We want to take our 4 boys on a Safari in August of 2007 (ages range from 8 years old to 12 years old). We are looking for very reasonable prices on a 8 day safari. So far, we have been recommended "Viva Safaris" at www.valuesafaris.co.za. However, they are not SATSA and so we have some concerns. We want the boys to experience the wildlife and local tribal culture (especially meeting other children). What suggestions does everyone have?
What might present a problem is the age of your children. Most -if not all- touroperators don't take children under 12 on safari's, due to the Kruger Park's (SANPark's) regulations.
That is something you will have to look into.
Further on, in the park itself you won't find any tribal culture. Maybe you can combine visiting Kruger with a visit to villages in one of the adjoining provinces Mpumalanga or Limpopo.
I couldn't recommend a specific operator, as I only went to the park by myself.
Good luck with the search, and if you need any more specific info, don't hesitate to send me a message!
So far, all the tour operators have been okay with the boys ages ranging from 8 to 12 years old. Some cannot do walking tours with children under 12, but that has been the only limitation.
There are no tribal cultural experiences within the park itself and outside the campgrounds there are not many opportunities for kids to get out and run around. If you go to sanparks.com you can get some good information on treks within the park and some other styles of safaris. There are some tribal experiences near the park, the Shangana cultural village near hazyview is one and there are other similar ones in the area. There is a lot of good family fun in the area, if you rent a van you could take the family to see the many waterfalls in the area, god's window, Bourke's luck potholes, pilgrims rest, sudwala caves and other interesting places. It is a very senic area for self drive trips. If you drive further north there is reptile park, cheetah project,silk farm, wildlife rehab center and if you go way north there is a route that will let you visit local artists such as woodcarvers, potters, weavers and others. Check out the ribolla tourism association online for some information on this area. You will save a ton of money driving yourself as opposed to a safari and you can book campsites, bungalowes, cottages and other accomadations within the park through sanparks.com. I am doing a similar trip in June but without the kids. Last time we took our jr. high aged daughter and she had a blast. With her we did both a 3day game reserve safari and the self drive trip. The 3 day thing cost more than the remaining 7 days on our own. Check out the sites for better information and have fun.