South Africa Family Tour
South Africa Family Tour

South Africa Family Tour

19 days

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See South Africa with the whole family

There’s something for every family member in stunning South Africa, and the 19-Day South Africa Family Tour is the perfect way to explore the landscapes, cities, and natural wonders of this unforgettable country.

From Pretoria to Durban, the 19-Day South Africa Family Tour shows you the captivating cities of South Africa through tours. Then, you’ll dive deep into nature, cruising on game drives through Kruger National Park and exploring hidden waterfalls. Lions and elephants give way to dolphins and turtles when the 19-Day South Africa Family Tour takes you to the pristine Dolphin Coast, where you’ll snorkel in the blue waters or help the kids catch their first fish. The 19-Day South Africa Family Tour is partially customizable, so whether you prefer to hike in Northern Drakensberg or relax on a boat cruise in Kosi Bay, the family can enjoy South Africa to the fullest.

Highlights of the South Africa Family Tour

Get to know what makes bustling cities like Pretoria and Durban so special on guided tours.
Take multiple game drives through renowned Kruger National Park to spot local wildlife.
Swim, snorkel, or fish off the stunning Dolphin Coast.
Customize your trip with add-on excursions fit for the whole family.

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From $1,825USD
19 days
Difficulty
Partially Guided
Hotels, camping
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South Africa Family Tour

19-Day South Africa Family Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in South Africa

Welcome to South Africa! Once you and your family arrive at the airport in Johannesburg, you’ll be met by your guide and taken to the hotel in nearby Pretoria. The rest of the evening is free to do as you please.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Pretoria
Meals: None

Day 2 Pretoria City Tour

The first full day of your family tour of South Africa begins with a tour of beautiful Pretoria, a flower-filled city with some of South Africa’s most beautiful sights nearby. You’ll be shown the Union Buildings, the official seat of the South African Government, Church Square, and Voortrekker Monument. This will give you some insight into South Africa’s government, architecture, and history. Then, it’s off to lunch and some of the local museums and shops. In the late afternoon, you’ll enjoy the amenities at the resort in Blyde Canyon where you’ll spend the night.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Blyde Canyon
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Panorama Route

After breakfast, you’ll be driven to a lookout point with several hiking trails branching off from it. Those who’d like to can explore on foot, but those who prefer to just enjoy the view can admire the Three Rondavels. Then, it’s off to God’s Window, a canyon area with stunning waterfalls and sheer cliffs. Bring a camera! Finally, you’ll explore Bourke’s Luck Potholes, a short pathway that winds alongside waterfalls and whirlpools.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Blyde Canyon
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Kruger Area

A family trip to South Africa wouldn’t be complete without a stop in Kruger. This national park boasts world-renowned nature and wildlife, and you’ll be treated to an afternoon bush walk to explore. The kids can take part in a mini ranger course, and then it’s to the pool to enjoy the rest of the day.
Overnight Location: Safari lodge in Kruger National Park
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Kruger and Sihlekisi Primary School Visit

Today, you’ll get in touch with local families at a nearby primary school. Maybe the kids will make some new friends? Then, you’ll make a stop at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre to view cheetahs, lions, antelope, and more in a special protective habitat. The evening can be spent at your leisure.
Overnight Location: Safari lodge in Kruger National Park
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Southern Kruger Game Drive

The gem of Kruger is the wildlife, so you’ll have another chance today to view animals in their natural habitats. The family will enter Kruger’s south area in a closed game drive vehicle and search for the area’s plentiful rhinos and lions, among others. Keep an eye out for ancient San rock paintings near the hippo hangout! Then, you’ll set up your campsite and help the guide prepare dinner for everyone.
Overnight Location: Camping in Kruger National Park
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 Southern Kruger Game Drive

Missed a cheetah or giraffe the day before? Enjoy a full day out in Kruger finding wildlife. You’ll have a picnic lunch break in between, but the day is yours to experience the fantastic nature of South Africa.
Overnight Location: Camping in Kruger National Park
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 Sunrise Game Drive

This is your last day in Kruger, and your family can enjoy the beauty of the park from the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle at sunrise. Later, pick the perfect spot for your picnic lunch and enjoy the animals!
Overnight Location: Camping in Kruger National Park
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 eSwatini and Jane Goodall Institute

Bid Kruger adieu as you continue on to the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland, recently renamed eSwatini. A morning stop at the Lowvled Botanical Gardens in Nelspruit gives you the chance to appreciate stunning waterfalls at the convergence of two rivers, and then it’s off to the Jane Goodall Institute in the afternoon. Here, you and the family can take a tour to learn about Jane Goodall and her beloved chimpanzees before settling in at the hotel before dinner.
Overnight Location: Hotel in eSwatini
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

There’s something for each family member at the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Adventurous groups can enjoy horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking. Laid-back crews can enjoy cultural village tours and game drives. Then, it’s to the local chocolate shop for a treat before the end of the day!
Overnight Location: Hotel in eSwatini
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 Kosi Bay

The next part of your family tour of South Africa takes you to Kosi Bay, a beautiful bay on South Africa’s majestic coastline near Durban. The beaches here are sublime and the marine life is plentiful. You’ll set up camp for the next few nights and then have the evening free to enjoy the area.
Overnight Location: Camping in Kosi Bay
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 12 Choice of activities in Kosi Bay

The family has the chance to choose what to do today. Options include fishing, snorkelling, boat cruises, hiking, birding, and seasonal loggerhead turtle tours. Hard choices!
Overnight Location: Camping in Kosi Bay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 13 Choice of activities in Kosi Bay

You’ll have another chance to pick and choose your family’s adventure in Kosi Bay today. Whatever you choose, enjoy!
Overnight Location: Camping in Kosi Bay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 14 St. Lucia Boat Cruise

St. Lucia was South Africa’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, and this beautiful area houses an estuary with pristine natural beauty and plentiful wildlife. The family will be treated to a boat cruise along the estuary to explore this incredible area. Then, it’s back to camp to relax for the evening.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Vryheid
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 Dolphin Coast

The KwaZulu-Natal North Coast is dubbed the “Dolphin Coast” for its massive population of resident bottlenose dolphins, and this is where the next portion of your family’s South African tour leads you! The beaches here are pristine, and you’ll have the whole afternoon to enjoy them after arriving at the hotel in Ballito.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Ballito
Meals: Breakfast

Day 16 Free time on Dolphin Coast

The Dolphin Coast deserves a full day of enjoyment, which is exactly what you’ll get today. Spend the day however the family likes, whether it’s kicking back at the beach or finding a local activity to do.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Ballito
Meals: Breakfast

Day 17 Durban and Northern Drakensberg

The morning starts with a transfer to Durban, where you’ll enjoy an orientation tour of this wonderful city. The tour stops at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, where the family can ride a skycar up to enjoy a birds-eye view of the city and the Indian Ocean beyond. Then, it’s onwards to the Nelson Mandela capture site, where you can learn more about the history of this place. The kids can enjoy trampolines and jungle gyms here, and then it’s off to the hotel for the evening.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Durban
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 18 Spioenkop Nature Reserve

The last full day of your family tour of South Africa begins with a drive to the Spioenkop Nature Reserve, where fishing, walking, horseback riding, game viewing, and birding await. Afterwards, you have time to enjoy the activities at the hotel before dinner.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Durban
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 19 Departure

Time to pack the family up and head home! Your guide will take you to the airport and help you check in before saying goodbye.
Overnight Location: None
Meals: Breakfast

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19-Day South Africa Family Tour Price and Dates

This partially-guided tour of South Africa is always run as a custom tour for your group only and the price depends on the size of your group.

The 19-Day South Africa Family Tour is available from January to the end of October. The best time to visit South Africa for this tour is late spring through early fall (September through May), as a portion of the tour involves the beaches and ocean.

Prices of Private 19-Day South Africa Family Tour

Have your own private tour with just your group! Please note, that these prices apply per person sharing a double room:

  • Groups of 4-5: $3,495 USD per person
  • Groups of 6-7: $2,995 USD per person
  • Groups of 8-9: $2,750 USD per person
  • Groups of 10-12: $2,550 USD per person
  • Groups of 13-14: $2,295 USD per person
  • Groups of 15-16: $2,225 USD per person

Children under 12 year

The prices below apply for children under 12 year, sharing the room with 2 adults. Please note, that the children older than 12 years will pay the full adult price.

  • Groups of 4-5: $3,075 USD per person
  • Groups of 6-7: $2,595 USD per person
  • Groups of 8-9: $2,350 USD per person
  • Groups of 10-12: $2,125 USD per person
  • Groups of 13-14: $1,875 USD per person
  • Groups of 15-16: $1,825 USD per person
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Accommodation on the 19-Day South Africa Family Tour

This tour is based in 2-4-star hotels and game lodges. The hotels offer comfortable rooms that are suitable for families. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travellers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $325 USD to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travellers up where possible

Hotels on Standard Tour

Court Classique Suite Hotel in Pretoria ★★★★

Court Classique is a clean, modern hotel with a great restaurant, outdoor pool, and helpful staff.

Forever Resort in Blyde Canyon ★★★

The Forever Resort has lovely, bright rooms and a location that makes visiting the nearby Three Rondavels easy.

Timbavati Safari Lodge in Kruger Private Reserves ★★★

This lodge is only a stone’s throw from the heart of Kruger National Park. The rooms are traditionally decorated, spacious, and comfortable.

Skukuza Rest Camp in Southern Kruger ★★

This area makes camping a breeze, with great pools, clean facilities, laundry service, and BBQ areas.

Maguga Dam Lodge in eSwatini ★★★

Maguga Dam Lodge offers ensuite bathrooms, TV, air conditioning, a pool, and a great restaurant.

Utshwayelo Kosi Mouth Camp in Kosi Bay

This camp has a charming beach lodge atmosphere and great proximity to the Isimangaliso Wetland Reserve, making it a breeze to enjoy the local attractions.

Shonalanga Lodge in St. Lucia ★★★

The Shonalanga Lodge offers an outdoor swimming pool, beautiful garden, and free WiFi.

Mini Villas in Dolphin Coast ★★★

These little villas are perfect for families, with more private accommodations and direct beach access.

Sandford Park Country Hotel ★★★

Town Lodge offers comfortable rooms, and the grounds offer a pool, air conditioning, and laundry service.

What’s Included in the 19-Day South Africa Family Tour?

Meals

18 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 7 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 18 nights is included.

Transportation during the Tour

Personal and luggage transfer to and from the airport is included, as well as transportation during the tour.

Also Included

  • Guided activities:
    • Tour of Pretoria
    • Tour of Durban
    • Tour of the Panorama Route
    • Mini ranger course and bushwalk
    • 3 full day and 1 half-day game drives
    • Boat cruise in St. Lucia
  • Entrance fees to parks, gardens, and conservation sites
  • English, Afrikaans, and Dutch-speaking guide
  • General camping equipment

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • International flights
  • Lunches and dinners or drinks and snacks not previously mentioned
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Visas if required
  • Personal equipment (including personal equipment for camping)

Optional Extras

  • Additional activities and excursions
  • Single room supplements
  • Solo traveller supplements
  • Any additional nights before or after the tour

Frequently Asked Questions about South Africa Family Tour

Highline Tours and Travel is a tour operator that explores exotic destinations: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, East Africa, Mozambique, to name a few. They offer phenomenal safari, activity and adventure, and romantic getaway tours that will undoubtedly leave a vivid, lasting memory.

The tour guides for Highline Tours and Travel have a magical way of elevating tours from lovely to personable and memorable. They believe in creating a dynamic, encouraging, and fun environment.

Highline Tours and Travel’s vision is to provide the best holiday possible for all clients in hopes that they will become ambassadors for the stunning African continent.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 1 / 5. The included excursions are not physically demanding, and the optional add-on excursions can be relaxed or demanding depending on what each guest desires.

Local Guide

Machiel Breedt, Highline Tours and Travel
Machiel Breedt
South Africa, Namibia, Botswana

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