Your tailor-made family safari to South Africa

Thanda Safari Lodge - kids on safari Cape Town Marataba

This thrilling family holiday combines a city-break in Cape Town with, not one, but two malaria-free safaris in South Africa's northern Waterberg region. Begin with a stay at Steenberg Hotel on the Cape's first farm, established in 1682. Situated just outside Cape Town, this location provides a country retreat whilst still within easy driving distance of the attractions of the city, from Table Mountain and Robben Island, to the V&A Waterfront and the beautiful beaches. The picturesque Cape winelands are is also close at hand. You will then leave the Cape and head to Marataba Safari Lodge situated in a private Big 5 game reserve, 3 hour's drive north of Johannesburg. The family will stay in large tented suites nestled in the bushveld with animals regularly wandering past your deck. Experience exciting family game drives as well as surprise meals out in the bush. Specially designed child activities from stargazing and going on bug hunts, to molding animal tracks and dung tracking, your children will be entertained from sunup to sundown.

Yet more safari adventure awaits at the next stop, Ant's Nest Lodge, in another private game reserve not far from Marataba. Personally visited by the children of Mahlatini members of staff, we can't rate this lodge highly enough for its diversity of activity and its friendly staff. It is the definition of family-friendly with free babysitting services allowing you to have dinner in adult company every night and a very flexible activity schedule to accommodate children of all ages and interests. Activities include activities such as horseriding alongside zebra, giraffe and other animals, fishing, guided walks, archery, rhino tracking and bug and spoor walks. The children will have the time of their lives.

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Day 1

Catch your overnight flight from Philadelphia International Airport to Cape Town International

Day 2 - 5

4 nights at Steenberg Hotel & Vineyards | Cape Town

Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will make your way to the car hire desk to collect your hire car. From here you will drive yourself to Cape Town.

Room Type: Family Room Meal Basis: BB Bed and Breakfast

Day 6 - 8

3 nights at Marataba Safari Lodge | Waterberg

Today you will take the drive to Cape Town International Airport where you will drop off your hire car and catch your flight to Johannesburg. Here you will be met and privately transferred to Marataba Safari Lodge, a Big 5 private game reserve in the malaria-free Waterberg region of South Africa.

Room Type: 2 Bedroom Family Suite Meal Basis: AIS All Inclusive and Scheduled Safari Activities

Day 9 - 11

3 nights at Ant's Nest | Waterberg

Today you will be met by your private driver who will transfer you by road to another private game reserve in the Waterberg and to your lodge, Ant's Nest.

Room Type: Davidson Room Meal Basis: AIS All Inclusive and Scheduled Safari Activities

Day 12

Today you will be met by your private driver who will transfer you by road to Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport where you will connect with your onward flight home.

TAILOR-MADE ITINERARY from $20,960 For Family of 4 (LOW SEASON)


  • International flights from Philadelphia International Airport
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Drinks (excluding premium brands) in the Safari Lodges
  • All scheduled safari activities offered by the Safari Lodges
  • Car hire, group C car (Toyota Corolla or similar) including full cover, unlimited km and taxes
  • Road transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
  • GPS with your car hire
  • Itinerary based on a family of 4 with 2 children aged between 3 and 12 years


  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not offered as scheduled by the Safari Lodges
  • Visas and visa fees where relevant
  • Petrol and additional driver's fee
  • Beverages with the exception of the Safari Lodges


  • Outward Flight:
  • Overnight from Philadelphia International Airport to Cape Town International
  • Return Flight:
  • Overnight from Johannesburg OR Tambo International to Philadelphia International Airport

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