Exclusive and malaria-free safari destinations and the action packed Whale Coast

Personalised journeys from start to finish

Every trip helps support Conservation

Every detail taken care of

  • Personalised journeys from start to finish

  • Every trip helps support Conservation

  • Every detail taken care of

Itinerary highlights

  • Three nights in the Madikwe Game Reserve
  • Whale watching in the Grootbos Reserve
  • Three nights in the largest private game reserve in South Africa, Tswalu Reserve
  • Visit Cape Town and Table Mountain

What's included

  • Private tours in Cape Town and The Whale Coast
  • Game drives lead by specialist guides on safari
  • Luxury hotels and safari lodges throughout
  • Meet and greet airport service
  • Full support from your Cape Town-based travel concierge before, during and after your trip
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At a glance

A wonderful wildlife adventure specifically designed for families, selecting the very best malaria-free safari reserves and choosing the lodges that work best with families so that your children will have an enjoyable as well as an educational adventure.

From Johannesburg, your journey begins with three nights in Madikwe Reserve, our favourite spot in South Africa for a family safari where you can look forward to spotting the ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo – plus much more besides.

You’ll spend three nights on the Whale Coast at Grootbos Reserve. This is another of our favourite places for a family adventure, where you can explore the area on hikes, mountain bikes, ocean safaris and more. We especially like touches such as the ability to arrange early dinner for your kids with a special menu, after which the adults can indulge in a relaxed six-course dinner while childminders take care of your little ones in the playroom.

Next up is Cape Town, an incredible city with so much to so. As well as the buzz that comes from a big city, you also have the ocean, Table Mountain and colonies of penguins and seals who call this place home.

Please remember that this is an example itinerary that we would be happy to customise to suit you and your family’s requirements.

Example trip itinerary

Days 1-4


Guides saying goodbye at Morukuru Family Madikwe
Light aircraft flight from Johannesburg to Madikwe Light aircraft flight from Johannesburg to Madikwe

Reserves and Lodges in Madikwe

Elephant family
Three nights in the Madikwe Game Reserve Three nights in the Madikwe Game Reserve

The Madikwe Game Reserve, bordering the Kalahari Desert and Botswana in South Africa’s north west corner, is one of the country’s lesser known and more remote of the Big Five safari experiences. Moreover, it's malaria-free, making the area great for families. This is South Africa's fifth largest game reserve at 75,000 hectares yet it's relatively unknown despite its variety of wildlife consisting of a large population of elephants, 300 types of bird and over sixty different mammal species including the 'Magnificent Seven' (elephant, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, leopard, lion and African Wild Dog).

Flights & transfers


Light aircraft flight from Madikwe to Johannesburg


Flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town


Private transfer to the Whale Coast

Days 4-7

The Whale Coast

Lodges at the Grootbos Reserve

Three nights in Grootbos Reserve Three nights in Grootbos Reserve

Perfectly poised on the headland between two bays and at the heart of what is considered the ‘whale watching Mecca’ of the world, the 2,500-hectare Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is well positioned to enjoy the area’s thrilling to its more relaxing of activities.

From diving with Great Whites, horse riding on wild Atlantic beaches, spotting whales and pods of dolphin cavorting in Walker Bay to tasting regional wines, discovering the unique heritage of towns such as De Kelders and Hermanus, and trekking through the intriguing fynbos flora and fauna of its reserves and valleys – you won’t be short of things to do here on the Whale Coast and at Grootbos.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to your hotel in Cape Town

Days 7-9

Cape Town

Accommodation in Cape Town

Two nights in Cape Town Two nights in Cape Town

Spend your time relaxing and exploring this wonderful city. You have our top recommendations for activities, restaurants and shopping so that you can make the most of your time here.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to Cape Town airport

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