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  featured destination: greater addo, eastern cape
  We planned our first expedition to Lesotho with the intention to visit a different a destination every night (we were a bit pushed for time). Our plans changed when one of the expedition members cancelled and was replaced by a 4 and a 6 year old! This necessitated a slightly different itinerary as small kids don't do well on 8 hour a day 4x4 trails... So we decided to stick to one place and explore it in-depth. Sehlabathebe National Park was our destination and we loved every second of it. Lesotho is known as the 'Mountain Kingdom' and it sure offers more than enough adventure for any entrepid traveler! Explore the beauty of Lesotho...
  featured route: family friendly big 5 route
NOTE: this is only a suggested route. Please confirm the road conditions with local tourism boards and operators from the area.
Greater Addo Family Safari
read the trip report about greater addo, eastern cape, south africa
Greater Addo Family Safari - September 2012 13 September 2012 by The Safari Co.
A holiday takes on a whole new form when traveling as a family, especially with young kids. Let me start by pointing out that this article is a positive look at family travel! Obviously it's an absolute pleasure to explore Africa with two inquisitive youngsters constantly bombarding you with questions and giving you the run-around when it comes to keeping them full article
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  featured route: click here for the day by day itinerary
  Day 1: Bushman's River Mouth to Kwandwe Reception 118km 2 hrs with no stops - allow 4 hrs
  Day 2: Kwandwe Private Game Reserve Game drives with ranger twice daily
  Day 3: Kwandwe to Addo Main Camp 118km 2 hrs 4 mins with no stops - allow 3 hrs
  Day 4: Addo Main Camp Game drives with own vehicle -
  Day 5: Addo Main Camp Game drives with own vehicle -
  Day 6: Addo Main Camp to Camp Matyholweni Game drive through park Allow 4 hrs
  Day 7: Camp Matyholweni to Shamwari Riverdene Lodge 38km 35 mins
  Day 8: Shamwari Private Game Reserve Game drives with ranger twice daily
  Day 9: Shamwari Private Game Reserve Game drives with ranger twice daily
  Day 10: Shamwari to Bushman's River Mouth 77 km 2 hr
This route is a very family-orientated accommodated self drive holiday that focusses on activities for families with children. Children will have lots to learn about the wide variety of interesting places visited along the way. All lodges and accommodation is specifically chosen to cater for children with lots to do and experience for young and old. Interesting family activities at Kwandwe and Shamwari includes animal behaviour, spoor identification and track moulds, child-focussed rangers, cooking, wildlife movies, child-minder services, interpretive centres, kiddies menus and play facilities. Addo Main Camp has interesting facilities available for children with a jungle gym in the shape of an elephant as well as lots os space to walk and play.
please note:
Always pack for unforseen weather conditions. You might have sunny days all the way through your safari, but be prepared for rain or a cold spell by packing a light raincoat and a fleece jacket for the evenings. Comfortable walking shoes is a must. Get a pair of hiking boots if you're planning to do the Woody Cape 2 day hike in the Alexandria Forest. If not, then a good pair of trainers will work well for short walks and to keep your feet protected. Pack easy-to-wash, quick-dry clothes for your trip. It saves space as you don't have to pack so many sets of clothing.

It is very convenient to have your own car fridge/freezer handy for picnic stops, keeping the coldrink cold, and if you decide to pack meat for a lunch-stop braai. We have found the National Luna brand very reliable and the dual compartments made it easy to have frozen as well as cold stuff at all times. Remember to keep your batteries fully charged by using a battery management system. A nifty braai grid from Front Runner that fits over the spare wheel of our vehicle came in very handy!
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