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South Africa Family Safaris


South Africa truly is a world in one country and particularly scores with families with younger children – because they have malaria-free game reserves, regions and coastlines. Here one can have the best of both worlds. I

It is equally good for families with adolescent children – as we can arrange anything from seriously good camping accompanied by a private guide in the Drakensberg Mountains, to horse-riding, going on family luxury safari, doing some great white water rafting and kayaking, some really good sailing, canoeing around penguins, climbing Table Mountain, zip-wiring 150 feet above the ground through canopies of trees, and diving with sharks!

One can also visit the battlefields and see the battles of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana re-enacted by captivating historians. There is a lovely family home where one can stay and re-live a completely safe and carefree African childhood! There is a super house that one may take over in a malaria-free region, which offers wonderful horse-riding, general freedom to run about as well as involve oneself in the day-to-day events of game capture and attending to wild animals. Another house close-by has a tennis court, offers great fishing and wildlife, and plenty of room to roam.

On one of our family luxury safari holidays here, if one has children under six, we can either arrange for a private vehicle for your family, or a handful of places will allow you to go on luxury safari with your children regardless of their age, (whilst other establishments insist on a minimum age of six). The places we use have specific children's programmes, which make it far more fun and educational for your children! We have a fantastic array of private villas in wildlife reserves and in the Cape and KwaZulu Natal for those families who would like the ultimate in comfort, privacy and flexibility.

With a great climate, most South African children are completely outdoorsy and seriously sporty. Add the two together and one has a simply fantastic mixture of adrenaline-filled adventure and sun-filled days of non-stop sport – whether tennis, swimming, golf, fishing, horse-riding, sailing, kite-boarding, kite-surfing – the list is simply endless. At the coast there are some gorgeous retreats with pristine beaches, treehouses and even places where the turtles nest, and one can go out with scientists in the evening who explain every aspect of these rare creatures.

In the winelands, the children can visit goats’ cheese farms and learn cookery – and some places even have film clubs for children in the evenings or rainy days! Even if one is seeking purely luxurious accommodation – with a children’s club – at a Relais et Châteaux property, so that the parents can have some time to themselves and feel a bit pampered – we can simply arrange everything!

We can also add on Mozambique, Mauritius or the Seychelles too, if you want some warm water on the coast during the South African winter with a beach holiday in Africa.

Highlights of a family holiday to South Africa:

  • Fantastic family safaris for younger children in non-malarial regions.
  • Brilliant safari programmes based around children, where they are given rucksacks, books and games, and they can take plaster of Paris imprints of animals’ footprints and bring them back home. They also learn all about nature, wildlife, ecology in general and the night sky – in a simplified, interesting manner with engaging guides.
  • Mountain-biking all over South Africa.
  • Spending time with cheetah in a reserve and walking with them.
  • Riding on or walking with habituated elephant, learning all about them – this is the closest you will ever get to a wild elephant and it’s wonderful to gain an understanding of them too!
  • Visiting the caves with stalagmites and stalactites.
  • White water rafting, canoeing and abseiling in various different provinces.
  • Visiting community projects – such as dance projects or music projects for children as well as schools.
  • Camping – either in the Drakensberg Mountains, or on ranches or whilst canoeing and white water rafting.
  • Kayaking with penguins or going to see the penguins by foot.
  • Visiting Table Mountain by cable car.
  • Learning cookery African style! Zip-wiring in forests.
  • Going whale-watching by boat and looking for the marine five.
  • Horse-riding.
  • Sailing, golf, tennis and lots of other sporting facilities available.

Call us now to arrange your family safari of a lifetime!

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