We know that a great holiday for children means an even better holiday for parents. Few things are as wonderful as seeing the look on your childs face when standing in the tracks of a lion or coming face to face with exotic fish whilst snorkelling.
Start off with a Big Five safari in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, one of South Africa’s largest reserves. Aside from family game drives, there are treasure hunts, bush bumbles and a whole host of activities tailored to suit each child’s age.
Onward to Mauritius, a beautiful island with more than just its tropical beaches on offer. Kids can enjoy a great programme of fun, from beach and water activities to a mini chef experience. We can even arrange a trip in a submarine.
For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.
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Fly London to Johannesburg overnight
Travel from Johannesburg to Madikwe
One of South Africa's largest game reserves, Madikwe Game Reserve is home to the Big Five and has a healthy African wild dog population. Bordering Botswana, which lies to its north, the reserve is one of the best run in the country. Some 8000 animals including lion, elephant, cheetah, rhino and buffalo were introduced to the reserve during one of the biggest wildlife translocation projects in the world, "Operation Noah" some 20 years ago and have flourished in this unique environment.
A Typical Day on SafariExplore the Madikwe Reserve, found on the edge of the arid Kalahari region. Richly diverse and packed with wildlife, this area is a wonderful place to spot an array of impressive animals, including resident wild dog. Game drives run twice a day, with afternoon drives extending into the night, allowing for the spotting of - often elusive - nocturnal species. As the sun sets, stop for sundowners amidst this magnificent landscape. For a different experience, set out on foot and take part in a guided walking safari. Learn about the nuances of the bush and spot the tell-tale clues that big game leaves behind.
You will be staying at Tuningi Safari Lodge
Activities at TuningiSpend time exploring the vast malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Standing on what was once farming land, this diverse reserve now supports an array of wildlife. Take morning and afternoon game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, led by highly trained guides. Three hunting packs of wild dogs roam this landscape of rock-strewn hills, open savannah and rich bushveld, as well as numerous larger mammals. These include leopards, cheetahs, lions, giraffes, rhinos, elephants and many other species. The varied topography of the reserve means that there is a diverse range of animal species, including more than 340 types of birds. There are also a number of activities for children of all ages. These include treasure hunts, t-shirt painting, clay building and bush memory games. Older children will get an activity book to record wildlife sightings, whilst evenings in the boma can be spent toasting marshmallows on the fire.
Activities at Tuningi Safari Lodge - Game WalkFor the more adventurous - enjoy a walking safari, which gives you an different aspect to your safari. After an exciting day in the bush return to the camp for an exquisite dinner.
Last full day to enjoy the activities from your lodge
Travel from Madikwe to Johannesburg
Fly Johannesburg to Mauritius
Covered in lush vegetation and exotic flowers, Mauritius has dramatic mountains and a vibrant culture, mixed with some of the finest beaches and aquamarine lagoons in the Indian Ocean. The warm climate and the blue green sea gently lapping the sandy shores within the protective belt of the coral reef, create a tropical paradise.The wonderfully friendly local people stem from India, Madagascar, East Africa, China, France and England, producing a rich mix of cultures and lifestyles.
You will be staying at Shanti Maurice
Full Day Scenic South - SuggestionThe southern part of Mauritius is known for its wild beauty and charm. Enjoy a scenic drive and discover unique landscapes carved by the elements over time. Travel past the suburb of Floréal and drive towards Curepipe, one of the island's main cities. As you reach the highest point in town, step down to see Trou aux Cerfs' crater, a dormant volcano covered with lush vegetation, which also acts as a 360-degree lookout. Head towards the sacred lake of Grand-Bassin, a significant place of worship for Hindus in Mauritius, and further south, discover the spectacular Black River Gorges tucked in tropical greenery. Ascend a beautiful winding road offering commanding views over the southern coast and Le Morne Peninsula before arriving at La Rhumerie de Chamarel, a local rum distillery where the host will reveal all the secrets of fabrication. As the day draws to an end, see the spectacular coloured earths of Chamarel and its waterfalls. The day ends with a visit of Casela Nature & Leisure Park where you will see birds and animal species sourced from around the globe.
Activities at Shanti MauriceShanti Maurice has a wide range of activities to choose from should you not want to relax by the pool or on the beach.
Spa at Shanti Maurice - SuggestionThe Nira Spa at Shanti Maurice is the perfect peaceful haven for relaxation, serenity and wellness through 4 distinct deluxe spa stations: The Holistic Bio Expereince, The Indian Experience, The Oriental Experience and the The Fitness & Wellness Experience. Take some time out to enjoy the experiences on offer - Shanti Maurice boasts the most extensive spa facility with plenty of treatment rooms in Mauritius.
Shanti Maurice - WatersportsPerhaps indulge in some watersports today - the non motorised activities are free - Kayak, Pedalo and also Paddle Board. There are other watersports to keep you entertained (additional cost) perhaps try you hand at Scuba Diving or snorkelling. Dolphin expeditions are also available from here.
Fly Mauritius to London overnight
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