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South Africa Over Christmas

Christmas in South Africa can be a busy time but if you book ahead you can get a great family program. This is one includes four nights in Cape Town and exclusive use houses in malaria-free areas with great game-viewing for a family of nine. A great program for adults and kids at any time of year!

Days 1-5: Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town

Upon arrival in Cape Town, you will be warmly met by an Extraordinary Journeys representative who will transfer you to the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, your exquisite home base in Cape Town.  Cape Town

Cape Town is a sophisticated city with lots to see and do. The city, which faces north across Table Bay, has thrived from its birth, first as a Dutch settlement in 1652 when Jan van Ribeeck established it as a supply station for ships of the Dutch East India Company, and later, under the British as a port supplying ships with food and fresh water from the perennial mountain streams. Work up an appetite for Cape Town’s world class restaurants with a tour of Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison), a drive to the Cape of Good Hope or a ride up Table Mountain in a cable car. A five star boutique hotel, The Twelve Apostles is dramatically poised on the slopes of the Twelve Apostles mountain range just outside the suburb of Camps Bay. The only hotel on this stretch of mountainside, The Twelve Apostles has breathtaking views over the Atlantic Ocean and is the perfect location for Cape Town’s magical sunsets. The 70 rooms and suites have uninterrupted sea or mountain views and interiors are light and airy inspired by the natural surrounds. Rooms are en-suite and feature king size beds, bathrobes and slippers, in-room amenities, air-conditioning and heating, entertainment center with access to the movie library, roomtea and coffee station, bottled mineral water and 24 hour room service. With state of the art facilities, guests enjoy a choice of fine dining in the Azure Restaurant, the Café Grill for lighter meals, the Leopard Bar or a dinner and movie evening in the private cinema. There is an onsite award winning Spa, a heated infinity pool and Jacuzzi, a fully serviced tanning deck and 10 hammocks in the Fynbos garden and a 24 hour business center. The Twelve Apostles is a short drive from Llandudno, Camps Bay and Clifton beaches as well as Chapman’s Peak, Table Mountain and Cape Town city center. Overnights at TWELVE APOSTLES.  Includes: Bed & Breakfast

Days 6-8: Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Residence, Madikwe

Today you will be transferred to the Cape Town airport for a flight to Johannesburg. From Johannesburg you will fly to Madikwe in northern South Africa. 06The Madikwe Game Reserve is heralded as the boutique reserve in South Africa. This 76,500 hectares of malaria-free bushveld is the setting for the luxurious exclusive use residence where guests will enjoy their own slice of Africa while having an opportunity to see the vaunted Big Five.Created from almost 300 square miles of farmland in the North West Province, Madikwe Game Reserve is bordered by Botswana in the north, the spectacular Dwarsberg Mountains to the south, and the Marico River to the east. In 1991, Madikwe was the site of Operation Phoenix, the largest game-relocation program in Africa. Ten thousand animals of 27 major species, including wild dog, cheetah, lion, white and black rhino, buffalo and elephant were re-introduced to the Reserve over a six-year period. Some species, such as kudu and leopards, occurred naturally in the area. The program has been hugely successful and today, game viewing is at its prime in now the country's fourth largest game reserve. Madikwe is one of the best areas in Africa to see wild dogs and hosts the second largest population of elephants in South Africa.

The Royal Madikwe offers a luxurious but comfortable living space where every detail has been meticulously taken care of. The inviting infinity pool overlooks a waterhole Royal Madikwe Kidsand guests will enjoy cocktails at both the indoor and outdoor bars as they await the enticing cuisine of the private kitchen staff. Perfect for families, the kids will love the play room and dvd library while the adults will swap stories by the boma with wine supplied from the private cellar. Hand crafted wood furnishings bathed in sunlight make this property blend seamlessly into its natural surroundings and beauty. A landmark in modern conservation and community development, this area is also the setting for Africa’s biggest translocation of wild game including endangered species such as wild dog and cheetah. The massive reserve is a joint venture between the state, the community and the private sector, which has breathed new life into a beautiful but economically depressed region. The Madikwe reserve is now a thriving refuge for the most precious sustainable resource in Africa, its flora and fauna.

Overnights at ROYAL MADIKWE. Includes: All meals and local beer & wine, safari activities including game drives and bushwalks. Exclusive Use Property

Days 9-12: Makweti Safari Lodge, Waterberg

Today you will have a private road transfer (3 hours) to Waterberg where you will stay at the Makweti Safari Lodge to ring in the New Year.

The Waterberg District, located in the majestic Waterberg Mountains, is a tourism gem with several great nature reserves and a wealth of wildlife roaming its bushveld savannah. Its major attractions include hot springs, South Africa’s first-ever savannah biosphere reserve, the bird-rich Nyslvley Wetland and the archaeological site of Makapans Valley.

456a_makweti_deckExclusive, secluded and stately, Makweti Safari Lodge is located in the pristine, malaria-free, Welgevonden Private Reserve in the Limpopo Province. Relish in the exclusive use of five stately stone and thatch suites reflecting the rich colors and textures of earth. Suites are a study in cream fabrics, highlighted with hand painted accents and dark African furnishings along with slipper baths and outdoor showers. Private teak decks afford views into the far distance, some with private plunge pools and a secluded sala inviting you to relax, read and soak up the surrounding stillness. Open to the wild, no fences interrupt the natural flow of the game - Makweti has a simple philosophy of living in harmony with a deep respect for all that us untamed and untouched. Makweti is where one comes to view over 50 different mammals, including the infamous Big Five in a luxurious and stylish setting. Overnights at MAKWETI SAFARI LODGE. Includes: All meals, teas & coffees, safari activities Exclusive Use

Day 13: Depart 

Bid Africa farewell today as you have a private transfer from Makweti directly to O.R. Tambo Airport in Johannesburg where you will connect with your international return flight home.

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