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HomeTours to AfricaSouth AfricaMalaria-free family safari in Kariega, South Africa
7 days

Malaria-free family safari in Kariega, South Africa

Skip the malaria pills at Eastern Cape. At Kariega, the rangers are trained to explain things to children, families stay together in one cabin, and all meals, drinks and experiences are included.

Malaria-free family safari in Kariega, South Africa Malaria-free family safari in Kariega, South Africa
7 days

Malaria-free family safari in Kariega, South Africa

Skip the malaria pills at Eastern Cape. At Kariega, the rangers are trained to explain things to children, families stay together in one cabin, and all meals, drinks and experiences are included.

Why choose this tour

  • Enjoy a wonderful holiday together, with everything included in the price
  • Give your children the experience of a lifetime – the rangers are specially trained to take care of children
  • Eastern Cape in South Africa is a malaria-free area
  • You can extend your tour to Mauritius, Victoria Falls, Cape Town or Chobe National Park

Our prices always include

  • All international and domestic flights
  • All destination transfers
  • All specified excursions and activities
  • All accommodations

The tour in short

Kariega Game Reserve is the perfect place for a safari for the whole family.

There is no malaria here, the lodge is fenced in with children in mind, and the game guides are specially trained in dealing with children and know how to convey the safari experiences to them. There are play spaces, morning activities for the kids and the opportunity for them to get their own “Junior Ranger” certificate.

The whole family stays together in a huge luxury chalet that has two or three bedrooms, a large living room and a veranda offering stunning views.

All meals and drinks are included.

We have also included game drives every day. In addition to the “Big Five”, the wildlife reserve also has hippos, hyenas, elands, giraffes, wildebeest, impala, jackals, zebras and many, many other resident animals native to the area. We’ve also included a couple of other local experiences which contribute to your South African adventure.

What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Flights from the UK to Port Elizabeth incl. transfer
  • Local English speaking guide/driver
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in a chalet at the Main Lodge
  • Full board with local drinks (including wine and beer)
  • 4 safari tours in Kariega’s own open-topped 4WD safari cars
  • 1 guided walking safari
  • Visit to a local township including lunch
  • 1 guided canoe trip
  • Flights from Port Elizabeth to the UK incl. transfer
  • ATOL certificate
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants

NB: The order of events is not necessarily the same as described here. The guides take into account the wind, weather, wildlife, etc., when planning the days.

This tour can be extended with Victoria Falls, Cape Town or a beach holiday in Mauritius.

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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Departure from the UK

Departure day, where you will fly to South Africa with connecting flights along the way.

Day 2: Port Elizabeth – Kariega Game Reserve

On arrival, you will be met by an English-speaking driver, who will take you to the Kariega Game Reserve. This is a trip of around 120 km, which will take approx. 1½ hours.

Kariega Game Reserve is a private, family-owned game reserve covering around 10,000 hectares – an area approximately the size as Jersey. The game reserve was established around 20 years ago in an area of outstanding natural beauty featuring a ridge of hills, valleys and two rivers. The countryside here comprises both bush and open areas of grassland, as well as wet meadows and dry hillsides. All in all, it provides magnificent conditions for the animals. And there are plenty of them, First and foremost the ‘Big Five’: lions, elephants, rhinoceroses, leopards and buffalo. There are many other exciting and exotic species here as well, such as the beautiful impala; the waterbuck, which you can recognise by the white ring on its bottom; the eland – the largest species of antelope – which can weigh almost 1 tonne; the kudu, with its impressive twisted horns; the shy and retiring jackal; and others you are sure to recognise: the zebra, hippopotamus, giraffe, gnu, warthog and baboon. Of course, there are plenty of fascinating species of bird to see as well.

Upon arrival you will be accommodated in the 4-star “Main Lodge” in a luxury chalet.

Day 3: Walking safari

In the afternoon, you will be going on a walking safari, a totally different experience of the nature and animals. Here, it is no longer the big animals that are in focus, but the smaller animals, plants, sounds and smells. You might spot the chameleon or the tireless dung beetles rolling elephant dung in which to lay their eggs. The guide also teaches you how to tell the difference between animal tracks. A walking safari gives you a much better understanding of your surroundings. Please note that children must be aged 16+ to join this walking safari. For families with younger children, there is a child-friendly bush walk every morning – also with your own ranger.

Again today, all meals are served in the restaurant at “Main Lodge”.

Day 4: Visit to a local township

One of the days at Kariega you visit a local township. Kariega has supported a group of young entrepreneurs who wanted to give guided tours of their local area, and thanks to The Kariega Foundation, this has become possible. The tour takes a good three hours, and on the way you will visit a local home and a “sangoma” – a traditional healer. Lunch is served at a small local restaurant. It is a really exciting tour and an excellent opportunity to learn more about South Africa and the local culture.

Again today, all meals are served in the restaurant at “Main Lodge”.

Day 5: Safari with sailing along the river and canoe tour

The day starts with a morning safari, which today is combined with a boat ride on the Kariega River. In the afternoon, a guided canoe trip awaits on the calm river. As you quietly paddle off, you experience the uninterrupted tranquillity of nature as you compete to spot the abundant birds and the animals grazing by the banks of the river.  It’s a completely different type of safari, taking you right up close to the animals.

All meals are served in the restaurant at “Main Lodge”.

Day 6: Return flight

After breakfast, you will be driven to the airport in Port Elizabeth to catch your flight back to the UK.

You will fly to the UK with connecting flights along the way.

Day 7: Return home

Arrive safely back in the UK after a holiday packed with wonderful experiences.

Extend your tour

Mauritius for families with children, 5 nights

Price:
Per person in double room: + £1200
Per child u/12 years: + £690
Single room supplement: + £125

The tropical island of Mauritius is one of the most fascinating islands in the Indian Ocean and an absolute gem if you are travelling with children. The climate is pleasant all year round, and the local people are remarkably friendly and accommodating. The island is surrounded by crystal clear water and beautiful, child-friendly beaches that are protected by a brightly coloured coral reef – making this the perfect place to go snorkelling. Mauritius is blessed with magnificent countryside featuring lush forests, small lagoons and waterfalls that crash down the mountainsides.

The island is ideal for all the family, and there are all kinds of things to see and do both on land and on the water. For example, just 8 km from Flic-en-Flac beach, you will find Casela Nature Park, where you can see giant tortoises, zebras, lions, giraffes, apes and 1,500 birds. You can also try riding a Segway, walk along rope bridges and much more besides.

The days on Mauritius are yours to do with as you wish.

The stay includes half board.

Please note: Hotel Le Meridien is closed for refurbishment until 31 October 2019. During this period, you will be accommodated at The Westin Turtle Bay & Spa.

Cape Town, 4 nights

Price:
Per person in double room: + £545
Per child u/12 years: + £670
Single room supplement: + £297

Cape Town has an impressive location at the foot of Table Mountain and a beautiful waterfront out to the Atlantic. Trendy cafes and restaurants, combined with a relaxed atmosphere, markets and exciting attractions make Cape Town a fascinating city where shopping, relaxation and excursions which can all be found and combined.

The days in Cape Town are at your own leisure.

The stay includes breakfast.

Victoria Falls, 3 nights

Price:
Per person in double room: + £750
Per child u/12 years: + £350
Single room supplement: + £245

Victoria Falls is considered one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls. The waterfall is not only one of the most dramatic and impressive natural wonders around, it is also set within a fabulous location surrounded by the tropical landscape of Africa.

The days at Victoria Falls are at your own leisure.

The stay includes breakfast.

Single room supplement £620
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