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South Africa Teenage Safari

12 days Africa, South Africa
Adventure level: 
3. Moderate
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Family Holidays | Teen Adventure 11yrs+
Trip code: 
UWFS
Trip Highlights: 
See the Big Nine on game drives
Learn about the Zulu culture and the endangered black rhino
Hike, canoe and snorkel on this active adventure
Kruger National Park
Teen Adventure
Flight Inclusive prices from
Child £1,836 Adult £2,040
Price includes flights, transfers, all accommodation and entry fees, as well as a selection of meals. More info »
Prices without flights from
Child £1,089 Adult £1,210
Price includes everything listed above, excluding flights and transfers.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions related to South Africa Teenage Safari

What are the camping facilities like?

On safari we stay at designated campsites in national parks and towns. South African campsite facilities are generally very good. There are hot and cold showers, restaurants, washing facilities & laundries, post office and telephones and kiosks available at most of the campsites. All of your camping equipment will be supplied with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow. The dome tents we use are 2.2 x 2.2 x 1.8 metres and putting them up or down takes only 5 minutes. Tents have built-in insect nets. We supply mattresses, which are about 5 cm thick, warm and comfortable. Although sleeping bags and pillows are not provided, they can be hired. All the campsites have:water on tap, flush toilets, showers, lights at night and fencing from wildlife (except Mkuze, but there are no lions here.).

What does the camping involve?

There are two nights camping in Krugar National Park and two nights camping in Mkuzi Game Reserve.  You will need to put up your own tents and assistance with camp chores is appreciated, after all its part of the fun.

What game will we see?

During your stay at Krugar you can hope to see the 'Big Five': elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, and leopard. There are also many more of the 147 species of mammal that the park boasts to see. Bird lovers will delight in over 500 species including the African fish eagle, whose evocative cry is probably the best known of any African bird, and the beautiful lilac-breasted roller.

What grade is the white water rafting?

The river is graded 2 to 3 and while not scary, it is exciting. Children must be 8 years or older and an ability to swim is essential.

What is the minimum age for the rafting?

Children must be 12 years or older. As this is a teenage trip all children should be able to participate in this activity if they wish to. An ability to swim is essential.

What vehicle do we use on this trip?

We generally use Mercedes Sprinter vans with a trailer, these have sixteen seats. For smaller groups we may use Toyota Hiace minibuses with trailer and eight seats.

Questions related to South Africa

Is it safe to travel in South Africa?

South Africa, like many countries, has its problems but our local Group Leaders know the country intimately and will look after you and endeavour to show you the best parts. Be aware, but not paranoid, and you will have a great trip!

What are the facilities like for charging electrical equipment?

Certain camp areas do have 220V electric power points to each camp site with three pin large round type plug points. We pay extra for these sites and usually plug the truck freezer in over night. It is therefore possible at these camps to charge batteries. Remember that there is also a 12/24V cigarette lighter type power point in each truck which can be used at all times the vehicle is running. 

Questions related to General Information

If I book late is it cheaper?

No, it is not a package with charter flights and accommodation, whereas if there is spare capacity the price is reduced to ensure it fills up.

With small group adventures flights and ground arrangements are reserved separately, due to the flexibility involved. On most trips we have a contract with a preferred airline and an allocation of flights at a special rate. However from between 1-3 months before departure, depending on the airline, we have to hand back our unused allocation. Therefore we have to buy airline tickets on the open market, which can result in flight supplements.

This point is even more prevalent for family trips, where demand for flights is high during the school holidays. Therefore reserving places late is likely to include high flight supplements.

Speak to a Travel Consultant for more information, but the rule of thumb is it’s best to reserve your place earlier.  

Is there a maximum age?

All of our trips are designed to be accessible to anyone with a good level of fitness. If you are travelling on one of our southern Africa tours and are aged 65 or over, you will need to provide a medical certificate signed by your doctor.

Can I book a trip without flights?

Yes you can do this on every trip.

What is the accommodation going to be like?

Accommodation is clean, simple and choosen for its value for money, location and atmosphere. You'll mainly stay in twin rooms which have private facilities within small, locally-run, 2-3 star hotels and guesthouses, which reflect the character of the area. Sometimes though you'll stay in larger, more comfortable hotels or occasionally rustic accommodation with basic facilities. In such we also try and incorporate unique accommodation experiences, such as a night with a local tribe, or sleeping under the stars in the desert.

There are also camping options on several of our trekking and wildlife trips, for which all equipment is provided, but it might be necessary to bring personal gear such as sleeping bags.

Accommodation commences on the first night of the "without flights" itinerary until check-out on the day of departure. Please note accommodation on all trips are subject to change.

What is a group adventure?

The average group size is between 6-12, although groups can be larger or smaller than this. Generally they will be of all ages and from all walks of life. However, you will have similar interests and the shared experiences on the itinerary soon bring everyone together.

Can I organise a trip with just my friends or family?

Yes, just let us know your chosen trip and we can organise a private departure. Prices may vary from those given on the website, depending on the size of the group and date of departure.

How knowledgeable and experienced is the Group Leader in general?

The local guides undergo extensive training in all aspects of travel in the region. They are full-time professionals and are selected for their empathy and knowledge of the area you are visiting. 

 

What do I take with me?

See your Trip Notes, these have a detailed packing list. On most international flights you're restricted to twenty kilograms baggage and we recommend you always pack light. Generally hard suitcases are not suitable.

What's included within the trip price?

Everything listed within the itinerary is included; accommodation, on-tour transport, the services of a group leader and local guides, entrance fees, excursions and activities, as well as a number of meals. See your Trip Notes for full details. Transfers to and from the airport in-country are also included for those on Group Flights, as well as a mandatory ATOL Protection Charge of £2.50 which protects your booking. 

What's not included in the price?

Generally anything not listed in the itinerary. This includes optional tours and excursions, some meals, visas, vaccinations, excess baggage charges, porterage at hotels, insurance, international and entry/departure taxes overseas, and things of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, room service charges, phone calls, etc. As well as any new government taxes or price increases for hotels, transportation and airfares implemented after the tour programme for this brochure was costed.  

Questions related to Family holidays

Who are the group Leaders on Family trips?

Our leaders are all local, speak exceptionally good English and are selected for their ability to entertain the kids as well as make sure your trip runs smoothly and take the hassle of organization away from you, the parents.

Our feedback from customers often praises the leaders more than any aspect of the tour and they really do transform your holiday from a good to an unforgettable one

 

Is it only parents and children who are allowed on your family trips?

The more the merrier, we like to say. We welcome all parents (including single parents) and children and you’re free to bring along any aunties, uncles and family friends too. Our only rule is that there is at least one child under 18 years travelling with you. Older families should check out our worldwide trips.

What is the minimum age I can go on a family trip?

The minimum age is listed on the trip pages on our website.
Many trips start for children at five years, some at six, seven or eight years. There are also dedicated teenage trips (minimum age eleven). In all cases we'll look at taking younger siblings, just let us know the ages.

Is there a maximum age?

No, our trips are designed to be accessible to any family with a good level of fitness. But, if you have any children sixteen years or older it's worth looking at our worldwide brochure, where trips are open to any one fourteen years and over as long as the're accompanied by someone over eighteen. If you are travelling on one of our Southern Africa tours and are aged sixty five or over you will need to provide us with a medical certificate signed by your doctor.

At what age does the child discount stop?

Child prices apply to children who are 14 or under at the time of travel. From 15 years you are classed as an adult.