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Secrets of the South Atlantic: South Africa & St Helena Family Safari

Perfect for those seeking a family-friendly holiday with a difference, this trip begins with Big Five game drives in South Africa's famous Kruger National Park before moving on to remote St Helena, a fascinating island rich in cultural history, picturesque landscapes and rich marine life.

Duration 13 days
Price From $3,966
When Jul - Aug
Destination South Africa & St Helena

Safari Overview

It was only recently that St Helena became accessible by air, with its airport opening up to commercial flights in 2017. This far-flung subtropical island is a self-governing overseas territory of the UK, where police wear bobby hats, the islanders are called ‘Saints’ and distinctive British red telephone boxes are still de rigueur. Following a Big Five safari in South Africa, you'll fly to St Helena to explore Jamestown, visit famous Napoleonic sites, set off on a postbox walk, hike to Diana’s Peak, and encounter humpback whales and pods of pantropical dolphins.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Embark on game drives through Kruger National Park, home to more large mammal species (147) than any other African game reserve.
  • Search for iconic African wildlife like the hippo, cheetah, impala and the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, black rhino and Cape buffalo).
  • Enjoy a family-friendly stay at Jock Safari Lodge, which offers an educational Kids on Safari programme.
  • Explore the cultural and historical sites of St Helena, including the final residence of Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • Search for endemic birdlife as you hike through the idyllic countryside.
  • Spot humpback whales breaching off the coast.
  • Sail and snorkel in the clear blue waters in search of marine life, including turtles, devil rays and dolphins.
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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Kruger National Park

Tarred roads give way to dusty tracks as you transfer from Skukuza Airport into the heart of the southern sector of Kruger National Park. Set on a 6,000-hectare private concession and nestled amidst lush vegetation at the confluence of the Mitomeni and Biyamiti Rivers is Jock Safari Lodge. With exclusive riverbed traversing rights, this is your base for the following four nights from which to experience breathtaking wildlife sightings. Plan well in advance to secure your stay at the family-friendly Fitzpatrick’s at Jock, which offers three perfectly appointed rooms and a Kids on Safari programme. Lunch is followed by your first foray within the concession as you set off on a game drive in open vehicles, returning at dusk for dinner. If this is your first safari, these initial sightings, smells and encounters will be etched into your memory for years to come.

Days 2-4

Kruger National Park

Jock Safari Lodge is in a prime location for Big Five game-viewing experiences, while the Kids on Safari programme encourages educational and recreational wildlife activities. Childminding services are also available, including educational game drives and wildlife activities. Guests have the opportunity to learn about the history of the area and its cultural heritage with the legend of Jock of the Bushveld. The Relaxation Retreat with steam room, sauna and hydrotherapy bath are perfect for unwinding, or you can simply soak up the African sun by your private pool while listening to the sounds of the wild.

Day 5

Kruger National Park - Johannesburg

Enjoy a final morning safari as you transfer back to Skukuza to connect with your flight to Johannesburg. Overnight at one of the well-located 4-star airport hotels.

Day 6

Johannesburg - St Helena

Take the hotel shuttle bus to the airport to check in for your flight to St Helena. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Mantis St Helena, where you will be based for the next seven nights.

Overnight: Mantis St Helena

Days 7-12

St Helena

You may like to arrange a guided tour of Jamestown, the capital of St Helena, for an introduction to the island and its history. The tour includes a visit to the oldest church in the Southern Hemisphere while also taking in coastlines and smaller surrounding islands as well as several sites of historic interest. Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to the island from 1815 until his death in 1821, and you will have the chance to visit his island residences of the Briars Pavilion and Longwood House, before visiting his final resting place at Sane Valley. One day you may like to take a 4x4 excursion to explore the fascinating volcanic formations dotted across the island, or join the St Helena National Trust for a guided walk through Diana's Peak National Park, which at 823m is the highest point on the island, providing spectacular views over the surrounding landscapes. The highlight of your stay will be the marine safari in this far-flung "Galapagos of the Atlantic" (included on two days of your stay) which will see you seeking out humpback whales and pods of pantropical dolphins.

Overnight: Mantis St Helena B

Day 13

Depart St Helena

Say your farewells to St Helena, one of the Atlantic's most well-kept secrets, before boarding your flight back to mainland Africa and connecting with your onward flights home.

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