7 Days
Kerry’s Sun City and Madikwe Safari Family fun holiday

Tour Highlights

  • Valley of the Waves
  • Open Vehicle Safari
  • Swimming Pools
  • Wild Dog
  • Water Sports
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Luxurious lodge & hotel
  • Connecting with Nature
  • Beautiful Bushveld Sundowners
  • Wonderful Birdlife

Client Review

Our luxury and Safari escape was exactly as we had hoped it would be and more. We only had limited time in South Africa and the family wanted to do a safari holiday combined with a few days of family time at a good resort with big pools and fun adventure facilities. We also did not want to go to a malaria zone if possible.

Kerry was really eager to put this together.She had personally visited this area and from the start we felt confident that she would put together a memorable family trip. We got our idea of the perfect family holiday, in an area of South Africa that we had not yest visited.

Kerry was always knowledgeable and prompt in her responses. She understood exactly what we were looking for and quickly came up with an itinerary that ticked all the boxes for our family. The planning worked out really easy from our side.

The transfers and accommodation all worked out well and we constantly knew what our program for the trip was and what activities and meals we had to arrange.

Well done to Kerry and thank you

Ronald, Kelly, Amber & Scott

Tour Consultant's Overview

Ronald and Kelly contacted me about doing a lovely summer holiday for their family. With 2 small children, they were looking for a malaria free game reserve that also offered a great kids program and where the children could go on game drives. Madikwe is the perfect game reserve for families. 4 nights on safari is what they wanted and then to start their holiday, they were keen on a resort style hotel, where the children could have fun. Sun City is perfect for this and works well with a safari in Madikwe. After a few emails, we settled on a 7 day itinerary which the family loved.
Kerry Ririe
DAY 1 Arrival in Johannesburg and transfer to Sun City

Our driver will meet your international flight into O.R Thambo International, Johannesburg . He will hand over your travel info packs and transfer you to Sun City, This is a 2 and a half hour drive into the North West province of South Afirica. Check in for 2 nights at this premier Resort.

DAY 2 Sun City

Have fun exploring Sun City. Take a stroll through the indigenous gardens, which have been declared a National Botanical Garden. Spend the day relaxing at the pool or participate in one of the many experiences on offer. A must visit is the Valley of the Waves at Sun City. This is one of the most advanced water parks in the world. It is dominated by the Roaring Lagoon, a 6,500-square metre wave pool with a palm-fringed beach. The water park also has five exhilarating flume rides. Other activities on offer include water sports such as water skiing and paragliding, Horse riding or ATV rides, mountain bike trails and a host of others. This is a full leisure day. A well coordinated children's program is in place. Book in at the Spa. Be dazzled by an extravaganza show in the Sun City Superbowl Theatre or try your luck in the Casinos.

DAY 3 Transfer to Madikwe Game Reserve

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at Sun City. After you have checked out, your driver will meet you in reception at 11h00. From here you are transferred to Madikwe Game Reserve, where you spend 4 nights.

You are dropped off at Madikwe Safari Lodge, where you check in during the afternoon and have the next few hours to soak in the atmosphere as you prepare for your evening safari. After high tea, you depart on your afternoon game drive. Upon your return to the lodge you will be treated to a sumptuous dinner.

Driving time – Sun City to Madikwe Game Reserve: ± 2½ hours

DAY 4 TO 6 Safari time - Madikwe Game Reserve

Your stay includes 2 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 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. .

Midday leisure time and lunch in the luxurious surrounds of this tranquil bush lodge.

DAY 7 Madikwe Game Reserve to Johannesburg and Home.

After your morning game drive and breakfast, you check out. Your driver will meet you in reception at 12h00 for your transfer to OR Tambo Airport.

You are dropped off at International Departures, where you check in for your flight home.

The Palace at The Lost City - Sun City

The Palace of the Lost City is Sun City’s flagship hotel. It is a member of Leading Hotels of the World and is one of the world’s best hotels in every regard. The Palace of the Lost City is an opulent over-the-top architectural and decorative extravaganza. The imposing exterior is breathtaking, while the interiors features mosaics, frescoes and hand-painted ceilings, all paying tribute to the art and nature heritage of South Africa in grand style. The hotel takes its architectural and interior design themes from a fantasy of a lost African tribe. The fantasy legend recalls that the Palace was built by an ancient civilisation, but was destroyed by an earthquake. The Palace was “re-discovered” and restored to the splendour of former days. There are hanging gardens, jungle, streams, waterfalls and swimming pools.

The Palace’s luxurious rooms and suites are uniquely decorated to reflect the “Lost City” theme. The Palace of the Lost City accommodation is made up of four presidential suites, six junior suites, six superior junior suites, 229 luxury rooms, 35 luxury pool-facing rooms, 55 family rooms and three paraplegic rooms. There are two gourmet restaurants offering fine dining.

Madikwe Safari Lodge

Madikwe Safari Lodge is situated where the Kalahari merges with the Bushveld and abundant wildlife thrives. It offers intimate accommodation with sweeping views over the game-filled plains with the Dwarsberg range forming a purple-hued backdrop.

Lelapa, which means family in the local Tswana dialect, is exactly that. It has the spirit and comfort of being at a home and is the Lodge where children are welcome. There are 12 stone and thatched suites, all linked by walkways that meander through the bush. Each air-conditioned suite has an en-suite bathroom, with both indoor and outdoor shower. Each suite also has its own private plunge pool. The main lodge houses a lounge area with game viewing deck. Dinners are served outdoors under the African stars in the Boma.

As Lelapa is their child-friendly lodge, there are two family suites and a children’s playroom. The children’s safari programme includes family game drives for children aged 2-6 years, bush orientation (eg learning which tree to use to make a toothbrush or which trees have edible properties, finding their direction in the bush, making a campfire and finding water), Bug CSI (identifying different insects), dung tracking (identifying different animal dung), making plaster of paris casts of animal tracks, etc. Children aged 6 and older may join the adult game drives. A special children’s menu is also available.

At Madikwe Safari Lodge, daily safari activities include two game drives and a bushwalk with an exceptional game ranger. There are regular sightings of zebra, impala, wildebeest, giraffe, warthog, white & black rhino, lion, wild dog, elephant, brown hyena, and spotted hyena.

Sun City Resort Stay

Sun City is one of South Africa's premier family resorts. The design and size of this property make it feel like an island of Luxury and Fun in the African Bushveld.

An ultimate play ground for the entire family with loads of excursions and activities on offer for all ages. Visit the Valley of the Waves, Africa's largest themed water park and feel the African Spirit at play. Go on a Segway Tour of the entire complex or hire an ATV for an off road adventure. Horse riding for those more that way inclined or Adrenalin fuelled watersports at the on site dam. Play a round of Golf choosing either one of two on site Golf courses. All these activities are only a short shuttle trip away from your room at The Palace Hotel.

During the evenings kids entertainment options are available allowing you the time to break away for a Caberet Show or a spot of gaming in the Casino.

Madikwe Safari Experience

On your day of arrival you have an afternoon game drive, two drives per day on the next 2 days and then a final drive on the morning of your departure. All your meals and local drinks whilst at the lodge are included.

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.

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This itinerary started on 17 March 2018
When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: USD$ 2,913
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