Africa Family Lodge Safaris
Private Game Reserve - Ngala Main Lodge family safari
Mountain Lodge family safari (below)
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Adventure Safari Vacation in South Africa
SAFARIS with THE SAFARI CO.
ngala & bongani bordering kruger national park
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Game Lodge & Bongani Mountain Lodge offer specially structured
and unique children’s programmes, which will delight youngsters
of all ages as well as teach them to appreciate and preserve our
planet. These lodges offer the perfect family safari vacation
in South Africa.
We strongly believe that the informed child of today is the
environmentally responsible traveller of the future. We have put
together a programme, which includes a wide range of safari experiences
with exciting interactive conservation learning opportunities
for children of all ages.
Our young guests will be left in the more-than-capable hands of
our knowledgeable rangers and trackers who delight in looking
after your children for the duration of your stay with us at any
one of our Family Safari programmes.
A typical programme could include:
• Entertaining and educational children’s activities
• Special Planet-Manager activity books and certificates
• “Pooh Walks”
• Fishing, frog safaris and bark-rubbing expeditions
• Paper, candlemaking
• Dress up and theatre
• “Back of house” visits
• Bug collecting
• Birding for beginners
• Tracking for beginners
• Pod and seed collecting
• Story telling
• “Safaris” for little ones
Become a Planet Manager
On arrival at the camps, the children are presented with their
own special book - an Eco-guide for Planet Managers. This booklet
is the child’s to keep and contains a wildlife quiz, a learning
guide, fun animal stories such as “Why the giraffe has a
long neck”, and tips for spoor and animal identification.
Rangers will help the children to complete their Eco-guides and
when all the activities have been completed, the Ranger and Tracker
will sign a certificate stating that the child has graduated as
a Planet Manager.
Learning is fun
The programme also consists of fun “Pooh Walks”, during
which the rangers will help the children collect pods, feathers,
insects and leaves, and teach them to identify different animal
spoor and droppings. Fishing and frog safaris (weather and safety
permitting) and bark-rubbing expeditions also form part of the
programme as does making wax spoor prints – which can be
taken home. A highlight for the boys (and some girls!) is a trip
to a garage to oversee safari vehicle repairs.
Children are also welcome in the kitchen to help the chef with
baking cookies for afternoon tea. They eat at a special table
set for them in the boma and will also have the opportunity to
roast marshmallows over the fire - under the ranger’s watchful
Family Safari Fun
Parents can rest assured that their children will always be safe
and well looked after both on and off the game-drives, and that
they can enjoy a programme especially designed to give travel-weary
parents a well-deserved break, keep the children happy and provide
the entire family with a safari experience they’ll never
Ngala Main Camp
Bongani Mountain Lodge
Cost for this family adventure vacation:
Each family vacation is tailormade around the specific needs of
the family. Please give us an indication of the lodge you would
like to visit and we will plan your ideal family holiday
on these family safaris:
Game viewing by open 4x4 vehicle, boat cruises, walking, lots
of activities for the children.
Depending on what you would like to see and do, will dictate the
best time of the year to visit South Africa. The winter months
(May to August) are good for game viewing where the summer months
(September to April) offer spectacular scenery and also the best
birdlife as the migratory birds return to breed.
of family safari lodges:
your family safari
to Cape Town, South Africa:
Spend 5 days exploring the fairest Cape at your own pace. We will
plan a day-to-day itinerary for you to visit all the high lights
during your stay. You have the option of a rental car or escorted
Click here for a list
of hotels in Cape Town and surrounds.
Extend your family safari to
Visit the famous Victoria Falls for 2 or 3 days - one of the natural
wonders of the world. Stay at a luxury lodge (The
River Club, Islands
of Siankaba, The
Royal Livingstone or Victoria
Falls Safari Lodge) situated on the banks of the upper Zambezi.
Fly from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls or Livingstone. We can
assist with reservations for the flight, transfers and the accommodation
at the lodge of your choice.
Contact us for a detailed quote on these extensions.
Term and conditions: Please read our terms
and conditions for more information on how to book, travel
insurance, cancellation fees, baggage and other important issues.
Ngala Main Lodge
A superior safari lodge situated in the Kruger National Park,
Ngala Main Lodge offers 20 thatched cottages shaded by Mopane
Trees, providing a gracious retreat. All feature air conditioning,
intimate verandah and green slate en suite bath and shower. The
focal point of each room is the inviting bed. During winter nights,
the air conditioner becomes a heater, turning the cottages into
cosy retreats. Bed heaters add a warm feeling of luxury. A decanter
of sherry in the room is also a welcome touch.
Safari Suite is truly luxurious. This superb suite boasts a spacious
mahogany lounge, en suite bathroom, outdoor shower, large deck
and private swimming pool. You also have sole use of a Land Rover
as well as a butler service. The expansive sundeck of this superior
suite overlooks the Mapone riverbed, where private meals are served
at the guest's request. This suite is ideal for honeymooners.
Care has been taken to ensure that the lodge design is in harmony
with nature. As a result, there is a multitude of birds and small
animals in and around the camp. Antique-filled interiors, priceless
rugs and cut-glass crystal furnish this opulent retreat.
main spacious, thatched lounge, bar and dining area offer guests
an unashamedly old-world, elegant and luxurious haven in the midst
of the African bush. A portion of the thatched lounge forms an
open deck area, where afternoon tea and breakfast are served.
Ngala even inspired a guest to write a tribute. There are impressive
open fireplaces. Ngala's main guest areas are secluded in leafy
woodlands. The shaded swimming pool and sundeck overlook a busy
waterhole near the Mopane woodlands.
herds of elephants are frequently sighted at the waterhole. The
curio shop and gallery are filled with African treasures.
meals with Pan-African influences are served in a romantic, lantern
lit courtyard or around the traditional African boma (reeded enclosed
area) fire. Romantic candle-lit dinners around outdoor fires recreate
the timeless feeling of life on safari.
Bongani Mountain Lodge
Bongani Mountain Lodge lies on 8000 hectares adjoining the southern
section of the Kruger National Park, in Mthethomusha Game Reserve,
Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.
has 20 chalets, nine suites and one Presidential suite. All the
chalets and suites have a verandah and en suite bathroom. They
are equipped with air-conditioning, a ceiling fan, hairdryer and
telephone with international direct dialing. The suites are ideal
for families with small children as there are sleeper couches
in the lounge area.
Presidential suite, also known as the Madiba Suite – so
named after its famous guest Nelson Mandela, has a large lounge
area, a kitchen for private dining (not self catering) and a sweeping
view of the valley below.
attractive guest area encompasses a lounge, dining room and bar
that all open out onto a deck boasting spectacular views of the
Lebombo and Malalane mountain ranges. Close by is the secluded
swimming pool, lookout deck perfect for bird-watching and the
traditional boma (reeded enclosure), where community theatre,
good food and good company are enjoyed on firelit evenings. The
lodge has a well stocked curio shop. A fully equipped air conditioned
conference room seating up to 60 people is strategically situated
away from the guest accommodation.
drives in open game-viewing vehicles, nature walks including walks
to view the ancient San (Bushman) rock art on the Reserve, night
drives, a visit to a local community, theatre group performances
and a day excursion to the Kruger National Park. All activities
are at additional cost.
• Breathtaking mountain top location
• Spectacular and awe-inspiring views of the Lebombo and
Malelane Mountain ranges
• San (Bushman) rock art and giant Dravidian rock of worship
• Only a 4 hour 30 minute drive from Johannesburg
• “Big five” reserve, due to mountainous terrain
rhino, elephant and buffalo are most frequently sighted
• Situated in a high risk malaria area but due to the altitude
of the lodge (800 ft above sea level) the risk is reduced dramatically
• Matsulu theatre group from the local community dramatically
depicts the history, aspirations and concerns of their people,
the owners of this beautiful and haunting land (Brothers). They
also perform a play (Horn of Sorrow) enacting a story of the plight
of the black rhino (at additional cost)
• Night drives with spotlights offer insight into the activities
of nocturnal animals including leopard, civet and genet (optional
activity at additional cost)
• Beautiful scenery enjoyed on daily nature walks (optional
activity at additional cost)
• Game drives in open game-viewing vehicles with expert
rangers (optional activity at additional cost)