Family Safari in South Africa
Experience a luxury African safari with your children on a 12-day family safari in South Africa. Visit Cape Town and two malaria-free safari destinations.
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About this trip
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, our travel experts have crafted the perfect family vacation in Africa, best enjoyed with your loved ones. Expect malaria-free safari destinations, properties with specialized Kids Programmes and a vacation that caters to every member of the family. Start your journey in Cape Town, consecutively voted as one of the best cities in the world, to introduce your children to the vibrant diversity of people, cultures, cuisine, and terrain of the city. Continue your journey in Marakele National Park at Marataba Safari Lodge, voted as one of the Top 20 Resorts in Africa in the 2019 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. Here, your family will enjoy game drives in search of the Big Five and have the opportunity to encounter the world’s largest colony of endangered Cape vultures. Next up, travel to Madikwe Game Reserve for your family safari experience at Molori Safari Lodge, one of the most exclusive lodges in the area. Enjoy game drives and bush walks, culinary classes, wellness experiences, fishing and the excitement of the Molori Hide, where you can observe wildlife congregate at the watering hole from the comfort of an eye-level, secure, room. End of your family vacation in Africa with one night spent at AtholPlace Hotel and Villa in Johannesburg before your journey home.
Price based on 2 adults sharing.
Your day-to-day- breakdown of this trip
Day one – five
Arrive Cape Town, South Africa
Your family vacation in Africa starts on arrival at Cape Town International Airport. A Ker & Downey® Africa representative will welcome and transfer you to One&Only Cape Town located in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Check-in to your Marina Table Mountain Room and familiarise yourself with all of the offerings at your hotel. From dining experiences at Nobu, Matsuhisa or Reuben Riffel and wine tastings at the Wine Loft, to sophisticated wellness experiences for yourself and KidsOnly Club experiences for your children, the entire family will be catered to. The remainder of your time can be used for day tours to Cape Point, Bo-Kaap, Boulders Beach, Table Mountain, and Kirstenbosch Gardens, to name only a few.
Being within close proximity to the Waterfront, your children can also enjoy a visit to Two Ocean’s Aquarium, a boat ride on the canals or a movie night at the local cinema.
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Day five – eight
Transfer to Marakele National Park
After breakfast, catch your private road transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Johannesburg’s Lanseria Airport. Continue your journey to Marakele National Park on a charter flight to Marataba, a 23,000-hectare private concession home to Africa’s Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. On arrival, a lodge representative will collect your family and transfer you to Marataba Safari Lodge. Expect luxurious canvas-and-stone tented suites with private decks, indoor and outdoor showers and free-standing stone baths. All meals and twice-daily game drives are included in your stay while other exciting activities offered are hiking, sunset river excursions and private family dinners.
Disconnect from technology and reconnect with your family during your stay at Marataba.
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Day eight – eleven
Transfer to Madikwe Game Reserve
The next leg of your family safari continues at Madikwe Game Reserve. After breakfast, prepare for your transfer to the airstrip for your charter flight to Madikwe Game Reserve. On arrival, a lodge representative will transfer your family and welcome you to the exclusive Molori Safari Lodge. Molori Safari is situated deep within the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa’s North West Province, bordering Botswana. The secluded lodge offers absolute privacy while taking in breathtaking views of the Dwarsberg Mountains and the expansive Madikwe valley. At 75 000 hectares, Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa’s fifth-largest Big Five Game Reserve but offers so much more than the Big Five.
Madikwe is home to the Super Seven, which includes all Big Five species as well as cheetah and wild dog. There are an estimated 400 wild dogs still surviving in South Africa and a large concentration of these are thriving in the Madikwe habitat. The reserve is also home to some 350 recorded bird species.
Where you’ll stay: Molori Safari Lodge
Molori Safari is situated within the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa. The secluded lodge offers absolute privacy while taking in breathtaking views of the Dwarsberg Mountains and the expansive Madikwe valley. At 75 000 hectares, Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa’s fifth-largest Big Five Game Reserve.
The highlight of your stay at Molori will be the wildlife sightings on your morning and afternoon game drives. The Molori Hide and Whiskey bar is the perfect place to relax and capture wildlife photos. Other experiences include wellness treatments at the Molori Safari Spa, culinary classes, fishing and the Junior Rangers Club for children.
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Day eleven – twelve
Transfer to Johannesburg
This morning, enjoy your last morning game drive and breakfast with your family, before preparing for your departure to Johannesburg. You will catch a charter flight to Johannesburg O.R Tambo International Airport where you will be welcomed by a Ker & Downey® Africa representative. Enjoy a private road transfer to your home for the night, AtholPlace Hotel & Villas, a proud Relais & Chateaux member. This family-friendly boutique hotel is located only a short distance from the commercial centre of Sandton should you wish to do some last-minute shopping. Alternatively, enjoy the property at leisure next to the swimming pool or at the AtholPlace Restaurant.
Where you’ll stay: AtholPlace Hotel & Villas
AtholPlace Hotel & Villas is a proud Relais & Chateaux member with nine stylish suites. This family-friendly boutique hotel is located only a short distance from the commercial centre of Sandton in Johannesburg and also features a 4-bedroom villa for exclusive-use.
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Enjoy your last breakfast in Africa before preparing for your departure to O.R Tambo International Airport and your onward flight home.