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11 days

Malaria-free safari in South Africa & Cape Town

Forget about malaria pills on the Eastern Cape and enjoy an “all inclusive” safari experience with canoe tour, bushwalk and visit to a local village. End your tour with a city break in beautiful Cape Town.

We support sustainability development in Africa. For every tour booked with us, we plant 10 trees in Zambia. Read more about the sustainability project here.

Malaria-free safari in South Africa & Cape Town Malaria-free safari in South Africa & Cape Town
11 days

Malaria-free safari in South Africa & Cape Town

Forget about malaria pills on the Eastern Cape and enjoy an “all inclusive” safari experience with canoe tour, bushwalk and visit to a local village. End your tour with a city break in beautiful Cape Town.

We support sustainability development in Africa. For every tour booked with us, we plant 10 trees in Zambia. Read more about the sustainability project here.

What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Flights from the UK to Port Elizabeth
  • Transportation as described in the itinerary with a local English-speaking guide/driver
  • 4 nights at Main Lodge in chalet including full board with local drinks (including wine and beer)
  • 4 safari tours in Kariega’s own open-topped 4WD safari cars
  • 1 guided walking safari
  • Visit to a local township including lunch
  • 1 guided canoe trip
  • Flight from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town
  • 4 nights at Premier Hotel Cape Manor in Cape Town including breakfast
  • Option to extend your stay in Cape Town
  • Flight from Cape Town to the UK
  • ATOL certificate
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants


NB! The order of events is not necessarily the same as described here. The guides take into account the wind, weather, wildlife, etc., when planning the days.

The tour in short

Go on safari in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. The area boasts scenic countryside, a temperate climate, rich wildlife – and no malaria!

The 10,000-hectare Kariega Game Reserve is a private game reserve, where you share the amazing animal and nature experiences with just few other guests. As the area is private, it is also possible to drive off-road, go for a bush walk and paddle through the landscape in a canoe – all of which contributes to an exclusive safari experience.

If you wish to take your family on safari, Kariega is also the perfect place. Some of the game guides are specially trained in dealing with children and know how to convey the safari experiences to them. There are play spaces, morning activities for the kids and the opportunity for them to get their own “Junior Ranger” certificate.

We have included game drives every day. That’s why you’re on safari after all. In addition to the “Big Five”, the game reserve is home to hippos, hyenas, eland antelopes, giraffes, wildebeest, impalas, jackals, zebras, etc., and you may see secretary birds, kingfishers, herons, storks, African fish eagles and many more besides. We’ve also included a couple of other local experiences, ensuring that you get the most out of your South African adventure.

We’ve also made the safari “all inclusive”, so all food and drinks are included.

After completing the safari part of the tour, you head to Cape Town, which offers wonderful city experiences and the opportunity to choose what you wish to see and do.

Why choose this tour

  • You will enjoy fantastic safari experiences and pampering at a fabulous lodge where eveything is included.
  • You will visit a private game reserve, where it is possible to drive off-road and get closer to the animals
  • Eastern Cape in South Africa is a malaria-free area
  • Round off the tour with city experiences and time on your own in beautiful Cape Town

Our prices always include

  • All international and domestic flights
  • All destination transfers
  • All specified excursions and activities
  • All accommodations
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Departure from the UK

Today you depart by plane from the UK to Port Elizabeth with connecting flight(s) along the way.

Day 2: Port Elizabeth – Kariega Game Reserve

Upon your arrival, you will be met at the airport by the driver, who will drive you to Kariega Game Reserve. The drive is approx. 120 km and takes around 1½ hours.

Kariega Game Reserve is a private, family-owned game reserve of approx. 10,000 hectares, an area of a similar size to Jersey. The wildlife reserve was established roughly 20 years ago in a very scenic area with plateaus, valleys and two rivers. The reserve has bushland and open grasslands, which are wet meadows and dry hill slopes. All-in-all, wonderful conditions for animals. And there are many of them, most notably “The Big 5”: Lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffaloes. Not to mention many of the other exciting and exotic animals such as the beautiful impala, the waterbuck, known for the white ring around its hind quarter; the largest antelope – the eland – weighing almost 1 tonne; the kudu with its impressive twisted horns; the timid jackal; and others we are perhaps more familiar with such as zebras, hippos, giraffes, wildebeest, warthogs and baboons. Naturally, there are also many exciting birds.

On your arrival, you will be checked in to a luxury chalet at the 4-star “Main Lodge”. Having checked in, the rest of the day is at your disposal.

Day 3: Walking safari

The morning is yours to spend as you wish. In the afternoon, you will be going on a walking safari, a totally different experience of the nature and animals. Here, it is no longer the big animals that are in focus, but the smaller animals, plants, sounds and smells. You might spot the chameleon or the tireless dung beetles rolling elephant dung in which to lay their eggs. The guide also teaches you how to tell the difference between animal tracks. A walking safari gives you a much better understanding of your surroundings. Please note that children must be aged 16+ to join this walking safari. For families with younger children, there is a child-friendly bush walk every morning – also with your own ranger.

All meals during the day are served in the restaurant at Main Lodge.

Day 4: Visit to a local township

On one of the days at Kariega you visit a local township. Kariega has supported a group of young entrepreneurs who wanted to give guided tours of their local area, and thanks to The Kariega Foundation, this has become possible. The tour takes a good three hours, and on the way you will visit a local home and a “sangoma” – a traditional healer. Lunch is served at a small local restaurant. It is a really exciting tour and an excellent opportunity to learn more about South Africa and the local culture.

Apart from lunch, all meals during the day are served in the restaurant at Main Lodge.

Day 5: Safari with a boat ride on the river and canoeing

The day starts with a morning safari, which today is combined with a boat ride on the Kariega River. In the afternoon, a guided canoe trip awaits on the calm river. As you quietly paddle off, you experience the uninterrupted tranquillity of nature as you battle with your fellow travellers to be the first to spot the abundant birds and the animals grazing by the banks of the river. It’s a completely different type of safari, taking you right up close to the animals.

All meals during the day are served in the restaurant at Main Lodge.

Day 6: Flight from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town

After breakfast, you will be driven to the airport in Port Elizabeth, from which you will fly to Cape Town. You will be met by our local guide and driven to your hotel. You spend 4 nights in Cape Town.

The rest of the day is at your disposal.

Days 7-9: Experiences in Cape Town

The days In Cape Town are at your disposal.

Cape Town is a wonderful city! With its scenic location at the foot of the famous Table Mountain, you can spend several days just walking around and seeing the city, enjoying the waterfront, the many historical sights and buildings, as well as museums and good restaurants. You may visit the District Six Museum, which tells about the forced displacement of people that took place during apartheid. If you are interested in modern art, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art is an absolute must. We also recommend that you set aside plenty of time to experience the entire area around Waterfront. Here, you can find cafés, restaurants, shops and a sea of activities and attractions.

And we also highly recommend venturing a little outside the city. A guided day trip to the Cape of Good Hope is a wonderful experience. Along the way, you will make a stop at Boulders Beach, where you can see the sweet little penguins. The view from Chapman’s Peak Drive also takes most people’s breath away.

The wine country around Cape Town is world famous. On a day trip, you will visit Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschoek – and it goes without saying that you will get to taste the golden drops.

Don’t forget Robben Island either, where Nelson Mandela was in prison. Former prisoners show you around the island and it is definitely worth a visit.

Last, but not least, you must treat yourself to a view of the city from the top of Table Mountain – Cape Town’s landmark. You can both take the cable car up here, and, if you need to get your legs moving a bit, we highly recommend a hike to the top, giving you ample opportunity to enjoy the beautiful views along the way.

Below is a selection of optional tours. We recommend that you reserve the tours from home, so that you are ensured a place. Some of the tours are very popular and may sell out.

Day 10: Departure from Cape Town

You will be picked up from the hotel in plenty of time before departure and driven to the airport, where your journey home starts.

Day 11: Arrival back home

You land in the UK after an exciting and eventful holiday.

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