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Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge
Madikwe Game Reserve

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is situated on a prime site in the west of the Madikwe Game Reserve, straddling the Tweedepoort Ridge with expansive views across the northern plains and Inselbergs...

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Jaci's Safari Lodge
Madikwe Game Reserve

Jaci's Safari Lodge is set on the edge of a small stream in the heart of the Madikwe Game Reserve. Accommodation consists of eight luxurious rooms with large mosaic bath, outdoor shower and...

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Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge
Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge is set on a hill within 75,000 hectares of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Madikwe Hills consists of a main safari lodge with ten suites, and a private...

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Makanyane Safari Lodge
Madikwe Game Reserve

Makanyane Safari Lodge is located on 1,800 hectares of private ground in the Madikwe Game Reserve. Accommodation is in eight luxurious double suites, each with its own lounge, en suite bathroom...

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Morukuru Family Madikwe
Madikwe Game Reserve

Morukuru Lodge is situated in the heart of the Madikwe Game Reserve, along the banks of the Marico river. The main lodge can accommodate six guests in three double en suite bedrooms, each...

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Thakadu River Camp
Madikwe Game Reserve

Thakadu River Camp is a tented safari lodge within the Madikwe Game Reserve located between the Marico River and a small tributary of the Marico River. The camp is set within the riverine...

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Tuningi Safari Lodge
Madikwe Game Reserve

Tuningi Safari Lodge is an elegant, five star lodge set in a tranquil valley in the magnificent Madikwe Game Reserve. Accommodation consists of 4 free-standing rooms that all have spacious...

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Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge
Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge is located on the slopes of an ancient volcano and offers guests all the amenities of a prime resort on the doorstep of the Pilanesberg National Park. Accommodation...

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Tshukudu Bush Lodge
Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Tshukudu Bush Lodge is set high on a hilltop with panoramic views of the Pilanesberg National Park. Accommodation consists of 6 Luxury Cottages each with a double bed, open plan lounge with...

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Cascades Hotel
Sun City

Cascades Hotel is an understated, elegant hotel offering luxurious accommodation in beautiful surrounds. It is named after the cascading waterfall features and streams found in the hotel's grounds...

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The Cabanas
Sun City

The Cabanas at Sun City is the most relaxed and casual of all the hotels at Sun City, and offers informal yet comfortable accommodation. All the 380 rooms offer modern d├ęcor and a retro design...

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The Palace of the Lost City
Sun City

The Palace of the Lost City is a luxurious, unique hotel with 338 rooms and suites nestled in the rolling hills of the Pilanesberg, one of South Africa's most scenic locations. Sun City is a world...

ITINERARY IDEA

Day 1 - 3: Madikwe Game Reserve

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

The Madikwe Game Reserve is the newest of South Africa's prime safari destinations. A public-private partnership resulted in the creation of this Big Five game reserve on almost worthless cattle farms and today it is home to 66 mammal species. Madikwe is a haven of amazing diversities. The landscape has mountainous areas, plateaux, rocky hills, a perennial river, seasonal wetlands, a variety of sandy and clay areas, bushveld, Kalahari veld and savanna areas. The rich diversity of vegetation ensures a wide range of game and the topography offers ideal game viewing opportunities in a malaria-free environment.

There is a good chance of seeing the Magnificent Seven which comprises the Big Five as well as the rare and endangered wild dog and cheetah. The reserve is home to the largest elephant population outside the Kruger National Park, black and white rhino, and the biggest disease free herd of buffalo in the country. In addition to these, one may see brown and spotted hyena and all other South African predators. A multitude of plains game includes giraffe, zebra, springbok and sable. There are also large populations of wildebeest, impala and warthogs. For bird watchers Madikwe is an unmissable destination with the latest official bird list boasting an incredible 340 species.

Day 4 - 6: Timbavati Private Game Reserve

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

Timbavati Private Game Reserve shares a common, unfenced border with Kruger Park and encompasses many exclusive private lodges. The region is best known for the ‘white lions of Timbavati’, two unusually pale lion cubs discovered here in the 1970s, their colour due to a rare recessive gene.

The Timbavati is a “Big Five” Game Reserve: Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo roam freely as do many more species of predators and antelopes. Over 40 mammal species and 350 bird species have been identified within the area. This, together with the abundant variety of flora, the tranquillity and the natural beauty of the land, ensures an adventure to be remembered. It said to have the densest giraffe population in the world.

This itinerary is a guideline, Africa & Beyond tailor every trip to your individual specifications including all accommodation, flights, transfers & activities, please contact us to discuss your ideas.

 

ABOUT NORTHWEST PROVINCE

The wondrously scenic North West Province of South Africa is bordered on the north by Botswana, on the south by the provinces of Free State and the Northern Cape, and on the northeast and east by the Limpopo Province and Gauteng.

Much of the province consists of flat areas of scattered trees and grassland. The Magaliesberg mountain range in the northeast extends about 80 miles from Pretoria to Rustenburg and the Vaal River flows along the southern border of the province.

Important historical sites in the province include Mafikeng, the traditional capital of the Barolong people, where a British garrison was placed under siege by Afrikaners during the Boer War (1899-1902). There are also several national parks, including the Madikwe Game Reserve and the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, which is located in the crater of an extinct volcano, both home to the Big Five.

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