Planning a family safari takes a little extra foresight, a little extra homework, a little extra juggling - but it's absolutely possible to take everyone's wants and needs into account, to make the holiday of a lifetime.

The Feldman family from the USA recently joined us on safari. According to dad, Jason: “We literally had the best, best, best time! I cannot thank you enough for helping to make it possible.

I am sharing a few photos from the experience, but even they do not do justice to describe the way we all feel about our visit. “

We loved hearing about their trip and wanted to share their photo story with you … to give you a small foretaste of what’s possible on a family safari trip to Southern Africa.

Cape Point National Park

7. Returning from Cape Point, most westerly tip of Africa

Discussing Village Life

14. Discussing village life, much as the elders have done for centuries; beneath a shady tree

Ele Bwhite

2. Encounters with elephants – it’s something you feel deep inside you

Ellie At Waterhole

1. Echoes of Elephants at the Waterhole

Lion Yawning

3. Sleepy lions … counting the cat’s whiskers on safari

Family With Lodge Staff

4. New friendships forged at private lodge in Timabavati Private Game Reserve, part of Greater Kruger.

Penguin

6. Penguin Colony, Boulders Beach, Cape Peninsula

Talk At Robben Island

8. Listening to the history of Robben Island Prison, where Nelson Mandela spent most of his 27 years of incarceration

Table Mountain From Robben Island

9. View of Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain from Robben Island

Rock Jumping On Table Mountain

10. On top of the world – rock jumping with a view, on Table Mountain

Vic Falls

11. Victoria Falls, one of the Natural 7 Wonders of the World (in dry season!)

Lunch On Board

12. Lunch aboard a river cruise game drive on the mighty Zambezi

Local Village

13. Learning from locals – visit to cultural village in Zambia

Pumping Iron

15. Pumping iron - village style

“From the very moment you helped understand the vision for our visit to the simple perfection of every experience, every guide, every transfer, every check-in, every everything you touched, we had the most unbelievable experience.

“Many thanks, again, and again, for the special memories!!!”

It’s a pleasure, Feldman Family! Great to hear you had such an awesome trip.

For those of you wondering what their itinerary included, here’s a brief outline:

  • Road transfer from KMIA Airport (Nelspruit) to Hazyview
  • 4 day/3 night Kruger Budget Safari [link]
  • Road transfer to Machaton Private Camp in Timbavati (2 nights) including all meals and two game activities daily
  • Transfer to Eastgate Airport, Hoedspruit for flight to Cape Town
  • 3 Nights’ Accommodation at Cape Town Hollow [link]
  • Guided Day Trip to Cape Peninsula, Boulders Beach, Cape Point Nature Reserve Tour
  • Guided Day Trip to Robben Island and Table Mountain
  • Airport Transfer to Cape Town International Airport for flight to Zimbabwe
  • 3 Nights’ Accommodation at Victoria Falls Safari Club [link]
  • Return to Victoria Falls Airport to connect with homeward flights

Hope to see you back again soon, Feldman Family!

PS #10 is my favourite image - which one is yours? Let us know in the comments below.

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Alison
Alison

A 'word smith' or copywriter with over 25 years experience, love travelling, wildlife and conservation; fascinated by alternative energy, alternative building and alternative health. Consummate reader and traveller, both internationally and southern Africa. Have two remarkable daughters that continue to amaze and teach me daily. Consider myself privileged to live on the best continent on the planet.