A family holiday South Africa can be incredibly rewarding as there’s always something for every age, so no one ever gets bored and it’s a new way of making sure family bickering whilst on holiday is minimal – put something fascinating in front of them and the focus is off their siblings. South Africa is currently booming thanks to the weak rand resulting in their luxury safari camps and lodges costing half the price of other parts of Africa. It can be expensive to take the whole family on safari so South Africa has become an affordable and attractive luxury option. In Madikwe and the North of South Africa, as well as Southern South Africa the areas are also malaria free which means the little ones can travel without having to take any strong anti malarial drugs. Jaci’s Lodge in Madikwe is a very popular spot for families and they recently wrote to us with an update on recent happenings there.
March has seen this family holiday destination in South Africa getting plenty of rain, which has banished the future dryness of winter to afar. The grass has been growing and everything looks lush and green. The dams and waterholes are all full which is important as Winter can be very punishing and when things start to really dry up everything suffers. The grand finale for the month of March at Jaci’s was a huge bush dinner for 86 wedding guests. This was magnificent and the guests were over the moon with the end result which was a magical night spent with friends under the twinkling African night. The setting was really an out of Africa one with the atmosphere one of joy and happiness for the new couple and elation at being in such an unusual spot for dinner.
Jaci’s is wild enough to appeal to those wanting a real off the beaten track safari and safe enough for those travelling with young children who want a hassle free worry free holiday in the bush, with excellent game viewing. The staff are all fully prepared to look after young children and many of the guides know exactly how to keep them all entertained.
Ideal for families who don’t want very long drives we have a vast range of new flying circuit options in and around Southern Africa but here’s one of our current favourites. For just £4,296 per person (less for a child under 12) (between May – Sept) you could begin with one night at the Luxury boutique hotel in Johannesburg, The Peech before heading off to Botswana.
Spend three nights at Mashatu Luxury Tented Camp including all meals and all activities – enjoy the Botswanan sunsets which are surely some of the best in the world and see a huge variety of game and birdlife. Family safaris at Mashatu are all about getting out into the bush in different ways, be in on horses, quads or on foot. Then fly by private charter directly into Sabi Sands for some exceptional game viewing near the Kruger, staying for four nights at the luxurious Kirkmans Camp in a cottage on an all inclusive basis before – this camp is ideal for children with space for the little ones in the room with you, or a neighbouring room for the terrible teens.
Taking anothing private transfer to Tanda Tula where you will also stay for the next four nights on an all inclusive basis. The range of game viewing options on this itinerary are unrivalled and this is one of the ultimate luxury South Africa Family Safari options at the moment. You will then fly back to Johannesburg in time to catch your flight home (which you won’t want to take!!)
Our South Africa family safari holidays are completely life changing and we go out of our way to make sure that we match the perfect luxury camps and lodges to you and the wishes of your family. We are in South Africa regularly throughout the year and always go out of our way to ensure we have seen every new property, and experienced every off the beaten track excursion there is – in turn this means that you will return from your family safari holiday in South Africa with some unique and magical tales which you can guarantee no one will have heard before. Safari holidays in South Africa are incredibly varied as there are several different areas you can visit.
On a South Africa family safari holiday one should be careful not to overlook the lesser known areas which are often no so crowded, and still have exceptional game viewing. This is where a safari expert like ourselves comes in, since we can not only save you money but we can also help to organise a holiday which is completely seamless, without a hitch or glitch in sight. Madikwe in the North West of South Africa sits on the border of Botswana and is just magical and is malaria free, so perfect for those families with younger children – our MD recently travelled around Madikwe and was blown away by the exceptional game viewing (lion, elephant, buffalo, wild dog and rhino every day), but also by the quality of the lodges there.
Madikwe Hills was one of her favourites of her entire safari holiday – everything from the atmosphere to the quality of the staff and food was just perfect and you were made to feel right at home as soon as you arrived. The guides at Madikwe Hills were exceptional and really knew everything there was to know about the local flora and fauna. One thing that really struck Rose was the scenery in Madikwe – it is so striking and never fails to really amaze one with the purple mountains in the distance.
A South Africa family safari holiday will then often travel down to the Sabi Sands area near to the Kruger – this is perhaps the most famous safari area of South Africa since it has become famous for being the best place in Africa to see leopard, and it really doesn’t disappoint, you can almost guarantee you’ll see leopard every day. But there are also numerous game reserves in this area that are lesser known and offer amazing game viewing. Timbavati for instance is just heaven and really does offer guests the chance to get off the beaten track and into areas which are full of game but hardly any vehicles.
Garonga is based in Makalali and is heaven – this is wild South Africa at it’s best and this intimate camp is very relaxing. The game here is great and you can also sleep out under the stars, enjoy romantic and fun bush baths and take microlight flights over the reserve. The staff are fun and relaxed but very efficient and always look after your every need. So there are always properties which are slightly lesser known which are definitely worth looking into, nothing is too much trouble for our team and we are always on hand to help you with first hand information, the best rates and special offers. For a family safari at Garonga, why not take Little Garonga on exclusive use!