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Madikwe & Marataba Flying Safari

7 days Safaris

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The Madikwe & Marataba Flying Safari combines two of South Africa’s finest lodges with exciting transfer by light aircraft and it’s such an amazing offer, the flights are free. Hop between Johannesburg and the Madikwe Game Reserve and Marakele National Park spotting the 'Big Five' and enjoying some of South Africa’s best cuisine. Experiences are key in these lodges, relax by the pool at Madikwe, while elephants and giraffe enjoy the water-hole just steps away or enjoy a cruise on Lady Mara spotting hippos snorting along the river with a backdrop of the magnificent mountains beyond.

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart Johannesburg

Jumbo and a warm welcome to South Africa! Arrive into Johannesburg Airport were you will be met and transfer to the Grand Central airstrip to take the internal flight with Angel Gabriel Airways to Madikwe Safari Lodge for 3 nights. Madikwe is a richly diverse game reserve in South Africa’s North West Province on the border with Botswana. The malaria-free reserve spans 76,000 hectares and is one of the largest in the country, offering a 'Big Five' safari experience plus wild dogs and many more species of mammals and birdlife. (D)

Days 2–3: Madikwe Safari Lodge

Daily activities at Madikwe Safari Lodge. Enjoy an early wake up for your game-drive into the park, Madikwe Safari Lodge is in the north eastern corner, renowned for being one of the best regions in the park for game-viewing. Between game-drives enjoy a sumptuous brunch by the pool whilst watching elephants and giraffe wandering by for a drink by the well-located waterhole. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Fly to Marataba Safari Lodge

Take an internal flight to Marataba Safari Lodge, which enjoys a unique location and boasts stunning views of the Waterberg Mountains. The lodge is located in a 23,000 hectare private concession within the Marakele National Park. Accommodation consists of canvas and stone tents which are are dotted along the tree line facing the mountains, if you are celebrating a special occasion why not book yourself into the Thabametsi Treehouse and spend the night under the stars (extra cost). (B/L/D)

Days 5–6: Marataba Safari Lodge

Daily activities at Marataba Safari Lodge. The Marakele offers a diverse range of wildlife and an immense number of mammals, as well as the 'Big Five', you may also be lucky enough to spot some of the 'Shy Five' such as Bat Eared Fox, Aardwolf or an elusive Pangolin. (B/L/D)

Day 7: Return to Johannesburg

Depart Marataba for the Johannesburg Grand Central airstrip, you will then be transferred to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport for your onward travel arrangements. (B)

Meals: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

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Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.

Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

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Tour information

Please click here to download a pdf of the itinerary and additional tour notes.

Pre/Post tour options

We recommend adding this safari after a trip to Cape Town or the Garden Route.

Time difference

GMT +1 hour (summer) +2 hours (winter)

Tour inclusions

  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Pick up/drop off at Johannesburg airport
  • All meals and selected local beverages
  • Game activities as detailed
  • Internal flights with Angel Gabriel light aircrafts
  • All park fees and landing fees

Tour exclusions

  • Accommodation upgrades
  • Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry or tips and gratuities
  • Anything not detailed on the itinerary

Transportation

Shared air-conditioned airport transfer and shared open-sided safari vehicles

Visa requirements

British Citizens do not require a visa for South Africa. South Africa introduced new immigration rules where parents travelling to South Africa with children may be asked to show the child’s full birth certificate, and where only one parent is accompanying, proof of parental or legal authority to travel with the child. Please check the foreign office website for up to date information https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-africa/entry-requirements

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