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Family Safari

This 9 days tour allows you to explore the Blyde River Canyon, the Kruger park (private reserve with guided safaris in 4x4) and Swaziland. It is dotted with family activities (elephant safari, visit a cat protection center, show of songs and dances) for a fascinating discovery of South Africa for young and old!

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport - White River
  • Day 2: Blyde River Canyon - Guernsey Nature Reserve
  • Day 3: Hoedspruit - Manyeleti Private Game Reserve - Guernsey Nature Reserve
  • Day 4: Blyde River Canyon - Guernsey Nature Reserve
  • Day 5: Guernsey Nature Reserve - Kruger National Park
  • Day 6: Kruger National Park
  • Day 7: Ezulwini Valley - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Day 8: Ezulwini Valley - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Day 9: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary - Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport

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Day 1: Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport - White River

Reception and assistance at Johannesburg International airport by our representative.



You collect your rental vehicle at the airport. Road to the Mpumalanga region that marks the boundary between the highlands and the "Lowveld", hotter region where a large number of wild animals has settled. Estimated travel time: 4 hours.


Overnight stay at Stille Woning Guest House in White River.


Included : reception with english-speaking guide, car rental, room & breakfast

Day 2: Blyde River Canyon - Guernsey Nature Reserve

Day dedicated to the discovery of the Blyde River Canyon along the scenic route R532.

Suggestions: Go to the following sites for the best views of the canyon:

- God's Window, the "Window of God" which offers magnificent views across the Lower Veld,
- The Three Rondavels that resemble three typical African huts,
- Bourke's Luck Potholes and rock formations shaped pot created by erosion,
- Waterfalls Lisbon and Berlin,

Visit the mining town of Pilgrim's Rest where gold prospecting was in full swing during one century to the early 1970s.

Visit the Mac Mac Pools, natural pools in a forest setting where it is possible to do a little walking tour.

Dinner and night at Pezulu Tree House Game Lodge.
Included : car rental, room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Day 3: Hoedspruit - Manyeleti Private Game Reserve - Guernsey Nature Reserve

Visit of the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center. Founded in 1990, it is a pioneer in animal conservation work and hosts many volunteers from around the world each year. A visit in 4x4 with a guide allows you to observe cheetahs, wild dogs, lions, wild cats, antelope, vultures...


Afternoon safari in an open game drive vehicle in the Manyeleti Game Reserve. Manyeleti makes border with the Kruger National Park.
After a sundowner in the African bush, the night falls and the guide lights a torch to look for the wildlife by night. The best time to spot a leopard!


Dinner and night at Pezulu Tree House Game Lodge.
Included : entrance fees, game drive, room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Day 4: Blyde River Canyon - Guernsey Nature Reserve

Cruise on the Blyde River lake. You will have the opportunity to observe crocodiles, hippos and birds in their natural environment. You will have a view of the Three Rondavels in the Blyde River Canyon and the beautiful landscapes of the region. Activity duration: 1h30.


Departure in the afternoon for a walking safari in the Pezulu private reserve. A ranger guide teaches you how to locate and identify animal footprints. Hiking in the bush is the closest experience to wildlife! You may meet a giraffe, a zebra or an eland!


Dinner and night at Pezulu Tree House Game Lodge.
Included : excursion (shared), bush walk, room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Day 5: Guernsey Nature Reserve - Kruger National Park


Drive to the famous Kruger National Park.

Kruger Park, with an area of nearly 2 million hectares, is the country's largest national park. Its great geological and climatic diversity gives its exceptional flora divided into 16 distinct vegetation areas. The park is not only home to the Big Five (buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard and rhino) but you may also encounter giraffes, hippos, hyenas, wild dogs, many species of antelope and many other animals.
Optional: 4x4 guided safaris in the morning, afternoon, evening and walking safaris in the morning.


Full board stay at Fitzpatrick's at Jock Safari Lodge. Two guided safaris are included per day: one safari in open 4x4 vehicle in the afternoon, and a second the following morning.

This lodge offers personalized service in an intimate atmosphere in the heart of the Kruger Park. The lodge is Ideal for families and even offers specialized safaris for children.

Night in a standard room.




Included : car rental, room & breakfast, lunch, dinner, game drive, children's activities

Day 6: Kruger National Park

Full board stay at Fitzpatrick's at Jock Safari Lodge. Two guided safaris are included per day: one safari in open 4x4 vehicle in the afternoon, and a second the following morning.

This lodge offers personalized service in an intimate atmosphere in the heart of the Kruger Park. The lodge is Ideal for families and even offers specialized safaris for children.

Night in a standard room.




Included : room & breakfast, lunch, dinner, game drive, children's activities

Day 7: Ezulwini Valley - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Drive to the smallest country in the southern hemisphere: the Kingdom of Swaziland! Estimated travel time: 4 hours.
On the road, we suggest you visit Piggs Peak craft center and the Ngwenya Glass factory.
Drive to the oldest Swaziland conservation area, the Mlilwane nature reserve.


Overnight stay at Beehive Villages in a traditional Swazi hut in the Mlilwane Nature Reserve.


Included : car rental, room & breakfast

Day 8: Ezulwini Valley - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Day at leisure to discover the Ezulwini Valley which extends between the kingdom's capital Mbabane and the main economic center of the country Manzini. A visit of Ezulwini is an immersion in the Swazi culture with its handicraft centers, cultural markets and villages.

We suggest you to go to the Mantenga Cultural Village where you can visit a typical village and attend a show with traditional songs and dances.

Do not miss the Mlilwane Reserve where you can explore the wildlife by foot, mountain bike, horseback or with your car on the tracks of zebra, impala, wildebeest, hippos, rhinos ...



Overnight stay at Beehive Villages in a traditional Swazi hut in the Mlilwane Nature Reserve.


Included : car rental, room & breakfast

Day 9: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary - Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport

Drive to Johannesburg airport. Estimated travel time: 4h.


Included : car rental

Stille Woning Guest House   White River

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Set amidst peaceful well established gardens, Stille Woning is a contemporary Guest House in White River, Mpumalanga. The spacious double volume sitting and dining areas are decorated with touches of Africa and the wide verandah is a place to relax in deep comfy couches. Stylish bedrooms offer the comfort of percale linen, DSTV, WiFi and tea trays. Delicious leisurely breakfasts with dinner by arrangement. Soak up the sun at the large pool set in lush garden, abundant with birdlife. Close to Kruger Park and on the Panorama Route.

Pezulu Tree House Game Lodge   Guernsey Nature Reserve

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Pezulu Tree House Game Lodge offers a unique experience in a private reserve with 10 comfortable and luxurious tree houses. Walking safaris and game drives are organized by the lodge and the rock pool is the perfect place to cool off on hot days. Dinner is served under the stars around the campfire in the traditional boma.

Jock Safari Lodge   Kruger National Park

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast, lunch, dinner, game drive, children's activities

Jock Safari Lodge is split into 2 lodges located in the heart of the Kruger Park at the confluence of the Mitomeni and Biyameti rivers. Jock has preserved the romance and elegance of the colonial era while celebrating the indigeneous Zulu and Shangaan styles. The Fitzpatricks Lodge offers 3 bedrooms, is friendly and ideal for families with small children because it offers fun activities and kids friendly safaris. Main Jock Lodge has 12 air-conditioned rooms with their own private lounge overlooking the river, a pleasant outdoor shower during the summer heat and small private pools in the suites. Safaris are with open game vehicles, accompanied by experienced rangers and trackers (safaris are carried out inside a private concession in the Kruger National Park). There is a possibility of walking safaris (from 12 years), bird watching.

Beehive Villages   Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast

Beehive Villages are traditional Swazi huts installed in the Mlilwane Nature Reserve. It is not uncommon to receive a visit from a zebra or a warthog at the door of your hut! Several activities are proposed to discover the site and it's incredible panoramas. hippos and crocodiles can be observed from one of the restaurant tables that serves specialties and local food.

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