Duration
11 Nights
For Kids
From 10 to 18 years
Travel
Multiple departure dates in 2019 & 2020
Destination
South Africa

Travel through South Africa and Swaziland, combining cultural and wildlife experiences. The tour starts with an introduction to South Africa’s most famous township, Soweto, before heading out into the wilderness. Once on the road you’ll stop at a Zulu village and experience activities such as hiking, kayaking and rafting before arriving at Kruger National Park for unbelievable wildlife watching.


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Camp at Kruger National Park under the African night sky & a Zulu village tour introduces you and your family to a fascinating tribal culture
  • Experience a fully equipped Overland truck for transportation and game drives 
  • Enjoy 28 meals and 6 nights camping with tents and sleeping mats provided 

HOLIDAY INCLUDES

A fully equipped Overland truck for transportation and game drives
28 meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 10 dinners
All road taxes and tolls
3 nights Hotel, 6 nights Camping with basic facilities & 2 nights Permanent tents with facilities
Soweto Cycle Tour
Zulu Village Visit
Kosi Bay – Kayaking
Panorama Route – Bourkes Luck Potholes

TRAVEL DATES

Departure dates in 2019:

  • Mar: 31
  • Jun: 30
  • Jul: 06, 07
  • Aug: 04, 09, 11
  • Oct: 20
  • Dec: 22, 29

Departure dates in 2020:

  • Jun: 27, 28
  • Jul: 04, 05, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
  • Aug: 01, 02
  • Dec: 27

ITINERARY 

  • Day 1: Johannesburg  
  • Day 2: Hluhluwe Game Reserve / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
  • Day 3: Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
  • Day 4: Kozi Bay / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 5: Kozi Bay / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 6: Hlane National Park  / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 7: Hlane National Park  / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
  • Day 8: Kruger National Park / Meals: Breakfasts and Dinner
  • Day 9: Kruger National Park / Meals: Breakfasts and Dinner
  • Day 10: Blyde River Canyon / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 11: Blyde River Canyon / Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Day 12: Johannesburg / Meals: Breakfast 

For full itinerary information CLICK HERE 


MAP


HOTELS

  • Johannesburg: Rivonia Lodge or similar
  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park: Wildebees Eco Lodge or similar
  • Kozi Bay: Kosi Bay Lodge or similar
  • Hlane National Park: Hlane Royal National Park or similar
  • Kruger National Park: Skukuza campsite or similar
  • Blyde River Canyon: Mogodi Lodge or similar

WHY BOOK WITH FAMILY TRAVEL?

At Family Travel, we have a passion for helping families all over Australia create meaningful and memorable experiences. Whether you’re a band of avid campers, adventure-seekers, or if you prefer a little luxury, we’re driven to make your holiday dreams come true. With over 20 years of travel experience, you can be sure we can create the right holiday for your family. Can’t find what you’re looking for on our site? Call us on 1300 404 100 and one of our accredited family travel specialists can create an incredible family holiday package for you.

The Family Travel 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back

 


FINE PRINT 

  • Valid for travel: Multiple dates in 2019 & 2020
  • Advertised Per Adult & Per Child prices are based on a package for 2 adult & 2 children package departing on 31 Mar 2019
  • Subject to availability at time of booking for new bookings only.
  • All prices are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Valid for sales unless sold out prior.
  • Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.
  • Minimum age for children on this trip is 10 years old.
  • A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children under 17 years of age at time of travel.
  • Start/Finish time: This trip starts at noon on Day 1 and ends at approximately 3pm on day 12 at Johannesburg international airport. Please do not book any flights until after 8pm.
  • Entry Requirements – Travelling with Children: Parents need to produce an original unabridged birth certificate if they are travelling with children. This regulation has been put in place to protect children from being abducted, kidnapped and trafficked. The Department of Home Affairs has urged all parents to apply for unabridged certificates for their children. Additionally, further documentation including permission to travel, may be required if only one parent is travelling. These are requirements of the immigration regulation 6 (12)(a) for parents travelling with children. More information can be found here: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/civic-services/traveling-with-children
  • A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information.
  • PACKING NOTE: you will need to bring your own sleeping bag, pillow and towel.
  • If you need to cancel your trip after travel has been confirmed, the travel operator may impose cancellation fees.
  • Travel insurance not included, customers are advised to purchase appropriate cover.
  • Family Travel Team members receive 10% off any travel insurance policy.
  • Once your Family Travel holiday has been purchased you will receive a voucher with full redemption details for you to book your travel.
  • If for any reason you are unable to book your preferred dates please refer to the Family Travel 30 Day Booking Guarantee to understand our refund policy.
  • When booking in your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names (as they appear on their passport), age of travellers and details of any special requirements you wish to highlight to the resort (e.g. vegetarian etc).
  • We recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed.
  • Excludes: international flights, visas, tipping (an entirely personal gesture), sleeping bag (please bring your own), optional activities

VISA INFORMATION

A visa gives a non-citizen permission to enter and stay in a certain country.

Family Travel cannot issue visas for your trip. You will need to research Visa requirements and contact the nearest embassy or consulate. Australian Government’s travel advice service smartraveller.gov.au is a good place to start.

Read more Visa information here.


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BEST FOR FAMILIES

DESTINATIONS

South Africa is definitely one of the easiest and safest African countries in which to travel with children. That puts its unforgettable cultural, wildlife and natural treasures within reach of families. Given the country’s sometimes turbulent history, though, an open mind is vital, as there are important lessons to be learned about social justice, the struggle for human rights and the need for animal conservation.

In Botswana and in Zimbabwe, your kids will encounter incredible natural scenery and wildlife they will never forget. In an over-connected world with all current and numerous telecommunications, your family will have the opportunity to discover the vibrant and beautiful natural and cultural heritage. Both countries will give you an unforgettable travel experience and an excellent mean to reconnect you with nature. 

 

TOUR 

This trip visits a great spread of Southern African game reserves, putting you and your family right in the midst of the mighty ‘Big Five’ game of Africa

Camp at Kruger National Park under the African night sky. Experience the sights and sounds of the wild, perhaps the roar of a lion as you and your family drift off to sleep

A Zulu village tour introduces you and your family to a fascinating tribal culture. You might learn about anything from spear-making and bone-throwing to dancing and basket-weaving

Beautifully lit by candles and parafin lanterns, your spacious campsite in Hlane National Park is just a stone’s throw from a floodlit waterhole frequented by elephants and rhinos

Enjoy a guided hike at Blyde River Canyon, where the spectacular colours and shades of Bourke’s Luck Potholes are a photographer’s dream

 

Read more about Africa…  CLICK HERE

1

Johannesburg

Sawubona! Welcome to South Africa. Your trip begins with a welcome meeting at 12 noon. Afterwards, head out on a 2 hour cycling tour of Soweto – an exciting opportunity to get an insight into contemporary life in South Africa. You will cycle to some of the most interesting historical sites around Soweto. Visit the formal migrant workers’ hostel and be introduced to conditions of male mine workers and meet the families that live here today. Cycle through the vibrant community of Meadowlands, and continue to the Hector Pieterson Memorial, the historical landmark of the 1976 student’s uprising, proceed to the famous Vilakazi street where Nelson Mandela used to live.

There will be the chance along the way to visit a market or shop to stock up on any supplies you might need for the next few days. There’s WiFi available at your accommodation (the first 30 minutes are free).

Note: If you do any exploring on your own today, be sure to get local advice on where it is and isn’t safe to walk, especially in the evening. The level of crime here may be higher than what you’re used to, and doing a bit of homework can significantly reduce the risk.


2

Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Today is a travelling day. Depart Johannesburg early this morning and travel into the heart of KwaZulu Natal (560km/350miles – approximately 9 hours). Here you will camp at an eco-lodge just 20 kilometres from Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park. The park is home to some amazing wildlife, including lions, elephants, leopards, giraffes, buffaloes and wild dogs. 

At our camp, you’ll have access to a fully stocked communal kitchen, gas stoves, kitchen utensils, a fridge and freezer, a braai (for grilling) and a campfire area. Camping guests are more than welcome to use the swimming pool, bar and restaurant in the lodge. There are also showers, wash basins and toilets available. With the group’s assistance, your crew will prepare meals, and the group will help with washing up. The tents are 2 x 2 metres across and 1.7 metres high.

Tomorrow we head out on a game drive.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


3

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Embark on an adventure through the oldest proclaimed game reserve in South Africa. While you’re here, you’ll have the chance to see some of the ‘Big Five’ game –  African elephant, black rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, African lion and African leopard. There will also be a good chance of spotting the white rhino, as Hluhluwe-Imfolozi has the largest population of these near-threatened creatures in the world. A series of conservation efforts has saved them from extinction and their population is once again on the rise. The park also boasts some 400 species of birds, including the African finfoot, bat hawk and white-backed night heron.

It is approximately a 40km drive from our overnight camp to the gate of the park. Leaving just after breakfast we spend the whole day in the park. With a picnic lunch along the way, the day will be full of animal watching.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 


4

Kozi Bay

Depart the game reserve in the morning and visit a Zulu village with a local community guide. Then, travelling northeast to the coast, visit the beautiful Kosi Bay Nature Reserve (160km/100miles – approximately 5 hours including time spent at activities). The location of the bay is amazing. On the one hand there is picturesque jungle with wild figa and monkey orange trees, and a grazing area for hippos; on the other, a mangrove and coral reef that’s teeming with aquatic life. Your accommodation, Kosi Bay Lodge, will be in comfortable log chalets. Enjoy a night under the stars as you relax around the campfire.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 


5

Kozi Bay

We have a full day ahead as we explore Kosi Bay by kayak. 

Kosi Bay is one of very few places on earth where five different species of mangrove trees are found in one area. It is particularly famous for the traditional Tsonga fish traps built to trap fish moving in and out of the estuary with the tide. The Tsonga people, who have made this land their home for more than 1,000 years, are experts in fish traps and the construction of fishkraal.

There is also the opportunity to snorkel over the coral reef in search of some colourful fish.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

6

Hlane National Park

Driving north, you will reach the small land-locked kingdom of Swaziland, and Hlane National Park (220kms/135miles – approximately 6 hours depending on border crossing). At some point today you’ll be able to visit a market or shop to buy anything you might need. A vast expanse of bushveld and its ancient hardwood trees make Hlane Royal National Park home to the largest wild herds in Swaziland. Your camp is spacious and has plenty of tree coverage, making for a nice spot to relax and be greeted by the odd inquisitive impala, warthog or nyala. If you’re feeling adventurous, book a guided mountain bike trail, bird walk or game drive and explore the greater Hlane area. In the absence of electricity in Ndlovu Camp, the area is romantically lit at night with candles and parafin lanterns. It’s also within easy reach of Ndlovu’s semi-open-air restaurant and floodlit waterhole. Hlane Activities Center, a braai/barbeque area (with firewood provided), communal kitchen, and hot showers are all available.

Optional Activities:

  • Hlane Royal National Park – Game Drive
  • Hlane Royal National Park – Bush Walk

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

7

Hlane National Park

Explore Hlane National Park on a game drive. This park used to be a private royal hunting ground, which gives you some idea of its calibre as a wildlife-viewing destination. It is Swaziland’s largest park, spanning an impressive 30,000 hectares. Landscape-wise, it’s a flat lowland area with some grasslands and shallow pans. There’s a great chance of catching sight of Wildebeest, zebra and impala, especially in the drier months. Notably, cheetahs were reintroduced to the park relatively recently. The park also has an abundant and diverse array of birdlife, boasting the highest density of nesting white-backed vultures in all of Africa. 

Optional Activities:

  • Hlane Royal National Park – Game Drive
  • Hlane Royal National Park – Bush Walk

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


8

Kruger National Park

Crossing back into South Africa, journey to Kruger National Park – one Africa’s very best wildlife arenas (130kms/80miles – approximately 4 hours). 

On arrival at the park we start our game drive as we head towards our overnight campsite. The game drive will be in the overland truck and takes approximately 3 hours before reaching camp to set up.

 Later on, there will be the option of a night drive with the park guide. This is a great chance to spot nocturnal animals and perhaps even a night-time predator or two – catch a lion or hyena out hunting, or perhaps an impala out in search of a late-night feed.

Optional Activities:

  • Kruger National Park – Night 4×4 Game Drive (from price)

MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner

9

Kruger National Park

Enjoy further explorations of Kruger. You will embark on a second game drive today, hopefully spotting some animals you didn’t cross off the list yesterday! One of the largest game reserves in Southern Africa, Kruger National Park boasts more than 500 bird species, 100 reptile species and 150 mammal species. The big five and the endangered African wild dog are no exceptions. Depending on the areas you visit, you’ll have the chance to see some exotic birds along the way, from the tiny bronze mannikin to the more conspicuous ostrich. Keep an eye to the sky where, if you’re lucky, a giant eagle owl or martial eagle might be soaring.

Today’s game drive will be in our overland truck and will be a full day in the park.

MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner

TO NOTE: On occasion, especially during the peak months and school holidays of May, June, July and December we are unable to secure campsites within the Kruger National Park. In this instance we will camp in a bordering camp ground.

10

Blyde River Canyon

Today we set off to visit parts of the Blyde River Canyon, including the three rondavels en route to Graskop (120kms/75miles – approximately 6 hours). One of South Africa’s most spectacular attractions, Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world, and probably the greenest. It’s an excellent place for walking. The sheer-sided walls of the canyon rise over 2,000 metres and the vegetation varies wildly, from dry rocky sections to rainforest, depending on the altitude. You will explore the stunning Bourke’s Luck Potholes, where shadowy rock formations take on different colours and shadings in the changing light. 

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

11

Blyde River Canyon

Enjoy a day of free time with your family. There are many activities on offer. You can choose to take a treetop canopy tour, or perhaps explore the countryside.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

12

Johannesburg

Enjoy a morning of free time before returning to Johannesburg (410km/255miles – approximately 7 hours). Your trip comes to an end upon arrival at Tambo International Airport in the afternoon (usually between 2pm and 4pm). If you prefer, we can also drop you at the original joining point location. Please advise your booking agent before you depart or your leader during your welcome meeting on day 1. Please do not book any onwards flights until after 8pm this evening.

MEALS: Breakfast

FLIGHT
  • From Sydney / Melbourne /Brisbane to Victoria Falls, flights are mainly operated by South African Airways and Qantas. 
  • From Johannesburg to Sydney, direct flights are operated by Qantas Airways. 
  • From Johannesburg to Melbourne / Brisbane, flights are mainly operated by South African Airways and Qantas. 

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TRANSFER

Family Travel can arrange transfers for you. CALL US ON 1300 404 100


WEATHER
 
In South Africa, climatic conditions generally range from Mediterranean in the southwestern corner of
the country to temperate in the interior plateau and subtropical in the northeast. Although located in the tropics, temperate conditions prevail all year round in Zimbabwe as the climate is moderated by altitude and the inland position of the country. Botswana has mainly a temperate climate with average temperatures of 30 degrees. 

VISA INFORMATION

A visa gives a non-citizen permission to enter and stay in a certain country.

Family Travel cannot issue visas for your trip. You will need to research Visa requirements and contact the nearest embassy or consulate. Australian Government’s travel advice service smartraveller.gov.au is a good place to start.

Read more Visa information here.


TRAVEL INSURANCE

  • Family Travel can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you.
  • Call us on 1300 404 606 and for a 10% discount.

What is included in the deal? 
Please refer to the ‘HOLIDAYS INCLUDES’ section. If you are unclear, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 404 100for more details.


Are there any health precautions or vaccinations that my family needs? 
We recommend you see your doctor at least eight weeks prior to travel for advice, and to allow time for any necessary vaccinations.


Can Family Travel organise my travel insurance? / Do I need a travel insurance?
We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. Family Travel can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you. Call us on 1300 404 100 and quote Family10 for a 10% discount.


Can I arrange my flights with Family Travel? 
We at Family Travel are fully licensed travel agents and are able to arrange flights to any destination. Call us on 1300 404 100 to get a personalised quote.


When will my booking be confirmed?
Once your Family Travel Voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by a member of the Family Travel Reservations team. Family Travel will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates. If for any reason we are unable to book you onto your preferred dates please refer to the Family Travel 30 Day Booking Guarantee to understand our refund policy. When booking into your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements. The Family Travel team will send an email to you confirming all of your booking information.

The Family Travel 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back

 


What is the cancellation procedure? / Can I cancel or make changes to my booking?
If for any reason you need to cancel, contact the Family Travel reservation team on 1300 404 100, and make sure you have your travel voucher number and traveller names on hand. Please be aware that the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, Family Travel will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee. Once we have received a variable request for cancellation, we request it be submitted in writing. Once received we will begin to process your cancellation. 


I haven’t received my Family Travel voucher yet. What do I do?

If you have not received your voucher within 24 hours contact Family Travel on 1300 404 100 and we will resend your voucher by email.


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