We are often asked to create safari holidays for families seeking adventure South Africa safaris. So if your kids are up for exploring, adventure, 4×4 game drives and walking safaris here are some of our suggestions for affordable South Africa family safaris.
Africa on Foot
An intimate rustic safari camp, Africa on Foot is located in the Klaserie Private Game Reserve, which lies west of the Greater Kruger National Park sharing open borders. An unfenced camp with sandy walkways and scattered shady trees, Africa on Foot takes a simple, more authentic approach to safari.
Africa on Foot has five thatched round chalets and a tree house, with two of the chalets set up as family units. All chalets are ensuite with an open doorway between the bedroom and bathroom. The bathroom has a basin, toilet and shower (two of the chalets have outdoor shower only). Chalets are simply furnished and have comfortable beds. There is no electricity which is all part of the remote bush experience! Lanterns are provided and there are plug points in the main lodge for charging your camera batteries. The tree house is set slightly away from camp, high off the ground on stilts and a wooden platform with open sides and super views. Camp facilities include a lounge with two sitting areas and a small library; dining is simple home cooked style at a long communal table, there is a boma and a small swimming pool and wooden deck.
Guides offer walking safaris (children over 16 only) or game drives twice daily in the morning and afternoon.
Your stay includes all meals, teas & coffees, scheduled game walks and drives. It excludes
drinks, Klaserie Conservation & Gate levy of approx. R100 per person per stay (payable direct at the camp), Timbavati Gate fee of R140 per vehicle if you are self-driving (payable direct at the Timbavati Gate) and items of a personal nature.
Children Policy: 5 and over are welcome. The age limit on walking safaris is 16 years
Children between ages 5 & 16 will be taken on morning game “bumbles” or drives (depending on their age) while their parents enjoy morning walking safaris.
Honeyguide Khoka Moya Camp
This awesome camp is located in the 23,000 hectare Manyeleti Game Reserve, which is sandwiched between the Timbavati and Sabi Sand Reserve and borders the Kruger National Park. This authentic tented camp straddles a dry riverbed, which forms a natural animal path winding through the riverine bush.
Khoka Moya comprises 12 contemporary styled tented rooms, set on concrete slabs and furnished in a comfortable, minimalistic style. A family affair, the tents are large enough to easily accommodate four guests. They have en-suite bathrooms with double showers and separate toilets; as well as private outdoor seating areas to relax and take in the sights and sounds of the bush. Simply designed and built of corrugated iron, the large colourful lounge and dining areas of the camp overlook green lawns leading to the swimming pool. Situated on both sides of the riverbed guests can enjoy an authentic safari experience without sacrificing luxury, safety or comfort.
Offering twice daily game drives there is also a comprehensive family safari programme for kids. Your stay includes all meals, activities, bottled water and drinks on game drives. It excludes all other drinks, reserve entrance fees approx R50 per vehicle, R30 per person per stay and community fee of R75 per person (to be settled by guests direct).
Children are welcome to stay at Khoka Moya camp only (they have a sister camp for adults only). Honeyguide can comfortably accommodate 2 adults and 2 children sharing in the tents. Where there are 2 children sharing with 2 adults, one large day bed is provided and one single bed.
Kambaku Safari Lodge
Kambaku Safari Lodge is an intimate lodge located in the Timbavati Private Reserve, which shares the unfenced western border of the Greater Kruger National Park. Taking its name from one of the “Magnificent Seven” tuskers who roamed the area, Kambaku lies in a natural wilderness overlooking a waterhole.
The eight thatched chalets at Kambaku comprise a variety of options ranging from the honeymoon suite, family suites to double and twin rooms. The chalets are designed to reflect cool calmness in the heat of the African bush and include four-poster beds with classic draped mosquito nets in every room. There are ensuite bathrooms with a shower and bath, overhead fans, lanterns for the evening (minimal electricity supplied) and each chalet has its own veranda with views to the waterhole. The main lodge is a balance between open plan and private space, with a spacious bar and lounge area leading to the mezzanine floor and small library. The soaring thatch roof catches the summer breeze and the furnishings are comfortable. There is a verandah, swimming pool, boma (campfire), curio shop and WiFi hotspot.
Morning and afternoon game drives are offered daily and guided bush walks are on request.
Your stay includes all meals, all local brand drinks, snacks on game drives, high tea, tea and coffee, morning and afternoon game drives in an open 4×4 vehicle and bush walks.
It excludes premium drinks, Conservation levy, Gate fees for self drive guests only, laundry and all items of personal nature.
Children 2 + welcome. Children over 4 years of age are allowed on the game drives and children over the age of 12 years are allowed on bush walks. Private vehicles can be arranged at a fee for families travelling with children under 4 years of age.
These are just some of the fantastic safari experiences on offer in South Africa’s Mpumulanga region (see map). If you want to chat about the possibility of taking your kids on safari in Africa, get in touch today!