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Family Garden Route & Safari

12 days from £1025pp plus international flights.

A winning combination of sightseeing, activity and wildlife based on self-drive for full freedom for you and you family. 
This is a really excellent self-drive family holiday in South Africa.  Having your own hire car gives you freedom to explore on your own and not worry too much about timings. However this is a holiday, so we haven't got you driving each day, and on the last few days you are completely looked after by the safari lodge you'll  be staying at.

Firstly you have 3 days in Cape Town. You could choose to stay in town or go further afield into the Cape Peninsula or even the Winelands, which are only about 30 minutes away. 

Then you start to head along the Garden Route, stopping first for 2 nights in Outdshoorn perhaps to see some ostriches or meerkats, or some extraordinary caves. 

Your next 3 days are based close to Plettenberg Bay. You are in the middle of the Garden Route here, and there is SO much to do. Meet elephants in Knysna, go on a treetop canopy tour, take an exciting boat trip to see whales and dolphins ...

Lastly you go wild in Kariega Game Reserve. Wildlife watching game drives will hopefully get you close to elephants, lions, zebras, giraffes, rhinos and more. But it's not just game drives you can do here. Try and walking safari or even go canoeing or cycling. 

Throughout, we've based this on accommodation which we feel will be great for kids.

NOTE: If you're not travelling with children, or have children older than 12 yrs we can still do a trip like this or similar to this.  Since this is tailor made, we can change any aspect of this holiday to make it perfect for you. 

Cape Town waterfront


When you arrive at Cape Town airport you will be met and assisted, and given documents for your trip. You will then be shown to the vehicle rental collection office to collect your hire car. It is just a short drive to the V&A Waterfront Apartments where you are based for 3 nights.
Enjoy walking around the Waterfront area this afternoon, and having a good meal in this exciting city.

Cape Peninsula


V&A Waterfront Apartments are in the heart of the Waterfront basin, with the dramatic Table Mountain as a backdrop. Aside from the myriad of shops, restaurants and bars, there is a more cultural side to the Waterfront, focused around the historic Clock Tower.It is near here that the ferries depart for Robben Island, while the Two Oceans Aquarium is just a short walk away. With ferries and boats continuously on the go, Cape Fur Seals playing in the harbour, and a mix of both locals and international visitors, the Waterfront is a wonderful place to soak up some typical Cape Town vibe. 
Based on room only.

Penguins at Boulders Beach


There is so much to do in and around the city, from cultural activities such as museums, visits to different areas of the city (eg townships), visiting famous landmarks such as Table Mountain, chilling out on the beach of Camps Bay or slightly further in the Cape Peninsula, visiting the Winelands, going whale watching or visiting the penguins at Boulders Beach. With your hire car at your disposal the options are almost endless.

De Opstal at Outdshoorn


Leave the city behind and drive into the Western Cape. You stay in a country lodge near Oudtshoorn for the next 2 nights. This family-owned property is now in its eighth generation of tobacco, fruit, vegetables and ostriches farming in this fertile valley. Go on hiking trails, take in the many highlights of the region, or simply relax at the salt water swimming pool which is set in the lush and welcoming gardens. 



You can visit an ostrich show farm, take a township tour, explore hiking trails, mountain biking, caving, abseiling, rock climbing, quad biking, visit the meerkat colony and enjoy the craft markets and art galleries. A 'must' is surely the Cango Caves, one of the great natural wonders of the world, with several systems of spectacular limestone caverns which have been discovered. All are filled with a wonderland of stalactites, stalagmites and helictites. Breakfast

Plettenberg Bay


Today you set out on the world-famous Garden Route, a 300km area of natural beauty with Indian Ocean coastline, dense indigenous forests, dramatic ravines, lagoons and the Outeniqua Mountains. This region encompasses the picturesque towns of George, Wilderness, Sedgefield, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Arrive at Fairview Cottage on a 68 acre headland at The Craggs near Plettenberg Bay. You will have the next 3 nights based in this great spot which is small homely cottage. Breakfast

whale watching with Ocean adventures


Fairview Cottage is a home from home and is within close proximity of whale watching at Keurbooms Beach, Plettenberg Bay and the Robberg Peninsular and the forest walks of Nature's Valley. There is a lovely swimming pool set in the fynbos (indigenous plantlife) and you can also enjoy fantastic bike trails, bird watching, fishing, golf and hiking. 
We'd highy recommend taking in an eco-marine boat trip to see the marine wildlife here. 

Treetop canopy tour


There's really so much to do here. Enjoy a choice of excellent golf courses, watch whales, eat oysters and cholesterol-free ostrich meat, do a tour of the Featherbed Nature Reserve, abseil, bungee jump, glide between platforms on a treetop canopy tour, hike, mountain bike and round it all off with an unforgettable sunset cruise. 

On safari


Leave the Garden Route and head to the Eastern Cape. This is known as the Sunshine Coast and it has miles of stunning beach, gorgeous bays and some excellent game reserves. Your destination is Kariega Game Reserve. The main lodge borders the upper reaches of the Kariega River. This is an ideal setting for families wanting a relaxed and friendly environment in the African bush.
Breakfast, dinner

Walking safari


Daily activities are included in your stay. On a typical day, you might have an early morning game drive, then enjoy a large breakfast back at the lodge followed by a choice of activities or relaxation by the pool. Lunch and a siesta follow. In the late afternoon there is another game drive culminating in sundowners out on the reserve, returning to the lodge for dinner, which will be served either in the restaurant or in the boma area around the camp fire.
Full board.

Canoeing in Kariega


Make your last day on safari here at Kariega as exciting as the first. Perhaps try your hand at canoeing today for a change, but whatever you choose you have another day in the African wild. Enjoy!
Full board.

Rhinos in Kariega


Today you need to drive back to Port Elizabeth where you drop your hire car. From here we can arrange for you to fly home or you can continue with onward arrangements. 

Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £1025 (ex. international flights)


Accommodation on a twin share basis for 4 people (the price was based on 2 adults and 2 children under 12yrs); group C hire car from day 1 to day 12; meals as specified; all activities at Kariega Main Lodge.


International flights; departure taxes; visas; travel insurance; meals not specified; drinks; items of a personal nature; tips.

Getting there: This holiday starts in Cape Town and ends in Port Elizabeth. International return flights from the UK start from around £850, depending on season and availability.

Departure dates: We can tailor made this holiday for you at any time of the year, and you can tweak it in any way you like. 

places you will see

places you will see

Garden Route
The Garden Route is a famous and beautiful journey roughly between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. 
Cape Town
Cape Town and Cape Peninsula
On the south west tip of Africa, Cape Town is set under the awe-inspiring Table Mountain, and with stunning beaches, it is a city of beauty, rich history and cultural diversity.


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Time: GMT +2 hours

Flight time: There are daily flights from Europe to Johannesburg (about 10 ½ hours direct) and Cape Town (about 11 hours). There is also a good network of domestic flights connecting all main towns.

Language: English is South Africa's main administrative language and is widely spoken. There are also 11 official tribal languages.

Visas: Visas are not required for British passport holders.

Health: No vaccinations are compulsory. Malaria is found in certain areas (mainly Kruger and the east coast towards Mozambique), but not throughout the country.

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