MORE Private Travel was born from our need to create an exclusive travel desk to take care of the personal travel requirements of our friends and family. We soon realised that this service could distinctly benefit our clients too.
I’m happy to introduce you to our wonderful team of travel experts who are on hand to assist with the full-circle planning of your visit to Southern Africa. Our designers – Ashley, Andrea and Bella – are experts on the region, and are on hand to assist with all the logistics of getting to and from each of our privately owned Hotels and Lodges.
I hope you will find More Private Travel of some assistance when planning your trip, and we look forward to your arrival.
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For those who have only a short time to get away from the ‘hustle and bustle’, but want to experience the best of what South Africa has to offer, this package is perfect. Spend three nights in the Mother City and experience the beach, Winelands and history of South Africa before taking a direct flight to the African bush for the remaining three nights.
THE WESTERN CAPE
The Western Cape extends from the Cape of Good Hope 400km north and 500km east. It is South Africa’s fourth-largest province and bounded by the Northern and Eastern Cape.
It is best known for Cape Town, South Africa’s ‘Mother City’, a popular travel destination with its iconic Table Mountain and beautiful beaches, among many other attractions.
The Western Cape is home to the West Coast National Park, famous for birds and spring flowers (in late August and September) and the Cederberg, an area of contrast where 71 000ha of rugged mountains are offset in spring by carpets of yellow, orange, blue and purple flowers.
Along the province’s eastern coastline lies the picturesque Garden Route, which stretches several hundred kilometres from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. This is one of the country’s most popular routes.
The wine-growing areas of Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington, Franschhoek, Ceres, Worcester, Bonnievale and Robertson are popular attractions, where a Mediterranean climate favours the production of superb wines.
The province is also renowned for its fresh seafood, from line fish to lobster, snoek and hake.
This is the best that South Africa has to offer. Experience Cape Town’s amazing attractions, from its pristine beaches to Robben Island. Then set off into the untamed Marakele National Park at the foothills of the majestic Waterberg Mountains where a three night walking trail program brings you closer to nature, and the BIG 5. Madikwe Safari Lodge is your next destination in the semi-arid area of the Kalahari. End off at the Sabi Sand Reserve, the ultimate South African game viewing destination.
The vast malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve
For those who have only a short time to get away from the ‘hustle and bustle’, but want to experience the best that South Africa has to offer, this itinerary is perfect. Spend three nights in the Mother City and experience the beach, Winelands and history of South Africa before taking a flight to the African bush for the remaining three nights.
Kruger National Park Safari
THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
There is no other place on earth quite like The Kruger National Park. It is a mammoth tract of untouched wilderness, and is one of the very few places left on earth which bears no trace of civilisation.
Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa. It covers 18,989km2 (7,332mi2) and extends 350km (217mi) from north to south and 60 km (37mi) from east to west.
Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this National Park of nearly 2 million hectares is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms, and holds its place as a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.
With more large mammal species than any other African game reserve, over 450 species of birds, and a vast plethora of reptiles, insects and smaller game, visitors are in for a real treat.
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Luxury is our speciality, and should you wish to experience the ultimate in exclusivity in the Cape and on safari but have a limited time to do so, this package is perfect for you. Spend three nights in the Mother City and experience the beach, Winelands and history of South Africa before taking a direct flight to the African bush for the remaining three nights.
LIMPOPO PROVINCE & THE WATERBERG
In recent times Limpopo has taken its rightful place as a sought-after tourist destination with big game, brilliant birding, untamed bush landscapes, a marvellous ancient African kingdom, places of myth and legend, and as the northern gateway to Kruger National Park.
It is South Africa’s northernmost province and one of its wildest (wildest in terms of immense untamed landscapes).
Because of its malaria-free game parks, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mapungubwe (possibly Southern Africa’s first-ever kingdom), its cultural heritage steeped in myth and legend, and its fascinating mountain ranges, it is now a drawcard for travellers who are seeking roads less travelled.
Limpopo is now home to one of South Africa’s most popular and malaria-free Big Five destinations – the Waterberg, a high plateau in the west of the province surrounded by bushveld that is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Limpopo is also known for its rich cultural heritage. You’ll find woodcarvers, potters, intricate beadwork, legends and myths, and even a Rain Queen, the hereditary female ruler of the Modjadji people, who is held to have the power to make rain.
Experience Cape Town’s amazing attractions, from its pristine beaches to Robben Island. Then set off to Madikwe Safari Lodge in the semi-arid area of the Kalahari. The untamed Marakele National Park at the foothills of the majestic Waterberg Mountains is your final destination, where the open plains reveal a plethora of diverse animal species.
Experience Cape Town’s amazing attractions, from its pristine beaches to Robben Island and the Winelands. Madikwe Safari Lodge is your next destination in the semi-arid area of the Kalahari. End off in the Kruger National Park, the ultimate South African game viewing destination.
THE NORTH WEST PROVINCE AND MADIKWE GAME RESERVE
The North West province features premier wildlife destinations (the Pilanesberg Game Reserve and the Madikwe Game Reserve); parts of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites (the Vredefort Dome and the Taung Fossil Site, which is part of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site); and the Sun City gaming and entertainment resort.
The North West is a prime game-viewing destination and home of the well-known Madikwe Game Reserve and the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, as well as other smaller wildlife and nature reserves.
From the opulence of the five-star Palace of the Lost City hotel in Sun City to boutique hotels, quaint guest houses, self-catering establishments, holiday cottages and chalets, the North West is well equipped with accommodation options.
Few sights are as breathtaking as The Table Mountain, Western Cape
For those who have only a short time to get away from the ‘hustle and bustle’, but want to experience the best of what South Africa has to offer, this itinerary is perfect. Spend three nights in the Mother City and experience the beach, Winelands and history of South Africa before taking a flight to the African bush for the remaining three nights
Experience the amazing attractions that Cape Town has to offer from the pristine beaches to Robben Island before setting off into the untamed Marakele National Park at the foothills of the majestic Waterberg Mountains where rare finds of plant life and animals, including the BIG 5 await you. On to The Sabi Sand Reserve, the ultimate South African game viewing destination. This package is perfect for the first time safari-goer who wants to see the many contrasts of this beautiful country.
Venture away from the norm and experience a little more of what Southern Africa has to offer. Spend three nights in the Mother City and experience the beach, Winelands and history of South Africa before taking a direct flight to the Sabi Sands/ Kruger region – the ultimate South African game viewing destination – for four nights. End your journey with a two night stay at the majestic Victoria Falls. The best time to travel is between March and August.
VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (Tokaleya Tonga: the Smoke that Thunders), is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is classified as the largest, based on its width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) and height of 108 metres (354 ft), resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Victoria Falls is roughly twice the height of North America’s Niagara Falls and well over twice the width of its Horseshoe Falls. In height and width Victoria Falls is rivalled only by Argentina and Brazil’s Iguazu Falls. The Zambezi river, upstream from the falls, experiences a rainy season from late November to early April, and a dry season the rest of the year. The river’s annual flood season is February to May with a peak in April, The spray from the falls typically rises to a height of over 400 metres (1,300 ft), and sometimes even twice as high, and is visible from up to 48 km (30 mi) away. At full moon, a “moonbow” can be seen in the spray instead of the usual daylight rainbow. During the flood season, however, it is impossible to see the foot of the falls and most of its face, and the walks along the cliff opposite it are in a constant shower and shrouded in mist. Close to the edge of the cliff, spray shoots upward like inverted rain, especially at Zambia’s Knife-Edge Bridge. As the dry season takes effect, the islets on the crest become wider and more numerous, and in September to January up to half of the rocky face of the falls may become dry and the bottom of the First Gorge can be seen along most of its length. At this time it becomes possible (though not necessarily safe) to walk across some stretches of the river at the crest. It is also possible to walk to the bottom of the First Gorge at the Zimbabwean side. The minimum flow, which occurs in November, is around a tenth of the April figure; this variation in flow is greater than that of other major falls, and causes Victoria Falls’ annual average flow rate to be lower than might be expected based on the maximum flow. (zimbabwetourism.net)
The mighty Vic Falls, or “Smoke that Thunders”