Family holiday to South Africa & Swaziland

“A 14 day, small group family adventure holiday in South Africa and Swaziland, staying in lodges, featuring wildlife watching in Kruger National Park. ”

Highlights

Johannesburg | Blyde River Canyon | Tshukudu Game Reserve | Big 5 | Kruger National Park | Swaziland | Stay in traditional hut | Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary | Kosi Bay | Zulu village | Durban

Description of Family holiday to South Africa & Swaziland

Take the whole family on a roaring adventure with this 14 day wildlife and cultural tour of South Africa and Swaziland. Starting in Johannesburg, you’ll travel by jeep through the area’s best game lands, visiting local Zulu villagers and seeing some of the area’s stunning natural features.

The highlight of the holiday is South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park. Alongside the chance of spotting the Big Five, you might also run into cheetah, giraffe, hyena, wildebeest and warthogs, as well as impressive birdlife from beautiful cranes to vultures. There will be more occasions for wildlife watching at the Tshukudu Game Reserve, best known for its lion rehabilitation programme, and in Mlilwane, where we will swap the jeep for an exciting walk through the grasslands in search of zebra and antelope. You can also choose to do a riverside trail, with the hope of seeing hippos or crocs, or take a boat trip to see whales and turtles at Kosi Bay. These unspoiled beaches, on the shores of the Indian Ocean, are a perfect spot for snorkelling and relaxing on the sand.

We’ll visit a Zulu village, where we can talk to the local people and discover their fascinating culture and lifestyle. There’s also the chance to spend two nights in a traditional beehive hut or rondavel – always popular with the kids. Most of the lodges and hotels come with a swimming pool, and you can also enjoy a cooling dip in the sea at Kosi Bay and St. Lucia.

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Small group family holiday

This is a 'small group family adventure' - typically you will join several other families and travel in a group of approx. 16 people. The trips are great value and a great way for you and your children to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of time to yourselves. Please check with the operator to confirm the minimum age for this trip

Responsible tourism

Family holiday to South Africa & Swaziland

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

This tour makes us of local tour leaders who are experts in their own country. Time spent with them allows us a unique insight into local culture. The entry fees we pay to the various game parks, wildlife sanctuaries and water reserves we visit on this tour contribute to the long-term preservation of the wildlife and their environment.

Kruger National Park is very focused on conservation of wild animals, and so they have restrictions and rules set to ensure visitors minimise their impact. We travel in 4x4 land cruisers, with 8 people per vehicle to minimise our impact. In Tshukudu we visit a lion breeding and conservation project in the park which contributes income to the valuable work being undertaken by the project.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

As a company we support Cool Earth. Protecting rainforest is one of the most effective actions to tackle climate breakdown. CoolEarth work with indigenous communities empowering them to conserve their forest; keeping CO2 locked in.

Community

We stay in great places within the reserves so that the money can go back into the parks, to aid the local community and the animals. Our Tour Leaders are all trained by us in the importance of responsible tourism with guidance given on how they can make a difference. This then percolates down through those they deal with.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Tsukudu Game Reserve. Excellent guide, very knowleadgeable, fun, knew how to make the most of environmental interpretation.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


As a lot of things are optional keep in mind that depending on the optional activities you want to book you may need another 300-500 euros each for food and activities. Also pack warm clothes too. For the early morning late evening game drives you will need them.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I am not really sure since we do not know what percentage goes to local people. We visited a zulu village that seemed quite touristic as an experience, too pre-fabricated but at least I hope the proceeds go to them. The "orphanage" optional experience in Swaziland was a complete no for me. It was just another turistic show of their cultural songs and dances, not really unerstanding their needs. It would be preferable if wwe could actually visit the scool and orphanage and instead of an oprtional experience make it a basic one, with pre-information of the travellers so that they could bring textbooks or pencils or clothes or other items of need instead of asking for a voluntary conmtribution on our way out.
As for the environmental aspect we did visit a glass recycling facility however for the most part we saw very little of the actual conservation that is supported, we could have visited a rehab or a conservation dfacility, talk with a couple of rangers etc (which we didn't)

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Overall it was a good experience, I was expecting a bit more on the responsible side to be honest as well as more time spend in Kruger.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your comments, at Responsible Travel we do not promote orphanage visits

See our guidelines below:
https://www.responsibletravel.com/holidays/volunteering-with-children/travel-guide/volunteering-with-children-issues

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