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From the Lost City to the Madikwe Hills

This versatile mix of destinations is ideal for the adventurous family wanting to enjoy a multi-centre holiday in South Africa. Featuring city, resort and safari experiences, everyone will be kept entertained on this diverse and exciting trip.

As Johannesburg is a convenient international gateway, this culture rich city is the ideal starting spot for your holiday. Here you’ll learn all about South Africa’s renowned 20th century history by visiting museums such as the Apartheid Museum and the Mandela House Museum. 

Within driving distance from Johannesburg sits Sun City, South Africa’s most popular and premium holiday resort. Packed full of hotels, restaurants and attractions, the whole family will be kept busy with the huge range of entertainment on offer.

From Sun City, you’ll journey to the malaria-free game reserve of Madikwe. Spend the last leg of your South African adventure here, staying at the luxurious Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge. 

Enjoy days of action packed game reserve driving safari tours, and keep your eyes peeled for the Big Five animals that roam the plains. You can also head out on a safari walking tour to experience the landscapes and wildlife up close and personal. The Junior Rangers programme is hosted by the lodge and offers an exciting selection of fun and educational activities, ensuring kids stay entertained throughout your stay as well.


8 days
Best time to go
Year round
Start your journey
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Trip highlights

  • Discover South Africa’s fascinating history and culture in Johannesburg
  • Visit Sun City for a family friendly resort holiday experience
  • Seek out the Big Five animals within a malaria free game reserve
  • Enjoy the Junior Rangers scheme at the Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge
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Your trip will begin with a one night stay in Johannesburg. Here you’ll discover South Africa’s intriguing heritage and history as you tour the city. 

Head to the Apartheid Museum and Mandela House Museum to learn all about the country’s world famous 20th century history. The harrowing stories of apartheid will give you an interesting glimpse into South Africa’s storied past. 

Take a bike ride around the township of Soweto which was once home to icons including Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Then, head to the Lesedi Cultural Village to immerse yourself in the ethnic centre of South Africa. Here you’ll often discover demonstrations of dances and other vibrant cultural activities. 

A trip to Johannesburg wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Melrose Arch Precinct. Here you can shop for gifts and souvenirs for loved ones in the many bustling stores, or you can dine in one of the excellent cafés and restaurants.


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Sun City resort is the perfect place for families to enjoy an active three days making the most of the many activities on offer. Packed with a host of hotels, restaurants, and kids’ attractions and activities, you’ll have plenty to do to keep everyone entertained and happy.

The kids will adore discovering the exciting Lost City and Valley of the Waves, where they can slide down water slides and play in the wave pools. You can also get involved in the many adventure activities on offer at the Mankwe Gametrackers Outdoor Adventure Centre, which offers hot air balloon rides, quad biking and lots more.

Both adults and children alike can hop on a Segway to embark on a guided tour of Sun City and all it has to offer. There are some fantastic restaurants, relaxing swimming pools and a casino. Plus, golf lovers will love the world class courses on site.

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Spend the rest of your holiday at the Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge. Here you’ll spend your last three nights in the heart of South Africa. 

Embark on game drives in malaria free zones in search of the famous Big Five animals. These include elephants, lions, both black and white rhinoceros, leopard and Cape buffalo. As you drive across the vast South African terrains, you can admire the sublime natural beauty of the area and spot these majestic creatures. Other animals include zebra, giraffe and hyena. 

During the afternoon, roam the terrain by foot on a walking safari to observe the surrounding landscapes, fauna and flora from a different perspective. 

Kids will love getting involved with the Madikwe Hills Junior Rangers programmes. They’ll enjoy the many activities on offer. They can dress up like leopards and tigers, enjoy movie nights and treasure hunts and take the animal dung investigation course.