14 day tour
South Africa with Kids Trip
- A trip created specially for families
- Safari in Kruger park
- A unique visit to Swaziland
In this 14-day South Africa with kids trip, you will travel by car from Johannesburg to Durban. From Johannesburg, you will travel to the Soutpansberg Mountains with its vibrant Venda and Tsonga culture. From Hoedspruit you will go on your first safari where you’ll be on the lookout for rhinoceros, buffalo, giraffes, zebras and antelopes. You will drive across the Panoramic Route to the Kruger National Park. Here you can go on another thrilling safari. You might even be able to spot the Big Five! You will also make a trip to Swaziland. Travelling through the Ithala Game Reserve and St. Lucia you will arrive in Umhlanga, a seaside resort town near Durban.
14 day tour of South Africa
Route: Johannesburg – Soutpansberg Mountains – Hoedspruit – Kruger National Park – Swaziland – Ithala Game Reserve – St Lucia – Umhlanga – Durban
Day 1 – Arrival in Johannesburg
The South Africa with kids trip starts in Johannesburg. Upon arrival you will meet our local representative, who will give you the necessary information for your trip. After this you will be brought to your first accommodation. Depending on your time of arrival, you will have the opportunity to explore Johannesburg. You could visit Soweto, the largest and most well-known slum of South Africa.
Day 2 – Johannesburg to Soutpansberg Mountains (445 km)
With your rental car, you will drive to Soutpansberg. Soutpansberg means ‘Salt Pan Mountain’. It is South Africa’s most northern mountain range and forms part of the UNESCO-designated Vhembe Biosphere Reserve. These mountains boast a rich cultural heritage, diverse fauna and flora, and unspoilt wilderness with rugged peaks rising from the baobab-dotted plains. Your hotel is set in a beautiful and quiet valley of the Soutpansberg Mountains. Take your time to relax at the hotel swimming pool or venture out to explore the surrounding area.
Day 3 – Soutpansberg Mountains
You have a full day to explore the Soutpansberg Mountains. You can learn about the Venda and Tsonga culture of the area and discover the unspoiled nature of the Soutpansberg and Limpopo Valley. Take a guided tour to a nearby Venda village, explore the sacred valleys and lakes, and discover the ancient historical rock art of this beautiful area.
Day 4 – Soutpansberg to Hoedspruit (290 km)
Today you will drive to Hoedspruit. Resting at the foot of the Klein Drakensberg in the beautiful Limpopo Province, the town of Hoedspruit is surrounded by the largest privately owned conservation area in the world. It lies between the world-famous Kruger National Park and the breathtaking Blyde River Canyon. Hoedspruit serves as a perfect base from which to explore the surrounding game reserves and natural attractions.
Day 5 – Hoedspruit
You will have an early start today, because you are going on safari! During the game drive you can encounter rhinoceros, buffalo, giraffes, zebras and antelopes. You can also go on a guided 2-hour game bush walk (min. 12 years old) with a professional ranger.
Day 6 – Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park (250 km)
Today you’ll take the scenic Panorama Route as you drive to the Central Lowveld. En route you can visit various viewpoints like Blyde River Canyon, the world’s second largest canyon. Here you will find Bourke’s Luck Potholes, which are water puddles that according to legend bring you good luck. You will also stop at God’s Window, a viewing point where you can see almost 300 metres in depth.
Kruger Park park is known as one of the best parks when it comes to safari experience in Africa, and you will quickly see why. The park is home to over 130 mammals and over 500 bird species. During a safari here, you can spot the famed Big Five. The sheer density of wildlife makes Kruger National Park an unforgettable experience.
Day 7 – Kruger National Park to Swaziland (260 km)
Today you will cross the border to Swaziland. If you pay close attention, you can recognize the shape of a crocodile between the mountains. Highlights of this laid-back land include the beautiful ‘Valley of Heaven’, the handicraft haven of the Malkerns Valley and the Hlane Royal National Park, famed for its white rhinos, antelopes and lions.
Day 8 – Swaziland free day
You have a free day to visit the various craft stalls. Alternatively, you can take an excursion to visit the Swazi Secret Project, a project where you will visit a Sangoma (traditional healer) and learn how they make products from the surrounding nature.
Day 9 – Swaziland to Ithala Game Reserve (292 km)
You will drive back over the border to South Africa to Ithala Game Reserve. Here you can spot some of the smaller animals. Situated in the rugged, mountainous thornveld of northern KwaZulu-Natal, the reserve’s multitude of habitats host a spectacular array of wildlife species. Some of the oldest rock formations in the world are also found here, dating back 3,000 million years. With altitudes varying from 400m above sea level in the north to 1,450m near Louwsberg in the south, Ithala’s terrain extends over lowveld and densely vegetated riverine valleys to high-lying grassland plateaus, ridges and cliff faces.
Day 10 – Ithala Game Reserve to St. Lucia
On today’s drive you will follow the Elephant Coast Route to Greater St. Lucia Wetlands area, one of South Africa’s World Heritage Sites. In the afternoon you will experience a boat cruise on Lake St. Lucia with the opportunity to see hippos and crocodiles. You can even go snorkelling or whale watching.
Day 11 – St. Lucia free day
You’ve got a free day to explore the surrounding area of St. Lucia. There are many activities including horseback riding on the beach, a game drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve or a day at Muzi Pan Canoe Adventures, where you can go canoeing, fishing or bird watching. For more cultural activities, you can visit the Zulu people.
Day 12 – St. Lucia free day
Enjoy another free day where you can go on one of the many excursions in the surroundings of St. Lucia.
Day 13 – St. Lucia to Umhlanga (230 km)
You will drive to Umhlanga, a seaside resort town near Durban. Your hotel will be located right at the beach. This area is famous for its pleasant weather and sandy beaches. Here you can go diving, swimming, scuba diving, whale watching, dolphin viewing, deep sea fishing or kite boarding. You can also visit the city of Durban and visit the Ushaka Marine World, where you will learn all about the sea life. Or simply relax at the beach or the swimming pool of your hotel!
Day 14 – Departure from Durban
Today is the last day of your South Africa family trip and you will return home after this unforgettable tour of South Africa.