Day 1: Johannesburg to Kruger National Park. (Berg en Dal Rest Camp)
This morning your 6 day family adventure will begin, the tour begins at 7:30 am and we will pick you and your family up at your hotel or at the Johannesburg International Airport (O.R. Tambo). After a quick meet and greet we will load your luggage and waste no time in departing to South Africa’s most well-known National Park, Kruger.
It will take us around 5 hours to reach the gates to Kruger National Park, on the way there we will stop for a quick drinks break and leg stretch. We should arrive at the southern gate to Kruger around 12:30 and continue inside Kruger to Berg en Dal rest camp. When we arrive you will have a chance to enjoy an own expense lunch at the camp restaurant while we check in and off load the luggage. We will be staying at Berg en Dal for the first 2 nights of the safari. Your family will be staying in Traditional African chalets, the chalets have a thatched roof, 2 bedrooms with 2 beds in each room, private wash room with toilet and shower, small kitchen and a small patio area to sit and relax.
Berg en Dal is in a mountainous area of Kruger National park and this provides a beautifully scenic backdrop to all photo`s. The area receives the highest rainfall of Kruger national Park and this in turn allows for stunning riverine forests to grow along the rivers. It is the perfect area for elephant and leopard and the area boasts the highest concentration of Rhino in the park.
This afternoon we will take you out on your first safari drive in search for some amazing animals. This will be a very exciting time for you and we hope to find something special on this first afternoon.
We will return to camp at sunset, start preparing dinner and enjoy the sounds of the African bush by the warm fire.
Meals Included: Dinner
Day 2: Kruger National Park. (Berg en Dal Rest Camp)
Today we will meet for some coffee and hot chocolate early in the morning and then go out for a sunrise safari drive, we will follow the winding rivers as they head east and we will search the lower branches of the giant trees for any resting or feeding leopards. We also hope to see some elephant and white rhino and if we are very lucky we could spot a rare black rhino in this area. We will stop at a picnic site to enjoy breakfast in the bush and return to camp in the late morning.
We will have lunch back at camp and allow for sufficient time to for your family to enjoy the camp facilities before we go out for a late afternoon drive. The camp facilities include a swimming pool, small souvenir shop, a waterhole and a self-guided walking trail.
On this afternoon`s drive we expect the African wilderness to reveal itself in true majestic style as this part of Kruger is teeming with life! Upon our return to camp we will light the fire and enjoy the surroundings we are in. Dinner tonight will again be cooked over the fire while we listen to the sounds of nature.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3: Kruger National Park. (Skukuza Rest Camp)
Early this morning we will take your family out on one last sunrise safari in the far south of Kruger National Park. We will visit the Matjulu waterhole, a great place to find spotted hyena early in the morning. We will then follow the Matjulu River an area we have found African Wild Dog many times before.
We will return to camp for breakfast, load the vehicle, depart Berg en Dal and continue north through savannah grassland where we will surely find many White Rhino. It is about a 3 hour drive to our next camp, Skukuza. Skukuza is the largest camp in Kruger and is the administrative capital of the park. The camp has been built along the banks of the famous Sabie River and has many beautiful riverine forest trees throughout the camp.
When we arrive we will check in and serve lunch. You can then have time to relax and make use of the camp facilities. There is a swimming pool, a big Park Shop with different souvenirs and curios, a museum, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a beautiful walkway on the safe side of the fence along the Sabie River and many benches to sit and enjoy the views. We will be staying at Skukuza for 2 nights and your family will be staying in 2 bedroom family units.
This afternoon we will venture out in the Skukuza area and see what we can find. The area is very good for lion spotting, there are lion territories are set up in many places around Skukuza, there is a pride we know that has 20 members and we will go out in search of this group.
Tonight we will serve dinner under the stars in our make shift bush restaurant.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4. Kruger National Park and Hazyview Day Trip
Today is sure to be an entertaining adventure for the whole family. We will have a more relaxed start to the day instead of the usual pre sunrise wake up call. We will go out on a short morning safari on the way to the western gate of Kruger, Phabeni, this is an area where we can spot elephant, buffalo and white rhino. Once we exit the park we will travel the short distance to Hazyview, a small town close to Kruger National Park. Here you can choose between 3 exciting activities that are not just interactive but also very fun and educational.
Perry`s Bridge Reptile Park, is a unique reptile park housing snakes, crocodiles, alligators, tortoise, frogs and many more creepy crawlies that usually bring fear into most of the worlds human inhabitants. The idea behind the Reptile Park is to educate in a fun and interesting way and to show that we actually don`t have anything to fear from these amazing creatures and that we rely on them in many more ways than one for us humans to exist without too much trouble from pests that can carry disease.
The Elephant Sanctuary is a place where young orphaned elephants have been raised and in the process have accepted humans into their daily lives. Sanctuaries like these are the only places where we can get up and close to normally very dangerous animals. The sanctuaries also act as research stations to learn more about elephant behaviour and how we can keep the species alive for centuries to come. There are various options for interaction with the elephants including feeding, washing, walking and riding the elephants.
The Shangaan Tribe is the tribe that live in and around the southern section of Kruger National Park, their culture is unique and has some amazing traditions. At the Shangaan Cultural Village we can see and experience some of these traditions without imposing ourselves on their daily lives.
We will have an own expense lunch in town before we head back to Kruger and back to our camp for dinner.
Please note that it might not be possible to do all the activities and that all activities outside Kruger are optional and for own expense.
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner.
Day 5 Kruger National Park. (Satara Rest Camp)
This morning we will head out on another exciting sunrise safari, we will follow the Sabie River and try to find a Leopard, the area along the Sabie River is known to have the highest density of Leopard in Kruger. The River has many Hippo, Crocodile and it attracts various other animals to its alluring water. We will return to camp for a hearty breakfast and then continue north towards our next camp, Satara.
On route to Satara we will stop for drinks at a beautiful picnic site. We will then continue north and travel through a few different lion territories with some well-known lion prides, if we are lucky we may see the rare white lioness. We will arrive at Satara in the middle of the day just in time for lunch. You will then have some time to relax, check out some of the camp facilities, before we depart on an afternoon drive to explore the area. We will be staying at Satara for the next 2 nights and your family will be staying in 2 bedroom family units.
Satara is located in the grasslands of Kruger, this attracts many grazing animals to the area. It is an excellent area for viewing the wildlife and there is a waterhole just outside the fence where you can spot animals whilst at camp.
This evening you will enjoy an own expense dinner at the camp restaurant before departing on a Kruger night drive. A night drive will provide you with a chance to see some of the big cats on the hunt, you could also see some of the smaller nocturnal animals like civet, genet, owls, porcupines and honey badger.
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch.
Day 6 Kruger National Park. Hoedspruit day trip. (Satara Rest Camp)
Today is yet another family adventure day and we head towards the town of Hoedspruit. It is an hour drive through the park and we will have another chance to spot some lions this morning.
In the area around Hoedspruit there is a choice of 3 activities to be done and we will enjoy an own expense lunch in Hoedspruit.
Moholoholo Wildlife rehabilitation centre is a place for orphaned and injured animals to recover and be rehabilitated to be reintroduced back in the wild. Here you can interact with some of the younger animals and learn about how to prevent animals from being injured through negative interactions with humans as well as what processes are involved in rehabilitating African wildlife.
Jessica the Hippo is a world famous Hippo that was orphaned at a very young age, she was brought to a conservation enthusiast and farmer and he has raised and lived with her ever since. Here you can learn more about hippos and interact with Jessica.
The Endangered Species centre is a wilderness area where critically endangered predator species such as wild dog and cheetah are bred and reintroduced into the wild. Here you can learn about why the species are critically endangered and what is involved in such a breeding project.
Please note all activities outside Kruger are own expense and are optional.
We will return to Kruger about 2 hours before sunset and enjoy an hour safari drive on the way back to our camp. Tonight we will prepare yet another amazing meal for you over the fire.
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7 Kruger National Park and The Panorama route. (Blyde River Canyon)
After a full cooked breakfast we pack up and head towards the exit gates of Kruger. We first travel along the Drakensberg escarpment before we start to ascend it. Our first stop for the day will be at one of the viewpoints overlooking the Lowveld from the Highveld at the Blyde River Canyon. There we will have a bird’s eye view of the Lowveld we’ve been exploring for the past few days before we head to a very old mining town called “Pilgrims Rest”.
Pilgrims Rest has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the town`s cultural importance and the town seems to be frozen in time. From here we head towards Graskop, a small town where we will have lunch. After Lunch we will head over to God’s Window a view that is so beautiful that it is believed to be God`s window to see earth. Here we get a true glimpse of how earth appears from the clouds and the view is simply breath-taking!
Tonight we will be sleeping in a resort at the Blyde River Canyon and enjoy the facilities they have to offer. You will be staying in a 2 bedroom family unit and we will prepare our last dinner together.
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner.
Day 8. Blyde River Canyon to Johannesburg
Leaving the mountains behind us we start our journey back to Johannesburg but not before we show you one or two more things, Dullstroom and the Birds of Prey Rehab Centre. Dullstroom is a quaint little town filled with art galleries and charming gift stores whilst the Birds Of Prey Rehab Centre gives the young ones one last opportunity to gasp as they get up close and personal with these great majestic birds (Optional Activity, Own Expense) . From here we will go back to Johannesburg and we will either drop you at your accommodation or we will say good-bye at the airport.
Meals Included: Breakfast.
Included/Excluded in this Safari
Included in this Safari.
*Entrance Fees to Kruger National Park
*Kruger Afternoon Safari x 6
*Kruger Morning Safari x 6
*Kruger Night Drive
*Meals (as specified in the day-by-day description)
*Roundtrip airport or Hotel transfer
*A professional driver/guide and assistant
*All transportation mentioned
Excluded in this Safari
*International flights (from/to the client’s home country)
*Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
*Tips: tipping guideline of $10 per person per day for the guide and crew
*Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees and other personal items)
*Entrance Fees to Reptile Park, Elephant Sanctuary, Shangaan Cultural Village, Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Jessica the Hippo and The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.
8 Day Kruger Family Safari: Price 2020
$ 2 450 per Adult
$ 1 840 per Child under 16
$ 1 225 per Child under 12
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