Our 12 Day South Africa and Namibia Rhino safari has been crafted for families who have a keen interest in rhino conservation in Africa. Support leading rhino conservation initiatives by staying at eco-friendly camps associated with the Rainbow Rhino Initiative, Gondwana Wildlife Foundation and Save the Rhino Trust. Travel to South Africa’s Garden Route, Madikwe Game Reserve, Namibia’s Palmweg Concession, home to Africa’s largest free-ranging populations of Critically Endangered desert-adapted black rhino and lastly, visit Damaraland. While some activities such as tracking rhino on foot are limited to children aged 16 years and up, rhino safaris by game vehicles are offered to children from age 6. Adults can partake in an exclusive Rhino Conservation Experience at Madikwe Lelapa Lodge at an additional cost.
Gondwana Game Reserve offers an Eco Camp Program. You will stay at their low-impact, solar-powered, tented eco-camp, while actively partaking in wildlife conservation alongside expert rangers during the day. Your trip supports the Gondwana Conservation Foundation and the Rainbow Rhino Initiative.
Madikwe Lelapa Lodge offers a Rhino Safari and Conservation Experience.
Desert Rhino Camp is a low-impact mobile camp powered by a hybrid system. The camp is solar-powered and has implemented water-efficient devices. Desert Rhino Camp works in partnership with the Save the Rhino Trust Namibia, as well as local communities and the Palmwag Conservancy, to develop responsible ecotourism initiatives and thereby support wildlife conservation in the area.
Mowani Mountain Camp reduces their carbon footprint with energy saving bulbs and solar geysers. Mowani Mountain Camp support the Desert Lion Project.
Gondwana Game Reserve offers a Junior Ranger program. The Eco Camp Program welcomes children from 6 years during the designated family week. Children aged 12 and older can participate in guided walking safaris at Gondwana Game Reserve.
Lelapa Lodge is a family-friendly lodge, welcoming children of all ages. Your kids can join the Mack & Madi Kids Club at Madikwe Lelapa Lodge which include kiddies’ amenities and menus, to a crew of childminders and exciting activities.
Desert Rhino Camp accommodates families and a private vehicle is available for parents traveling with children 6 – 12 years old.
Mowani Mountain Camp invites children under the age of six to partake in game drives IF a private vehicle is booked. Children can stay in a kiddies tent or share with adults and children under the age of 3 stay free of charge.
Your rhino safari starts on arrival at O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Here, your family will catch a connecting flight to George where a Jumbari representative will meet you for your transfer to Gondwana Game Reserve. Enjoy lunch at Kwena Lodge at 1 pm and depart for Gondwana’s Eco Tented Camp at 2 pm. The next four days, your family will have the chance to partake in a variety of exciting conservation projects such as the translocation and veterinary care of wildlife (season dependent), husbandry and care of rhino, monitoring the cape leopard cameras, elephant dung sampling and much more.
Enjoy your last breakfast at Gondwana and prepare for you transfer to George Airport. Here, you will board your flight to O.R Tambo International Airport for your one night stay at the Intercontinental Hotel Johannesburg. The hotel is conveniently located near the airport for your onward flight to Madikwe the following day. Your family can dine at the onsite Quills Restaurant dine at one of our recommended family restaurants in the city.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and transfer to O.R Tambo for your scheduled flight to Madikwe Game Reserve. Check-into your family suite at the family-friendly Lelapa Lodge. The next three 3 days will give your family the opportunity to explore the game reserve and discover its wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives and walking safaris. If your kiddies are in need of some more entertainment, they can join the Mack & Madi Kids Club – an exciting kids programme which includes interactive activities and games. While your children spend the morning at the lodge, you will have the opportunity to partake in an exclusive Rhino Conservation Experience alongside the Honorary Officers Counter Poaching Unit (HOCPU), headed up by Phillip Hattingh. The experience involves a conservation orientation, tracking an un-notched rhino and collecting DNA samples for research alongside expert guides. Please note that the Rhino Conservation Experience is at an additional cost and guests must be a minimum age of 18 years to partake.
On the 8th day of your trip you will be transferred to the Madikwe Airstrip for your flight to O.R Tambo. Here, you will connect to your scheduled flight to Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport. On arrival, a Jumbari representative will hand over your travel documents and assist your family with boarding your scheduled shared light aircraft flight to Desert Rhino Camp via Doro Nawas and Damaraland Camp. You will arrive at the camp at approximately 1pm. Check into your 2-standard tents and use the next two days to gain insights into the desert-adapted black rhino alongside expert wildlife guides. The highlight of your time here will be an early morning game drive with a Save The Rhino Trust guide in search of the rhino in the rugged landscape of Damaraland. Other activities to be enjoyed with your family include nature walks, birding and classic game drives in search of elephants, giraffes and possibly predators.
This morning, your family will be transferred to the airstrip for your scheduled light aircraft flight to the Doro Nawas Airstrip. A Jumbari representative will meet you on arrival and transfer you to Mowani Mountain Camp by road. Check into your Superior View Room and make yourself at home. The first afternoon at Mowani your family will visit the famous Twyfelfontein rock engravings. Other activities to be enjoyed in the next two days include game drives in search of the rare desert-adapted elephant, nature walks and time at leisure next to the swimming pool.
Today marks the end of your family rhino safari in South Africa and Namibia. Your family will start your return journey by boarding your scheduled light aircraft flight to Windhoek for your connecting flight home.