If your little ones love The Lion King, or are just general wildlife fanatics, taking them on safari will make all of their dreams come true. Couple that with some beach fun and a little bit of adventure and you've got the ultimate eight day family trip to South Africa. Don't worry - Mum and Dad will love it too!
Depart from the UK on an overnight flight to Port Elizabeth, connecting through Johannesburg on route.
You'll want to spend the majority of your time out on safari, spotting the Big Five as they run wild around the beautiful Eastern Cape bushlands.
There are twice daily game drives from your lodge, in the early morning and evening to make the most of the time the animals are most active. With both a ranger and a tracker on hand to locate the best spots, you're sure to see some incredible wildlife that both you and the children will absolutely love. In between the game drives there are a huge number of activities to keep all the family entertained. The 'Bugs & Bones' walk with a ranger teaches little ones about this diverse region by getting them searching for insects and bones. The reserve-wide scavenger hunt is also a big hit and has families searching for clues and marking up a map to find 'treasure', which is then used for a fun group activity such as fire making. Then there are also a number of art and craft style activities that can be done with a childminder inside the lodge, while mum and dad get a much needed massage on the deck. As for dinners, the opportunity to learn how to cook the perfect South African braai (bbq) while out in the wilderness should have Dad thrilled, and even the fussiest eaters will be appeased with DIY pizza making and animal shaped crumpets.
Sadly it's time to say goodbye to the wonderful wilderness today. So pile the family into the car and hit the road for a four hour drive west, along the coast to Plettenberg Bay.
Since you'll be hugging the coast virtually all the way, there are a great number of little seaside towns to stop in, whether for lunch, a walk or just a quick toilet break. We think Jeffreys Bay is a particularly cute town for a lunch stop, which handily marks just over half way on your journey. Explore its quaint high-street and beautiful beaches, before continuing your journey west.
If you would like to book the exact itinerary mentioned above, with economy flights, during mid-season and staying in our preferred room category at our preferred hotels.
If you would like to pare back the above itinerary by travelling at non-peak times, staying in a standard room and removing some or all of the guided activities.
If you are looking for something extra special and would like to add business or first class flights, stay in top room categories at some of the most luxurious hotels we work with, and add more activities and guiding.
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