FAMILY SAFARIS IN SOUTH AFRICA
Our family safaris are such a success because I am a fanatical hunter while my wife really doesn't care much for it! So while I'm out in the field selecting properties with good trophies, she's working at the stuff women and kids appreciate because she knows what it's like to be a wife with a hunting-mad husband.
She likes the finer things in life and gets me to include them in all our family trips.
That's why our family safaris are complete journeys, indulging everyone in the group in the wonderful hunting and holiday opportunities South Africa has to offer. Our safaris are not merely a trip to a game ranch, they are an adventure through South Africa taking in the best trophies and luxuries each region has to offer.
Schedules are designed around the trophies you intend to hunt and this will have an effect on the safari start, duration and routing. Each hunting region, targeted for the indigenous species found there, has its own unique activities and attractions for non-hunters. Below we have listed the different regions, the trophies they are known for and the other activities you can enjoy.
South African Family Safari Ideas
Zululand - Kwazulu Natal
The nucleus of the powerful Zulu nation. Steeped in the history of the fearsome warrior King Shaka, this is one of the most remote and undeveloped regions of the country. The pulse of rural life goes on unchanged and the people retain their deep rooted cultural past. There is excellent game viewing in the many game reserves - both Hluhluwe and Umfolozi were instrumental in saving the White and Black Rhino from extinction. This is South Africa's best birding region with Mkuze, Ndumo and Tembe Elephant Parks best suited to birders with many hides and forest walks.
World heritage site, St Lucia Wetlands has water-based game viewing and birding, river cruises and excellent fishing and scuba diving. The surrounding sand forests and mangrove swamps are pristine.
We base at a luxury lodge situated in the heart of hunting territory. Each day hunters will go out and get on with what they do best while non-hunters can relax at the lodge or try: Game viewing for the Big 5 at the nearby reserves, Elephant and Rhino tracking on foot, River cruises & Canoe trips, Cultural village visits, Tiger fishing, A must for the whole group is to spend 2 nights on the luxury houseboat on the nearby Lake Jozini.
The home range of the secretive Nyala and Kudu with opportunities at very large trophies. The terrain here ranges from dense valleys to open hills and providing good opportunities for walk and stalk hunting.
Other trophy species: Common Waterbuck, Blue Wildebeest, Impala, Zebra, Warthog, Bushpig, Grey Duiker, Giraffe, Common Reedbuck, Red Duiker & Livingstone's Suni. Buffalo hunting in the game reserves is also periodically available.
South Africa's central Plateau and Cape coastal belt
The coastal belt of South Africa is probably the most visited area in the country. The Eastern Cape sees a great number of 'package' hunters each year and the Western Cape draws more tourists. However, there are hunting ranches which offer some extremely challenging hunting. Bird hunting for a variety of upland birds and waterfowl is excellent. The scenic beauty and vast choice of non-hunting activities makes this a good start (or end) to any safari.
Species endemic to the region: Cape Eland, Cape Kudu, Cape Bushbuck, Cape Grysbuck, Blue Duiker, Grey Rhebok, Bontebok.
Other trophy species: Gemsbok, Black Wildebeest, Red Lechwe, Waterbuck, Blue Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Springbok, Blesbok, Fallow Deer, Zebra, Duiker.
A non-hunters paradise of magnificent ocean views, beaches and dedicated shopping; The famed Garden Route with its seaside villages and towering hardwood forests; Addo Elephant National Park; the ostriches and caves of Oudtshoorn; Cape wine country; Cape Town city and all its splendors; spas and health resorts; hiking trails; abseiling and bungee jumping; shark cage diving; art, writing and photography instruction workshops.