14 Day South African Family Safari

14 Day Family Safari

Embark on an unforgettable adventure with your family on our 14 Day Family Safari! Designed especially for families with young children, this safari promises an exciting journey filled with wildlife, stunning landscapes, and fun activities for all ages.

Begin your adventure in Johannesburg, Africa's wealthiest city. Explore the vibrant cityscape, rich in history and culture. Visit museums, markets, and enjoy delicious local cuisine.

Next, journey to the Panorama Route, where you'll be mesmerized by the breathtaking views of the Blyde River Canyon. Take leisurely walks through the Blyde conservancy, surrounded by stunning natural beauty.

Prepare for an unforgettable wildlife experience in Kruger National Park. Your guide and assistant will lead you on exciting game drives, seeking out the Big Five and other fascinating wildlife. Visit wildlife sanctuaries for up-close encounters with reptiles and elephants. Immerse yourself in the local culture at a cultural museum.

Continue your adventure in Hluhluwe National Park, located in Zululand. Explore the park's diverse landscapes, from dense forests to rolling hills. Keep an eye out for exciting wildlife interactions that will delight the whole family.

Relax and unwind on the warm, sandy beaches of Durban's North Coast. Enjoy the tranquil Indian Ocean waters, perfect for swimming and soaking up the sun. Explore the vibrant local culture and cuisine of Durban.

End your journey in the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, the longest mountain range in Southern Africa. Stay in a charming mountain cabin or lodge and breathe in the fresh mountain air. Enjoy long walks amidst stunning mountain scenery, creating lasting memories with your family.

Experience the best of South Africa with Wild Planet Safari's 14 Day Family Safari, a journey tailored for families seeking adventure, wildlife, and unforgettable experiences!

We provide all children under 12 a 50% discount and under the age of 16 a 25% discount.

We will also provide a group discount if a tour is booked for 4 or more people. Please contact us for more info.

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14 Day Family Safari
14 Day Family Safari
14 Day Family Safari

Day 1: Johannesburg to the Blyde River Canyon (Panorama Route)

Embark on a magnificent journey as your 14 Day Family Safari begins with an exhilarating transfer from O.R. Tambo airport at 7:40 am, arriving in the quaint town of Oh

rigstad at 12:30. Here, your friendly guide awaits, ready to kick off your exploration of the iconic Panorama Route.

The day unfolds with a visit to the historic town of Pilgrims Rest, steeped in rich heritage and charm. Afterward, we head to Graskop, where you’ll have the opportunity to treat yourselves to a delightful lunch at a venue of your choice, offering a variety of culinary delights at your own expense.

Continuing our panoramic journey, we make stops at the awe-inspiring God’s Window, offering breathtaking views of the Lowveld, followed by visits to Berlin Falls and Lisbon Falls, where the sheer beauty of nature unfolds in cascading waterfalls. The journey culminates at the iconic 3 Rondawels in the Blyde River Canyon, a geological marvel that mesmerizes with its striking rock formations.

As the day draws to a close, we arrive at the welcoming Forever Resort in the late afternoon. Here, you and your family will be accommodated in Chalets boasting two bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms, and a convenient small kitchen, ensuring comfort and convenience during your stay. The evening promises a culinary delight, as our skilled chef prepares a delicious dinner at your chalet, providing a relaxed and personalized dining experience for you and your loved ones.

Immerse yourselves in the natural wonders and cultural richness of Day 1, setting the tone for an unforgettable 14 Day Family Safari. Indulge in the panoramic beauty of the route, savor delectable meals, and unwind in the comfort of your chalet, as anticipation for the adventures ahead builds. This is just the beginning of a journey designed to create cherished memories for your family.

Meals Included: Dinner


Day 2: Swadini Dam Boat Cruise, Hoedspruit Reptile Centre, Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, and Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate

Prepare for an exhilarating Day 2 of your 14 Day Family Safari! The day begins with a hearty breakfast at the resort, ensuring you’re energized for a day filled with adventure.

We start the morning with a scenic boat cruise on Swadini Dam, situated at the end of the majestic Blyde River Canyon. This tranquil cruise offers breathtaking views and a chance to relax amidst nature’s splendor. Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of crocodiles and hippos in Swadini Dam, adding an exciting wildlife element to your cruise.

Next, we’ll visit the Hoedspruit Reptile Centre for an educational and interactive experience. Get up close to a variety of reptiles and learn about their fascinating behaviors and importance in the ecosystem. It’s a fantastic opportunity for both children and adults to expand their knowledge of wildlife.

After a morning of exploration, we’ll break for lunch at a local restaurant, where you can indulge in a variety of culinary delights (at your own expense). This leisurely lunch break allows you to unwind and savor the flavors of the region, soaking in the vibrant atmosphere of Hoedspruit.

Continuing our adventure, we’ll head to the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Here, you’ll have the unique opportunity to interact with orphaned and recovering wildlife, gaining insight into the rehabilitation process and the conservation efforts in the area. It’s a touching experience that highlights the importance of wildlife conservation.

As the day transitions into evening, we’ll settle into the lodge located in the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate. The lodge offers comfortable accommodations nestled in natural surroundings, providing a serene setting for a restful night after a day filled with exploration and wildlife encounters. Your family will have two rooms, one with a double bed for the adults and one with two single beds for the children, both with en suite bathrooms. The exact lodge will be confirmed closer to the booking date.

Day 2 promises a perfect blend of adventure, education, and relaxation, setting the stage for more remarkable experiences in the days to come.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3: Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park

Prepare for an unforgettable Day 3 of your 14 Day Family Safari! We start the day with a leisurely breakfast at the lodge, preparing you and your family for an exciting day ahead in Kruger National Park.

After breakfast, we embark on a thrilling adventure as you hop on an open safari vehicle, ready to explore the magnificent Kruger National Park. A short 1-hour drive takes us to the gates of Kruger National Park, South Africa’s premier National Park. We enter through Orpen Gate and begin our slow drive towards Satara Camp, immersing ourselves in the beauty of the African wilderness.

As we journey through the grasslands, keep your eyes peeled for the incredible wildlife that calls this iconic reserve home. The drive is full of wonders, with opportunities to spot the Big Five and a variety of other fascinating wildlife species. Our experienced guides will share their knowledge of the area, enhancing your safari experience.

Arriving at Satara Rest Camp just before sunset, families can relax in cozy rondawels, featuring two single beds, air conditioning, and en-suite bathrooms. The camp provides a comfortable and authentic safari experience, allowing you to connect with nature while enjoying modern amenities.

To conclude this eventful day, dinner is served by the rondawels, creating a cozy and intimate setting for your family. Our chef ensures a culinary experience that reflects the flavors of South Africa, allowing you to savor the day’s adventures while sharing the joy of the safari with your loved ones.

Day 3 encapsulates the essence of a Kruger safari—immersive wildlife experiences, relaxation in comfortable surroundings, and the joy of family moments amidst the beauty of the African wilderness.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 4: Kruger National Park – Satara Rest Camp

Get ready for an exciting Day 4 of your 14 Day Family Safari! This day promises exhilarating wildlife experiences that will leave you in awe.

Rise with the sun for a captivating morning safari, where we’ll focus on seeking out predators amidst the dynamic landscapes of Kruger National Park. The golden hues of sunrise set the stage for a memorable day of discovery.

After the morning safari, indulge in a delightful breakfast at a carefully chosen picnic spot, surrounded by the sounds of the bush. This serene interlude offers a moment to absorb the natural beauty of Kruger before returning to Satara Rest Camp for a period of rest and relaxation. The camp provides a tranquil setting, allowing families to unwind amidst the sights and sounds of the wilderness.

A sumptuous lunch at the camp rejuvenates the senses, providing nourishment for the adventures that lie ahead. As the day progresses, embark on an afternoon safari drive, traversing the park’s diverse ecosystems. Our expert guides lead the way, enhancing your chances of encountering a variety of wildlife in their natural habitat.

As the sun begins its descent, return to camp to witness the magical hues of the African sunset. The evening unfolds with the family enjoying an own-expense dinner at the camp’s restaurant, savoring delicious cuisine in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

But the adventure doesn’t end there! The night sky beckons, and the family is invited to partake in a unique nocturnal experience—a night drive to discover Kruger’s elusive nocturnal animals. Led by experienced guides, this after-dark safari adds a touch of enchantment to your exploration of the park, allowing you to witness the wonders of the night.

Day 4 encapsulates the diverse offerings of Kruger National Park, from sunrise safaris to tranquil moments at the camp and the magic of nocturnal discoveries. It’s a day designed to create lasting memories and deepen your connection with the incredible wilderness that surrounds you.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5: Kruger National Park – Satara to Skukuza Rest Camp

Day 5 of our 14 Day Family Safari is a day designed for the whole family to enjoy! We start the day with an early meet-up for coffee and hot chocolate, gearing up for a morning exploration of the open grasslands in Satara—a perfect spot to spot the majestic Cheetah. Our mission? To find one of these magnificent cats, so we’ll be on the lookout as we explore the landscape.

After the exciting morning drive, we head back to camp for a hearty breakfast, getting ready for the next part of our journey. The road to Skukuza, our next destination, is 90 kilometers long and offers plenty of chances to spot lions along the way. We’ll make stops at two iconic water points known for attracting a diverse array of animal species, setting the stage for some amazing wildlife encounters.

Arriving at Skukuza around 1 pm, we’ll drop you off by the picturesque Sabie River, where you and your family can enjoy an own-expense lunch at the camp restaurant.

Skukuza, the largest camp in Kruger and the park’s administrative capital, is a haven nestled along the banks of the famous Sabie River, surrounded by captivating riverine forest trees. Your accommodation for the night is the traditional African Rondawels, featuring twin beds, a private washroom with a shower and toilet, a ceiling fan, a fridge, air conditioning, and a small patio.

After lunch, take some time to relax and explore the camp’s abundant facilities. Whether your family fancies a refreshing swim in the pool, a visit to the Park Shop for unique souvenirs, or a leisurely stroll along the picturesque walkway by the Sabie River, the options are endless.

As the afternoon unfolds, we embark on another game drive in the Skukuza area, renowned for its lion sightings. With lion territories in the region, our goal is to locate the impressive pride of 20 members.

To cap off the day, enjoy a memorable dinner under the stars, served in our makeshift bush restaurant, creating an enchanting ambiance as you and your family savor the flavors of the African wilderness.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6: Kruger National Park and Hazyview Day Trip

Today promises to be an exciting and educational adventure for the whole family. We’ll start the day with a more relaxed approach, allowing you to enjoy a bit of extra sleep before embarking on a short morning safari. As we make our way to the western gate of Kruger, Phabeni Gate, keep your eyes peeled for sightings of elephants, buffaloes, and white rhinos, making this drive both leisurely and rewarding.

Exiting the park, we’ll travel a short distance to Hazyview, a charming town near Kruger National Park, where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy 2 exciting and interactive activities that are not only fun but also educational.

At the Elephant Sanctuary, you’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with orphaned elephants who have accepted humans into their daily lives. These sanctuaries play a crucial role in elephant conservation, serving as research centers to study elephant behavior and ensure the species’ survival for future generations. Activities at the sanctuary include feeding, washing, walking, and even touching these gentle giants.

After an exciting morning of exploration, we’ll enjoy an own-expense lunch in town before learning about the rich culture of the Shangaan Tribe at the Shangaan Cultural Village. Here, you’ll experience their unique traditions and way of life, offering insight into a culture deeply connected to the land and its wildlife.

We will then drive the short distance to the Greenfire Hazyview Lodge nestled in the Forests of the Sabie River valley. The Lodge has multiple rooms but will be reserved for your exclusive use. This afternoon you can enjoy some time by the swimming pool, you could also choose to relax at the lodge or we could go for a walk along the Sabie River.

Tonight we will serve Dinner at the lodge.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7: Hluhluwe (Hilltop Camp)

This morning, we will indulge in an early breakfast at the lodge before to our next amazing destination. We’ll journey through Zululand to our next destination, Hluhluwe, a magnificent park nestled in the mountains of Zululand. The area boasts sub-tropical surroundings with lush, green vegetation. Hluhluwe is renowned for being home to the Big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, Rhino, and elephant), as well as some rarer animals we may not have seen yet, such as Nyala and Wild Dog. The wildlife in the park is accustomed to safari vehicles, allowing for up-close encounters and amazing photo opportunities.

After a 450 km drive, we’ll arrive at the park in the afternoon, with a lunch stop en route. Our camp, situated high on top of the hill, overlooks the park, offering breathtaking views. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying the scenery. This evening, dinner will be served at the lodge restaurant. Tonight, you will be staying in a cottage high on top of the hill.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8: Imfolozi National Park

Prepare for another thrilling safari experience as we explore the Hluhluwe River valley in Imfolozi National Park. Keep your eyes peeled for the majestic white rhinos that roam these plains, offering you the chance for up-close encounters with these magnificent creatures.

After our morning safari, we’ll return to camp to pack up and transfer to our next destination, Mpila. The journey will take us approximately 2 hours, winding through the mountains. Along the way, we’ll make stops at the best viewpoints, allowing you to soak in the breathtaking scenery. A picnic lunch will be enjoyed amidst the beauty of the landscape, providing a moment of tranquility in the midst of our adventure.

This marks our last day in a Big 5 reserve, so we’ll make the most of it with one final game drive in the afternoon. It’s a chance to soak in the sights and sounds of Africa’s wildlife one more time before we continue our journey.

In the evening, we’ll gather for a traditional African barbecue, savoring the flavors of the bush under the starlit sky. As you drift off to sleep, the sounds of the wilderness will surround you, creating a truly immersive African experience.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 9: Durban (Indian Ocean)

Today marks our transition from the wildlife-rich landscapes of Imfolozi National Park to the coastal beauty of Durban. As we depart from Imfolozi National Park, we’ll journey through Zululand, traversing the very lands where King Shaka Zulu once ruled the Zulu kingdom. This historical region offers a glimpse into the rich heritage of the Zulu people and their legendary leader.

Continuing towards the coast, we’ll make a stop for an own-expense lunch, allowing you to savor the local flavors of the region.

Upon arrival in Durban, we’ll check into our beach cottage, situated just a few meters away from the sandy shores. The hotel/beach cottage offers easy access to the beach, which is safe for swimming and watched over by lifeguards. A tidal pool provides a protected area for swimming, ideal for families looking to enjoy the Indian Ocean’s warm waters. With temperatures ranging from around 20°C in winter to 24°C in summer, the Indian Ocean offers a delightful swimming experience year-round.

This afternoon, you and your family can relax and unwind on the beach, soaking up the sun and enjoying the coastal breeze. If weather permits, we can also arrange a visit to The Gateway, the largest shopping mall in the southern hemisphere, offering a variety of shopping and entertainment options.

In the evening, we’ll venture out for dinner at a restaurant of your choice. Your guide will suggest the best spot for you and your family to enjoy a delicious meal, ensuring a perfect end to a day of exploration and relaxation.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10: Durban (Indian Ocean)

Today offers a relaxed start, allowing you to recharge and soak in the beauty of Durban. Just before lunch, we’ll venture into Durban city for a day of exploration and discovery.

Our first stop will be the Golden Mile, Durban’s famous beachfront. Here, you can take a leisurely stroll along the promenade, soaking up the sun and sea breeze. At the end of the Golden Mile lies uShaka Marine World (Own Expense), a world-class marine theme park. Explore the aquarium, catch a thrilling dolphin show, witness the charm of a penguin parade, or even go snorkeling in one of the tropical tanks. Next to uShaka is a Wet and Wild park, offering a plethora of water slides and activities for all ages.

After uShaka, we’ll take you on a drive-by tour of the city, showcasing Durban’s vibrant culture and rich history. The tour concludes with a walk over the arch of the Moses Mabhida Stadium (Own Expense), offering panoramic views of the city and the Indian Ocean. Both uShaka and the stadium arch experiences are optional and at your own expense. Alternatively, you can choose to spend the entire day relaxing at the beach near our cottage, indulging in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

Tonight, you have the option to leave the children with us and enjoy a romantic dinner for two, savoring the flavors of Durban in a picturesque setting. Alternatively, you can opt for a family dinner, creating lasting memories together.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11: Drakensberg Mountains

Today marks our departure from the bustling city of Durban and the tranquil beaches of the Indian Ocean as we journey into the majestic Drakensberg Mountains. Our destination is the longest mountain range in Southern Africa, offering breathtaking vistas and unparalleled natural beauty. We’ll spend one night in the southern part of the range and two nights in the northern section, immersing ourselves in the rugged charm of this iconic mountain range.

Our journey today covers approximately 150 kilometers, taking us through the scenic Valley of a Thousand Hills. Along the way, we’ll pause to visit the stunning Howick Falls, a picturesque waterfall that cascades into the valley below, offering a moment of serenity amidst our travels.

Upon arrival at our destination, nestled under the towering cliffs of the southern Drakensberg, we’ll enjoy a hearty lunch before setting out on a guided walk. This leisurely stroll will take us along the river, through mountain forests, as we search for the wildlife that inhabits this area. Keep an eye out for birds, small mammals, and perhaps even a glimpse of the elusive mountain reedbuck.

As the day transitions into evening, we’ll gather around a roaring bonfire, sharing stories and laughter under the blanket of stars. Dinner will be a delightful affair, prepared with care and enjoyed in the open air, creating a memorable dining experience in the heart of the mountains. Tonight, you will be accommodated in a charming 4-bedroom, Dutch-styled mountain lodge, offering comfort and warmth amidst the rugged beauty of the Drakensberg.

Included Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 12: Drakensberg Mountains

Today, we bid farewell to the southern Drakensberg as we continue our journey further into this magnificent mountain range. Our route takes us on a leisurely and scenic drive along spectacular mountain roads and passes, offering breathtaking views at every turn. The drive to our next lodge in the northern Drakensberg is approximately 180 kilometers, allowing us ample time to soak in the beauty of our surroundings. Along the way, we’ll make a stop to visit a Bushman rock art gallery, providing insight into the ancient culture and artistry of the region. We’ll also pause at a local restaurant for an own-expense lunch, giving you the opportunity to savor the flavors of the area.

Arriving at the mountain resort in the early afternoon, we’ll settle into our accommodation and have lunch. The resort boasts a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy, including tennis, mountain biking, horse riding, bird watching, fishing, river tubing, and golf (own expense). Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation, the resort offers something for everyone.

The remainder of the afternoon is yours to enjoy at your own pace. Relax by the pool, explore the surroundings, or simply unwind in the comfort of your family cottage. Tonight, we’ll gather around the open fire to cook dinner, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere under the starlit African sky.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13: Drakensberg Mountains

Today is dedicated to immersing ourselves in the beauty and tranquility of the Drakensberg Mountains, making the most of our time in this stunning natural setting.

In the morning, we’ll embark on a leisurely hike in the area surrounding the resort. The hike will be tailored to be easy and enjoyable for children, allowing the whole family to appreciate the natural wonders of the Drakensberg. Along the way, we’ll stop for a picnic lunch, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the mountains. A refreshing swim in a cool mountain stream will provide the perfect break from our hike, allowing us to relax and cool off in the pristine waters.

Upon our return to the resort, you’ll have the option to relax or partake in one of the many activities available. You can choose to go for a horse ride, guided by experienced instructors who will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience along scenic horse trails. Alternatively, you can try your hand at trout fishing, explore the mountains on another hike, or enjoy a round of golf amidst the stunning mountain backdrop (own expense).

Tonight, we’ll come together for our last dinner cooked as a group, sharing stories and laughter under the vast African sky. After dinner, we’ll take some time to stargaze, guided by our knowledgeable hosts who will share insights about the southern hemisphere stars, adding a touch of magic to our evening.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 14: Johannesburg

As our 14-day family safari draws to a close, we bid farewell to the Drakensberg Mountains and begin our journey back to Johannesburg, where our adventure began. This final day offers a range of options for the remainder of your holiday, ensuring that your experience ends on a high note.

The drive back to Johannesburg is approximately 5 hours, covering a distance of about 400 kilometers. Along the way, we’ll stop for an own-expense lunch, allowing you to savor a final taste of South Africa’s culinary delights.

For those looking to extend their holiday, we recommend flying from Johannesburg to Cape Town, where you can enjoy four days at your own pace exploring this vibrant city. We can arrange transport to the airport on Day 14 for your flight, or you may choose to spend an additional night in Johannesburg before flying to Cape Town. Alternatively, if you have more time to spare, you can extend your tour by another 8 days and conclude in Cape Town. This extended tour will take you through the Eastern Cape and its reserves, along the Garden Route, and to the southern tip of Africa, offering a comprehensive exploration of South Africa’s diverse landscapes and attractions. Please feel free to enquire about this option if you’re interested.

As our journey together comes to an end, we hope that the memories created during our safari will stay with you for a lifetime. We thank you for choosing Wild Planet Safari for your family adventure and wish you safe travels on the rest of your journey.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Included/Excluded in this Safari

Included in this Safari…

*All transfers, airport or hotel
*Park fees
*All activities mentioned (unless clearly labelled as optional)
*Meals (as specified in the day-by-day description)
*All accommodation mentioned (unless clearly labelled as optional upgrade)
*Roundtrip airport transfer
*A professional driver/guide and assistant
*All transportation mentioned

Excluded in this Safari…

*No Flights are Included
*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)

We provide all children under 12 a 50% discount and under the age of 16 a 25% discount.

We will also provide a group discount if a tour is booked for 4 or more people. Please contact us for more info.

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