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For parents eager to introduce their children to the magic of a safari, this is the perfect initiation to foster a life-long love of Africa and its wildlife

Safaris can be tricky for families with very young children. Even properties that claim to be ‘family friendly’ can have an atmosphere that feels less than accommodating, or a dearth of activities that capture children’s true interests. This introductory safari to South Africa & Mauritius totally up-ends this perception and takes you and your family to lodges and destinations where you will instantly feel welcome.

From room design and baby equipment to menu choices and activity options, young families are at the heart of this twin-centre safari holiday.

Book With Confidence

We fully appreciate that we all need to be flexible in the world of travel right now. You can book with us with complete confidence that you have the flexibility to change your plans if needed.

Our Flexibility Promise

You can switch to another destination or move your travel dates up to 31 days before you’re due to depart, and we’ll provide you with a travel credit to the value of your original booking.

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When you book a Wayfairer Travel trip you are 100% financially protected in the unlikely event us or one of our suppliers is unable to deliver our services. We are members of The Travel Vault who supply our financial failure insurance and we also provide ATOL protected flights through our partners at Travel Pack.

Good to know

  • Private & bespoke itinerary
  • Exclusive, eco-friendly lodges
  • Award-winning safari specialist
  • Flexible payment & cancellation

What's included

  • Included Accommodation
  • Included Guided excursions
  • Included Internal flights
  • Included Ground transfers
  • Included All meals
Days

11

Starting from

£3,725 pp

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Destinations
South Africa, Mauritius
Activity
Safari, Family, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, National Parks
Tour Type
Custom itinerary, Private guided tour

Journey highlights

Key moments and experiences on this trip

Safari in South Africa's Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park

Safari in South Africa's Kruger National Park

South Africa's safari showpiece, Kruger National Park is one of the world’s most famous safari areas. The scenery is classic Africa, with the diversity of safari activities the equal of anywhere and there are endless accommodation options and safari styles available, from tented camps to luxury lodges. The park is readily accessible and, thanks to an impressive road system, easy to travel around.

Explore Cape Town
Cape Town

Explore Cape Town

This sprawling city not only boasts iconic attractions, such as Cape Point, Robben Island Museum and the V&A Waterfront, but also world-class restaurants, trendy bars and modern galleries. The entire city is sandwiched between mountain landmarks and glittering sea.

Table Mountain cableway
Table Mountain

Table Mountain cableway

Ascend 3,500ft above the city while you take in staggering aerial views. Explore the expanse of this 500-million year old mountain with a guided tour at the summit.

Wind down on the Western Cape
Cape Town

Wind down on the Western Cape

The Western Cape is known for its superb food, wine, beaches and Cape Town city life.

Detailed itinerary

What you'll see and do

This is a customisable trip

Use the following itinerary for inspiration. Remember: all days, hotels and activities can be altered to suit your requirements. A Wayfairer Travel travel specialist will be happy to advise.

Arrival in Johannesburg

Today, arrive in Johannesburg. Elect to recover from your flight, or perhaps fight the jetlag and head out to The Cradle of Humankind: a fun and interactive UNESCO World Heritage site, with an excellent educational element teaching adults and children alike about the origins of our species. The richest hominid fossil site (with a fun indoor boat-ride to boot), this makes for an intriguing beginning to a holiday full of learning and new adventures.

Included meals: Dinner, Soft drinks

Featured Accommodation
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The Peech Hotel
Classic

The Peech Hotel

Transfer to Madikwe

From Johannesburg, head north to Madikwe: a malaria-free game reserve, making it ideal for children too young to take anti-malarial medicine. The journey is best done in a short one-hour plane journey, which enables you to maximise your time on safari.

Your home for the next four days will be Madikwe Lelapa Lodge, where your stay is on a full board basis and is therefore inclusive of safari activities and conservation fees.

Lelapa literally means ‘family’, and this lodge uniquely places family at the heart of their entire enterprise. Children of all ages are welcome, making for a relaxing and welcoming stay for parents and infants alike. Ultimately, what we love about Lelapa is the emphasis it puts on families spending quality time together, sharing adventures and building memories. Rooms exude a cosy home-from-home feel, helping children settle in with their own hot chocolate mugs, snuggly robes, slippers, fun bunk beds and storybooks.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Featured Accommodation
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Madikwe Lelapa Lodge
Classic

Madikwe Lelapa Lodge

On Safari in Madikwe

Spacious rooms, spectacular game viewing opportunities and captivating guides aren’t Lelapa’s only star draws. Special family ‘Bumble Drives’ welcome families with small children under 6 to experience the natural world together, stopping to point out all the quirky and wonderful things that capture youngsters’ interest.

From ages 6 and up, children are further welcome to join the twice-daily signature game drives. Particularly beloved amongst family guests is Lelapa’s ‘Mack and Madi’ adventure safari club, named for the lodge owners’ two children (now grown). Days at the club can involve anything from meeting Debbie - the resident bearded dragon - to cakes and bakes.

What’s more, every family is assigned a childminder, who is on hand to take care of your children and help them explore the natural world, perhaps freeing you up for a date night sipping champagne by the fireside, whilst the little ones are safely looked after by their newest best friends.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Featured Accommodation
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Madikwe Lelapa Lodge
Classic

Madikwe Lelapa Lodge

Beach days at Shanti Maurice, Mauritius

After an exciting week of safari-themed adventure, it’s time for some rest and relaxation by the ocean. The pristine shores of Mauritius are just a short flight from South Africa and provide the perfect self-contained base from which to unwind in peace.

Little ones will find a world of fun at Les Petits Dodo, offering games and crafts by day, and movies and pyjama parties by night. Family dining is offered from 6:30, with an extensive children’s menu offering a diverse and delicious range of nutritious meals.

Families with infants are also particularly catered to, with a full range of equipment available upon request, making it much easier to travel light. Privacy and peaceful simplicity are the order of the day at Shanti Maurice.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Featured Accommodation
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Shanti Maurice
Deluxe

Shanti Maurice

Your final day, you shall be transferred to the airport in plenty of time for your return international flight.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Johannesburg

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  • Madikwe Game Reserve

    Madikwe Game Reserve

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  • Madikwe Game Reserve

    Madikwe Game Reserve

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  • Mauritius

    Mauritius

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  • Johannesburg

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Where to stay

Some of our sample accommodation.

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Shanti Maurice
Deluxe

Shanti Maurice

Each of the generously sized suites and luxurious villas at Shanti Maurice boast uninterrupted views across the calm waters of the Indian Ocean...

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The Peech Hotel
Classic

The Peech Hotel

The Peech Hotel has only 16 rooms on the property, allowing for an intimate and private experience...

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Madikwe Lelapa Lodge
Classic

Madikwe Lelapa Lodge

Madikwe Lelapa Lodge offers an exclusive luxurious African safari experience...

Reviews

What people are saying about Wayfairer Travel

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Denise Rappaport
10/11/2021

What started out as a disaster at the airport, not letting us board because certain papers were not supplied, we went back home, and next day called Wayfairer. They had so personally helped us set up the itinerary with all that we wanted to see, and they had to start all over again. With flying colors Wayfairer came through without extra money to lay out. The trip was one of the best ever, all falling into place. Definitely we shall call on Wayfaire again.

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Stephanie
15/09/2021

Wayfairer helped me book the perfect trip for my husband's birthday. They worked with us to give us the best within our price range. The resort was a great recommendation, we couldn't have asked for better. We felt the support from the Concierge (Toon) through the whole process, even after we had returned home. Can't wait to plan our next trip!

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Yvonne Dofflemeyer
11/08/2021

Would highly recommend Wayfairer to everyone looking to for excellent service. My Safari was a trip of a life time. Every person who helped me in this journey were knowledgeable, pleasant and very patient. Thank you concierge Toon for handling everything so I could just relax and enjoy my trip.

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Eric And Molly Roudabush
10/08/2021

Wayfairer designed an absolutely beautiful honeymoon trip for us to Tanzania. From the breathtaking nature and wildlife viewing on safari to the relaxing beach vibes and fun aquatic activities of Zanzibar, we cannot say enough good things about our Wayfairer vacation. We did not need to worry about a single thing at any stop on our two-week trip because Wayfairer had already carefully planned out every detail, even down to transportation to and from our different accommodations.

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Elena Makarova
12/11/2019

Perfect planning, perfect execution of our vacation, can absolutely recommend this agency to others!

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Elaine Kottler
09/10/2019

Superbly arranged holiday by Wayfairer Travel. Their knowledge and experience meant they picked superb and very different locations for us, all of which complimented each other but gave vastly different experiences. By booking through Wayfairer it meant we never had to think about any travel arrangements outside getting to our local airport! Would recommend anyone booking this type of holiday to book through them.

How to book

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Price guide

This itinerary would cost from £3,725 pp.

Pricing may vary by accommodation choice, group size and time of year.

What's included

Included Accommodation

All nights in carefully-chosen, quality assured lodges, camps and hotels, including unique, independently-owned boutiques.

Included Guided excursions

Fully guided game drives and walking safaris, depending on location. All safari excursions accompanied by expert, highly-trained tracker guides.

Included Internal flights

All domestic flights as stated in the itinerary.

Included Ground transfers

All airport collections and ground transfers in private cars and comfortable minivans.

Included All meals

Full board while on safari, with world-class catering. Some drinks included at most accommodations.

How to book

All our trips are tailor-made to your preferences. Here's how we create your itinerary:

1. Call our Travel Advisors or complete the enquiry form.

2. Our team will design a bespoke itinerary that fits your vision.

3. Together, we'll refine your itinerary until it's just right.

4. Secure your booking with a 20% deposit.

5. All trips come with 100% financial protection, and guaranteed flexible date changes and rebookings.

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