Africa and safari go hand in hand, but with such diversity, it’s often tricky to know where to start. On this whirlwind eight-night family sojourn we’ll take you through the best of this captivating sub-continent. Get your pulse racing whilst you get up and close to all the wildlife that roams the miles and miles of diverse plains on safari, exercise those limbs on the polo field and then unwind in some of the most coveted spas. Sounds like the perfect family safari adventure in our opinion.
After your arrival at Port Elizabeth airport, you’ll get back in the air for a 50-minute transfer to Samara, one of the largest private reserves in the country. In true South African fashion, the diversity of both the landscape and outstanding wildlife here is just mind-blowing. Don’t fret though, you’ll be here for four nights so there’s plenty of time to spot all the wildlife that call Samara home.Read more
To kick off your family safari adventure, either head out to the plains on foot to get right up and close to the wildlife that roams the lands, or drive deep into the reserve with one of the skilled rangers. The reserve continuously attempts to reintroduce game into its plans, so keep your eyes peeled for anything from white rhinos to mountain zebras to giraffes and even a cheetah or two if you’re lucky. What a way to entertain the kids, right? For a little off-roading let one of the Rangers drive you through the mountain pass and have your cameras at the ready as you’ll be clicking away at the breathtaking panorama of miles and miles of plains surrounding you. After your time in the sweeping lands, retreat to your lodge where you can dip into the swimming pool to refresh yourself, and unwind on your private porch.
Flying through the plains
After four nights at this spectacular reserve, time to get back in the air to whizz to Port Elizabeth. From there you’ll hit the road for three hours as you journey to the ultra luxurious, family-oriented hotel Kurland. With only 12 suites you’ll really feel like this expansive estate is your own to enjoy, and with masses of activities going on both you and the youngsters will never tire of things to do during your four nights here.
On your first day get the adrenaline pumping as you explore the vast estate on the back of some quad bikes. Once you’ve got your bearings make use of the world-class polo facilities on your doorstep, so after an al-fresco lunch at the hotel’s Katarina’s bistro restaurant to fuel you, head out onto the field. After an active day on horseback, you’ll probably be needing a little down time so book yourself a spa treatment to revitalise those muscles, and follow this with some detoxing fare from the chef’s specifically designed healthy lifestyle choice menu.
A family day out
For an afternoon out of your paradisiacal estate, make an excursion to the elephant sanctuary, or if the little ‘uns are really in the intrepid mood the snake sanctuary, where you can get to know the country’s exotic wildlife. End on a high at one of the hotel’s exclusive restaurants, where you’ll find seasonal, organically grown produce.
After an action packed eight nights in the thick of this diverse country, you’ll journey an hour and a half to George where you can fly through Johannesburg back home.