Travel Challenge: City and safari in South Africa

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Each week we invite three companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a 10-day trip to South Africa combining a city break and a safari adventure. Prices are per person based on two sharing. All include flights from Heathrow in January and twice-daily guided wildlife drives or walks at the respective safari lodges.

Bushbaby Travel

£2,095: Cape Town and Madikwe

Includes British Airways flights to Cape Town on 15 January, domestic flights and car rental. Accommodation comprises six nights B&B at Welgelegen Boutique Hotel, pictured above, on the slopes of Table Mountain and four nights all-inclusive at the Thakadu River Lodge in Madikwe.

"Madikwe is an outstanding malaria-free game reserve in the far north," says Abi Shaw of Bushbaby Travel. "Since the lodge is owned by the nearby village, it's also a good deal for the community" (0845 124 4455;


£3,899: Johannesburg and Ngala

Includes South African Airways flights to Johannesburg on 15 January with transfers. Accommodation is split between four nights with breakfast at the Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton in Johannesburg and six nights all-inclusive at the Ngala game reserve.

"This package combines the history and bustle of Johannesburg with the wildlife and natural wonders at Ngala game reserve," says Dagmar Marrocco of Kuoni (01306 747 008;

Expert Africa

£3,374: Cape Town and Kwandwe

Includes South African Airways flights to Cape Town on 16 January, transfers and car hire. Accommodation is split between five nights with breakfast at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town and five nights at Ecca Lodge in Kwandwe game reserve, pictured below, on an all inclusive basis.

"The fabulous Vineyard Hotel stands out for great service and a central location, while at Ecca – one of the Cape's top game lodges – has expert guides on hand to help you spot the region's spectacular wildlife," says Claire Scott of Expert Africa (020-8232 9777;