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Kruger & Blyde Canyon Family Adventure

A unique holiday in the Kruger area of South Africa. Spend a few days off the beaten track discovering waterfalls and hidden canyons with a local guide in Blyde Canyon, before heading off on safari in the Greater Kruger Park area.

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Tailor-made Luxury 1 week

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,087 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview

  • Escape the tourists and explore some secret spots in Blyde Canyon
  • Hike, jump in waterfalls & admire views of the world's 3rd biggest canyon
  • Spot the Big 5 on safari
  • Private safari lodge in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve
This holiday has been designed for families who are looking to combine a traditional safari experience with an active adventure. Your two centre holiday begins in Blyde Canyon, famous for being the world's 3rd largest canyon. A popular sight seeing venue for many on the panorama route, most tourists visit just the famous landmarks and drive on. Your time here is spend exploring the hidden parts of the canyon, where no one else goes. Accompanied by your local guide, you will hike through the forest, swim in rivers and explore hidden waterfalls all while staying at locally owned boutique accommodation. Nowhere else will you have the chance to experience the majesty of mother nature so far away from other tourists. And best of all, this part of the trip is entirely private, so you can shape your days with your guide, without having to consider anyone else!

After you have had your fill of the canyon, we will transfer you to your safari lodge. Where you stay will depend on your family size, children's ages and budget. Wherever we choose, you will be staying in the Kruger area with excellent chances of spotting the big 5. You will have two game drives each day (one at dawn and one at dusk) as well as plenty of time to lie back and relax. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea are all included in your stay and absolutely nothing on this earth compares to watching the sun setting in the African bush with a sundowner drink in your hand.

Day-by-day

ITINERARY IN BRIEF

DAY 1: ARRIVE AND TRANSFER TO BLYDE RIVER
DAY 2: EXPLORING BLYDE RIVER
DAY 3: EXPLORING BLYDE RIVER
DAY 4: TRANSFER TO PRIVATE CAMP IN TIMBAVATI
DAY 5: ON SAFARI IN TIMBAVATI
DAY 6: ON SAFARI IN TIMBAVATI
DAY 7: RETURN HOME

EXTENDED ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVE AND TRANSFER TO BLYDE RIVER
On arrival you will be met by your private guide and vehicle and transferred to Blyde River Lodge. This afternoon we recommend you relax and settle in, enjoy the pool and there is a trampoline for children to enjoy.

Meals Included: Dinner included
Accommodation: Blyde River Lodge
Transport: Transfer from local airport. +/- 30 minutes from Hoedspruit and 2 hours from Kruger Mpumalanga

DAY 2: EXPLORING BLYDE RIVER
With private guide and vehicle at your disposal, suggest a full day out to explore the scenic Mpumalanga area from the Blyde River Canyon, God’s window which is a scenic view point, Bourkes Luck Potholes where water erosion has formed cylindrical rock sculptures, the Three Rondavels which are the geological formations in the shape of traditional beehive-shaped huts and Pilgrims Rest which was the gold rush mining town.

Meals Included: All meals included
Accommodation: Blyde River Lodge

DAY 3: EXPLORING BLYDE RIVER
Full day walking with your private guide who is at your disposal to take you on the most suitable walk based on fitness levels. This little explored area offers tropical forests, mountain views and natural rock pools under waterfalls. For the more adventurous a rope swing over the gorge or a maze of caves to explore.

Meals Included: All meals included
Accommodation: Blyde River Lodge

DAY 4: TRANSFER TO PRIVATE CAMP IN TIMBAVATI
After breakfast, transfer by road to the Timbavati Reserve which is 27 000 hectare reserve which has Elephant, Lion, White Rhinos, Cheetahs as well as the elusive Leopard. Late afternoon head out on your private game drive and return to the lodge for dinner.

Meals Included: All meals included
Accommodation: Simbavati Camp
Transport: Transfer to Simbavati Camp. +/- 1 ½ hours

DAY 5: ON SAFARI IN TIMBAVATI
Traditionally your safari day works as follows, however the lodge is at your disposal, so you have complete flexibility with regards to meal and game drive times which is perfect for children.

Early morning rise with hot beverage and snack before the departure of your game drive, usually stopping half way to stretch your legs and have something to drink. Return to lodge for brunch and relaxing time in camp, with the pool for children to enjoy and wildlife coming up to the dam which can be seen from your patio. Gather again late afternoon for another drive which extends into early evening so you will be able to spot some nocturnal wildlife and returning to the lodge for dinner.

Meals Included: All meals included
Accommodation: Simbavati Camp

DAY 6: ON SAFARI IN TIMBAVATI
On safari with private guide and vehicle at your disposal for morning and afternoon game drives.

Meals Included: All meals included
Accommodation: Simbavati Camp

DAY 7: RETURN HOME
After a final game drive and breakfast, check out is usually around 11am, you will be transferred to the airport for your return journey home.

Meals Included: Breakfast included
Transport: Transfer to Simbavati Camp. +/- 1 ½ hours to Hoedspruit Airport and 3 ½ hours to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport.

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Blyde River Lodge

Greater Kruger

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Family friendly accommodation
- Perfect base for Blyde Canyon
- Friendly hosts

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Family Friendly Lodge
- Swimming pool & play area
- Superb family accommodation
- 2 Game Drives each day

Details

Getting there

South African Airways from London Heathrow to Johannesburg would be the best choice with excellent connections onto Hoedspruit or Kruger Mpumalanga Airport. Virgin Atlantic and British Airways may be able to assist with these onward flights from their overnight flights. Costs from £950-£1250 per person.

Regional connections available and flights via Europe or the Middle East to Johannesburg may be better value.

Flight prices on this route are always cheaper booked in advance, particularly when flying during UK school holidays. If you are booking anything less than a month prior to departure expect to pay through Virgin and BA tend to offer flight sales around September and October, which are worth looking out for.

Please let us know your preferred departure airport and we would be pleased to quote for a flight inclusive ATOL protected package.

Price includes

Private guide and vehicle for the duration to explore the Mpumalanga area and whilst on safari to take you on AM & PM game drives, all meals, park fees and en-suite accommodation

When is best?

This trip would be best for travel May to October when is dry warm days and cold in the evenings. Summer months November to April tends to be humid with high chance of rain fall.

Is it for me?

Perfect for families who enjoy privacy and don't want to worry if children are disturbing others and child friendly safari lodge, South Africa down to earth style hosting

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 606 reviews

(4.93/5)

  • Service rating : For people looking for a wilder experience but with comfort and quality this company does an excellent job. They made the choices i would have made. The trip dossier was comprehensive and the help and advice on visa issues was most welcome
    Product : The balance of the trip to South Africa was excellent. A smartly chosen combination of bush and game viewing along with wild deserted deserted beach in Natal. All the accommodation bar one night (which was not their first choice) was atmospheric, comfortable and good value for money

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Kruger & Blyde Canyon Family Adventure on 17 July 2015

  • Everything worked perfectly! We all found our trekking experience to be the best part of our adventures in Morocco. We were particularly pleased with our guide, Hussain; he did a brilliant job. He is thoughtful, knowledgable, and sweet. He represents you well.

    MissingJacob Moffat reviewing Atlas Valleys & Villages Comfort Treks on 09 March 2017

  • Thanks for organising an excellent holiday for us. It's my first time using Tourdust and I've been really impressed and will certainly be recommending you to friends and family. You provided an excellent level of service all the way through, and the bespoke nature of the trip was fantastic whilst being really good value for money.
    Key highlights:
    - Le Kasbah de Toubkal blew us away - one not to miss!
    - The trek was amazing and my kids loved it. The camping was really fun, the food was excellent, and I'd particularly call out our guide Rashid who was fantastic show especially with my kids.
    - Riad Adore was outstanding - far exceeding my expectations - it was beautiful and we were very well looked after
    - Le Doux Tour was luxurious and a nice relaxing way to end the holiday.
    - Logistics were great and our main driver Mustapha was brilliant

    If there was one build / thing I would change, it's a very small one but some candles / lanterns to use in the evening whilst camping would have made it easier to stay outside for a bit longer.

    MissingMark Dilley reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 07 June 2016

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