South Africa

Kruger & Beach Family Safari

South Africa is often described as ‘a world in one country’ and on this 2-week tour it is not hard to see why. From the vast open expanse of the Kruger National Park where the Big 5 roam, to the lush wetlands and mangrove forest of Kosi Bay and from the craggy magnificence of the Drakensberg mountains to the rolling hills of the Buffalo River Valley, there is a huge variety of scenery. There are also masses of activities to suit children of all ages making this an ideal adventurous family holiday. You can either self-drive or be accompanied by a chauffeur guide.

Note that malaria tablets are recommended for this trip.

Highlights

  The Big-Five in Kruger
  Explore the Kingdom of Swaziland
  Idyllic beaches of Kosi Bay
  Venture deep into Zululand
  Hike and bike in the Drakensberg

15 days from £1,500 pp

Plus international flights from £650

A two-week self-drive holiday in South Africa for a family of four usually costs from £6,000 plus flights.

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Kruger & Beach Family Safari day-to-day itinerary

Day 1 Johannesburg to Kruger
The tour starts in Kruger National Park. We can help you arrange a connecting flight from Johannesburg to Kruger. When you arrive you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.


Days 2-3 Kruger
Two full days of safaris in Kruger National Park. One of the largest parks in Africa, Kruger is home to a staggering array of wildlife including significant populations of all the big-five. Criss-crossed by a large network of roads which you are allowed to explore in your own vehicle, you can take your time meandering around the bushveld, keeping your eyes peeled for lion, cheetah, rhino and more.

You will also take a guided nocturnal game drive in search of some of the species that come out after dark… driving slowly through the African bush, seeing glowing eyes staring at you from the darkness, is one of South Africa’s great experiences!


Day 4 Mlilwane
Leave Kruger behind you and head to the little Kingdom of Swaziland, a country rich in tribal heritage and scenic beauty.

Your destination is Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, which was the first of Swaziland’s wildlife refuges. The sanctuary is a haven for endangered species and is home to four of the big-five including Black Rhino. Visitors can also spot tsessebe, white rhino, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile and exquisite birdlife.

This afternoon you will visit a traditional village where you can see craftsmen at work and gain an insight into Swazi culture.


Day 5 Swaziland
A full day to explore the area. You could take a game drive into Mlilwane if you are interested or perhaps follow one of the self-guided walking trails across the plains in search of wildebeest, zebra and other game.

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Days 6-7 Kosi Bay
After breakfast on day 6 you will head into Kwa Zulu Natal to the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve. The reserve covers an area of sweeping beaches, great fertile estuaries, mangrove forests and lakes and forms part of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You will visit the Kosi Bay River mouth, famed for the traditional system of fish trapping in woven basket that is practiced by the local Tsonga fishermen. From November to February this is also a nesting ground for leatherback and loggerback turtles that crawl ashore to lay their eggs on the dazzling white beaches.

There are activities galore; don a snorkel and mask and see how many of the 200 species of tropical fish you can spot; grab the binoculars and find a quiet place for a spot of bird-watching; take a traditional wooden raft through the peaceful palm-fringed reed channels or kayak through the surf to the off-shore reefs.


Day 8 Hluhluwe Umfolozi & KwaZulu Natal
Journey into KwaZulu Natal, the ancient Zulu heartland. Once the exclusive royal hunting ground of King Shaka this area is home to Africa’s oldest established wilderness reserve. Your route takes you through a picturesque rural landscape of small local villages en route to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park.

In the afternoon take a safari drive in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi. The park is famous for its successful white rhino conservation programme so keep your eyes peeled as you drive through the thorny scrubland. Alternatively you could take a walking safari in the company of the park ranger.


Day 9 Isandlwana & Rorke’s Drift
Explore the Buffalo River Valley in the scenic Biggarsberg Mountains. This is the setting for the spellbinding tale of the Isandlwana campaign of 1879 where the British came to mortal grief at the Battle of Isandlwana, on January 22 before turning the tables dramatically at Rorke’s Drift later the same evening. You will spend some time at this enigmatic battlefield cemetery, searching for traces of the heroes of that momentous day.

Quite aside from the battlefields, the scenery here is magnificent and you will stay in a comfortable lodge set in lovely gardens.


Day 10 The Drakensberg
After breakfast drive to the Drakensberg Mountains, a spectacularly beautiful 200-kilometre long mountain range and World Heritage site. Awe-inspiring basalt cliffs tower over riverine bush, lush yellowwood forests and cascading waterfalls and form a massive barrier separating KwaZulu Natal from the Kingdom of Lesotho.


Days 11-12 Drakensberg
Two full days to explore the Drakensberg. The area is a hiker’s delight and we find that even more reluctant walkers will enjoy clambering up some of the rocky kopjes (hills), stopping for a picnic lunch with a superb view of the surrounding countryside. You can explore caves that are home to Bushmen rock art many thousands of years old, try your hand at fly fishing in one of the rivers that cut across the landscape or take a zip-line and aerial walkway course through the forest canopy. Perhaps hire a mountain bike or go horse riding…. there are masses of exciting options.


Day 13 Drakensberg – Durban
Drive to Durban where the rest of the day is free for you to explore. Perhaps indulge the children with a visit to Durban’s famous waterpark or head to the beach for some bucket and spade action.


Day 14 Durban
A full free day to explore this laid-back city. Wander along the sea front, take the skywalk to the top of the Moses Mabhida Stadium for panoramic views over the coast or head to the botanical gardens for a picnic.


Day 15 Durban
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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