Our 11-day South Africa Family Safari is perfect for you and your family. Diverse habitats in national parks teeming with wildlife make this the ideal vacation for families with children aged 12 and up. Travel from Johannesburg to three different wildlife reserves in the east, enjoying fulfilling days packed with activity and leisurely transfers between luxurious &Beyond lodges, staying three nights at each. This is a safe, good value safari that allows you to tailor activities to your own family's preferences.
On arrival at O.R. Tambo International Airport you will take the shuttle bus to the luxury Johannesburg hotel where you will stay for one night.
After breakfast you will take the shuttle bus ten minutes to the airport where you will board a flight to Skukuza Airport. This is where you and your family meet your game ranger for the next few days of safari and he will transfer you by road to the lodge. Spend three nights in this beautifully restored homestead in a family cottage.
There is no time to waste as we take our first outing into the wild of Sabi Sand Game Reserve in the afternoon to track the game of South Africa.
This is our first opportunity for a full day of safari activities. We take a stunning morning game drive as the sun comes up over the plains and search for leopards, which are seen frequently in Sabi Sand.
After lunch on an open air deck overlooking the Sand River we will venture out once more. We can take an afternoon drive or go for a walk with our ranger who will share his knowledge of the smaller animals, and flora and fauna in the area. Alternatively the family can enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the lodge playing tennis, croquet and swimming in the pool.
We venture into the game reserve for another day of wildlife tracking and creating memories for you and your children.
The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is the birthplace of sustainable wildlife tourism in Southern Africa, and is the oldest of all the private reserves in South Africa. It has only ever been a wilderness area and is home to a vast wildlife population. You can hope to see all manner of mammals, reptiles, birds and trees here, including lion, elephant and giraffe.
On day 5 we check out of Kirkman’s Kamp and transfer by road from the Sabi Sand Reserve into Timbavati Game Reserve to stay at the sophisticated Ngala Tented Camp for a further three nights.
This reserve is home to the illusive white lion and every so often visitors are treated to glimpses of these beautiful creatures on excursions. Look carefully and you may be one of the lucky few to encounter the white lion.
We take the family into Timbavati Nature Reserve, next to Kruger National Park. Timbavati is teeming with wildlife and boasts over 40 species of mammals including lion, hippo, zebra, rhino, leopard, buffalo and elephant. This is a bird lovers paradise with over 360 species abounding – you would be hard pressed to find such a variety of birds anywhere else in South Africa.
Spend another day adventuring with the family in Timbavati Nature Reserve. The reserve is a conservation area, and although it has set boundaries, restrictive fences were taken away many years’ ago, therefore encouraging natural migration and freedom for the wild animals. The conservation effort is incredible and all land owners in the region are committed to keeping Timbavati as natural a place as possible, not least to preserve the habitats of hundreds of wildlife and bird species.
In the evening, relax together while reflecting on the day’s sights and events.
This morning we will transfer to the airstrip and fly south to Phinda Reserve. The flight is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. We will be met on arrival and taken overland to our final destination.
Phinda Game Reserve provides a sanctuary for threatened wildlife such as cheetah and the black rhino and it is brimming with other wildlife as well. There are seven distinct habitats in the reserve ensuring that we experience a diverse range of wildlife.
Our highly trained ranger will make the reserve come to life for the children as they encounter animals and birds both large and small.
One of the most memorable things to do here is to visit the nearby coast and view loggerhead and leatherback turtles as they come to the beach to lay eggs.* We are most likely to see turtles between the months of November and February in South Africa’s summer.
*Additional costs apply for turtle viewing trips
Phinda Game Reserve is also known as the ‘Seven Worlds of Wonder’ and part of this is the stunningly fascinating coral reef in the Indian Ocean. Why not leave the children in the capable hands of andBeyond’s WILDchild programme and take some time for yourselves to go diving in the reef?*
*Additional costs apply
This morning you and your children will say goodbye to your ranger, have a final dip in the pool and transfer to Richard’s Bay Airport. On arrival into Johannesburg you will continue with your own travel arrangements.
The award winning five star D’Oreale Grand Hotel is the perfect setting for guests looking for supreme comfort and lavish indulgence.
The hotel is a member of the prestigious Great Hotels of the World luxury collection. Conveniently located alongside O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, the D’Oreale Grande Hotel is classically elegant and no expense has been spared. Dine at the elegant Aurelia’s restaurant, indulge your senses at Octavia’s Sensorium Day Spa or sip on a cocktail at Neptune’s Pool Bar.
Peermont D’Oreale Grande features 192 beautifully designed and impeccably appointed rooms and suites that are fitted with plush, state-of-the-art facilities. This hotel’s comfort levels are enhanced by superior levels of service and guest relations, as well as international language and culture proficiencies. All rooms incorporate air-conditioning, multi-channel satellite TV, complimentary wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) and the convenience of 24-hour room service.
Named after legendary conservationist Harry Kirkman, Kirkman’s Kamp was his original early 20th century Transvaal homestead.
Set on a high ridge overlooking the Sand River, this restored colonial home adds a sense of authentic charm to your safari experience. 18 classically-styled suites provide everything you could desire for your stay, including spectacular views of the river from private verandas, the swimming pool and warthogs grazing on the manicured lawns. It’s an extremely evocative camp, taking you back in time to the 1920s through many of its original features.
The lodge is set in one of the most renowned wildlife areas in the world. Lion are often spotted on game drives but it’s the leopard that steals the show here. From camp you can go on a walking or driving excursion to track game with some of the best guides around. Common regional species include elephant, spotted hyena, leopard, large buffalo herds, rhino and hippo. A real highlight is an exhilarating spot-lit night drive following nocturnal wildlife such as the rare pangolin.
Phinda Mountain Lodge takes pride of place on the crest of a mountain. It accommodates up to 50 people in 25 chalets which open out onto private verandas and breathtaking views of the Lebombo Mountains and plains below.
This deluxe lodge is the perfect base for your final few days on safari. With the help of private plunge pools and outdoor showers you can take in the fresh mountain air from your private chalet and relax after a long day in the wild. Phinda Mountain Lodge has an array of dining options which maximises the views of the surrounding area perfectly, as does the shaded swimming pool. Spacious guest areas are full of authentic African architecture and decor.
Some of the most regularly seen animals in Phinda Game Reserve include cheetahs, white and black rhinos, nyalas, lions and leopards. As well as day and night time game drives included in the package, extra expeditions will tempt you to yield to your adventurous side at an additional cost, including black rhino tracking on foot and swimming with whale sharks.
Phinda is extremely well set up to accommodate, entertain and educate children with its &Beyond WILDchild programme.
The &Beyond Ngala Tented Camp is sophisticated ‘camping’ at its best.
Set against the gentle backdrop of African sights and sounds are the camp’s nine luxurious safari tents overlooking the banks of the seasonal Timbavati River. Each tent is mounted on a raised platform and inside, stone partitions and wooden sides create a warm and cosy atmosphere. It’s a contemporary camp but it never allows you to forget you are in the wild; canvas mixes with luscious thick forest and clean lines are paired with the rugged bushveld.
From the camp it is possible to do all manner of activities. Guests can track rhino on foot, take night time game drives in a private vehicle, go on an interpretive walking safari and even sleep out in the middle of the bush (for an extra cost). For those who wish to indulge you can take a helicopter flight* that sees you soar over Blyde River Canyon and cascading waterfalls. Ngala is very well set up for families (children over the age of 12 are welcome), and a particularly excellent feature is its WILDchild programme for children.
*There is an additional charge for this activity
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