A Week in the Bush

Whether you only have a week to spare for half-term or are looking to combine South Africa with the Indian Ocean or Middle East, a week in two contrasting safari lodges makes for an unforgettable safari experience to share with friends and family.


Guide Price & Inclusions

4 nights ‘active’ safari and 3 nights ‘big five’ safari £3,500 per adult and £2,700 per child under 12 sharing including flights, transfers and accommodation on an All Inclusive basis.

Rates subject to travel dates and hotel selection


Suggested Extensions

Why not add a few nights in Cape Town to see the penguins (and whales in season) or finish with a few days in the water park at Sun City Resort?  If the budget allows, we recommend time on the beach in Mauritius or the Seychelles!  To make sure you’re ready for safari, a rest night in Jo’burg on arrival is also worth considering.

Best Time to Travel

This itinerary is popular year round, but the best time for safari is May – September during dry season, whilst Mauritius sees its’ most glorious weather March / April and October / November time.

Tips for Families

Many of the Lodges have a minimum age of 6 on game drives, but book a suite with a private vehicle and all ages are welcome on the main game drives! Include a rest night in Johannesburg after your overnight flight, before experiencing the early rises on your safari.


  • Horse ride with giraffe, zebra and other plains game
  • Meet the protected rhinos, an unforgettable experience
  • Bush walks and cycles in addition to traditional game drives
  • See elephants and carnivores from the safety of a 4 x 4


Day 1 | Fly Overnight to Johannesburg, South Africa

Depart Heathrow Airport for an overnight flights of approx 10.5 hours to Johannesburg.

Day 2 | Transfer to the Waterberg for Your 4 Night 'Active' Safari

Morning arrival into Johannesburg Airport, where you will be met and transferred by road – approx 3 hours drive to your lodge in the Waterberg.

Day 3-4 | Enjoy Days Exploring the Bush, Horse Riding and Walking with the Plains Game

Spend the next 3 days enjoying game walks, horse riding, game drives and cycling in the bush, where you can get up close to plains game such a giraffe, sable and zebra.

Day 6 | Transfer to Madikwe Game Reserve for Your Big Five Experience

After breakfast you will be collected and transferred from the Waterberg to Madikwe Game Reserve – approx 5 hour road transfer.

Day 7-8 | Join 4x4 Game Drives in Search of Elephants and Big Cats

Spend the next few days enjoying morning and afternoon game drives with a chance to hopefully see the big 5 or more unique species such as the African Wild Dog or Brown Hyena.

Day 9 | Transfer Back to Johannesburg to Fly Back to the UK

After breakfast, you will be collected from your lodge and transferred back to Johannesburg Airport in time for your evening and overnight flight home to the Heathrow.

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In our Client's Words...

We had a safari in two halves - the first 5 nights at Ant's Nest on a riding safari (the best way to get close to the animals and no lions or elephant to worry about) and then 6 days at Jaci's on a 4 x 4 safari with expert guide to see the Big Five. Bushbaby are experts in organising this type of holiday, we've used them consistently to organise our safaris for the last 16 years! Their advice and guidance is excellent.

Rebecca M, South Africa

100% of our clients leaving feedback on AITO.com (the Trip Advisor of Tour Operators) have rated us 'excellent'


Ant's Nest, Vaalwater, South Africa

Jaci's Safari Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve, Mabeskraal, South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa