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Safari and Madagascan Paradise

Marakele Reserve, Johannesburg, Nosy Be

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10 days


  • Combine South African safari in the luxury Marakele Reserve with paradise island of Nosy Be, Madagascar
  • Discover the bush with walking safaris and game drives, then spot vibrant tropical fish
  • Three nights at the incredible Marakele Reserve offers the perfect chance of spotting the Big Five
  • Explore the mountains of Marataba, spotting game and the area’s abundance of spectacular birdlife
  • Wake up to the sound of the ocean from the comfort of your beachfront villa on the paradise island of Nosy Be

What’s Included

  • 8 nights fully inclusive
  • 1 night Bed & Breakfast
  • Walking and Game Safaris
  • Wild bush picnics
  • Non-motorised water activities
  • International Economy class flights
  • All domestic flights & transfers

Day 1-4

Marakele Reserve, South Africa

  • Experience the magnificence of Marataba’s breathtaking mountains, vast plains, rich animal diversity, and winding rivers
  • As a contractual National Park, Marataba is one of South Africa’s most innovative conservation models, protecting the diverse flora and fauna

Experience the Big Five and a breath of fresh air in this beautiful part of South Africa, with your time on safari.

Spend three nights at a luxurious lodge in the heart of the Marakele Reserve, surrounded by unspoilt wilderness. Enjoy a Big Five wildlife experience in the sanctuary of Marataba Mountain Lodge, where you can enjoy your safari in luxury. Head out on a walking safari or a game drive to explore the Marakele Reserve and find its big predators, including leopards, wild dogs and lions, and be treated to a wild bush picnic. Marataba, a 52,000-acre privately managed section of the Marakele National Park, is uniquely situated where lush bushveld gives way to the Kalahari sands, in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. This spectacular region is home to some of South Africa’s best game and an enormous variety of bird species.

Day 4-5


  • Unwind after your safari adventures in a quiet part of the city, only a short stroll away from the hustle and bustle
  • Choose from two fabulous restaurants to dine at before heading off the next morning to the beach part of your trip

Get an evening’s rest in Johannesburg, before catching a morning flight to Madagascar.

Recuperate after your safari with an overnight stay The Peech Hotel in Johannesburg. Located in Melrose, a short stroll from the hustle and bustle of the city, The Peech is a truly boutique property with bedrooms spread across two acres of lush gardens. The design and comfort is the core of the hotel – combined with flawless service this is certainly one of Johannesburg’s top-rated boutique hotels.

Day 5-10

NOSY BE, Madagascar

  • Spot manta rays in the ocean during your helicopter transfer to the remote northern island of Nosey Be
  • Scuba dive in the clear waters of the Indian Ocean, teeming with tropical fish and bigger reef inhabitants 

Experience pure ‘castaway luxury’ immersed in the island’s natural beauty and its untouched beaches

Wake up to the sounds of the ocean from your beach-front villa on the remote island of Nosy Be. Constance Tsarabanjina is a ‘Robinson Crusoe luxury’ – its shores lined with sandy beaches and turquoise waters. During your stay, try from a range of Madagascan inspired ‘Blue Safaris,’ including scuba diving and snorkelling to explore the colourful reefs teeming with marine life. Madagascar’s famous lemurs and chameleons can be seen on a forest trek on the mainland. Enjoy sundowners at the hotel’s beachfront and authentic Malagasy cuisine and fresh seafood in a friendly laidback atmosphere.

Missy & Harry

Absolutely amazing holiday. Garonga is heaven! We did everything possible and our guide was brilliant and hilarious. I can definitely recommend True Travel for their excellent advice and professionalism – they clearly are very knowledgeable about where they send their clients and made sure we had a worry-free holiday that perfectly suited us. We were particular grateful for the collection off our flight and help onto our transfer in Johannesburg, which included a very nifty queue jump due to their reputation!

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