8 Day Kruger National Park Family Safari

8 Day Family Safari

On this 8 Day Family Safari, we take special care and consideration for both the parents and the young ones. The safari has been designed to accommodate everyone’s needs. We will not only visit the world famous Kruger National Park but also entertain young and old with exciting, informative and educational day trips such as the Reptile Park, Elephant Sanctuary, Shangaan Village tour, a wildlife rehabilitation centre, Jessica the Hippo and more. This will provide everyone an experience like no other whilst providing a lot of family fun.

The 8 Day Family Safari has so many highlights that it is hard to list them all. If you have a family, 8 days and a desire to enjoy an adventure like no other, then this is sure to be the safari for you. The 8 Day Family Safari starts in the far south of Kruger at a rest camp called Berg en Dal, this is the mountainous area of the park and we should enjoy many great wildlife encounters as well as some fantastic scenery.

We will then move north to the Savannah Bushveld area of Skukuza, here we will drive along the famous Sabie river in search of elephant herds and so much more, while we are in Skukuza we will take a break from searching for animals to take you and your family to the Elephant Sanctuary, where you can get up close and personal with the largest land mammal on the planet, we will also take you to the reptile sanctuary and the Shangaan Heritage Museum, this is a living museum that showcases the most interesting parts of the Shangaan culture and way of life.

The next stop is Satara, this is in the Savannah Grassland area of the park and is know to be the predator capital of Kruger, here we hope to find some big prides of lion and if we are extra luck some cheetah. While we are in this area we will take a break form the wildlife viewing to exit the park and visit some of the fascinating and exciting wildlife sanctuaries that border Kruger, we will take you to visit the endangered species centre where they having cheetah and wild dog breeding programs that reintroduce these amazing animals back into the wild. You will also get to visit the Moholoholo Rehabilitation centre for wildlife. Here you can get up close and personal with injured or orphaned animals.

The last stop on this busy but extremely exciting 8 Day Family Safari is the Blyde River Canyon. This is the Worlds 3rd largest canyon and the scenery here is amazing, we will spend the last night of the tour at a resort within the Blyde conservancy. On top of all this the safari is private, just for you and your family, if the youngest member of your family is over 6 years old then you will also have the option of an open or closed safari vehicle.

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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8 Day Family Safari
8 Day Family Safari
8 Day Family Safari

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.

In the 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 the afternoon 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.

*All transfers
*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)
*All accommodation
*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.

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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