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Family Garden Route & Safari

12 days from £1495pp 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 coast, stopping first for 2 nights near Hermanus where you can explore the coastal paths and perhaps see whales in season. Then you head inland to Outdshoorn for a night, perhaps to see some ostriches or meerkats, or some extraordinary caves. 

Your next 2 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 10 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 taken to your Cape Town accommodation. It is just a short drive to the More Quarter Apartments where you are based for 3 nights.
You have free time to explore the City this afternoon, and enjoy a good meal in one of the many exciting restuarants Cape Town has to offer.

Cape Peninsula


More Quarters apartments are set in the heart of the suburb called Gardens. You are in a quiet street, away from the tourist hub but still within easy walking distance of a variety of boutique stores, restaurants and bars, and Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain. Today you can enjoy a full day, private tour of Cape Point, including an exciting sea kayak adventure. Paddle past the harbour to Boulders Beach to visit the penguins. Time and tide permjitting, you'll stop of a lovely semi-private beach for refreshments, swimming and snorkelling. During the whale season from July to December, the Southern Right Whale frequents Cape Town's shores so you may see them in their natural habitat. After a lunch break it's time to visit the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Cape Point is home to an array of fynbos, over 250 species of birds, buck, baboons and Cape mountain zebra. The tour continues with a scenic drive along the coast via Noordhoek, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard back to your accommodation. Breakfast 

Penguins at Boulders Beach


Another action packed day starts off after breakfast with a guided tour of Kayamandi “sweet home” township on the outskirts of Stellenbosch. After an insightful walking tour with your local guide, a Xhosa Mama will welcome you into her home to share some of the delicious dishes that Nelson Mandela grew up on. After lunch you will visit Franschhoek for the Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour, it is one of the best ways to discover the the Franschhoek Valley, from the breath-taking scenery to picturesque vineyards, all steeped in a 300 year history. You will return to Cape Town late afternoon. Breakfast.

View from terrace at 138 Marine Beachfront Guesthouse


This morning you take delivery of your car hire and leave the city behind and drive into the Western Cape. Your destination is Sandbaai, just 10 minutes from the coastal town of Hermanus. For the next two days you can take life at a slower pace. Discover the unspoiled beach path with a bird’s eye view of the migrating whales in season (June – November). There are many restaurants to enjoy, craft markets, art galleries and charming little shops to explore in Hermanus or simply laze on the terrace at 138 Marine Beachfront Guest House and enjoy spectacular sunsets over the ocean. Breakfast.

Visit an ostrich farm en route to Oudtshoorn


This morning, after breakfast it's a 4 hours drive to your next stop, an ostrich farm called Mooiplaas Guest House, just south of Oudtshoorn. It's about a 4 hour drive passing through some stunning scenery along the way. In the afternoon you will have time to visit 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. The ostrich farm also offers farm tours, a 1 hour hiking trail or one hole golf course. 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 Hogs Hollow Country Lodge near Plettenberg Bay. You will have the next 2 nights based in this great spot, the lodge is set in a private nature reserve, on a steep hillside overlooking the Matjies River Gorge and surrounded by indigenous forest and spectacular views Breakfast

whale watching with Ocean adventures


There's plenty to do in the area. Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and the Elephant Sanctuary are just a walk away.  Boat based dolphin and whale watching trips, beautiful beaches, Tree Top Canopy Tours and little boutique shops are all easily accessible.  We'd highy recommend taking in an eco-marine boat trip to see the marine wildlife here. 

On safari


Leave the Garden Route behind 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.  Breakfast.

Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £1495 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: 2018 guide price pp sharing: February and October £1800. March-April £1730. May-August £1495. September £1630. This is based on a family of four (2 adults and 2 children under 12yrs) sharing a double or family room. Please ask if you would like this priced for just adults or a different family group.


Accommodation on a twin share basis for 4 people (the price was based on 2 adults and 2 children under 10yrs); group C hire car from day 4 to day 12; meals as specified; sea-kayak and Cape Point tour, township tour, wine tram tour, 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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