Day 01 – ARRIVAL INTO JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
- Arrival into Johannesburg, South Africa today. After clearing through Immigrations & Customs, you are met by our local representative who will escort you to your hotel for check-in. Remainder of the day at leisure.
- Overnight – Michelangelo Hotel on a bed & breakfast basis
THE MICHELANGELO HOTEL
Over the heart of Sandton Square, Johannesburg, towers the majestic Michelangelo – the perfect vantage from which to observe the entertainment and corporate capital of Africa. Immerse yourself in the culture and breakneck pace of Sandton. Then return to convalesce in the serenity of Renaissance-style elegance that makes Michelangelo one of The Leading Hotels of the World. This renaissance styled hotel offers unsurpassed luxury and attention to detail. Individual needs and tastes are catered for in every possible way, such as in the Intermezzo Lounge where early arrivals and late departures can relax between journeys. In the Salon de Champagne, the Piccolo Mondo restaurant overlooking Sandton Square or the 11 Ritrovo cocktail bar and lounge, the discerning guest will find that every palate has been considered. The Michelangelo has captured the spirit of a bygone era while being at the heart of Sandton City, the pulsating, vibrant corporate capital of Africa where you can enjoy unlimited shopping in the largest continuous boutique area in the country
Day 02 – JOHANNESBURG TO THE MADIKWE GAME RESERVE
- After breakfast at your hotel, you are met mid-morning and are transferred to the Johannesburg Airport in time to board your early afternoon flight to the Madikwe Game Reserve.
- On arrival at the airstrip, you are met by a driver from Mateya Safari Lodge who will escort you to camp. There is time to relax before heading off on your first late afternoon game drive in the reserve. Return before dusk to a scrumptious evening meal.
- Overnight – Mateya Safari Lodge on a full board basis
MATEYA SAFARI LODGE
If you’re searching for that rare and unforgettable safari experience, offering a luxurious destination within breathtaking natural surroundings, then welcome to Mateya. Located in the spectacular 75,000 hectare Madikwe Game Reserve, Mateya is the ultimate compliment of exquisite architectural design and comfort enhanced by the splendor of a pristine African setting. Mateya is designed for the discerning traveler, offering a graceful fusion of relaxed comfort in a beautiful setting. Its five vast suites, spaced out about the grounds for more privacy, are exquisitely decorated with 6ft-wide four poster beds almost matched in size by the massive marble bath tubs in the en suite bathrooms and extensive private decks with plunge pools that disappear into the brush beyond. The lodge caters for a maximum of ten guests. The suites are arranged in a radial configuration around one of the hills, each with a private, rim-flow pool deck and natural window sala overlooking the waterhole and plains. The rangers here at Mateya are some of the best in the country and there’s also the chance to do bush walks with them, which are fairly unusual in this game reserve. As such, you are assured exclusivity, privacy and the very highest standards of personal care and attention at all times. Nestled in the rocky outcrop of the Gabbro hills, the lodge, comprising dining, lounge, and relaxation areas, provides a high elevation and an uninterrupted view of the reserve.
MADIKWE GAME RESERVE
Set in a malaria-free area in the historic North West province, near the border with Botswana, the 76 000 hectare (187 800 acre) Madikwe Game Reserve supports a diverse combination of bushveld and the semi-arid Kalahari. Madikwe is famed for Operation Phoenix, the world’s largest game translocation exercise. Established almost 20 years ago, the reserve successfully reintroduced more than 8 000 animals of 28 species, including lion, elephant and buffalo, as well as black and white rhino. This area is now home to the famous Big Five, as well as the endangered African wild dog and 350 bird species. Apart from wildlife, the region also boasts a rich history, ranging from Stone Age relics to the passage of Mzilikazi and a range of European explorers and missionaries. Madikwe is well known for the Mafikeng Road (the main road running through the Reserve), the artery that once linked the trading route from Cape Town to Bulawayo in the early 1800s. The likes of William Cornwallis Harris, David Livingstone and Cecil John Rhodes travelled through here, battling and forming everlasting friendships with the local people, the Tswana-Sotho. The renowned South African author Herman Charles Bosman also spent several months living in what is the present reserve and many of his books celebrate the unique characters and atmosphere of the region.
Day 03 – MADIKWE GAME RESERVE
- Enjoy the day exploring the reserve during early morning and late afternoon game drives.
- Overnight – Mateya Safari Lodge on a fully inclusive basis
Day 04 – MADIKWE TO JOHANNESBURG
- Enjoy a final early morning game drive at Madikwe returning to the lodge for breakfast.
- Mid-morning, you are collected by your driver for your transfer back to Johannesburg.
South Africa truly is a ‘World in One Country’. It offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy metropolitan cities, abundant culture, amazing scenery, delectable cuisine and a fabulous array of amazing wildlife experiences. An extension to Cape Town or the Greater Kruger National Park is a great way to extend your safari. Other possible extensions could be a visit to see the majestic Victoria Falls from either the Zambia or Zimbabwe side, a side adventure into the neighboring country of Botswana for spectacular game viewing in the famous Okavango Delta, Moremi Reserve or the northern reserve of Chobe. For those wanting to add a taste of East Africa to the menu, a side trip to Kenya or Tanzania is an animal lover’s perfect way to extend the journey. Below are just a few ideas on how you can add to the charity auction package we are offering above:
CAPE TOWN AREA
If you wish to add additional time to your journey, why not fly to Cape Town and spend a few days exploring the abundant attractions of South Africa’s most famous city? Enjoy panoramic views from the summit of Table Mountain, dine out in style at the lively V&A Waterfront, enjoy an evening cocktail at the beach bars of trendy Camps Bay, or delve into Cape Town’s fascinating past on a trip to Robben Island or a tour of the Townships. Further afield you’ll find award-winning vineyards in the Cape Winelands, wilderness and wildlife in the Cape Peninsula and world-class whale watching in the picturesque coastal town of Hermanus.
Recommended stay: 3-5 days
GREATER KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
For the ultimate holiday in South Africa and on a safari to the Kruger National Park or one of the surrounding reserves; home to the Big Five, lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino as well as an abundance of plains game and incredible bird life. Off road game driving is allowed in the private concessions enabling a superior game viewing experience while waterholes attract elephant, white rhino, giraffe and warthog and many other wildlife species during the dry season. Apart from fabulous game drives, guests can also enjoy bush walks, night drives, sleep-outs under the stars, bird- watching and listen to fascinating stories of wildlife escapades from professionally trained guides. With a sub-tropical climate and maximum mid-summer temperatures of 30 degrees the weather is perfect most of the year round for your journey into the African bush.
Recommended stay: 3-5 days
Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya, “the smoke that thunders,” is one of Africa’s most famous sights. Here the mile-wide Zambezi River drops 300 feet into a sheer chasm to create a spectacular thundering cascade. Above the falls, the river is placid, with palm-fringed islands and rain-forested banks. In 1860, Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone was the first Westerner to report the existence of this mile-wide cascade, and he named this magnificent wonder for his queen. Since then, it has attracted visitors from around the world. The Zambezi River marks the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and visitors can walk across a bridge to view the falls from both countries. A number of activities can be undertaken. The ‘Flight of Angels’ provides a fabulous vista of the falls, the upstream river and its many islands and for the more adventurous there is micro lighting with stunning views of the Fall. Rafting the wild rapids below the Falls is a very popular adventure. Visitors can also kayak, canoe, fish, go on guided walking safaris, ride on horseback and lunch on Livingstone’s Island. Game viewing via boat or open vehicles is a popular activity above the falls or in in Chobe in Botswana.
Recommended stay: 2-3 days
Blessed with some of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth, Botswana is one of the great safari destinations on the continent of Africa. There are more elephants in Botswana than any other country, the big cats roam free and there’s everything from endangered African wild dogs to aquatic antelopes, from rhinos making a comeback to abundant birdlife at every turn. Some of Botswana’s famous parks are the Chobe National Park, the Moremi Game Reserve and the Okavango Delta where visitors can view game from open vehicles, on foot or by canoe or motor boat. Botswana is also the home to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve with its magnificent black-maned lions and seemingly endless savannahs… a blooming desert in the Botswana summer season.
Recommended stay: 4-8 days
Most visitors to Kenya come to experience the country’s world famous wildlife, but Kenya offers visitors a vast array of unique opportunities to create a true “African Dream Vacation”. Perhaps best known for its large concentration of animals in over 40 National Parks and Reserves visitors can experience game viewing many different ways. Most guests prefer spotting game from the comforts of a specially-designed safari van or four-wheel drive landrover but for those with a sense of adventure, game viewing can also be done on foot, by hot-air balloon, on horseback or even atop camels! It is not just the outstanding wildlife that Kenya is known for, it is also rich in culture.
Kenya’s instantly recognizable Masai are an extraordinary people who have managed to keep their traditional lifestyle even with the onset of western culture settling in all around them. Their long thin muscular physique, clad in bright red robes is extremely distinctive and their lifestyle is a fascinating contrast to western culture.
Recommended stay: 5-12 days
From the snow-capped peaks of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro to the vast expanses of the famous Serengeti National Park, a journey to the country of Tanzania is a destination not to be missed. The largest country in East Africa, Tanzania is renowned for its magnificent wildlife, vast savannahs and hospitable people. Its wealth of breathtaking natural wonders include Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and Lake Victoria, Africa’s deepest lake and the source of the great Nile River. With internationally famous game parks like the Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Manyara, where wildlife roam in teeming numbers, a safari here is an unbelievable experience. The Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra is a phenomenon that occurs annually and is perhaps one of the greatest spectacles of nature. This mass exodus of 1.5 million wildebeest together with half a million zebra follows a 500-mile route between Kenya and Tanzania, reaching its climax in the Southern Serengeti from December through to February. Truly an incredible experience for those lucky enough to see it!
Recommended stay: 5-12 days