South Africa Family Safari

9 days from $7,569 per person*
  • Feel at ease with a malaria-free safari experience in Madikwe Game Reserve.
  • Track and spot a multitude of wild African animals on daily game drives.
  • Seek out the "Big 5 of the Sea" on a private tour from Cape Town.
  • Kayak with African penguins.
  • Carefully selected family-friendly accommodations throughout, and VIP arrival assistance in Cape Town.
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We all know family fun is never entirely worry-free. To help you feel at ease, our destination experts have crafted this thrilling family safari experience to stay entirely within malaria-free zones of South Africa, allowing you and your family to be fully immersed in the moment, and not unnecessarily distracted. Wildlife encounters are plentiful on your journey, starting in the beautiful coastal city of Cape Town. Picturesque scenery awaits as you explore Table Mountain and Cape Point. Assist in a development project in the Uthando community, kayak with African penguins, and above all, craft special moments to be remembered with the kids before continuing northeast toward the South Africa-Botswana border, where you'll embark on daily safari game drives in the Medikwe Game Reserve. All of the main species can be spotted within Madikwe's 75,000 hectares of protected bushland, including lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino and antelope. Set out as a family with seasoned safari guides to explore the reserve and observe majestic wild animals within their natural habitat. Who knows what you might see! One thing is for sure though- you'll all wish you never had to leave.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • VIP Meet & Greet - Assistant
    • Documents Package - Documents
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 2 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day City & Table Mountain - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • Tour - Shared - 1/2 Day Uthando Community Involvement (3.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 4 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • Tour - Private - Cape Point and Kayak With Penguins - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • Tour - Private - Day in the Winelands with Eagle Encounters at Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 6 Cape Town to Johannesburg to Madikwe Game Reserve
    Cape Town to Johannesburg to Madikwe Game Reserve
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Cape Town - Johannesburg [Direct, 2 hrs] - Scheduled Flight
    • Air - Johannesburg - Madikwe Game Reserve [Direct, 1 hr] - Charter Flight
    • Afternoon Game Drive
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Madikwe Game Reserve
    Madikwe Game Reserve
    • Morning Game Drive
    • Afternoon Game Drive 2
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 Madikwe Game Reserve
    Madikwe Game Reserve
    • Morning Game Drive 3
    • Afternoon Game Drive
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9 Madikwe Game Reserve
    Madikwe Game Reserve
    • Air - Madikwe Game Reserve - Johannesburg [Direct, 1 hr] - Charter Flight
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Cape Town

Upon arrival to Cape Town, you will be welcomed at the door of your aircraft by a local representative holding a sign with your name on it. Alongside your assistant, you will be directed through immigration, baggage collection and customs before being directed to your onward flight, airport hotel, or to your awaiting driver and vehicle.

To ensure a seamless experience, a documents package containing useful information including a detailed itinerary with pick­-up and drop­-off times, emergency contact information, and relevant e­-tickets or vouchers will be provided to you.

Enjoy a private transfer between your hotel and Cape Town airport. 

Accommodation: More Quarters Hotel

Experience the comfort of independent, luxury apartment living with the renowned Capetonian hospitality of the exclusive More Quarters property in a quintessential corner of Cape Town. More Quarters boasts luxuriously refined apartments featuring modern and traditional South African furnishings placed elegantly throughout each room ever so settling color scheme and style. More Quarters is ideally located just off the renowned Kloof Street - which is often referred to as being the "heart of Cape Town." This excellent positioning allows guests to easily explore nearby bars, beaches, great little shops, local eateries and boutiques providing guests with an authentic experience of Capetonian living.

South Africa Family Safari Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Welcome to the More Quarters
Welcome to the More Quarters

Day 2: Cape Town

Today you will be met by your guide to begin a half day of exploration around Cape Town, known affectionately as the "Mother City." During your tour, you will visit the Houses of Parliament and the Castle, which was constructed between 1666 and 1679 and is recognized as South Africa’s oldest building. Furthermore, your tour will take you to the Company Gardens and the lively Greenmarket Square that hosts an exciting daily market. Finally, you will visit Table Mountain which will offer spectacular views over the city and Peninsula (cable car fee is not included as it is weather dependent). On your descent, you will stop at the Bo Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community featuring elegant cobbled streets and brightly colored houses. From here you have the choice of being dropped off at the Waterfront to experience this vibrant location on your own, which consists of many shops, restaurants, and pubs - or at your hotel to end the tour.


*Table Mountain Cableway will be closed for annual maintenance from 25 July to 6 August.*

Accommodation: More Quarters Hotel
South Africa Family Safari Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Cape Town
Cape Town

Day 3: Cape Town

Uthando South Africa is a charity that supports a wide range of highly effective community projects across the country. In an effort to showcase their initiatives and to offer a glimpse into the work being done to uplift disadvantaged communities, Uthando offers daily excursions to visit the sprawling townships around Cape Town where their programs are underway. On this outing, you will visit at least three of the social development projects being funded through Uthando. These visits offer a unique and authentic introduction to the social problems confronting so many South Africans while also illustrating the innovative and inspirational ways in which these issues are being overcome. Importantly, the projects are not treated as tourist attractions and the tours are designed to educate, inform and inspire while also respecting the dignity and privacy of the people affected. The projects are, after all, places where people work and live. At the end of your community experience, you will be dropped off at your hotel. It is worth noting that a portion of your tour price goes directly to Uthando charities.

Accommodation: More Quarters Hotel
South Africa Family Safari Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Uthando Community
Uthando Community

Day 4: Cape Town

Depart your city-based hotel and travel to the naval hamlet of Simon’s Town which is located on the False Bay coast of the Cape Peninsula. Embark on a sea kayaking experience from the Waterfront. Paddle past the civilian and Naval Harbor and out to Boulders Beach, home to a colony of African penguins which can generally be seen swimming in the waters of the bay, or socializing on the sandy shore. After visiting the penguins, you stop (time & tide permitting) on a lovely semi-private beach for refreshments, swimming and snorkelling (equipment provided). The double kayaks are very stable and perfect for those with no paddling experience. During the whale season from July to December, the Southern Right Whale frequents Cape Town’s shores, which allows you the possibility of seeing them in their natural habitat.

Before continuing your journey, enjoy lunch at a seaside restaurant (included). Travel to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve - one of two world-renowned landmarks within the Table Mountain National Park (the other is Table Mountain). The Cape of Good Hope functioned as something of a beacon for sailors for years and is still widely referred to as ‘The Cape’ by seafarers. Most visitors to Cape Town regard a trip to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point (the tip of the Cape Peninsula) as obligatory. This part of the park is home to an array of fynbos, over 250 species of birds, buck, baboons and Cape Mountain zebra. There are numerous picnic spots, paths on which one can set off on foot or mountain bike, and tidal pools on almost isolated beaches. Enjoy the breathtaking views from Cape Point Lighthouse and travel to the most South-Western point of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope. In the late afternoon, drive along the coastal route via Noordhoek, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard back to your city-based hotel.

It is advisable to wear swimming trunks and a t-shirt, with a windbreaker for chilly days. Please also remember a towel and change of clothing. Photos will be taken but a Tupperware can be provided should you bring your own camera.

Accommodation: More Quarters Hotel
South Africa Family Safari Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Kayak with Penguins
Kayak with Penguins

Day 5: Cape Town

This delightful drive winds its way to the heart of the Cape Winelands, through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Head off to the wine country via the N2 to the heart of South Africa's wine industry, Stellenbosch, boasting great beauty and culture that is steeped in South African history. En-route you stop at Spier Wine Estate where you’ll visit the wildlife rehabilitation, conservation, education and eco-tourism center at Eagle Encounters. Get up close and personal with the ambassador species at the center and learn more about the world of raptors. You then head to the village of Stellenbosch and walk down the canal-lined avenues, in the shade of giant oak trees and beautifully preserved historic buildings. With the sheer vastness of wine estates on offer, you are truly spoilt for choice when you enjoy your first wine tasting of the day at the Waterford Estate or similar.

Travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek, historically dating back to the 17th century when the French Huguenots arrived.  Billed as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, this charming town, in a most picturesque valley, retains a French Huguenot style. You will enjoy a wine tasting before taking time to enjoy the fabled culinary skills of the Franschhoek chefs at one of the many award winning restaurants (lunch not included in cost). Onward to Paarl, one of the Cape’s first farming districts. The town is set at the foot of the cluster of remarkable granite domes from which it takes its name. Your last stop for the day is at a wine estate on the Paarl wine route. Return to the bustle of city life after an enthralling day in the countryside, arriving back at the hotels at approximately 17:30.

Accommodation: More Quarters Hotel
South Africa Family Safari Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Eagle Encounters
Eagle Encounters

Day 6: Cape Town - Johannesburg - Madikwe Game Reserve

Enjoy a private transfer between your hotel and Cape Town airport. 

Board a flight in Cape Town with direct service to Johannesburg. Approximately flight time is two hours.

Please note, luggage restrictions apply to this regional flight: 1) Maximum of one checked bag, weighing up to 50 lbs (23 kg); Checked baggage cannot be larger than 62 square inches (158cm). 2) Guests can also bring one piece of carry-on luggage with a maximum weight of 17lbs (8kg). Guests may also bring one slimline laptop bag.

 

Board a charter flight in Johannesburg with direct service to Madikwe. Approximate flight time is one hour. 

Please note, strict luggage restrictions apply to this charter flight: 1) Maximum of one soft-shell checked bag, weighing up to 44 lbs (20 kg). 2) Guests can also bring one piece of carry-on luggage with a maximum weight of 11lbs (5kg); carry-on luggage cannot be larger than 24”x16”x12” (60cm x 40cm x 30cm). Guests may also bring one slimline laptop bag. Hard-case luggage will not be permitted on the charter plane. Space for extra luggage can be provided by purchasing an additional seat on the plane (allowing for up to 132 lbs of extra luggage).

This afternoon you'll meet up with others at the lodge to embark on your afternoon game drive. The rangers in Madikwe prefer to focus on the “Top Ten” rather than the Big Five. This means that in addition to boasting the most sought-after African species such as lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant and rhino, malaria-free Madikwe is home to hippo, giraffe, wild dog, hyena and cheetah. Of these, the cheetah, wild dog, brown hyena and black rhino are the most endangered species. Enjoy this game drive for a few hours before heading back to the lodge to relax before dinner.

Accommodation: Tuningi Safari Lodge

Tuningi Safari Lodge offers 5-star accommodation in the heart of the Madikwe Game Reserve. This South Africa safari lodge is family friendly and boasts a range of child friendly activities while parents are enjoying their game drives or a romantic dinner. The 5-star villa accommodation features an African-Colonial inspired interior with retractable doors and windows, allowing guests to invite the African bush in. Each villa boasts a luxurious en suite bathroom and air-conditioning. Guests can also make use of Little Tuningi which provides exclusive accommodation for guests seeking privacy. After an exciting game drive, relax with a sundowner at the bar or soak up the sun next to the rim-flow swimming pool. Children can look forward to treasure hunts, special dinners with kid friendly meals, and learning more about the surrounding nature.

South Africa Family Safari Tours 2017 - 2018 -  South Africa Madikwe Game Reserve
South Africa Madikwe Game Reserve
South Africa Family Safari Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Tuningi Safari Lodge
Tuningi Safari Lodge

Day 7: Madikwe Game Reserve

Embark on an early morning game drive with your expert ranger. Madikwe is known for its diverse wildlife species as a result from the effort put forth in the 90's to encourage conservation with a program named "Operation Phoenix". This epic project is to this day one of the largest game translocation exercises ever undertaken in the world. More than 8,000 animals of 28 species have been released into the Madikwe Game Reserve including elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, cheetah, wild dog, spotted hyena, giraffe, antelope and other various herbivores. You’ll be out on the reserve for a few hours before returning to the lodge before lunch.

During this afternoon game drive you’ll understand why the Madikwe Game Reserve is a testimony to an enlightened conservation plan which has created an exceptional environment for wildlife to thrive. To enter Madikwe is to stand at the very threshold of African wilderness. This is a near-perfect ecological environment where every plant, animal, and insect forms an essential part of an intricate web of survival, the epitome of the phrase “Circle of Life.”  Here, life and death are one and a necessity for the continued existence of this naturally occurring phenomenon that has been unchanged in Africa for millions of years.

Accommodation: Tuningi Safari Lodge
South Africa Family Safari Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Zebra in the Madikwe Game Reserve
Zebra in the Madikwe Game Reserve
South Africa Family Safari Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Young and Old Elephants Alike...
Young and Old Elephants Alike...

Day 8: Madikwe Game Reserve

Head out on an exciting game drive this morning in the fifth largest game reserve in South Africa. The climate is generally mild to hot, but winter nights can be cold. Consisting of open plains, dense bushveld and towering rocky peaks, this wild terrain will leave you in awe. Located in South Africa’s Northwest Province, there are an estimated 420 species of birds being recorded within the confines of the reserve. Be sure to have your camera ready whilst exploring this bird viewing paradise! You’ll be out on the reserve for a few hours before returning to the lodge for lunch.

This afternoon you'll meet up with others at the lodge to embark on your afternoon game drive. The rangers in Madikwe prefer to focus on the “Top Ten” rather than the Big Five. This means that in addition to boasting the most sought-after African species such as lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant and rhino, malaria-free Madikwe is home to hippo, giraffe, wild dog, hyena and cheetah. Of these, the cheetah, wild dog, brown hyena and black rhino are the most endangered species. Enjoy this game drive for a few hours before heading back to the lodge to relax before dinner.

Accommodation: Tuningi Safari Lodge
South Africa Family Safari Tours 2017 - 2018 -  A Black Masked Weaver at Work!
A Black Masked Weaver at Work!
South Africa Family Safari Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Wild Dog in Madikwe
Wild Dog in Madikwe

Day 9: Madikwe Game Reserve

Board a flight departing from the airstrip near your lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve with direct service to Johannesburg. Approximate flight time is one hour.

Please note, strict luggage restrictions apply to this charter flight: 1) Maximum of one soft-shell checked bag, weighing up to 44 lbs (20 kg). 2) Guests can also bring one piece of carry-on luggage with a maximum weight of 11 lbs (5 kg); carry-on luggage cannot be larger than 24”x16”x12” (60cm x 40cm x 30cm). Guests may also bring one slimline laptop bag. Hard-case luggage will not be permitted on the charter plane. Space for extra luggage can be provided by purchasing an additional seat on the plane (allowing for up to 132 lbs of extra luggage).

 

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

More Quarters Hotel: Cape Town

Experience the comfort of independent, luxury apartment living with the renowned Capetonian hospitality of the exclusive More Quarters property in a quintessential corner of Cape Town. More Quarters boasts luxuriously refined apartments featuring modern and traditional South African furnishings placed elegantly throughout each room ever so settling color scheme and style. More Quarters is ideally located just off the renowned Kloof Street - which is often referred to as being the "heart of Cape Town." This excellent positioning allows guests to easily explore nearby bars, beaches, great little shops, local eateries and boutiques providing guests with an authentic experience of Capetonian living.

South Africa Family Safari Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Welcome to the More Quarters
Welcome to the More Quarters

Tuningi Safari Lodge: Madikwe Game Reserve

Tuningi Safari Lodge offers 5-star accommodation in the heart of the Madikwe Game Reserve. This South Africa safari lodge is family friendly and boasts a range of child friendly activities while parents are enjoying their game drives or a romantic dinner. The 5-star villa accommodation features an African-Colonial inspired interior with retractable doors and windows, allowing guests to invite the African bush in. Each villa boasts a luxurious en suite bathroom and air-conditioning. Guests can also make use of Little Tuningi which provides exclusive accommodation for guests seeking privacy. After an exciting game drive, relax with a sundowner at the bar or soak up the sun next to the rim-flow swimming pool. Children can look forward to treasure hunts, special dinners with kid friendly meals, and learning more about the surrounding nature.

South Africa Family Safari Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Tuningi Safari Lodge
Tuningi Safari Lodge
South Africa Family Safari Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Tuningi Safari Lodge
Tuningi Safari Lodge
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Robert M — August 22, 2017 — Africa

    It was simply an amazing trip! Our guide and driver were the best. Everything went smoothly and they made life very easy for us. I would not hesitate to recommend Kensington to anyone. Hotels were unique and exceeded expectations. Thank you for the significant room upgrade at the 4 Seasons on our last night. That was a huge surprise!

  • Mike Desmarais — July 20, 2017 — Africa

    Went on a tour in Morocco with Kensington tours. We visited the cities of Casablanca, Tangier & Chefchaouen and had a wonderful time. Our guide (Mohammed Salmi) and driver (Eunice) were absolutely excellent and very professional. Mohammed was very knowledgeable regarding the cities and places we visited. Mohammed spoke very good English and was easy to talk with and a pleasure to be with for the 6 days we were in Morocco. We could not have asked for a better guide and/or driver during our time in Morocco. Our vehicle was a newer model Mercedes van that was very comfortable to be in for the long drives we had between cities, and our hotels were much better than expected.

  • Misty N — August 22, 2017 — Africa

    This was our 4th Kensington Trip (second to South Africa), I cannot say enough about Andrew Drummond and his ability to put a PERFECT trip together. I trust him completely and would plan trips with him over and over. Now looking at a trip to Peru and yes, we are talking to a professional at Kensington.

  • David S — September 08, 2017 — Africa

    This tour exceeded our expectations in all respects! Only words cannot describe the adventure.

  • Barbara Cox — August 03, 2017 — Africa

    Christine did a fabulous job planning our safari. We followed the migration from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara staying in an assortment of tented camps. We loved ALL our guides and drivers (Duncan, Waziri and Charles).

  • Edward C. — March 24, 2017 — Africa

    Our guide and driver were above and beyond our expectations.

  • Mary Ann B — March 17, 2017 — Africa

    I would definitely recommend Kensington Tours. Very well pleased with everything they provided. Accommodations were excellent as well as tour guides. Gareth at Kensington was a tremendous help in planning our trip. Thank you so much Kensington for a great trip to South Africa.

  • Elizabeth E — February 07, 2017 — Africa

    Both our guides from Rwanda to Tanzania were the best. Everything was FLAWLESS, the guides, transportation, the accommodations, the food, the safaris, etc. We actually went to the villagers home and met the kids who performed their native dance for us. It really was an emotional connection that was one of the highlights of the whole trip for us. Thanks so much for putting this all together for us!

  • Katie M. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Our Kensington Tour to Tanzania was excellent. All of our accommodations were top-notch, our flights were fantastic, and every single detail was taken care of. We were extremely impressed with how welcoming and knowledgeable our guides were.

  • Neal F. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Best trip ever. Sarah was a delight to work with and answered all of our questions and concerns professionally and courteously. It was a trip of a lifetime and everything was fantastic. Thank u Sarah and thank you Kensington

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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