Family vacation is the time when families come together and spend quality time because due to modern life constraints there is little time left for leisure. Experience the best of the beach and the bush on this unforgettable 10-day family adventure that takes you to the malaria free Pilanesberg game Reserve in South Africa to view the big 5 such as Lions, Elephants, Leopards, rhino and Buffalo
and then travel to the year-round tropical paradise of Mozambique to just laze on soft sandy beaches or swim in the warm Indian ocean water at Ponta Mamoli – while staying at lodges carefully selected because they incorporate children’s programs for stress-free family travel.
Arrive in Johannesburg and you will be transferred to Bakubung Bush Lodge in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve approximately 2 hours drive from Johannesburg and within close driving distance to the Sun City Resort and Casino. Spend 3 nights at this bush lodge considered as a place of breath-taking beauty and serenity which combines modern day luxuries with an authentic African safari experience. Enjoy Guided game drives, sophisticated dining options, flood-lit bush tennis courts & luxury swimming pool.
At Bakubung Bush Lodge, you will head on two game drives per day in the company of expert field guides and trackers. Search for the big 5 in the comfort of your safari vehicle. Aside from close-up wildlife encounters on guided game drives, you will also enjoy the thrill of bush walks, balloon safaris, and elephant back safaris.
After exploring the bush, you will head to the south-east coast of Mozambique at the 5-star luxury White Pearl Resorts, an isolated spot on an untamed coast of lively indigo waters, swamp forests, coastal lakes and grasslands. Nestled in the dunes of the untouched shores White Pearl Resorts
offers an Ocean frontage of more than two kilometres.
For the following six days take advantage of the white-sand beaches and clear waters of the ocean. Additional activities such as seasonal turtle tours, whale watching, ocean safaris, scuba-diving, horse riding … can be enjoyed by the entire family.
At the end of your stay, you will connect to the airport in Vilanculos to return home or continue your onward journey.
Summary of your trip
- 3 Nights Bakubung Bush Lodge – Pilanesberg National Park | South Africa
- 1 Night Peermont Metcourt Hotel – Johannesburg | South Africa
- 5 Nights White Pearl Resorts – Ponte Mamoli| Mozambique
On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, a warm and friendly African Safari Deals welcome awaits you! Our expert Guest Service Officer is ready to assist and guide you through the airport to connect you with your transfer to the Pilanesberg National Park.
Seat, relax and enjoy the drive to the lodge. Upon your arrival at Bakubung Bush lodge you will be welcome by staff members as well as the management. Enjoy a refreshing welcome drink while completing check in procedures. Once settled in your accommodation, relax and unwind from a long international flight.
Later have lunch followed by a little siesta. Around 16h00 gather around the restaurant for a decadent tea during which you will be introduced to your ranger who will be your host during your stay and will make sure that all your needs have been taken care of.
Enjoy your first afternoon game drive with sundowners and later come back to the lodge for a
sumptuous dinner in the Boma (weather permitting) and it is time to discuss the highlights of the afternoon game drive with your ranger and plan for the morning game drive.
Day 2 & 3 Pilanesberg Game Reserve
Bakubung Bush Lodge, meaning “People of the Hippo”, is situated in the expanse of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park. The lodge provides luxury, service and the peace and tranquillity of true bush experience. Here you can enjoy boma braais, while children can join the junior rangers’ program; explore the adventure playground or head to the swimming pool.
In between the game drive, guests are encourage to partake on guided bush walks accompanied with trained armed field guides to learn more about the flora and the little animals that have been missed during the 4 x 4 game drives such as chameleon and more.
The afternoons are dedicated to game drives in the National Park which boasts healthy populations of Africa’s Big 5, including both black and white rhino. You will also spot a wide variety of rare and common mammals, including endemic species like the nocturnal brown hyena, cheetah, sable, as well as giraffe, zebra, hippo, and crocodile. Bird watchers can sight over 350 recorded species of birds, some of which are migrants and others permanent residents.
After 4 days of safari bliss in the Pilanesberg National Park, it is time to connect with the cost in Mozambique’s Ponto Mamoli.
Day 4 Pilanesberg National Park to Johannesburg
This morning after your final activity and a leisure breakfast it is time to bid Farwell to the bush as you are being transferred this morning to Johannesburg. On arrival in Johannesburg you will be driven to Peermont Metcourt hotel, a family accommodation just a stone thrown away from OR Tambo International Airport where you will be spending the night in a family room on Bed & Breakfast.
The 3-star Peermont Metcourt Hotel at Emperors Palace offers guests a home away from home. With friendly service that’s unrivalled and extensive access to all that Emperors Palace has to offer – including casinos and game venues for the children– the Metcourt Hotel is truly an experience not to be missed.
Enjoy dinner (on own account) at one of the many restaurants at Emperors Palace.
Day 5 – 9 Johannesburg to Mozambique
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to OR Tambo Airport via the hotel complementary service in time for your one-hour flight to Maputo, the capital of Mozambique.
On arrival you will be met by White Pear Resort team for a 1h30 road transfer (30 mn helicopter is an alternative) to the lodge.
White Pearl Resorts is situated in the dunes in southern Mozambique near Ponto do Ouro around 100 kms from Maputo.
Imagine a tranquil blue ocean with an endless untouched beach, decorated with enchanting bush surroundings – this is your home for the following 5 nights, a hidden gem with a timeless style and a chic décor just a short hop away on a helicopter from Maputo. At White Pearl Resorts the utmost care has been taken for guests to experience pure relaxation throughout their stay. Feel the gentle ocean breeze while you stretch out on our luxurious day beds surrounded by the tranquil sounds of nature. Spend hours dreaming on your heavenly king-size bed or enjoy a bubble bath with magnificent views of the ocean. Cool off in your sparkling private plunge pool and experience the exhilarating outdoor shower. Surrounded by soothing sounds and calming scents, experience a variety spa treatments.
This is the perfect excuse to kick off your shoes, take off your watch and gear down to the slow pace of island life: laze in the sunshine or set sail on a sunset dhow cruise. When the need of some activity arises, there are seasonal turtle tours, ocean safaris, scuba-diving (the resort has a PADI centre), Snorkelling or horse-riding ….
When parents are enjoying some adults time together the children are kept busy by the Kids Skipper Club through an exciting nautical kid’s programme named “Pirates of Ponta” (activity list available on request). Guided by the resort’s experienced activities team, the programme is filled with fun, educational activities that encourage children to explore the mysteries and wonders of Ponta Mamoli”s land and sea. Some of the included activities are: Marine exploration activity; Kite flying; Shoreline fishing; Beach fun …
Day 10 Departure
This morning your family vacation comes to an end. After breakfast head back to Maputo Airport for your flight back to OR Tambo International Airport for your onward flight home.
Enhance your journey with 4 Nights stay in Cape Town (STAY 4 PAY 3)
Rates Per Person Sharing
- NB: Single person and children’s rates per request
If an accommodation is fully booked, the operator will suggest a comparable alternative.
The exact order, content and rate of this tour is subject to availability and season for White Pearl
Another way to experience the sprawling savannah is on a hot-air balloon safari. When you’re not out game viewing, relax in your elegant tented suite, and in the evenings, enjoy magnificent stargazing.