Safari fun in South Africa for the whole family

Breakfast at Bucklers Africa

Breakfast at Bucklers Africa

Where to start telling about our epic family-safari trip of Blyde River Canyon, Timbavati, Kruger National Park, Dawsons Lodge, Pongola Private Game Reserve and Rocktail Beach Camp?

It will be TOO much to put it all in one blogpost so I will have to write each week something. It will be a good challenge to get back into the discipline of writing because since I have Rosie any kind of discipline went out of the window. This post will just be a quick overview of our first 2 stay-overs.

My family from The Netherlands was in South Africa from 30 March – 14 April to be with me and Rosie. Of course these kinds of visits are always a good opportunity to organize a nice trip and visit beautiful, unknown areas so that I can add them to my portfolio.

I met my family in Johannesburg which was already an adventure: first time with Rosie in the airplane. I’ve got good friends in Jo’burg so I always make a plan to visit one or 2 if I’m in Gauteng. I wanted to try the Gautrain with baby stroller so I met up with my friend Julia in Sandton. The Gautrain is super baby friendly. It was easy to get to the platform, helpful staff and on the train it was also easy. We were a bit of an attraction as you can imagine.. Not many people take their babies onto a train, unlike in Holland where we take them everywhere in all modes of transport.

Family arrived in the evening with the KLM flight. We stayed in the City Lodge ORTambo which is a perfect hotel because it is located at the airport but it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. The rooms are super spacious and the breakfast buffet is incredible. They’d put up a very cute cot for Rosie with lovely bedding. She slept like a rose. All the staff just LOVED Rosie which was a theme throughout our entire trip. Everybody just wants to hold her and play with her so at times I had to be quite strict because I didn’t want her to be past around.

In Timbavati we stayed at Kambaku Lodge which is owned and managed by a lovely couple, Bryce and Nicola. It’s one of those places where you just immediately relax and game drives in Timbavati are ALWAYS good. Through the years I’ve been 3 times to the reserve and each time we see lion and leopard and this time my family was lucky enough to see a group of 29 wild dogs, wow!!

From Timbavati we drove all the way to the south-eastern border of the Krugerpark, Crocodile Bridge. The weather that day was horrific so we were glad to have arrived at Bucklers Africa. It’s situated just outside the Krugerpark but from your breakfast table you look across the Crocodile River into the Krugerpark, quite extraordinary views.

The pictures tell more than my story…

View of the Krugerpark from your lazy chair

View of the Krugerpark from your lazy chair

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