Family bush camping safari. Chic!

Many of the lodges in the private game reserves near Kruger National Park do not accept families with children. Fortunately there are exceptions and with great pleasure we offer the ideal child friendly family safari in South Africa. Manyeleti Game Reserve is off the beaten track, offers traditional safari tents with great facilities, all in a pleasant and informal setting. There is always a lot of game near the lodge, and as such this safari camp provides an exciting safari experience for you and your family. This luxury travel module combines a visit to Hazyview and the Blyde River Canyon with some unforgettable safari days. Manyeleti Game Reserve is one of the lesser developed private game reserves bordering Kruger National Park. This means that there are only a few lodges in the area and you have the reserve mostly to yourself. Thanks to the many available activities and exceptionally child-friendly staff, everybody goes home with many beautiful memories after a couple of days of "Family bush camping. Chic!"

Tour duration: 6 days, 5 nights

Price: Highseason - from £ 1114 per adult, £ 554 per child (up to 11 years)
Lowseason - from £ 774 per adult, £ 389 per child (up to 11 years)

Best time to visit: All year round

Day 1: Johannesburg (or Pretoria) - Hazyview

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After breakfast in Johannesburg of Pretoria it is time to start driving east in you rental car. You'll make some good progress as the roads in this part of the country are of excellent quality. When arrived at the city of Nelspruit you turn off the motorway and continue inland. Steadily the landscape changes: mountains appear on the horizon and everything becomes a bit greener. Your first overnight stop will be in the village of Hazyview, a five hour drive all in all. The lodge is located a bit outside town on the banks of the Sabie River. Your children will be very happy finding two swimming pools on the premises. It is also not unusual to see hippos in the vicinity of the lodge. Rooms are spacious and have large beds. You can enjoy dinner in the lodge restaurant, but also choose to have something different in town. A sumptuous breakfast buffet is included. (Driving distance 236 miles)

Hotel name: Hippo Hollow Country Estate Hotel style: riverside fusion

Day 2: Hazyview - Manyeleti Private Game Reserve

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When you get up early this morning there is a chance to visit part of the Panorama Route before travelling to your lodge in the Manyeleti Game Reserve. En route you pass some great view points overlooking waterfalls, but also the famous Blyde River Canyon. It s a spectacular sight: the canyon is 16 miles long and 800 metres deep making it the third largest canyon on earth. From the Blyde River Canyon you travel further and pass places like Klaserie and Hoedspruit. Once arrived at the entry gate of Manyeleti Game Reserve the lodge is only a short distance away. If you arrive before three o'clock in the afternoon you can immediately join the first game drive. The classic tents in which you stay are a true delight. Inpired by Hemingway's stories the tents reflect the atmosphere of a bygone era, but are also complemented by some modern elements. The design and layout is a subtle blend between the best of both past and present. Bathrooms are equipped with double showers, as well as a handmade bath. Your ranger will pick you up from the tent just before dinner, this as the lodge is not fenced in and there is a possibility that game gets very close to the lodge. (Driving distance 149 miles)

Hotel name: Honeyguide Khoka Moya Safari Camp Hotel style: modern hip tented

Day 3: Manyeleti Private Game Reserve

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By the sounds of drum beating you and your family will be woken up early next morning. After a quick cup of coffee or tea you embark an open Landrover for a family safari. Many of the ranger/guides grew up in the area and are exceptionally well trained. They know the Manyeleti Game Reserve by heart and possess an extreme wealth of knowledge about everything that lives here. Through training and experience they are capable of detecting animals tracks and find the animals in the African bush. You'll quickly notice that it seems as if these rangers have special "bush-eyes" and see things and animals quickly overlooked by yourself. Around nine o'clock the sun is starting to heat up the bush and it is time to return to the lodge. Here a delicious including many fresh fruits awaits you. After breakfast there is a possibility of going on game walk (safari on foot) with your ranger (no children younger than 12 allowed). During such a game walk the emphasis shifts to the smaller things in the bush like birds, insects and plants. In the afternoon, around four o'clock, your second gamedrive of the day starts.

Hotel name: Honeyguide Khoka Moya Safari Camp Hotel style: modern hip tented

Day 4: Manyeleti Private Game Reserve

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Also today you wake up early. Depening on the season you're travelling, gamedrives start between five and six o'clock in the morning. Today your ranger will try to complete all sightings of Big 5 animals (leopard, elephant, lion, rhino and buffalo). You´ll notice that game spotting becomes easier each time you venture out in the bush as your eyes are getting accustomed to this special environment. Maybe you or your children will be the first ones to spot a leopard in a tree today. Take your time to relax a little after breakfast, what better possible place would there be tp do so than the large swimming pool (that will also keep your children busy). In the afternoon another game drive into the bush takes place. In the few remaining hours of the day the South African bush appears completely different compared to the morning. The environment changes colour every minute and even the smell is different. It is also an excellent time of day to see animals hunting: an experience that your and your kids will never forget. Back in the warmly lit lodge first enjoy a drink at the open air bar, then dinner under the stars awaits you. The rangers usually join for dinner which provides some great entertainment: they are full of incredible bush stories.

Hotel name: Honeyguide Khoka Moya Safari Camp Hotel style: modern hip tented

Day 5: Manyeleti Private Game Reserve - Swaziland / Johannesburg

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Your last morning of the family safari South Africa. In the morning there is a last opportunity to out for a game drive. After packing your baggage and breakfast it is time to continue your luxury South Africa holiday. It is only a short distance to the main road from where you can easily drive in the direction of Swaziland or Johannesburg. Connecting luxury travel modules are "Mountains & wetlands: Swaziland to St. Lucia"' and 'A view with a room: Swaziland & Phinda'. (Driving distance 260 miles)

You can request a quote for this luxury South Africa holiday module by completing a quote request form. For more special travel options see our luxury South Africa holiday modules overview.

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Included: Hazyview: bed & breakfast, Manyeleti: all meals; two safaris daily

Excluded: car hire (more information); other meals; all items of personal nature and tips

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