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Ideas for South African safari

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Ideas for South African safari

Last year in august I went on a three weeks vacation to South Africa together with my wife and two small children (one year and four years old at that time).

The highlight of the trip was a stay at Tswalu Private Game Reserve in the Kalahari region which was absolutely fantastic both for the adults and the children.

Now we are considering to go to South Africa again this year in July and would like to visit two or three national parks or private game reserves as we very much enjoy the wild life part of our trip to south Africa.

However, we are slightly concerned that we will be disappointed after having been Tswalu. In particular, because it seems that many of the other private game reserves or significantly smaller and/or more crowded than Tswalu where we very much enjoyed the open spaces and the fact that we never saw any other vehicles when we where out on game drives.

On this background, I was wondering whether anyone has any proposals for places to go, having in mind that we very much enjoyed Tswalu. Please include both malarial and non-malarial areas as we have not finally decided yet whether we will take the children to a malarial area. We will probably fly into Jo'burg and are flexible when it comes to costs (as long as we get value for money).

One of the options we are considering is the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park but we are uncertain about whether this is a too remote place to go with small children and we are also uncertain about the accommodation options which seem limited.

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1. Re: Ideas for South African safari

Kaglagadi is fantastic but accomodations cannot compete with tswalu.

the only high level lodge is xaus lodge...good but i saw many times their trucks on the same road of all the other visitors.....

in the kruger area you can find fantastic game reserve or you can enjoy an easy and safe self drive.

we are used to do both things.

I suggest you to visit different areas of the park.

the central open areas around satara/orpen/tshokwane are maybe the richest

in fauna.closest luxury lodge is singita....

for our experience we do kruger in self drive and we mix some g.reserve in the great kruger area like timbavati or something else.there are many of them.



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2. Re: Ideas for South African safari

Many of the private game reserves in areas like Sabi Sands and Timbavati do not take young children especially on game drives in open vehicles. Children of this age are too unpredictable for them to be safe in an open vehicle. Some also have issues that other clients do not like kids around. Just read some of the posts on here from people making sure that the private reserve they have chosen does not take children! Others are more child-friendly and may allow the four of you on a game drive if you book an exclusive vehicle at significant extra cost - as I think does Tswalu.

Of course self-driving in Kruger or other National Parks is a no issue. The kids will be strapped into child seats in your car and they can have all their own stuff around them. The National Parks are not the same experience as Tswalu or other private reserves. But with young children they do offer possibly greater flexibility and also have excellent game viewing possibilities. They are also of course only a fraction of the price. Tswalu is R20,000 per night for a family suite with a private vehicle. A chalet or bungalow in a National Park for the four of you will normally be less than R1,000. maybe as stefano says look at combining the two experiences.

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3. Re: Ideas for South African safari

Van_de_Caab is correct - children younger than 6 yrs are not allowed on game drives in the private reserves like the Sabi Sands and Timbavati. The only way that you could take them on game drives in these reserves, would be if you pay an additional rate for a private game viewing vehicle.

South Africa, as you know, has many excellent safari destinations. It all depends on your budget though - if you could give us an indication of how much you want to spend, then we can make more presice recommendations. There are many wonderful reserves - the 2 mentioned ones, the Sabi Sands and Timbavati, as well as Phinda, which is very low rish malaria and Madikwe and Kwandwe which are malaria free, and there are still many more!

Tanya * owner * Africa Direct

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