This 12-night itinerary combines a malaria free family friendly safari adventure, incorporating 2 excellent lodges, with relaxation and watersports on a tropical beach in Mauritius. An exciting luxury family holiday.
Suggested family holiday itinerary
Overnight, direct flight to Johannesburg
Day 1 - 2
Drive to Madikwe Game Reserve (approx 4 hours, or private transfer/flight can be arranged at a supplement). Enjoy the excitement of seeking out the Big Five (Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo) at Dawn and Dusk in an open 4 x 4 vehicle, you may even get the chance to see a rare Wild Dog for which Madikwe is famous.
Day 3 - 5
Today drive to Ant’s Nest exclusive Bush Home (approx 3 – 4 hours) where you can experience a more ‘active’ family safari experience with all ages able to take part in Bush Walks and Horse Riding Safaris (as there is no dangerous game on site, but the Reserve is still home to giraffe, zebra and white rhino to name but a few! Facilities also include a big heated swimming pool and trampoline to keep children entertained or they can help the Rangers with their daily work around the Reserve in between the main activities.
Day 6 - 12
This morning leave early to drive or transfer back to Johannesburg Airport in time to connect with your lunchtime flight to Mauritius, arriving late afternoon. You will be met and transferred to your luxurious resort, the renowned One&Only Le Saint Geran for the following 7 nights.
Enjoy the complimentary water sports, splash around in the heated pool or just relax on the delightful beach. Children can also take advantage of the excellent children’s club within this rate (min age applies) whilst parents take advantage of on-site facilities such as a 9-hole Golf Course and superb Spa.
Return to the Airport and take your flight back to the UK.
Bush and Beach for families Family Factfile
Best time to go
May - September offers good value accommodation and some of best game viewing. This is generally dry season (although South Africa has a number of climates dependent on the region) and that means less vegetation for the animals to hide behind and more congregation around water holes. It also corresponds to whale watching season.
October - April corresponds with the South African Summer and is popular with families seeking to combine a South African adventure with time by the pool or beach.
What age should children be?
To make the most of the safari then we recommend that children are age 4 or 5 plus but there are excellent lodges that have no age limits on activities, so it is when you think they are ready.
The hotels in Mauritius are very family friendly and suitable for children of all ages. children's clubs in Mauritius usually start aged 4 but it's common to pay for daytime babysitters for younger children.
Child related supplies are widely available in local shops around Cape Town and Plattenberg Bay and in the hotels in Mauritius.
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