A selection of optional activities are listed below to help you budget for your Family adventure. Whilst the basic tour price you pay before you travel includes a great selection of highlights, we have also built in free time to allow you the flexibility to choose from a carefully selected range of additional excursions and activities or take time to relax, the choice is yours. At certain destinations along the way there may be several options to choose from and it may not be possible to fit all the activities in; your Explore Leader will be able to give advice on which are the most suitable for your family.
Day 7: Bike hire SAR85 per hour, school visit SAR150 per group (suggested donation).
Day 8 or 9: Day School visit SAR150 per group suggested donation.
Day 8 or 9: Spend an afternoon fishing. Our fishing guide can show you the hotspots and help with your technique. SAR 150 per person, fishing tackle available for hire from SAR160 per set.
Day 9: Elephant safaris in Tembe Elephant Reserve. SAR450 per person
Day 9: Day trip to Mozambique. Heading 35km north to the Mozambique border, spend the day in the marine park. If conditions allow there is a possibility of swimming with dolphins. Price varies depending on number of people, available on request. Please note a single entry visa is required (£40 per person), as of July 2017 this are obtainable at the border, however this excursion is dependent on this concession being maintained.
Day 10: Night game drive in St Lucia Wetland Reserve to spot crocodile and hippo. SAR485 per person.
Day 11: Snorkelling. Departing at 8am, returning between 2pm and 3pm head out to the coast to explore the Indian Ocean coastline. All equipment provided. Price TBC per person
Day 11: 2 hour boat trip on Lake St. Lucia SAR220 per person
Day 11: St. Lucia night drive to spot turtles (Nov-Mar) SAR950 per person
Day 11: Whale watching cruise (June-Nov) SAR960 per person
Clothing should generally be lightweight for the day. A warm fleece, a hat and gloves and long trousers are recommended, as nights can be very cold, especially from May to August and in the highlands of Swaziland. It can also be very cold on early and late game drives. A waterproof and windproof jacket is also recommended, particularly between October and April. Avoid brightly coloured clothing for game viewing. Please also note that it is forbidden to wear camouflage clothing in Swaziland. Don't forget your swimming costume and a towel.
Luggage: On tour
Take a tough soft bag or holdall (or rucksack with detachable frame) suitable to be carried by 4WD vehicle. Total allowance: 44lb/20kg maximum (due to weight restrictions on our vehicle). Also take a daypack for items needed during any short walks and game drives (20-30 litre).
Bring a head torch, water bottle, sunhatunscreen and insect repellent. Binoculars are essential for game viewing and a 300mm lens is recommended for photography. Mosquito nets are not required as the accommodation provides screening where necessary. Please bring a towel for one of the overnight stops. All bedding will be provided on camping nights.
While tap water in South Africa's urban area is drinkable, some people may take a few days to acclimatise and thus may experience traveller's tummy. Therefore we recommend for you to travel with a reusable filtered water bottle such as the ones featured at Water-to-Go: http://www.watertogo.eu/
At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Tour Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, the Tour Leaders may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour.
Accordingly you should allow approx. £20 for gratuities for local staff.