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Cape Town and Malaria-Free Safari Vacation

Inspirational self-drive & safari vacation to South Africa

Offering not one but two malaria-free safaris plus a city break in Cape Town, this trip is the perfect showcase of South Africa's exquisite beauty. Spend 4 days living like a Capetonian in your own luxury apartment at More Quarters.  It’s in a secluded quarter yet with the buzz of trendy Kloof Street nearby. Your time will be spent exploring the famous sights from Table Mountain and the V&A Waterfront to the city's beautiful beaches and the fascinating Robben Island.   

It’s then time to explore the malaria-free Waterberg region of South Africa, north of Johannesburg.  First up, Ant’s Nest Lodge where you will have the unique opportunity to see African wildlife on a variety of flexible activities from game drives to horseriding or mountain biking safaris. The trip will conclude at Marataba Safari Lodge in a Big 5 reserve with incredible views and luxurious accommodation. The perfect end to an action-packed South African holiday.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International
  • 4 nights - More Quarters Apartment Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 3 nights - Ant's Nest, Waterberg, South Africa
  • 4 nights - Marataba Safari Lodge, Waterberg, South Africa
  • Ends - Transfer to Johannesburg OR Tambo International for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon South Africa
  • Nights Icon 11 Nights
  • City Icon City
  • Safari Icon Safari

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Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
Itinerary Details


Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International

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Day 1 - 5

Arrive at Cape Town Airport, collect your hire car and drive yourselves to your hotel in the city.

  • 4 nights

More Quarters Apartment Hotel
Bed & Breakfast | One Bedroom Luxury Apartment
South Africa

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Day 5 - 8

Return to Cape Town Airport and catch your flight to Johannesburg. Here you will collect a further hire car and take the 3 hour drive to Ant's Nest in the Waterberg.

  • 3 nights

Ant's Nest
All Inclusive | Davidson Room
South Africa

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Day 8 - 12

Today you will take the drive to Marataba Safari Lodge, also in the Waterberg region.

  • 4 nights

Marataba Safari Lodge
All Inclusive | Luxury Tent
South Africa

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Day 12

Today you will drive yourselves back to Johannesburg for your flight home.

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Our trips are unashamedly high-end but always deliver excellent value for money. Our guide price covers the majority of trip costs upfront, on a per person basis, including international flights and all transfers.

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  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • All scheduled safari activities offered by the camps or lodges
  • Car hire, group C car (Toyota Corolla or similar) including full cover, unlimited km and taxes
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
  • Carbon-offsetting with One Tree Planted
  • Conservation donation to Save the Rhino
  • Community projects contribution with Uthando
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  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not offered as scheduled by the accommodation
  • Visas and visa fees where relevant
  • Petrol
  • Beverages with the exception of all inclusive hotels
Indulge your passions


This sample trip offers countless adventures and activities to ensure lifetime memories are made. From unforgettable thrills to indulgent relaxation, choose those that appeal most and we will curate your perfect itinerary.

  • Big 5 Safari Icon Big 5 Safari
  • 4 WD Safari Icon 4WD Safari
  • Birdwatching Icon Birdwatching
  • Boat Trip Icon Boat Trip
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walking Safari
  • Night Drive Icon Night Drive
  • Ocean Safari Icon Ocean Safari
  • Helicopter Flights Icon Helicopter Flights
  • Scenic Flights Icon Scenic Flights
  • Shark Diving Icon Shark Diving
  • Conservation Experience Icon Conservation Experience
  • Canoeing Kayaking Icon Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cycling Icon Cycling
  • Fishing Icon Fishing
  • Golf Icon Golf
  • Hiking Icon Hiking
  • Horseriding Icon Horse riding
  • Kids Bushcraft Icon Kids Bushcraft
  • City Sights Icon City Sights
  • Star Gazing Star Bed Icon Star Gazing/Star Bed
  • Natural Wonders Icon Natural Wonders
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
  • Wine Tour Icon Wine Tour
Enriching encounters


Whether you want to tick the Big Five off your bucket list or seek out specific safari species, our expert guides reveal the typical wildlife sightings to expect on this sample trip.

  • Zebra
  • White Rhino
    White Rhino
  • Spotted Hyena
    Spotted Hyena
  • Rock Hyrax
    Rock Hyrax
  • Orca
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Kudu
  • Humpback Whale
    Humpback Whale
  • Great White Shark
    Great White Shark
  • Elephant
  • Cheetah
  • Cape Fur Seal
    Cape Fur Seal
  • Buffalo
  • Brown Hyena
    Brown Hyena
  • Black Rhino
    Black Rhino
  • Baboon
  • Southern Giraffe
  • African penguin
    African Penguin
  • Southern right whale
    Southern Right Whale
Sample Itineraries


From majestic wildlife to out of this world natural wonders, cultural melting pots and enchanting beaches, every bespoke Mahlatini journey is thrilling. Unsure where to visit? Whether it’s a bucket-list adventure, a milestone celebration or simply a much-needed escape, experience the joy with this inspiring selection of favorites.

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