Friends and Family Safari
29 June - 8 July 2023
Brimming with fascinating cultures and eternally wild, South Africa offers an extraordinary variety of family adventures. During four days on safari, watch for the glow of eyes on a night game drive, observe a jaw-dropping array of species, and gaze at tangerine-colored sunsets melting into the bush. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing your kids teetering on the edge of their seats, their eyes peeled for wildlife. In Cape Town, explore Table Mountain and hike the hidden trails of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Observe African penguins on the spectacular Cape Peninsula and in the Cape Winelands, there are plenty of child-friendly wine estates and lots of outdoor activities to enjoy. The people of South Africa are warm and welcoming, especially with children, which makes it an ideal destination for family and friends.
Prices vary based upon ages of children and family size. Sold out!!!
- VIP meet and greet at Johannesburg Airport
- 1 night at City Lodge OR Tambo Airport Hotel; Deluxe Room, Bed and Breakfast
- Round-trip private road transfers between Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport and Simbavati River Lodge
- 4 nights at Simbavati River Lodge; Luxury Tent or Family Chalet, Fully Inclusive – all meals, two safari drives per day, beverages (excluding premium brands and cellar wines), and conservation fees
- Round-trip private road transfers between Cape Town Airport and the Table Bay Hotel
- 4 nights at the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel; Deluxe or Family Room, Bed and Breakfast
- Full Day Tour of the Cape Peninsula with Cape Point, Chapman’s Peak Drive and the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony; Includes Entrance Fees and Lunch
- Full Day Tour of the Cape Winelands; Includes one Wine Tasting (per adult) and Lunch
- International and domestic flights
- Travel Insurance
- Meals not outlined as included in the itinerary
- Covid-19 PCR or Antigen Test (if applicable)
Let's Take A Look At The Journey
30 June: Johannesburg to Simbavati River Lodge
After breakfast and check out, we will make our way to the domestic departures terminal and check-in for our outgoing flight.
Flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit is not included.
Upon arrival at Hoesdpruit – Eastgate Airport, we will be met by a representative for private road transfer to Simbavati River Lodge. – Includes all meals, two safari drives per day, beverages (excluding premium brands and cellar wines), and conservation fees.
After check in formalities, we will have the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon game drive.
1-3 July: Three Full Days on Safari at Simbavati River Lodge (Fully Inclusive)
An early start means an equally early wake-up call. Tea and biscuits are served at about 6am and at sunrise you head off on your early-morning game-drive. This is generally the best time to spot the wildlife, as the temperature is cool and the animals are still very active, including the big cats, which will be returning from a night of hunting.
After a few hours, you will either return to your camp/lodge for a hearty breakfast, or have a bush breakfast out on the plains and then return just before the heat of the day.
LUNCH AND AFTERNOON
You usually have lunch in the camp/lodge and spend the main part of the day either relaxing or using the amenities, such as an outdoor pool. You might have something to eat and drink at around 3pm before heading out for another game-drive.
There is also the Cubs Club kids centre. This is an ideal place for younger kids to hang out with games, bean bags and craft opportunities. On request, someone can entertain your kids after breakfast with various activities from cupcake decorating, bug/treasure hunting, making animal face masks, colouring, board games, wildlife DVDs and scrap-booking and more.
Your guide may also teach your older child the skill of archery. Or lead a short walk looking at animal spoor around the lodge.
This allows parents some quiet time for reading or a visit to the spa.
As with early morning, the evening game drive is often the best time to see the wildlife. The predatory animals begin to stir from their heat-of-the-day slumber, and similarly, their prey become ever more active and alert as darkness falls. Vehicles usually return just before dark in time for a shower, pre-dinner drinks and then dinner. The evenings are often rounded off with a few drinks around the campfire, warming toes and swapping safari stories.
Sometimes, you will have the opportunity to go on a game-drive at night. Vehicles are equipped with powerful spotlights, as well as expert trackers who will generally spot any wildlife well before you will. This is often the best time to spot the elusive leopard, which more-often-than-not will be high up in a tree. A game-drive at night gives you a completely different perspective of the bush and is an unforgettable experience.
4 July: Transfer from Timbavati Game Reserve to Cape Town
After morning game drive activities, breakfast and check out, we will be met for private road transfer to Hoedspruit – Eastgate Airport.
Flight from Hoedspruit to Cape Town is not included.
Upon arrival at Cape Town Airport, we will be met by a representative for private road transfer to the Table Bay Hotel, where we will spend 5 nights. – Daily breakfast is included.
5 July: Full Day Private Tour of the Cape Peninsula
After Breakfast, our guide will meet us for a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Includes Chapman’s Peak Drive (rated one of the most scenic in the world), Cape Point and the Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach. Entrance fees and lunch will be included.
6 July: Full Day Private Tour of the Cape Winelands
It may be one of the world’s top wine destinations and a gourmet hotspot, but with plenty of child-friendly wine estates, lots of outdoor activities and less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the Cape Winelands is hard to beat as a winter destination for families. Many wine farms offer tractor or trailer rides, horse rides and places for children to play while parents enjoy the fruit of the vine and excellent country cuisine. One wine tasting (for adults) and lunch will be included.
7 July:Enjoy Today at Your Leisure
With so much to see and do throughout the city, take advantage of a day at leisure to explore the hustle and bustle of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Alternatively visit Kloof Street, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, or take a trip out to the historic Robben Island.
8 July:Departure from Cape Town
After breakfast and check out, we will be met by a representative for private road transfer to Cape Town Airport, in coordination with our outgoing flight home.