11 Days Family Safari South Africa

  • Johannesburg - Manyeleti Game Reserve - Sabi Sand Game Reserve - Cape Town

The Big Five Safari in South Africa

Do you want to have safari vacation with your beloved family? Come to South Africa to get up close to the “Big Five” with Southern Destinations. Stay in the stunning selections of a luxurious hotel, camp, suite, and apartment hotel while your children are being catered and cared for. Southern Destinations crafts safari experiences through creativity, technology, personal experiences, and a deep love for Africa that the whole family can enjoy. Discover your dream safari. Your African adventure starts here!

Highlights

  • Game drives
  • The “Big Five” viewing
  • Experienced safari guides
  • 10 nights’ accommodation
  • 4 x 4 safari vehicles
  • 1 breakfast
  • 10 activity days
  • English
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The Peech Hotel

The Peech Hotel is located in Melrose, Johannesburg. You will stay at this hotel on day 1. Located in Melrose, The Peech Hotel has friendly staffs and good breakfasts. The hotel is within walking distance to good restaurants and a perfect place to unwind after the long trip.

Honeyguide Khoka Moya Camp

You will stay at Honeyguide Khoka Moya Camp from day 2 to 4. Located at Manyeleti Game Reserve, this camp allows a whole family to enjoy African safari experiences. Honeyguide Khoka Moya Camp offers a breathtaking wildlife experience with canvas walls making you feel that much closer to nature. The contemporary tented camp was built from recycled timber and corrugated iron situated by the side of a riverbed with green lawns leading from the lounge and dining areas to the sparkling swimming pool.

Offering value for money and having a warm welcome atmosphere for all ages of children, Honeyguide Khoka Moya Camp is the ideal family safari choice. 12 spacious tents are simply furnished in a contemporary style with all comforts. King-sized beds are draped in mosquito netting and there is plenty of space for two children’s beds to be added under netting.

Amenities

  • King-sized beds with mosquito netting
  • En-suite bathrooms with double shower
  • Private verandah
  • Swimming pool
  • Children’s library
  • Good stock of DVDs at the children’s center

Savanna Private Game Reserve

You will stay at Savanna Private Game Reserve for 3 nights from day 5 to 7. This thatched savanna suite will give your family an exclusive safari experience. The suite consists of 2 bedrooms en-suite, a private pool, private butler, bushbabies menu for the children, childminder if needed and your own private ranger, tracker, and vehicle for game viewing. Set in the luxurious Sabi Sand Reserve (a part of Kruger National Park), Savanna Private Game Reserve is a haven of wilderness exclusivity which is perfect for the discerning safari-goer. Harking back to a bygone era, Savanna’s three executive suites and four luxury suites boast canvas roofs set over permanent structures, creating a true safari experience with the necessary luxuries that make a visit here so special.

Amenities

  • En-suite bedrooms
  • Decks
  • Plunge pools
  • Lounge area with TV and DVD player
  • Crisp linens
  • Freestanding baths
  • Outside showers
  • Cozy couches
  • Fireplace
  • Bar
  • Library with internet access
  • Garden area

More Quarters Apartment Hotel

A home from home in central Cape Town, More Quarters Apartment Hotel combines the space and independence of a private apartment with the services and hospitality of a luxury hotel. You will stay overnight here from day 8 to 10. Rooms are serviced twice daily with the lovely turn down detail of hot water bottles tucked into beds in winter. The hotels are designed to be child-friendly and cribs. There are 15 with 1-bed and 3 with 2-bed rooms beautifully decorated with a subtle mix of classic and contemporary style plus modern comforts. Baby chairs and toys are thoughtfully provided for families with younger children. Larger families can enjoy the roomy Victorian elegance of 4-bedroom Redcliffe House with its own pool and choice of outdoor sitting areas.

Amenities

  • Spacious lounge
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Enclosed courtyard / a balcony / a small terrace

Day 1: Johannesburg

Upon your arrival in Johannesburg, you will be transferred to your hotel with glorious views over Johannesburg. The hotel is within walking distance to good restaurants and a perfect place to unwind after a long trip. Your car will be dropped at the hotel in the afternoon. You will be ready for your departure to Kruger National Park on the next day.

  • Accommodation: The Peech Hotel

Day 2 to 4: Manyeleti Game Reserve

After having breakfast, you will depart to Kruger National Park. You will have a 6-hour drive to the game reserve, but time can allow you to stop along the scenic The Panorama Route if you like. You will arrive at Manyeleti Game Reserve which borders Kruger National Park.

Then, you will drive to Honeyguide Khoka Moya Camp. Your fame drives at the camp will be in open 4 x 4 vehicles. Manyeleti means “The Place of the Stars” in the local language. Experienced guides will take you for morning and evening game drives allowing for the much sought after the “Big Five” sightings.

  • Accommodation: Honeyguide Khoka Moya Camp

Day 5 to 7: Sabi Sand Game Reserve

You will drive down to well-known Sabi Sand Game Reserve to stay overnight at Savanna Private Game Reserve. A 3-night stay in the thatched savanna suite will give your family an exclusive safari experience. Sabi Sand Game Reserve is well-known for its “Big Five” sightings. Your own private vehicle can allow you to plan your safari outings with your ranger by keeping the children’s interest and energy levels in mind.

  • Accommodation: Savanna Private Game Reserve

Day 8 to 10: Cape Town

Today, you will drive from Savanna Private Game Reserve out of Sabi Sand Game Reserve to the airport in Nelspruit and connect with a direct flight to Cape Town. You will collect your car hire and drive to your apartment. You will have a 3-night stay in Cape Town. In this city, there are many highlights that are great for some family activities including stunning beaches, the penguin colony, Two Oceans Aquarium at the Waterfront, Table Mountain National Park, or the Cape Town sightseeing bus.

You will enjoy a wide range of sightseeing options that include Table Mountain Cableway, Atlantic seaboard beaches, penguin colony at Simon’s Town, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and famous Cape Winelands that can be reached only 30 minutes away.

  • Accommodation: More Quarters Apartments Hotel

Day 11: Departure

You will take a half-hour drive to Cape Town International Airport (CPT) and drop off your car hire. You will check in for your international flight home.

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South Africa

With 11 languages, nine provinces, and two oceans, South Africa is the epitome of diversity. From Africa’s economic powerhouse, Johannesburg, to famous Kruger National Park and tourism award-winning Cape Town, South Africa truly offers something for everyone. This country is blessed with an incredibly diverse natural environment and counts deserts, mountain rages, forests, savannahs, wetlands, and golden beaches among its ecological regions.

South Africa offers some holiday destinations including cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, scenic regions of the Winelands, Hermanus, and Garden Route, historical provinces of Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, and world-famous game parks of Kruger National Park, Sabi Sand, and Madikwe.

Johannesburg

Johannesburg is the pulsating city that never sleeps. Known as ‘Joburg’ or ‘Jozi’ to the locals, the city was established during the gold rush of the 1800s. That entrepreneurial, enterprising spirit and energy has remained ever since. The business capital of Africa, Johannesburg, is also the gateway to the continent with hundreds of regional and international flights in and out of the city every day.

Pretoria, South Africa’s administrative capital, is just a 15-minute train ride away on the new high-speed overland Gautrain which connects the inner city with financial hub, Sandton, and the international O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). Gradually shrugging off its reputation as a dangerous location, Johannesburg provides somewhat of a cultural renaissance.

Newtown is now home to trendy restaurants and pubs, art galleries, museums, and markets frequented by a diverse and cosmopolitan crowd. Known as the largest man-made forest in the world, Johannesburg’s beautiful leafy suburbs are bursting with trendy roadside cafes and some of the finest dining in Africa. With an easy access to all of South Africa’s top attractions, Johannesburg has often simply been a layover city. However, with Joburg enjoying a cultural resurgence alongside dramatically decreasing crime levels, the city is well worth a visit in its own right.

Kruger National Park

Undoubtedly one of the most well-known reserves in the world, Kruger National Park is the pride of South Africa. Established in 1898 by former South African president, Paul Kruger, to protect the wildlife of the area, the park spans almost 2 million hectares, making it one of the largest parks in the world and home to over 1000 different species of trees, fish, amphibians, birds, reptiles, and mammals.

With a terrific concentration of game including all the “Big Five” and some of the soundest environmental management techniques and practices, Kruger National Park is a true haven for Africa’s magnificent fauna and flora. There are also several important archeological sites scattered throughout the park that celebrate the diversity and culture of mankind in the area.

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Situated at the heart of Kruger National Park on a private concession, Sabi Sand Game Reserve is internationally renowned for both its superb luxury accommodation and unrivalled game viewing experiences. With the “Big Five” free roaming between the Sabi Sand Concession and greater Kruger National Park, you really get the best of both worlds.

Covering almost 65,000 hectares and sharing a 50-kilometer unfenced boundary with Kruger National Park, Sabi Sand Game Reserve consists of a number of private lodges with their own unique look and feel. This place is famous for its terrific leopard sightings and resident wild dog population. Sabi Sand Game Reserve has garnered such an international reputation for luxurious and sustainable African experiences.

Manyeleti Game Reserve

As a private concession within Kruger National Park, Manyeleti Game Reserve was founded in 1963 and shares borders with Sabi Sand Game Reserve to the south and Timbavati Game Reserve to the north. Well off the beaten track, the extremely private reserve was named "Manyeleti" which means place of the stars by the local Mnisi people as the full glory of the Southern Constellations is visible on a clear night, perfect for stargazing.

This 23,000-hectare private reserve is a home to the “Big Five”, particularly famous for its elephant and lion populations although it must be noted that game viewing is not as prolific as at Sabi Sand or Timbavati Game Reserve due to considerably less water available to the animals. Being a home to over 300 bird species, Manyeleti Game Reserve offers both birdwatchers and photography enthusiasts to get plenty of photo opportunities.

Owned and managed by the local, Msinsi tribe, Manyeleti Game Reserve consists of only three lodges that make use of the land on a concession basis. All three lodges are Tintswalo Safari Lodge, Honeyguide Khoka Moya Camp, and Honeyguide Mantobeni . They are beautifully appointed and each offers their own unique brand of stylish exclusivity.

Cape Town

Sitting right at the southernmost tip of Africa, Cape Town regularly features highly on the list of the top destinations in the world. This city offers spectacular scenery, beautiful beaches close to the city center, and luxury accommodation options that will ensure every guest to have a memorable stay. People can fill their days by shopping at the buzzing V&A Waterfront, taking a ferry trip across the bay to Robben Island, or enjoying scenic drive to Cape Point. Boulder’s Beach and beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden which is home to the famous Summer Concerts are great places for kids to play.

During this safari vacation, you will be served breakfast on day 1 and be provided with well-equipped kitchen at More Quarters Apartment Hotel. Therefore, you can cook your own meals.

  • 1 breakfast
  • 10 nights’ accommodation
  • 4 x 4 safari vehicles
  • Experienced safari guides
  • Game drives at Manyeleti Game Reserve
  • The “Big Five” viewing at Manyeleti Game Reserve and Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Testimonials

  • Review by Carol
    9 out of 10

    "We had an absolutely fantastic time with Southern Destinations and yes, the Africa bug did bite us. We were both sad to leave. We are already dreaming of trips in the future. Both Royal Malewane and Londolozi were above any expectations we could have had. The services, foods, and animals were outstanding. Our game drives were fabulous as well. Mozambique / Benguerra did not disappoint us. The water was so stunning with the different shades of blue / green. I was able to use my housing. We had a very little trouble with the luggage along the way so that I was glad that I made the decision to bring it along. I'm looking forward to planning another trip with Southern Destinations!"

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  • Review by John Poelker
    9 out of 10

    "I have just returned to Atlanta from a spectacular two-week trip to South Africa planned for me and executed flawlessly by Camille Rowe from Southern Destinations. While I knew generally what I wanted to do, her advice and arrangements she handled for me made the trip worry-free. Everything worked just as planned like my 4-day stay at magnificent Mala Mala Game Reserve, an overnight stay at the beautiful Castello di Monte Hotel in Pretoria, the lovely and first class Rovos Rail train trip to Cape Town, all local transportation and flights, and a 1-week stay at beautiful and so convenient Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town. During the whole planning process, Camille was wonderfully helpful and graciously put up with my mind throughout the process. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience and would highly recommend Southern Destinations to anyone planning a trip to spectacular South Africa!"

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  • Review by Michelle
    9 out of 10

    "Our trip to South Africa was so amazing. We enjoyed ourselves so much and we are planning a trip back as soon as possible. Cape Town was awesome. The foods and restaurants were great. We loved the wineries and people. Our safari experience was amazing as well. We loved the animals but probably would have liked to have mixed up our accommodation a bit, maybe like 2 days at &Beyond and 2 days in something totally different like a camping safari. Mozambique was just a heaven, total relaxation, and tropical oasis. We loved this place. Thank you for everything, Southern Destinations. Our honeymoon wouldn’t have been as amazing if you didn’t book it for us. We will recommend you to all our friends! "

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