The "Lion King" Family Safari – 10 Days

This package offers families all that South Africa has to offer in a malaria free environment.

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1

Depart from New York (JFK) or Washington Dulles (IAD) for your outbound flight to South Africa. Begin your journey by experiencing the warmth and hospitality of South Africa by flying on South African Airways.

Day 2

Upon arrival in Johannesburg you will connect onwards for your 2 hour flight on South African Airways to Port Elizabeth. On arrival at the Port Elizabeth airport, you will be transferred to Shamwari Game Reserve. One of the largest private game reserves in the Eastern Cape, the award winning Shamwari Game Reserve. Guests will be met by their guide and will be given an outline of the days ahead and then checked into their rooms.

Enjoy a relaxing lunch.

Late afternoon experience your first game drive. There is great game viewing, in open game viewing vehicles with your personal game ranger who will provide insightful and valuable information about the fauna and flora.

Return to the lodge to relax, unwind and reflect on all that you have observed on the game drive. Conclude the day with delicious cuisine, a spa treatment or a visit to one of the two Born Free Big Cat Sanctuarys.

Overnight on a fully inclusive basis at a lodge of your choice: Long Lee Manor, or Riverdene Lodge, or Bayethe Tented Lodge or Sarili Lodge.

Day 3

After early morning breakfast, enjoy a special safari which will include white rhino and cheetah walking. Lunch will be served out in the wild.

Return to the lodge for a few hours before we head out for our "Wilderness Observation Trail" After dinner we pack a coffee basket, kit up warmly and venture out for a spotlight night drive to observe the nocturnal animals during their active hours. This is when the forces of survival are at their most dynamic, and predator and prey live out their relationships to a final conclusion. What special abilities do the predators have to hunt effectively at night? What do the prey species do to avoid mortal danger? How do animals see at night? How do their behavior patterns change, and what methods do they use to increase their awareness? These are just a few questions to be explored under the glittering extravagance of the starlit sky. Learn to identify some of the prominent citizens of the southern hemisphere night sky.

Overnight on a fully inclusive basis at a lodge of your choice.

Day 4

After breakfast, we will visit the Shamwari Animal Rehabilitation Centre

Different types of wild animals or raptors that are being cared for at the time, under special supervision by the Shamwari veterinarian team, for release back into the wild. Demonstration of game capture equipment.

Afternoon game drive with a "South African" tea experience in the bush. Return to lodge to reflect and discuss the day’s activities.

Overnight on a fully inclusive basis at a lodge of your choice.

Day 5

Transfer from Shamwari Game Reserve to Port Elizabeth Airport for your flight to Cape Town.

Upon arrival in Cape Town, you will be met and transferred to the Southern Sun Hotel conveniently located at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Built around an actual working harbor, the V & A Waterfront offers a number of activities for all the family to enjoy.

Overnight on a Bed and Breakfast basis at Southern Sun Hotel.

Day 6

After breakfast you will be met by your local English speaking driver-guide for your full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Depart the hotel and flank the colder Atlantic Ocean en route to Hout Bay. Once a fishing community and now one of the most popular residential areas, the harbour still has a charm of days gone by. A chance to join the M.V "Circe" for a half hour cruise to "Seal Island" (at an additional cost) or for the not so adventurous, the fish market "Mariners Wharf" is a must. The tour now continues over the famous Chapman’s Peak drive – if open, with a 200 meter drop on one side and a 200 meter rise on the other, as we make our way south, following the Atlantic Ocean until we reach Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. Said to be the romantic meeting place of the two mighty oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian, Sir Francis Drake the Explorer once called it "the fairest Cape that we saw in the whole circumference of the Globe". And rightly so, it must be the highlight of any visit to the Mother City, if not South Africa.

Our optional lunch stop today is at the Fish Hoek Galley. We pass the naval base of Simonstown as we continue along the Indian Ocean, en route to see the Jackass penguin colony which has become well established at Boulders Beach near Simonstown. Our last stop of the day is at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, home of some 3 500 species of Southern African fauna and flora. We return to the hotel in the late afternoon, having seen some of the best the Cape has to offer.

Overnight on a Bed and Breakfast basis at the Southern Sun Hotel.

Day 7

After breakfast enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the beautiful city of Cape Town. Maybe take a trip in the cable car up Table Mountain or a boat ride (weather permitting) for a poignant visit to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years. In the summer months, maybe head for the white sand beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay. Whatever else, you will not be at a loss for fun filled things for a family to enjoy!

Cape Town

Overnight on a Bed and Breakfast basis at the Southern Sun Hotel.

Day 8

Enjoy a full English breakfast and then off to the Cape Winelands. Absorb the rich beauty and history of the Stellenbosch and Franshoek area. Enjoy spectacular views during a sumptuous picnic lunch at Spier and visit the Cheetah Outreach facility and experience the excitement of a personal encounter with hand raised ambassador cheetahs. (Don't forget to bring your camera!). Return to Cape Town via Blouberg Strand for that classic view of Table Mountain across the Bay.

Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. This evening is at leisure for you to explore the dining options in the city.

Overnight on a Bed and Breakfast basis at the Southern Sun Hotel.

Day 9

After breakfast you will be transferred to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Johannesburg and onward connection to the U.S.A.

Day 10

Arrival in the United States at New York (JFK) or Washington Dulles (IAD) airports.

Includes

  • Round trip coach air on South African Airways from New York (JFK) or Washington (IAD) Airport to South Africa OR Tambo International Airport. Domestic coach air in South Africa as per the itinerary (Johannesburg - Cape Town - Johannesburg)
  • Excluding government taxes Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Most meals as per the itinerary
  • Ground transfers as per the itinerary
  • All park fees and safari activities

Excludes

  • Add on air from other US cities
  • Any meals or services not mentioned above
  • Any items of personal expense - i.e. drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc. Gratuities for rangers/guides/drivers

Total: $5,299

Terms

Price is per person based on required double occupancy. Valid as of November 25, 2011 for departures from New York or Washington, D.C. between April 1 - May 31, 2012 and July 1 - August 31, 2012 with the same itinerary available at higher prices during other travel periods. Price for other departure cities and/or travel dates may vary. Subject to availability and currency exchange rate fluctuations. Prices are valid for new bookings only, are not retroactive and may change without notice. Baggage and optional service fees, cancellation charges and other restrictions may apply.