Cape Town & Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa
Instead of a three-night stay at the Ivory Tree Game Lodge, you can enhance your experience with a stay at the Makalali Main Camp instead from an extra £100 per person. Or choose the Thakadu River Camp from an extra £300 per person.
Makalali Main Camp
Found west of Kruger National Park, within 26,000 hectares of bushveld, it’s an ideal place to spot the Big Five on a safari, as well as cheetahs, wild dogs, giraffes, zebras, and kudu. The park in Makalali Private Game Reserve also has a leopard breeding programme to take in. Getting to the Makalali Main Camp requires two internal flights.
Thakadu River Camp
Set right by the riverside with an incredible amount of fauna and flora, Thakadu River Camp offers unique accommodation in five-star tented suites, as well as access to the Marico River. The Lodge itself offers open-plan areas and incredible dining, while game drives in the nature reserve are thrilling and varied.
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Arriving in Cape Town, you’ll be transferred to your first hotel, the Harbour Bridge Hotel, where you’ll spend four nights in a Standard Room with daily breakfast included. You’ll have lots of time to explore this majestic city, taking in sights such as Robben Island, Table Mountain, and Boulder’s Beach.
You’ll then be taken back to the airport, where you’ll fly into Johannesburg. From the airport, you’ll be transferred to Ivory Tree Game Lodge, where you’ll spend three nights in a Standard Room on a full-board basis – meaning your breakfast, lunch and dinner is included every day. When here, you’ll go on two enthralling game drives, so remember to keep your cameras at the ready when you spot a magnificent animal in full swing. On your last morning, you will be transferred back to the airport before catching your flight home.
Harbour Bridge Hotel
A stylish, modern hotel in the heart of Cape Town, this sumptuously designed hotel comes with a gorgeous rooftop pool and sun terrace – which offers stunning views of the harbour. Just over two kilometres from Robben Island and other landmarks, it’s the perfect place to explore the city from. The Harbour Bridge Restaurant serves both regional and international fare, meaning you can always find something you enjoy. The onsite bar is on hand with an extensive cocktail list and both local and international drinks.
A lively metropolis surrounded by sea, mountains, nature parks and vineyards, Cape Town is a great introduction to South Africa. Gaze across the city from the top of Table Mountain or from Signal Hill, and then head to the national park of the Cape of Good Hope, where you can hang out with penguins at Boulder’s Beach. The contemporary cultural heart of the city is found around the V&A Waterfront. Here you’ll find plenty of chic bars, amazing restaurants, galleries and interesting museums. A stay in Cape Town should also not be without day trips to nearby sights and culinary destinations. Tour the Stellenbosch vineyards to sample some of the great South African grapes, see the flowery landscapes around Kirstenbosch or catch a glimpse of the “Big Five” on a full day safari.
Ivory Tree Game Lodge
A five-star hotel found within Pilanesberg Game Reserve, this lodge-style accommodation offers comfortable rooms and lots of adventure-filled activities including quad biking, archery, shooting, and drumming (additional costs). The perfect place to stay on your safari adventure, dining comes in both the indoor luxury of the lodge, and also via a unique outdoor experience under the starlit African sky. These restaurants will introduce you to authentic South African fare and leave you wanting even more. There is also an onsite spa should you feel the need to relax at any point.
Pilanesberg Game Reserve
Set in the crater of a long-extinct volcano, the Pilanesberg Game Reserve is a fascinating stretch of land that can host your safari ambitions. The park rises high above the surrounding bushveld plains and is home to lots of incredible geological phenomena. An abundance of wildlife can be found across the 580 square kilometres of the park – including leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalo, while bird-watching is also incredibly varied.