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The 75,000 hectare Madikwe Game Reserve is situated in the far north of the North West Province of South Africa and borders with Botswana. Created from the biggest translocation project of animals in 1991, the reserve is now home to 66 large mammals species, including the 'Big Five' and approximately 300 resident and migrant bird species. It is one of South Africa's largest game reserves with areas of open plains and woodland and is dissected by escarpments, making it incredibly diverse for the beautiful animals that live there. Many of the lodges that we use have specialist child-friendly safari programmes which are both fun and educational. A Madikwe safari is effortlessly accessible via a three hour drive or a short flight from Johannesburg.

The Waterberg safari has been described as South Africa's best keep secret. Its rugged beauty, together with its diversity in plant and animal life, has led to the development of several exciting eco-tourism projects such as the biosphere reserve, the Waterberg Nature Conservancy and the amalgamation of conservation areas in order to protect more than 150,000 hectares of the Waterberg-habitat. A malarial-free destination, the Waterberg lends itself as the perfect family safari destination. Many of the lodges that we use have specialist child-friendly safari programmes, which are both fun and educational.



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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic South Africa

Nights: 13 | from £5,750pp

The Rainbow Nation has it all: mountain highs, wild (and wildlife rich) seas, endless savannah filled with game and an easy-going atmosphere. In two weeks... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made Private set departure

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Botswana: Safari in Style 2017

Nights: 9 | from £7,515pp

Discover the magical Okavango Delta combined with the mighty Victoria Falls, making this trip an unforgettable experience Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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South African Family Safari

Nights: 13 | from £4,215pp

Cape Town, the Garden Route and the Eastern Cape are the perfect combination for a family-friendly African adventure. Including the outdoorsy delights... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Family Holidays

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Highlights of South Africa

Nights: 13 | from £3,279pp

This journey of the Rainbow Nation takes in Cape Town and the Winelands, the spectacular coastline of the Garden Route and culminates with a safari in... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Safari & Wildlife

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Luxury Small Group Journey - Southern Africa Safari by River & Rail 2017

Nights: 14 | from £9,885pp

From cosmopolitan Cape Town to thundering Victoria Falls to the extraordinary Okavango Delta, experience the best of Southern Africa in one spectacular... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Ant's Hill

The spacious cottages benefit from huge folding doors and the thatched lodge roof that blends into the bush. Adorned with exotic furniture and brightly... Find out more

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Ant's Nest

The original homestead with its wide verandas has a classic African atmosphere. Nestled in landscaped gardens, the expansive swimming pool blends naturally... Find out more

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Etali Safari Lodge

Nestled in sweet-thorn acacia trees the eight thatched suites are privately positioned, each with whirlpools set on open decks and with indoor and outdoor... Find out more

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Jaci's Safari & Tree Lodge

Two exceptional child-friendly, privately owned lodges are set deep in the Madikwe Game Reserve. Tree lodge, consisting of eight spacious tree houses... Find out more

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Madikwe Safari Lodge

Madikwe Safari Lodge comprises of three lodges Lelpa Lodge, Kopano Lodge and Dithaba Lodge, each lodge is run separately and has its own main area and... Find out more

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Sanctuary Makanyane, South Africa

South Africa

Prices from £2,080pp saving up to £300pp for 6 nights
Stay four nights at Sanctuary Makanyane and only pay for three nights. Priced from £2,080pp includes four nights accommodation on a full board basis with safari activities, internal flights to Madikwe and international overnight flights from the UK. Valid for travel between 4th January 2016 to the 10th December 2016. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Winelands and Wildlife

South Africa

Complimentary Half Board
Stay a minimum of two nights at Mont Rochelle combined with a minimum three night stay at Ulusaba and receive a complimentary upgrade to Half Board at Mont Rochelle. Valid for travel from now until the 21st December 2016. Terms and conditions apply.

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Kay, Ben Harrison, Ben Oxley-Brown, Robin, Sara, Chris, Charlotte and Jo - are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every African hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout Africa, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

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Best time to be there

October to May is the best time to visit the Cape. Game viewing is better during the drier months of April to September. The wildflower season is generally from mid August to mid September. The whale watching season runs from June to November.

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Cape Town/Johannesburg

flying time

11 hours 30 minutes/10 hours 30 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +2 hours

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Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate if arriving or in transit for more than 12 hours from an endemic area.

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