5 Day Madikwe Big 5 Safari Escape

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Just in case you're traveling to South Africa soon, you can enjoy incredible savings with this short-notice 5-day package based on a last-minute special available to you if you Book & Travel within 21 days. Experience a Luxury Safari Adventure at the 5-Star Tuningi Safari Lodge located in the Malaria-Free Madikwe Game Reserve with opportunities to see the famous 'Big Five', & wild dogs a firm favorite in the 75000-hectare reserve. Enjoy top-tier hospitality in a friendly and relaxed environment.

Overview

On this 5-day tour you will visit South Africa's best-kept secret, Madikwe Game Reserve which is located in the malaria-free North West province, approximately 350km from Johannesburg. Encompassing grassland, forest and rocky hills, this pristine wilderness borders with Botswana and boasts incredible species of wildlife including elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and endangered wild dogs whom are mostly seen in Botswana.

Activities offered on this tour include exhilarating morning and afternoon game drives, with highly qualified game rangers that have sound knowledge of the fauna and flora within the Madikwe Game Reserve and pass on this knowledge and passion to guests during their game drives.

Indulge in an array of pampering massage treatments in the comfort of your suite or on your private secluded deck. This is the perfect way to round-off your African Safari.

This tour is ideal for solo explorers, couples, and families looking for a unique safari experience.

Itinerary

Day 1: Madikwe Game Reserve

Your African safari adventure begins as you take a road transfer with a professional driver from Johannesburg to Madikwe Game Reserve and onto Tuningi Safari Lodge.

Depending on your time of arrival, you may have time to explore the lodge facilities and enjoy a sumptuous lunch before venturing out into the bush on your first-afternoon game drive, in search of the endangered wild dog. Madikwe Game Reserve offers unique typography and is a photographer's paradise, so be sure to have your camera ready as you come up close for some perfect shots including the most magnificent sunset you will ever see.

On your return, you will be greeted by a perfectly prepared dinner served under a canopy of stars. End the evening with a sumptuous dessert and a nightcap before bidding farewell to the simmering fire to the calling of your suite.

Day 2 - 4: Game Drives & Relaxation

In the morning, you will gather in the dining area as you enjoy a freshly brewed cup of tea or coffee, before heading back into the bush on a morning safari. Game drives are generally 3 -4 hours in duration with a stop en-route to stretch the legs and enjoy a refreshment. When you return to your lodge, breakfast is served and is followed by some free time to relax in your suite or beside the pool. For the more adventurous travellers, we recommend guided bush walks that are sure to heighten your senses as you discover the smaller creatures and enjoy the trees and stunning scenery.

Later in the afternoon, you will venture back into the bush for another afternoon game drive, hopeful of seeing an abundance of wildlife that are most active at night. Experience yet another beautiful sunset whilst enjoying your favourite drink and return to camp for another decadent dinner.

Day 5: Depart

After yet another exhilarating morning game drive and heartwarming breakfast, you will gather your belongings and bid farewell to the African bush as your transfer arrives to pick you up for the drive back to Johannesburg.

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Rates & Pricing

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$ 660 USD
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$ 350 USD
$ 660 USD
Rates are starting prices per person, per night sharing.
With specials, we always use the best promotion available, please contact our experts for more guidance.
FLEXIBLE REFUND POLICY
60+ days notice will be a full refund.
30-60 days notice will be a 50% refund.
< 30 days notice will be no refund.

Policy above does not apply to flights.
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Inclusions

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4 nights at Tuningi Safari Lodge
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All meals
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Outdoor rain-shower
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Twice daily game drives
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Traversing Over 75 000 ha of Vast Plains
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Legendary Wild Dog Sightings
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Qualified Passionate Guides
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Tea, Filter Coffee & Biscuits on Morning Drive
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Drinks & Canapés on Afternoon Drive
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Return transfers to the lodge

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I was in Cape Town, South Africa recently for an athletic competition and had allowed myself a week of personal time to relax and properly conclude the trip, but had not bothered to plan a safari to occupy the time. I was skeptical of the cost and whether I would enjoy the experience, however a couple days into that final week it occurred to me, in a bit of a panic attack, what a waste it would be not to take advantage of this opportunity. I hopped online and started looking at flights to Johannesburg (almost all the safaris in SA start there with an early morning pick up), but it was basically impossible to get a flight early enough and/or to coordinate with the multiple safaris operating in or just outside of Kruger. With no apparent options available to turn my remaining 4 1/2 days into even a 3 day safari I stumbled on the most obvious website one could imagine, Safari.com. I'd completely given up negotiating all the variables on my own but here was a safari travel agent that might be able to help me .. and they were based right out of Cape Town, literally a stones throw from my lodgings. Serendipity, or so i hoped. I immediately sent out an email and crossed my fingers .. for roughly an hour and a half, at which point Dolan from Safari.com responded to me requesting I give him a call so that we could expedite potential arrangements. My in country phone plan wasn't able to make calls, but we arranged for him to call me and not 3 hours after being in the grip of despair Dolan got through to me and far from notifying me of how absurd it was to hold out hope for a literally, last minute safari adventure with barely 4 days available to me, he had already worked out all the details I'd sent and created a preliminary safari trip that would bypass Johannesburg airport for a flight the next morning to a closer, much, much smaller airport where I would be picked up taken, not to a 3 day safari, but a full 4 day safari, then back to the tiny, tiny airport for a return flight to Cape Town with 2 hours to spare for my return leg all the way home. It almost feels like an afterthought, after the minor miracle Dolan was able to conjure up, but the safari itself at Simbavati Lodge was just an absolutely stunning experience. The single "tent" he booked me was as luxurious as any 4 star hotel I've stayed in, the game drives, one every morning, one every evening were more amazing than I could have ever imagined, and the food, 3 meals a day with snacks and an open bar was sublime. I could go on about the wonderful staff, or the wonderful other safari goers you can meet and grab a drink with, or the different animals walking through the open lodge facilities daily .. but I've gone on long enough. I'll simply conclude by saying .. safari, absolutely, yes, do it, it is amazing. And when you do decide, Safari.com will do you right and if you have the pleasure of working with Dolan, do give him my thanks .. the entire experience was the best part of my trip :)
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