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South Africa Family Safari Explorer

12-Day Example Trip
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Exclusive and malaria-free safari destinations and the action packed Whale Coast

We create fully personalised trips from start to finish. From locations to accommodation and guides, everything is selected to suit you.

We give back to two regional charities from the profits of each one of our trips.

From expert private tours to restaurant reservations, we take care of every detail so you can make the most of your time off.

Use our trip ideas to inspire your bespoke experience

A wonderful wildlife adventure specifically designed for families, selecting the very best malaria-free safari reserves and choosing the lodges that work best with families so that your children will have an enjoyable as well as an educational adventure.

From Johannesburg, your journey begins with three nights in Madikwe Reserve, our favourite spot in South Africa for a family safari where you can look forward to spotting the ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo – plus much more besides.

You’ll the spend three nights on the Whale Coast at Grootbos Reserve. This is another of our favourite places for a family adventure, where you can explore the area on hikes, mountain bikes, ocean safaris and more. We especially like touches such as the ability to arrange early dinner for your kids with a special menu, after which the adults can indulge in a relaxed six-course dinner while childminders take care of your little ones in the playroom.

Next up is Cape Town, an incredible city with so much to so. As well as the buzz that comes from a big city, you also have the ocean, Table Mountain and colonies of penguins and seals who call this place home.

Your final stop is the ultra exclusive Tswalu Reserve, the country’s largest private reserve at some 100,000 hectares yet only shared with up to 30 other guests. Wildlife here on the Kalahari’s grasslands is varied and prolific, and Tswalu is a great place to spot small critters such as meerkats, aardvarks and pangolins as well as larger game. There’s also a broad range of activities catering to families, including the junior ranger programme.

Please remember that this is an example itinerary that we would be happy to customise to suit you and your family’s requirements.

  • Private tours in Cape Town and The Whale Coast
  • Game drives lead by specialist guides on safari
  • Luxury hotels and safari lodges throughout
  • Meet and greet airport service
  • Full support from your Cape Town-based travel concierge before, during and after your trip

Trip Itinerary

Days 1-4: Madikwe
Light aircraft flight from Johannesburg to Madikwe
Guides saying goodbye at Morukuru Family Madikwe

Reserves and Lodges in Madikwe
Three nights in the Madikwe Game Reserve

The Madikwe Game Reserve, bordering the Kalahari Desert and Botswana in South Africa’s north west corner, is one of the country’s lesser known and more remote of the Big Five safari experiences. Moreover, it's malaria-free, making the area great for families. This is South Africa's fifth largest game reserve at 75,000 hectares yet it's relatively unknown despite its variety of wildlife consisting of a large population of elephants, 300 types of bird and over sixty different mammal species including the 'Magnificent Seven' (elephant, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, leopard, lion and African Wild Dog).


Flights & Transfers

Light aircraft flight from Madikwe to Johannesburg

Flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town

Private transfer to the Whale Coast

Days 4-7: The Whale Coast
Lodges at the Grootbos Reserve
Three nights in Grootbos Reserve

Perfectly poised on the headland between two bays and at the heart of what is considered the ‘whale watching Mecca’ of the world, the 2,500-hectare Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is well positioned to enjoy the area’s thrilling to its more relaxing of activities.

From diving with Great Whites, horse riding on wild Atlantic beaches, spotting whales and pods of dolphin cavorting in Walker Bay to tasting regional wines, discovering the unique heritage of towns such as De Kelders and Hermanus, and trekking through the intriguing fynbos flora and fauna of its reserves and valleys – you won’t be short of things to do here on the Whale Coast and at Grootbos.


Flights & Transfers

Private transfer to your hotel in Cape Town

Days 7-9: Cape Town
Accommodation in Cape Town
Two nights in Cape Town
sunrise-table-mountain-capetown

Spend your time relaxing and exploring this wonderful city. You have our top recommendations for activities, restaurants and shopping so that you can make the most of your time here.


Flights & Transfers

Private transfer to Cape Town airport

 
Light aircraft flight to Tswalu Kalahari

Days 9-12: The Kalahari
Lodges in Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Three nights in Tswalu Kalahari

The malaria free Tswalu Reserve, owned by the Oppenheimer family, is the largest private game reserve in South Africa consisting of over 100,000 hectares of the ‘green’ Kalahari grasslands home to eighty mammal species and 340 varieties of bird.

Furthermore, the reserve is not further divided up into concessions or reserves and the only accommodation is the Motse Camp and Tarkuni House, which only allow for a maximum of thirty guests at one time in the entire of Tswalu. If you are staying for three nights or more you’ll also get a complimentary private vehicle, guide and tracker to make this your very own private Kalahari. The motto is, if you see another Range Rover on your game drives, complain.


Flights & Transfers

Light Aircraft flight from Tswalu to Johannesburg

This trip is just an example of the amazing vacations our experts could plan for you. Speak to one of the team today to start creating your private, bespoke trip.

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    We create fully personalised trips from start to finish. From locations to accommodation and guides, everything is selected to suit you.

    We give back to two regional charities from the profits of each one of our trips.

    From expert private tours to restaurant reservations, we take care of every detail so you can make the most of your time off.