Family Self-Drive South Africa: Sun, Fun & Wildlife - 15 days
The name says it all - the perfect family holiday in South Africa. Start in the fabulous Sun City Resort where fun and excitement are never far away. With luxurious hotels, great dining options, golf courses, the famous Valley of Waves and more, there’s lots to keep the whole family entertained - plus the superb Pilanesberg Game Reserve is just next door. Head east to Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route for breathtaking vistas, scenic waterfalls and lots of adventure activities - hiking, mountain biking, zip lines or elephant encounters - make for a spectacular stay. Finally you have a full week to explore the amazing Kruger National Park and to discover its vast array of wildlife. This game reserve is a Travel Africa favourite and we are certain you will have an incredible time when doing your own self-drive games drives or being guided during a lodge stay.
Choose between two accommodation grades - Standard or Upgrade. Alternatively mix and match accommodation from each grade to create your perfect holiday. Interactive itineraries for each accommodation grade can be viewed below.
Sun City - Pilanesberg Game Reserve - Blyde River Canyon / Panorama Route - Wildlife and birdlife of Kruger National Park.
(Itinerary can operate in reverse) Start: Johannesburg
Travel distance: Approximately 200kms, good roads and major highway.
Arrive at Johannesburg International Airport and after picking up your hire car drive to the Sun City Resort in South Africa's North-West Province. The Sun City Resort is South Africa's premier entertainment destination, an enormous, extravaganza of luxurious hotels, attractions, restaurants, shops and extensive, beautifully landscaped gardens.
The highlight for many is the Valley of Waves, a huge free-form swimming pool and beach with two metre high artificially created surfing waves. A number of exciting water chutes and slides are on offer for the brave and a lazy river ride for the not-so-brave. Those looking for something a little more sedate will enjoy the huge series of interlinked lakes, pools, weirs and walkways, that lead through gardens and between rock formations. Other outdoor activities include two world-class golf courses, tennis, horse-riding, quad-biking, a maze, a canopy / zipline tour and numerous swimming pools. Indoors, the Entertainment Centre is a vibrant concentration of restaurants, bars, specialty shops, cinemas and theatres used for big-name shows and international events.
Located right next door to Sun City is the 55,000 hectare Pilanesberg Game Reserve - one of South Africa’s largest national parks. Pilanesberg’s plains are rich and fertile, as they were once part of a now extinct volcanic crater, and are encircled by majestic hills. The Park is found in the transition zone of the Kalahari and the Lowveld and so is home to the ‘Big 5’ and other large game including giraffe, hippo, zebra and crocodile, as well as a myriad of bird species. A self-drive safari into Pilanesberg is recommended on one of your days, and you will find it extremely rewarding. The Parks’ roads are very well maintained and can be travelled with a normal vehicle. There are also hides and picnic spots where you can stop and stretch your legs plus a visitors centre, with a restaurant, in the centre of the park. A guided game drive into Pilanesberg is included during your stay in the Sun City Resort and hot-air balloon flights over the park are also offered (additional cost).
Spend 3 full days enjoying everything the Sun City resort and Pilanesberg Game Reserve has to offer.
Standard - Cabanas Hotel (Standard Family Room) or similar
Upgrade - Cascades Hotel (Luxury Family Room) or similar
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