Tuesday Deal Day: Family Friendly African Safari

family friendly african safari vacation package

The number of parents who want to take their kids on safari in Africa is fast becoming one of the biggest travel trends for 2014.  Always in search of ways to make great vacations more affordable, GreatValueVacations has the perfect Africa vacation for the family:  South African Vacation Package: Discover Cape Town With Safari Day Trip.

family friendly african safari vacation package

The package is a luxurious getaway where families spend 6 nights at the historic Mount Nelson Hotel, also known as Cape Town’s “Pink Lady.”  The property features a number of amenities for children including one of the largest heated swimming pools in South Africa; The Nellie & Nelson Activity Centre which is a colorful hive of activity for children aged 3 to 12 and includes a range of educational games, big-screen TV, blackboard wall, Nintendo Wii, beanbags and child-friendly furniture. Other family friendly activities include organized activities (from group games to storytelling) which take place throughout the day; a teen lounge; cricket matches, treasure hunts, and more; a family friendly restaurant with high chairs and a children’s menu; babysitting services; child-size bathrobes and slippers; complimentary milk and cookies at bedtime; child-friendly toiletries; and children’s books, games, and more.

Here’s why this is a good package for family travel to Africa:

  • The featured safari is a day trip to a malaria-free game park so parents don’t need to worry about the kids getting shots or taking anti-malaria medications.
  • The company has vetted every component of this trip to make it both affordable and family friendly.
  • Many families worry about accommodations and whether they need to stay in camps or tents. Accommodations for this package are in a hotel or safari lodge.
  • The Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town has many activities and amenities that are very family friendly.
  • The safari location is easily commutable from Cape Town, allowing families to make it a day trip instead of having to unpack and repack to fly to a game reserve.
  • South Africa features a lot of cultural activities and things for families to enjoy together to enrich the entire experience.

In addition to the full-day safari experience at the nearby malaria-free Aquila Private Game Reserve which is just under two hours from the hotel, this trip features a full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula with an English-speaking driver/guide; an optional boat excursion to Seal Island to view a colony of Cape Fur Seals; the opportunity to visit the Cape of Good Hope; a visit to the penguin colony on Boulder’s Beach; and much more. Families also have plenty of free time to explore Cape Town at their own pace with an included Hop-On/Hop-Off bus tour which provides access to the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, beaches at Camps Bay, and much more.

Here’s what the package includes:

  • Round-trip economy class airfare from New York (JFK) to Cape Town (CPT), including carrier and government-imposed taxes and fees.
  • Private airport transfers to and from the hotel
  • 6 nights in Cape Town at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
  • Breakfast daily
  • Private full-day sightseeing tour:  Cape Peninsula
  • Private half-day sightseeing tour:  Cape Winelands
  • Cape Town Hop-on/Hop-off Sightseeing Tour
  • Full-day safari experience at Aquila Private Game Reserve
  • Services of a professional English-speaking driver/guide

Dates:  Select dates, check for details. Price may vary based upon departure date.

Rates:  Starting at $2,858 per person, double occupancy, for travel from Washington DC, with a 7-day advance purchase. Departures from other cities available at varying prices.

Photo credit:  Courtesy of JC Communications

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Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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