10 Days Southern Africa wild adventure

Detailed safari program

From hiking Table Mountain and visiting the penguins of Boulders Beach in Cape Town, to spotting leopards in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, or waking up with lions roaring in the Kruger National Park. To cap off the ultimate family adventure, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Victoria Falls, also known as the “Smoke that Thunders”.

Tour Plan

Day 1: Cape Town

Upon arrival in Cape Town, your family will be welcomed by a member from our team who will drive you to the Mount Nelson, a Belmond Hotel, Cape Town, where you will spend the next three nights. As you drive toward the city, your view from afar will be Table Mountain, one of the most spiritual places on earth, with two oceans and the beautiful city of Cape Town at its feet. The ultimate family destination, Cape Town boasts more than its fair share of magnificent natural beauty, cultural marvels and historical sites. Quintessentially modern and cosmopolitan, it is home to gourmet restaurants, trendy nightlife and a thriving café culture, combined with natural wonders ranging from miles and miles of beautiful beaches to the renowned Cape Winelands and iconic Table Mountain. Over the next couple of days your family can choose from a number of activities and attractions to experience together (some at an additional cost), including a visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium, or a boat trip to Seal Island, a hike up Table Mountain, a trip on the Cape Wheel, or even a ride on a pirate ship!

Day 2: Cape Town and the Winelands

Today, enjoy a full day Winelands Tour, tailored to suit any preference, including a wide variety of child-friendly wine farms and fun activities in Stellenbosch, South Africa’s second oldest town, or in the historic valley of Constantia. Within the university town of Stellenbosch, you will view classic 17th and 18th century Cape Style architecture, explore the revered museum and discover the many galleries and boutiques along tree-lined streets. Kids will love the exciting new Tree House at Boschendal, where ‘free range children’ learn all about farm life, or at Spier, where there’s a host of family-friendly activities, including Segway vineyard tours and the popular Eagle Encounter where youngsters can get up close to South Africa’s biggest birds of prey, as well as snakes and lizards. Within Constantia lies vineyards that cling to the slopes of the Constantiaberg promising world-renowned sauvignon blancs, semillons and chardonnays from the Steenberg, Constantia Uitsig and Buitenverwachting estates. Here kids can enjoy a delicious chocolate tasting, and most wine farms have their own kids menus and jungle gyms to entertain them. For laps of fun, the Bike Park at Constantia Uitsig offers mini- and macho-cyclists 2.8km of tracks to explore. The new Heritage Market, is a selection of artisanal shops (including slow-churned ice cream) that can be found in a row of quaint cottages, every day of the week.

Day 3: Cape Town

Explore the Cape Peninsula with the family on a half-day tour, and feel the warm sands on Clifton’s secluded beaches or visit a trendy café in Camps Bay. Explore the stunning Atlantic Seaboard, the village of Hout Bay and Chapman’s Peak, one of the most magnificent marine drives in the world. The kids will love searching for gems at the scratch patch in Simon’s Town and the quirky penguins of Boulder’s Beach, the only place in the world where one can get up close to African Penguins. Next, head to the Cape Point Lighthouse, an important icon of the Cape Peninsula, and end the day at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world. Another half-day tour option is a private city tour of Cape Town. Steeped in history, iconic landmarks and contemporary euro-centricity, Cape Town is simply spectacular. A fusion of landscapes, culture and cuisine, this world-renowned city is a popular destination, and it is easy to see why. Ascend the iconic Table Mountain in a cable car that promises unparalleled views of the city below, the kids will love this, where the sparkling ocean and rugged mountain backdrop truly astonishes. Visit Clifton, the affluent suburb of Cape Town boasting some of the most expensive real estate in South Africa, Greenmarket Square for some retail therapy, stroll through Company Gardens, and explore the haunted Castle – such fun! Choose to visit Cape Town’s colourful Malay quarter, the Bo-Kaap, and end your journey in dazzling fashion with an exclusive diamond tour.

Day 4: Kruger National Park

Today you will head to safari destination on your scheduled flight. The magic of Africa comes alive in the elegant &BEYOND Ngala Safari Lodge, a timeless safari lodge ideally positioned, on a private concession, inside the highly acclaimed Kruger National Park. &BEYOND Ngala Safari Lodge is the ideal family lodge, with three family cottages, a Family Suite, and a dedicated WILDchild programme which is filled with fun, interactive activities that offer kids the opportunity to leave with treasured memories of the African bush. Enjoy twice-daily game drives led by expert &BEYOND-trained ranger and tracker teams, that ensure sensitive off-roading practices to allow close-up game sightings of elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion, leopard, spotted hyena, giraffe and so much more. The kids will love ticking off their animal checklists. Younger children will be allowed on the game vehicle at the discretion of the game ranger. However, we highly recommend booking a private safari vehicle (subject to availability) for your family, which ensures your safaris are tailored to the needs of your family.

Day 5: Kruger National Park

Explore the reserve on foot, and learn how to track, seeing how close you can come to smaller game like impala or nyala antelope without them being aware of your presence, a fabulous family adventure. Undoubtedly a highlight on any tour to South Africa, a community trip offers a wonderful opportunity to engage with the enchanting communities surrounding &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve. If the kids are up for it, experience Africa under a blanket of stars in the luxurious Ngala Treehouse, a remote, yet safe retreat in the middle of the reserve, far from Wi-Fi and artificial light. The treehouse features two sleep levels including a covered and weatherproof space with a king-size bed, hot running shower and flushing toilets. Completely off the grid, this treehouse promises luxury and comfort while offering the most exclusive wilderness experience. Experience the rare opportunity to participate in a rhino notching experience at &Beyond’s Ngala Private Game Reserve. Witness the darting of a rhino and assist the veterinary team in tagging the sleeping rhino’s ear for research and security monitoring, before releasing it back into the wild (available at an additional cost, and only if booked in advance)

Day 6: Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Today you are headed to your next bush experience a world-class Big Five safari in one of the country’s most prestigious game reserves. & Beyond Kirkman’s Kamp, with its spectacular views of the unspoiled wilderness, is regarded as one of the best loved lodges in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and places to see leopard. It is a well-known historic camp, originally built in the early 1920’s, and celebrates the atmosphere of an early South African lowveld homestead. Enjoy twice-daily game drives in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, one of the most prestigious wildlife sanctuaries in the world, with unfenced borders neighbouring the Kruger National Park. In addition to incredible leopard viewing, and the famous Big Five, discover a vast variety of plant and animal species that share the land with the Kruger National Park. Encounter a few of the over 500 bird species, 145 animal species, 110 reptile species and 45 fish species, that call this vast landscape home.

Day 7: Sabi Sand Game Reserve

A wonderful family excursion is a nature walk, offering an opportunity to connect with the African bush, interacting with all its inhabitants, from largest to smallest. Embark on an adventure where your feet tread in the tracks of zebra and buffalo, your nostrils fill with the scent of crushed wild grasses and you push through the brush and all six senses re-awake as Africa touches you and you touch Africa. The kids will love exploring the smaller marvels of the bush, from the magnificent tapestry of a spider’s web to the microscopic world of the dung beetle. A heartwarming opportunity is a visit to the local communities. There is no better way to get a glimpse into real African life and see their challenges, hopes and dreams. An incredibly educational and inspiring excursion and a beautiful gift to give your children.

Day 8: Victoria Falls

Today you are headed to the magnificent Victoria Falls. It is mostly a travel day, but it will all be worth it when you arrive at the beautiful Victoria Falls River Lodge, where you will spend the next 2 nights in a Luxury Family Suite. Tucked into the banks of the Zambezi River, the lodge is close enough to the magnificent Victoria Falls to see the spray in the distance and yet secluded in a remote corner of Zambezi National Park. Boasting panoramic views of African sunsets, the luxury tents are set right on banks of the river and feature a comfortable sitting area, as well as a private viewing deck ideal for watching the hippo wallow in the river. For the ultimate Victoria Falls safari experience, enjoy two game drives that explore the 150,000 acres that make up the Zambezi National Park. Junior Discoverer Game Drives are available to children aged 4 – 7 who are accompanied by at least one parent. For the more active, Victoria Falls River Lodge offers walking trails (for guests 12 years – with parental supervision – and older) into the Zambezi National Park.

Day 9: Victoria Falls

The family will love the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of explorers of old as you make the pilgrimage to wonder at the beauty and power of Victoria Falls, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. Be captivated by the thunder and spray of the falls as you set off to explore this magnificent World Heritage Site… don’t forget your raincoats! Immerse yourself in the lush rainforest that has sprung up around the falls as you make your way along the scenic foot paths on a Tour of the Falls. For the brave, experience Victoria Falls from a unique perspective as you gaze on unparalleled scenery from above on a scenic helicopter flip that promises unsurpassed views. The renowned ‘Flight of Angels’ tour offers outstanding photographic opportunities, with unobstructed views for all passengers (at an additional cost). Feeling intrepid? With names like Judgement Day, The Terminator and Stairway to Heaven, the rapids on the mighty Zambezi River are guaranteed to offer one of the greatest white water rafting experiences on the planet. Other adventure activities for adults or older children include canopy tours, bungee jumping, bridge walks and daring gorge activities.

Day 10: Victoria Falls

Today, you will be collected from the lodge and driven to Victoria Falls International Airport for your scheduled flight to OR Tambo International Airport in time for your onward arrangements. Wave a fond farewell as your unforgettable family adventure comes to an end.

Included

  • Park fees(For non-residents)
  • All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks(As specified in the day-by-day section)

Excluded

  • International flights(From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

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