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Experience the best of both worlds on the bush and beach family vacation to South Africa and Mozambique. Going on a safari as a family is an adventure, an experience that the family will never forget and for the children, it is an opportunity to get introduced to wildlife roaming in their natural habitat; or to marine life during snorkelling – all this under the watchful eyes of their proud parents who share the excitement of their children.
This journey starts with a thrilling game viewing in the renowned Kruger National Park famous for the exceptional quantity and variety of its wildlife. Your first four days are spent at andBeyond Ngala Safari Lodge, a timeless safari lodge ideally positioned on a private concession inside the highly acclaimed Kruger National Park. Set within South Africa’s largest and most well-known game reserve in the world, Ngala Private Game Reserve offers not only one of the most incredible Big Five wildlife experiences in the world, but also offers an intimate one away from the crowds as the only other vehicle encountered in the reserve will be that on andBeyond.
Following an exhilarating safari experience, you will fly to Vilanculos in Mozambique for a paradise beach stay at Santorini, a gem nestled above the red cliffs of Kingfisher Bay a coastal haven offering a myriad of water activities enjoyable by young and old.
(This package is based on a Special Offer of STAY 5 PAY4 with 1 night free)
On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed and assisted with check-in onto your scheduled domestic flight to Ngala Safari Lodge private airstrip. There, the lodge’s team will be in attendance for a short five-minute road transfer to the lodge. Enjoy welcome drinks followed by check-in procedures. Once you are settled in your accommodation, enjoy lunch.
Around 15h30, gather for a decadent high tea during which you will be introduced to your Ranger. After your briefing, board on the lodge’s state-of-the-art Land rovers, specially modified for guests’ comfort and safety to start your safari adventure as you venture out into the bushveld for your first game drive.
Boasting one of the lowest vehicle densities in the Greater Kruger, you can expect an uninterrupted game-viewing experience in an untouched African wilderness. In addition, there are never more than two vehicles at a sighting, except with very relaxed animals in open terrain, in which case three vehicles are allowed.
Game drives average 3 -4 hours in duration during which your experienced game ranger and expert local tracker will share their extensive knowledge and love for the African bush with you. Animals and birds in the reserve have become used to having the game drive vehicles nearby due to a carefully planned and managed habituation process. This allows us to get close to them and forms part of the appeal of the Luxury Lodge Safari!
Afternoon game drives are a highlight as sundowners are served in the bush, with the beautiful African sunset above. They extend into the early evening and as darkness falls, nocturnal animals of the bush get excited as they celebrate “their dawn “and come out. Your skilled tracker will scan the landscape using a spotlight, which illuminates animals’ eyes. A variety of completely different species can be seen on the night drive back to the lodge. Arrival is at the lodge in the early evening, there is time to freshen up before dinner alternatively served around the campfire in the open-air boma (weather permitting) or in the dining room. Dinner combines African and Western cuisine. It is time to discuss the afternoon’s highlights around the campfire and plan for tomorrow’s safari with your ranger.
Room Type: Family Cottage
Meal Basis: Fully Inclusive (All meals, drinks and safaris activities)
The next three days will be spent enjoying early morning and late afternoon game drives that are led by some of the best rangers in the industry and accompanied by local trackers who come from the native Shangaan communities.
The day begins early with tea or coffee with muffins and fruit before departing for the morning game drive. The cooler morning temperatures mean that the game in the reserve is often more active, and the softer light makes for great images.
Timbavati Game Reserve within which is located Ngala Private Game Reserve is known for its natural splendour, a wide swathe of bush and high density of wildlife – large herds of buffalo and elephants are found in good numbers as well. All Big Five are seen within the reserve, with over 350 bird species but it is more famous for its herds of white lions. In addition, because there are no fences between the Kruger national park and the private game reserves, wildlife can roam freely.
Your guide has an intimate knowledge of the park, which contributes a great deal towards brilliant. Return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast, after which you will have time to relax by the pool and dip into a good book or enjoy the rest of the lodge’s facilities.
In between the game drives guests are welcome to join the morning walk led by an experienced armed Ranger and Tracker. The rest of the day is spent at leisure, relaxing in your room or by the pool. Lunch is served around 14h00 and it is time for a little siesta.
For the young ones, Ngala Safari Lodge has a fantastic WILDchild programme to introduce children to the amazing world of the safari through planned activities which help them
develop the kind of strong love and understanding of the African bush as the rangers who introduce them to it!
While adults are enjoying quality time indulging in body massages and other spa treatments at the lodge, the children will be busy soaking up the sun by the pool or busy with the chef in the kitchen learning how to make their favourite pizza and more.
Around 15h30 gather with fellow guests for high tea in preparation for your afternoon game drive during your experienced guide will through your wildlife Wishlist to find out what hasn’t been ticked yet, but you may also be lucky that by your second game drive your wildlife expectations have already been met and exceeded. Enjoy your afternoon game drive with a stop for Sundowners to stretch your legs while marvelling at the splendour of an African sunset, and the absolute tranquillity of the bush.
Back again at the lodge after an exhilarating afternoon of unforgettable bush life. Get ready for dinner and time to discuss the day’s highlights with fellow guests and rangers and make new friends. After yet another evening under the African stars, enjoy your last night in the bush.
Room Type: Family Cottage
Meal Basis: Fully Inclusive (All meals, drinks and safaris activities)
Santorini is blanketed by the Indian Ocean – a staircase from the villa leads directly to the warm waters of the white sandy beach. Your family accommodation, The Chapel has private beach access, as well as a private rim-flow plunge pool and outdoor dining area on the patio ideal for private family dinner under the African Sky.
Located a short walk away from the Main Villa but far enough for complete privacy, The Chapel at Santorini is an exclusive use, intimate, 2-bedroom villa created for the ultimate small family gathering or getaway and exudes tranquillity.
For the following days, warm Indian Ocean waters, pristine coral reefs teeming with marine life, and idyllic beaches are all for the family to enjoy.
The choices for families to fill their days at Santorini are endless.
Explore, island hop, swim, and laze in the warm Indian Ocean or around the courtyard pool
Vilanculos is renowned for its superb variety of white sand beaches, alluring golden sunsets and tall palm trees. The beach stretches for tens of kilometres allowing riders plenty of opportunities for exhilarating canters and long trots. The views from the towering cliffs overlooking the Bazaruto Archipelago are extraordinary and will be a memory you will never forget.
1. Kitesurfing: Whether you’re a total beginner or wanting to push your kite surfing skills to the next level, there is a range of courses to meet your needs. Best of all – the kite surfing school will come to you and your lesson will be here on the shores of Santorini.
2. Snorkelling: A complimentary private snorkelling trip to Magaruque Island on one of Santorini’s boats including a picnic lunch, refreshments and an optional stop at Pansy Island
3. Deep fishing by boat
1. Horse riding: 45-minute drive from Santorini there is 104 beautiful horse stables offering a variety of rides along the coast and inland that cater for beginners to experienced riders. The spirit of fun and adventure runs deep at Mozambique Horse Safari so saddle up and enjoy a truly unique African adventure on our wonderful horses.
2. Scenic helicopter to Experience the allure of the Bazaruto Archipelago from above.
While relaxing aboard with the Captain’s full attention, passengers can experience the Bazaruto Archipelago with its scenic wonders. From the elegance of flamingos, the amazing sea life such as Dugongs, crystal clear waters, white sand beaches, beautiful sunsets, golden dunes, historic lighthouses and pristine islands to nature’s artwork in the form of ripples in sand and water.
3. Beach Volleyball
4. Beach Cricket
5. Camel safaris
7. Private beach picnics
8. Local markets visits
9. Cultural excursions
Room Type: The Chapel
Meal Basis: Fully Inclusive (All meals, drinks, water and land activities)
Because all good things always come to an end, your epic 9-Nights Bush and Beach family journey in South Africa and Mozambique comes to an end today.
After one last swim in the Indian Ocean followed by a leisurely breakfast, depending on your flight departure time, you will be transferred back to Vilanclulos Airport in time for your flight to Johannesburg for an onward flight back home.