How to Organise the Perfect Family Safari

Going on a family safari can and should be an amazing experience. It will hopefully go down as one of the best family holidays that you have been on.   However, there are also a lot of things that could go wrong and mistakes that you should try and avoid so that your holiday does not end in a disaster or memory that you would rather forget.

The first thing is to make sure you book with an established tour operator and although it is tempting, going for the best ‘deal’ is not always the option.   Be very careful who you trust to plan your holiday for you as this is vital to success.   A good tour operator will know exactly where to place you, when to go and they will have been to the properties they are suggesting.

The enjoyment of your trip can often depend on the time of year.  If it is important to you to have hours and hours of sunshine your tour operator will ensure that this is a facet of the itinerary.  Seasons will have a strong influence on where you are travelling.    As many parents will agree, a happy medium is usually best, standing in rain all day, being boiling hot or freezing cold is no fun for the individual traveller, let alone those with children in tow.
Of course, your choice of camp is also important, going to a child friendly camp or lodge is very important, guides will specifically be experience in catering for children, knowing how to interact with them so that they get the best out of their safari.  Guides can help children learn about the world in a fun way.  Additionally child friendly camps and lodges often have separate catering for children and babying sitting services, there are also plenty of ‘non-safari’  activities for them also, such as arts and crafts, baking and nature trails around camp, and often there is a camp swimming pool.   Being realistic when selecting your camp is important although staying at a very remote small camp might sound adventurous, it is not for everyone and  children might become bored if there are not facilities specifically for them.  Obviously, everything depends on what your children and you as a family prefer, and a good tour operator will be advise you on a selection of properties.
Additionally with children it may be more acceptable for you as a family to choose a Malaria Free destination to save any concerns over taking anti-malarial tablets.   A safari in South Africa might be the best option for young children as there are many attractions in Cape Town and the Garden Route and also a few Malaria Free Game Reserves in which to enjoy a few days on safari.

Once the skeleton of the itinerary is set, the next questions usually arise regarding what activities to do when, especially when visiting South Africa with its many attractions.  Ultimately the best advice here, is to not rush into booking tours and trips, but rather than to reflect and research and to ask your operator for assistance.  Opulent Africa are able to suggest all sorts of tours and activities that can either be booked prior to departure or one arrival through your hotel or lodge.

South Africa now the World Cup dust has settled.

With the World Cup now come and gone, I think few people – South Africans included – understood the full implications of what an event of this size meant to the country – and the brand “South Africa”. In the months preceding the World Cup, South Africa was largely a building site, and any reference to the event was to do with high pricing and logistical complications. Now that it is over – and has been an overwhelming success – we can finally look back and assess the legacy of the World Cup, particularly from a tourism point of view.

The infrastructural benefits – while largely restricted to the large cities – are immediately apparent in the vastly improved road systems and airports, meaning access and transfer times have been improved.

The largest impact I feel from our point of view is the successful implantation of the high speed train (Gautrain) from OR Tambo International in Johannesburg to Sandton (Pretoria will be completed as part of phase 2). Launched days before the World Cup, it covers the distance in 12 minutes in fast, world class comfort and arrives in the heart of Johannesburg’s tourist areas. New hotels have sprung up to service the Gautrain stations, and it is going to change the way we sell the city, as previously many clients opted for airport hotels to beat the notorious Johannesburg traffic. Now the best restaurants, outdoor squares and shopping are within an easy ride. We will be sending out comprehensive info in the next few weeks on this – how we will include Gautrain tickets for clients, how transfers to hotels will work and feedback on the plethora of new hotels that have opened in the Sandton/Rosebank areas.

Durban too has seen a remarkable resurgence during the World Cup period, driven primarily by its iconic stadium a stone’s throw from the beach, and a R350 million beachfront boulevard, running for 5 kms from harbour side restaurants, along the best beaches the city has to offer and passing restaurants and bars en route, all the way to the stadium. With no less than 6 boutique hotels opened in the last 4 months, it also has opened the door for more creative hotel offerings which were sorely lacking in the past. Again – watch out for our comprehensive Durban mail out in the weeks to follow.

The World Cup has monopolised the tourism industry in South Africa for over a year and has absorbed much time and energies. With it behind us, we can now anticipate the benefits of the improved facilities,  transport links and ultimately the exposure of South Africa as a destination.

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A spectacular and affordable 10-night South African safari…

Experience the best of South Africa’s bush and seashore on this amazing 10-night/11-day itinerary – from the remote and scenic northern region of the Kruger National Park at Pafuri Camp (a baobab dotted landscape with spectacular wildlife and cultural sites seen on game drives and walks) to the endless white beaches of iSimangaliso Wetland Park at Rocktail Beach Camp (South Africa’s best beach experience with quiet sandy beaches, prolific marine life, diving, snorkelling and community visits) – with a night spent in the bustling cityscapes of Johannesburg in between.

Scheduled departure every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Monday departures:

  • 4 nights Pafuri Camp
  • 1 night TIntswalo at Waterfall or The Grace in Rosebank
  • 5 nights Rocktail Beach Camp

 

Wednesday & Friday departures:

  • 5 nights Pafuri Camp
  • 1 night Tintswalo at Waterfall or The Grace in Rosebank
  • 4 nights Rocktail Beach Camp

 

The price of the featured itinerary is from £1,820 per person sharing. Opulent Africa standard booking terms and conditions apply. Accommodation subject to availability at time of booking.

Monday departures

Day 1

Road transfer from OR Tambo International Airport to Lanseria Airport. Scheduled light aircraft transfer from Lanseria Airport to Pafuri Camp.

Accommodation: 4 x nights @ Pafuri Camp (FB).

Days 2 – 4

Daily scheduled activities at Pafuri Camp (FB).

Day 5

Scheduled light aircraft transfer from Pafuri Camp to Lanseria Airport. Road transfer to either Tintswalo at Waterfall or The Grace Hotel in Rosebank. Accommodation: 1 x night @ either Tintswalo at Waterfall or The Grace Hotel in

Rosebank (BB).

Day 6

Road transfer from either Tintswalo at Waterfall or The Grace Hotel in Rosebank to OR Tambo International Airport.

Road transfer from Richard’s Bay Airport to Rocktail Beach Camp. Accommodation: 5 x nights @ Rocktail Beach Camp (DBB).

Days 7 -10

Daily scheduled activities at Rocktail Beach Camp (DBB).

Day 11

Depart Rocktail Beach Camp under your own arrangements.

Wednesday & Friday departures:

Day 1

Road transfer from OR Tambo International Airport to Lanseria Airport. Scheduled light aircraft transfer from Lanseria Airport to Pafuri Camp.

Accommodation: 5 x nights @ Pafuri Camp (FB).

Days 2 – 5

Daily scheduled activities at Pafuri Camp (FB).

Day 6

Scheduled light aircraft transfer from Pafuri Camp to Lanseria Airport. Road transfer to either Tintswalo at Waterfall OR The Grace Hotel in

Rosebank. Accommodation: 1 x night @ either Tintswalo at Waterfall or The Grace Hotel in Rosebank (BB).

Day 7

Road transfer from either Tintswalo at Waterfall or The Grace Hotel in Rosebank to OR Tambo International Airport.

Road transfer from Richards Bay Airport to Rocktail Beach Camp. Accommodation: 4 x nights @ Rocktail Beach Camp (DBB).

Days 8 -10

Daily scheduled activities at Rocktail Beach Camp (DBB).

Day 11

Depart Rocktail Beach Camp under your own arrangements.
 

General Inclusions:

• Road transfer from OR Tambo International Airport to Lanseria Airport.

• Return scheduled light aircraft transfer: Lanseria Airport – Pafuri Camp – Lanseria Airport.

• All accommodation on a shared basis.

• All meals at Pafuri Camp, Breakfast at Tintswalo at Waterfall OR at The Grace in Rosebank; Dinner & Breakfast at Rocktail Beach Camp.

• Scheduled twice daily lodge activities at Pafuri Camp as well as Rocktail Beach Camp.

• Road transfers from Lanseria to Tintswalo at Waterfall OR The Grace in Rosebank.

• Road transfers from Tintswalo at Waterfall OR The Grace in Rosebank to OR Tambo International Airport.

• Road transfer from Richard’s Bay Airport to Rocktail Beach Camp (one way).

• Relevant park fees.

• Accommodation taxes, the applicable Tourism Levies and all relevant Value Added Tax (VAT).

General Exclusions:

• Any other meals not specified.

• All drinks, laundry and porterage.

• Any tours/excursions which are not standard daily lodge activities.

• Scheduled flights, airport taxes and related tickets between Johannesburg – Richards Bay – Johannesburg.

• Onward road or air transfer from Rocktail Beach Camp.

• Cancellation, baggage and medical insurance.

• Staff gratuities.

• Any new Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control.

• Visa fees where relevant.

• Any items of personal nature.

• Luggage is restricted to 20 kg per person (maximum in a soft bag/s including camera equipment and hand

luggage). If these limits above are exceeded, the excess luggage can be held (or forwarded to the point of exit) for your flight out at the end of the safari. Kindly note that the additional cost incurred will be for your account.