3rd Test + Madikwe Game Reserve
6 night tour - starting Johannesburg
Day 1 - Friday 6 August
Arrive Johannesburg Airport. Met and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2 - Saturday 7 August
Game day transfers are included.
Day 3 - Sunday 8 August
Full day free to discover Johannesburg and to relax after the final game of the series.
Day 4 - Monday 9 August
Pick up your car and drive north to the Madikwe Game Reserve. Its about a 4/4.5 hour journey. Check in is from 2pm.
Once checked in you can enjoy your first game drive.
Day 5 - Tuesday 10 August
Game drives as per the Lodge schedule.
Day 6 - Wednesday 11 August
Day 7 - Thursday 12 August
You will depart at 10am a drive back to Johannesburg. If your flight is tomorrow, in the morning, we will arrange accommodation at either an airport or city centre hotel. Please enquire re the price.
Tour Prices include all the following:
- Airport to hotel and return transfers
- Guaranteed Test 3 match tickets - longside.
- 3 nights at Holiday Inn Sunnyside Park, with breakfast
- Rental of a mid sized hire car with pick up/drop off Johannesburg. Unlimited mileage (i)
- 3 nights accommodation at Tau Lodge, in a standard chalet (as shown) with ensuite bathroom OR 3 nights accommodation at Mosetlha Bush Lodge with shared bathrooms
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day at Tau Lodge
- 2 game drives per day in open Land Rovers guided by experienced Rangers, including a sundowner drink
- Conservation Levy
- RSA Government bed levy
- Rhino Conservation Levy
- Services of WRT sports staff in South Africa
(i) There is an alternate to driving. There are daily scheduled flights to/from Madikwe Game Reserve ex: O R Tambo Airport, Johannesburg. Or, you can fly from O R Tambo to Gaborone and then drive to the Park. Details can be provided on request.
MOSETLHA SAFARI LODGE - 3.5 star
Mosetlha is family owned and run, a rustic and intimate, unfenced bush camp nestling at the very heart of the magnificent Madikwe Game Reserve. We are this Reserve’s only authentic bush camp and genuine eco lodge – the unpolished gem in Madikwe’s crown!
It is our mission to provide you with an exclusive and unique wilderness experience. But also to allow you to travel responsibly … and tread gently through our beautiful land.
In order to ensure each of you our best possible attention, we accommodate a maximum of 16 people in ten twin cabins.
The camp is unfenced and our guests are accommodated in true safari style in raised wooden cabins set amongst the natural vegetation around a central camp fire and lapa area.
Cabins have partly open sides and are arranged in adjoining or detached double rooms with twin beds and simple amenities. Duvets, pillows, blankets and towels are provided by us. (And hot water bottle for those cold winter nights!)
Whilst bathrooms are not en suite, they are essentially private – fenced toilet/shower complexes are discreetly situated amongst the cabins. We pride ourselves in our bushveld simplicity and do not have mod cons such as electrical power or running water - our showers are safari showers and water is heated through a donkey boiler … so you only have a cold shower if you want one!
We believe our catering is of a high standard – we prepare all meals in the traditional bush style on the open fire. Included, too, are tea, coffee, fruit juice, rusks, fruit and snacks throughout the day and on your daily walks and drives. Drinks are sold at a nominal mark up and not at usual "hotel" prices. We have a really nice wine selection sourced from local SA vineyards.
It has always been our mission to provide an exclusive and unique wilderness experience for our guests, with minimal ecological impact on our surroundings. We were very excited to discover the following, written by Hitesh Mehta (who has twice been a guest of ours at Mosetlha) in International Eco Lodge Guide Lines, he writes that “an eco lodge is an accommodation facility that satisfies at least five of the criteria listed below, three of which must embody the main principles of ecotourism."
MADIKWE GAME RESERVE
Madikwe, a South African private game reserve created in 1991 from 75,000 ha of farmland, which had been extensively degraded by overgrazing, was chosen as the site of Operation Phoenix. The government-sponsored, biggest-ever game- relocation programme in Africa involved re-stocking and conserving flora and wildlife, which had long since disappeared from the region.
Ten thousand animals of 27 major species, including wild dog, cheetah, lion, white and black rhino, buffalo and elephant, have been re-introduced to the Madikwe Game Reserve over a six year period with animals coming from various reserves and breeding centres and game viewing is now at its prime.
Northwest Parks Board (formerly Bop Parks) has adhered to a strict policy of introducing only those species, which once occurred in the area). Madikwe is run as a three-way partnership between the State, the local communities and the private sector.
Madikwe, therefore, should not be looked at as solely a protected area or tourism destination, the reserve acts as a major social and economic core and engine around which the development of the region can be based. The name of Operation Phoenix is appropriate: like the mythical bird that burnt itself to a crisp on the pyre and then rose from the ashes to live again with new vigor, nature has regained a stronghold on the land and the programme has been hugely successful. Madikwe Game Reserve is currently the country's fourth largest game reserve. It is situated in the North West Province and is bordered by Botswana in the north, the spectacular Dwarsberg Mountains to the south, the Marico river to the east.
The diverse habitat in the reserve, from acacia, savannah to riverine, ensures a unique combination of species such as springbok, gemsbok, sable and impala. The birdlife is also spectacular, and this is one of the few South African private game reserves that are malaria free.
TAU SAFARI LODGE - 4 star
Tau is a South African luxury safari lodge situated on the far northern border of South Africa, in malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, the 4th largest game reserve in the country. 27 major species of game roam this South African nature reserve, making Tau Game Lodge the ideal place for a safari holiday, offering Big 5 game safaris and bird-watching safaris. Tau Game Lodge, situated in the North West Province, can accommodate up to 60 people and offers an ideal South African conference venue as well as an idyllic wedding venue overlooking a natural waterhole.
Enjoy an authentic South African safari vacation in the midst of natural wildlife, complete with great game viewing and luxury private facilities, at our South Africa luxury safari lodge. The standard chalets with private balcony overlooking the waterhole can accommodate 2 adults sharing or a single adult.
Daily Programme – Times may change by 30 minutes
Check-in and Check-out Policy
Tau Game Lodges guaranteed check-in time is at 14h00 and checkout is 11h00. Should you wish to check-in earlier or request a later checkout this will be handled based on the Lodges availability at the time. Our Reception will make every effort to accommodate your request. Should you arrive earlier we will hold your luggage at reception until your room is ready.
Morning game drives – Your ranger will arrange for a wakeup call in time for early morning tea and coffee, before departing on the morning safari.
Afternoon game drive – Your ranger meets you during afternoon tea and from there you will be shown to your game viewer.
Winter (June – Mid-August)
06h30 Morning wake up call
07h00 Breakfast / Tea and Coffee
08h00 Depart on Game drive
11h00 Return from Game Drive
15h00 Meet for Afternoon game drive and drinks
15h30 Depart for game drive
18h30 Return from game drive
HOW TO BOOK
Its simple. All our prices are per person in the room type, hotel etc, of your choice from the drop down menus.
Select the hotel/room type/ticket category and ADD TO CART
Now you increase the number of guests per room (so if booking a double you need to increase the QUANTITY to 2, a twin the same, but a single is just 1 person). Automatically the value of the cart increases.
If booking more than one room, simply click CONTINUE SHOPPING in the CART, return to your chosen trip and repeat the process. Do this for each room type. This also allows you to buy different styles of room depending on your needs.
Time to pay. You can choose 2 schemes.
A - If buying outside the 12 weeks cut off you click the INSTALLMENTS button in the middle. This takes you to the secure payment pages of Partial.ly.
B - If paying in full (ie: after 23rd April 2021) click the FULL PAYMENT button. This takes you to the PayPal secure server.
We accept all credit and debit cards.
HOW TO PAY
Our payment process is simple and flexible. You have payment options to suit all budgets.
INSTALLMENTS - all tours will be 30% deposit, 20% on by 01 October 2020, 25% on 23 January 2021 and 25% on 23 April 2021. You will receive an invoice for each installment.
INTERIM PAYMENTS - of course you can also pay in stages. Each invoice raised (as above) will allow you to pay off a minimum of £200 a time off the total bill.
BANK TRANSFER - if you wish to pay by bank deposit, let us know and we will provide account details.
None of these payment scheme attract additional fees. valid as of 1st May 2020