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In Search of the Big Five - Family Adventure

Trip Length

Trip Code

12 days PTKS

Maximum Passengers

16 people
Minimum Age

Countries Visited

South Africa, Swaziland

Start City

End City

Johannesburg Johannesburg
In Search of the Big Five - Family Adventure

Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you. 

Why we love it:

In Search of the Big Five - Family Adventure

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Johannesburg


Please make sure that if you explore Johannesburg on your own that you take advice of where it is safe to walk, especially in the evening. There have been isolated attempts of robbery in recent times and although unpredictable the risk of these can be minimised by taking local advice.

Day 2-3: Hluhluwe - Imfolozi Park

Travel time: Approximately 7 hours

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners


Day 4-5: Kosi Bay

Travel time: Approximately 2 hours

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners


Day 6-7: Hlane National Park - Swaziland

Travel time: Approximately 6 hours

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners


Day 8-9: Kruger National Park

Travel time: Approximately 3 hours

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners


Day 10-11: Blyde River Canyon

Travel time: Approximately 2 hours

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners


White water rafting - Sabi River The Sabie River provides 20 rapids (grade 2-3) with areas of scenic vegetation and outstanding wildlife viewing. This 8km route is yielding to the novice, yet accommodating to he thrill seeker within all of us. Swimming, bum sliding and wave surfing with a boogie board at "Lions Rock". Minimum age 11.

Day 12: Johannesburg

Meals included: 1 breakfast


Your Trip

What's Included


Not Included

What to know


You do not need any real fitness for this safari besides the ability to get in and out of the safari vehicles. However please note that the roads can be in quite poor condition and you may experience a fair amount of bouncing around.


Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

South Africa
Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for South Africa. Upon arrival you will be given a free three-month multi-entry visa stamp. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. Please note that you require six blank pages and your passport needs to have a minimum of six months validity to enter South Africa. Also note that to enter South Africa you may be required to show proof of onward travel plans and a valid yellow fever certificate (especially if entering or re-entering from East African countries or Zambia). A new immigration regulation will take effect from 1st October 2014, whereby parents will need to produce an original unabridged birth certificate if they are travelling with children. The new regulation has been put in place to protect children from being abducted, kidnapped and preventing child trafficking. The Department of Home Affairs has urged all parents to apply for unabridged certificates for their children. This is an requirement of the immigration regulation 6 (12)(a) for parents travelling with children. More information can be found here:

Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for Swaziland. You will need to carry your passport with you for use when entering and exiting the independent Kingdom of Swaziland.


You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel ( page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

South Africa

South Africa - Lonely Planet

The Covenant - James A Michener

Cry The Beloved Country - Alan Paton

The Power of One - Bryce Courtenay

Long Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela

White Thorn - Bryce Courtenay


South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland- Lonely Planet

Touring Atlas of Southern Africa-Michael Brett & Alan

Mountain Mammals of Southern Africa- Chris & Tilde Stuart

Important Information

Age limits and responsibility for minors
The minimum age required to join this tour is twelve years old. This family trip is designed for families only (i.e. at least one adult and at least one child). The parent or guardian is fully responsible for their children throughout this tour. If you have a question regarding age and suitability, please contact us for further advice.

Road Conditions and Infrastructure in Africa
Roads in Africa are often in very poor condition, which makes it hard on vehicles. Our vehicles are serviced regularly and are generally in good condition, but breakdowns can and do happen. The infrastructure in Africa is not always what we are used to and travelling on their roads can sometimes be very bumpy experiences. The travelling times indicated in our Trip Notes is just a rough guide and is dependent on various factors that may be outside our control, such as road conditions, weather and time spent at borders.
Luggage Allowance
Please keep your luggage to a minimum. One small soft-sided bag plus a day pack (no more than 15-20kgs per person) is essential - NO HARD CASE SUITCASES.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

8 September 2014

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