple blossoms heralding the approach of summer each October.

Our tour begins with a visit to the Voortrekker Monument, a striking memorial built to honour the early pioneers. We then continue to the central part of the city which has retained the name of Pretoria, visiting Kruger House Museum and Church Square, where the statue of Paul Kruger looks down on the passers by. Melrose House is a classic example of a Victorian suburban townhouse and a visit can also be included, subject to time permitting. We then continue to the imposing Union Building, which houses the offices of the State President, Deputy President and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

You then travel on to Soweto and seeing Regina Mundi Catholic church, The Hector Pieterson Memorial, Vilakazi Street, Nelson Mandela's former home and Bishop Desmond Tutu's home.

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 Victoria Falls: View the Falls

You are met at your hotel and taken on a tour of the Falls. As you approach the Falls and hear the water pounding and witness the vapour rising, you quickly understand why local tribesman called the Falls “Mosi-oa-Tunya” (the smoke that thunders) and why the explorer David Livingstone exclaimed that a scene “so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”. The great columns of spray rising from the tumultuous falls can be seen from 80 kilometres away on a clear day. If you are lucky enough to be there at full moon, a "moonbow" can be seen in the spray instead of the usual daylight rainbow. Because the Victoria Falls fall into a chasm, rather than falling down an escarpment, it is possible to walk along the opposite side of the chasm, at the same height as the top of the Falls. From the unique walking trails the magnificence and glory of the Falls are head on and only about 60 metres (200 feet) away. The spray falls on the trails like soft rain, feeding the lush vegetation.

Suggested Victoria Falls: Adventure Activities

Victoria Falls is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available. Here is our selection of the best:

Tiger fishing:
Spend a half day on the Zambezi River fishing for one of the great freshwater game fish - The Tigerfish. These powerful, swift predators are truly thrilling to catch.

Paddle slowly down the Zambezi River in a canoe with some of the best wildlife guides in Africa and enjoy the beauty, peace and wildlife of this unique place. Explore islands and waterways and learn about the birds and animals you come across along the route.

Flight of Angels Helicopter Flip over the Falls:
At ground level you can feel the enormous power of the Victoria Falls as tremendous volumes of water pound into the chasm below. But it is only when you take to the air that you can take in the whole panorama and enormity of this mighty spectacle.

Bungi Jumping:
Bungi jump off the 111 metre high railway bridge into the Zambezi gorge, stopping just metres from the rushing water of the Zambezi River. This is a wild jump! There are two bungi options: A single jump on your own or a tandem jump with a partner.

White Water Rafting:
White Water Rafting on the Zambezi River is acclaimed as the best one day white water rafting trip available in the world. There are different options for rafting depending on the time of year and the level of water in the river.

Jet Boat Extreme:
Speedboats powered by huge jet engines shoot down the rapids below the Victoria Falls at 100 km an hour. Enjoy a thrilling half hour spent “flying” over the water.

Victoria Falls: Sunset Boat Trip on the Zambezi River

Follow in the footsteps of David Livingstone and travel up the Zambezi River above the Falls. There are several companies offering boat trips on the Zambezi River. Especially recommended is an evening sundowner boat cruise or a dinner cruise. As afternoon fades into twilight, animals come down to the river to drink as you go by.

This itinerary started on 21 May 2018
When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: USD$ 2,370
Remember, this is an actual itinerary, 100% tailor-made to meet this client's expectations. We can use this itinerary as a starting point for you.
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