A malaria-free safari and time in Cape Town on this family-friendly South Africa holiday

You can have an amazing safari with young children in tow; this luxury South Africa safari itinerary proves it. In fact, there are few things as rewarding as watching your kids encounter Africa’s spectacular wildlife for the first time.

Malaria-Free South Africa for Families is designed for all generations, from grandparents right down to babies. Begin your trip with stays at two safari lodges in malaria-free areas and end in spectacular Cape Town, which abounds with family-friendly activities. Best of all, this itinerary is designed to offer value for money, so your trip of a lifetime won’t break the bank.

Malaria-Free South Africa for Families: 11 days/10 nights

DAYS 1, 2 & 3:

Arrive in Johannesburg, road transfer to The Waterberg Biosphere, Marataba Safari Lodge

DAYS 4, 5 & 6:

Transfer to Madikwe Game Reserve, Jaci’s Safari Lodge

DAYS 7, 8, 9 & 10:

Fly to Cape Town, More Quarters Hotel

DAY 11:

Depart Cape Town

Malaria-Free South Africa for Families trip highlights

  • This 11-day malaria-free luxury South Africa safari itinerary starts at Marataba Safari Lodge in Marakele National Park, with sweeping Waterberg Mountain vistas and impressive wildlife diversity, including the Big Five with special sightings of rhino. Head out on game drives, a boat safari on the Miss Marataba, and an optional tree-house sleepout.
  • At Mack & Madi Kids’ Adventure Safari Club, your children are in for a treat: fun activities, an eco-garden play area, and a dedicated coordinator to guide them. It's all about creating cherished memories and sparking a lifelong love for nature. Child minding services are even included for the littlest ones who are not able to join certain safari experiences.
  • Drive (or add an optional lodge-hop flight) to Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province. At Jaci's Safari Lodge, enjoy twice-daily game drives in search of the “Top 10”—as well as the Big Five, you may spot hippo, giraffe, wild dog, hyena, and cheetah. Kids can track spoor with the rangers and make cookies or pizza with the chef; depending on the size of your group, you may want to upgrade to the exclusive-use Jaci's Nare Suite.
  • Return to Johannesburg and fly to Cape Town, where you’ll stay at More Quarters Hotel. Your action-packed stay in the city includes a cableway ride or a hike up to the top of Table Mountain and a visit to the District 6 Museum. Learn to cook African specialties at a cookery school in Langa Township before settling down to enjoy your creations, or enjoy a day along the coast on a marine safari, especially magnificent from June to October when it’s whale calving season.
  • Spend a family day around the Cape Peninsula. Begin with a treasure hunt in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, then visit the seals at Kalk Bay and their cute neighbors, the penguins, in Simon’s Town. Wander along hiking trails past hidden coves and rocky beaches at Cape Point before heading up the funicular for panoramic ocean views.


$5,700 - $6,700 per person (averaged) based on two adults sharing with two kids under 12 in 2024.

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