Family Kruger National Park

When you think of a South African family safari, you might first consider the Madikwe Game Reserve or the Eastern Cape, both of which are well known for their excellent family safari opportunities, but the game-rich Kruger National Park is another fantastic option. Unlike other parts of the country, the Kruger is not malaria-free, therefore is better suited to families with slightly older children, perhaps aged twelve and up, who will enjoy the wealth of wildlife that can be found in this region and not mind having to take the odd malaria pill.

Covering the same land area as Wales, the Kruger is one of Africa's largest game reserves, and is home to not only the Big Five (elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo, in case you'd forgotten), but also cheetah, giraffe, hippo, zebra and plenty more mammals, as well as 500 different bird species. Spot as many of these creatures as you can on family game drives, or head out on a walking safari for a truly immersive experience through the bush, giving you the chance to spot the smaller creatures that lurk closer to the ground. However you choose to explore the bush, you will be accompanied by an expert guide and tracker to ensure you spot everything there is to see, and the children can tick as many creatures off their must-see lists as possible.

Some of our favourite family-friendly lodges offer fantastic children's programmes to keep them entertained between game drives, including the River Lodge in the Lion Sands private reserve, and at Varty Camp in Londolozi. These could involve anything from sports, arts and crafts or simply getting to know the natural world around them, all while you enjoy a siesta in the sun. There are also plenty of options for those wanting family suites or exclusive cottages for a bit more privacy.

So whether you choose to spend your entire South African family holiday in the Kruger National Park or you'd like to combine it with time in Cape Town, on the coast or on safari in another game reserve, our experts are on hand to tailor-make the perfect Kruger family holiday itinerary for you.

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Planning a successful family holiday takes a similar amount of organisation and fortitude as a small scale military operation. But fear not, our team of specialists (many of whom are parents themselves) are here to take the stress out of the planning process so those toddler tantrums and teenage meltdowns are kept to a minimum.

From knowing the most family-friendly hotels to holding client focus groups, we pride ourselves on making sure that you have the best family holiday imaginable because there's no more important time together.

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