12 days from £9225pp plus international flights.
Create unforgettable memories for all the family on this fantastic trip that takes in everything from the fynbos-clad mountains of the Whale Coast to vibrant Cape Town, the Cape winelands, the Kalahari and a private game reserve bordering the Kruger. This high-end trip is for families who want to enjoy some of the key highlights of South Africa, and do it in style.
This trip is packed with experiences your children – and you - will never forget. The clue is in the name – it’s a luxurious getaway, with high-quality accommodation, and it’s designed with the whole family in mind. Everywhere you stay is family-friendly, and the activities and excursions have been selected to appeal to all generations. Pack your camera – you’ll be looking back on these memories for many years to come!
You start with two nights in a beautiful garden lodge in Hermanus, set amidst glorious flowers and fynbos. From this base you can enjoy horse riding, cave excursions, guided flower walks, beach picnics, whale watching trips and birding. Then you travel to Cape Town, staying in a luxurious family apartment, visiting such highlights as the V&A Waterfront. You’ll also go on a sea kayaking trip and have a fantastic day in the Cape Winelands at top-notch, family-friendly estates.
Next you fly off on safari, staying gorgeous lodges with swimming pools and spending three nights in the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve and three in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. An amazing experience for all generations, it features activities including game drives, day and night walking safaris, meerkat meets and visits to Bushman rock carvings.
Welcome to Cape Town! You will be met, assisted through immigration etc. and shown to your awaiting transfer vehicle, which will take you on the two-hour journey to Grootbos Garden Lodge where you will stay in a two-bedroom family suite for the next two nights. This exotic, stone and thatch retreat is perched on a slope of the Duineveld Mountain, surrounded by multi-hued flowers and lush fynbos (the indigenous plantlife) foliage. Full board
Today you and your family can choose from activities such as horse-riding, fynbos nature tours, milkwood walks, marine/coastal drives/walks including the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, De Kelders cliff walk, Klipgat Cave combined with seasonal land-based whale watching (July - December). Full board
After breakfast you will be collected and driven to Cape Town (2 hours), where you have three nights in a two-bedroom luxury apartment in More Quarters, within easy walking distance of boutique stores, restaurants and bars and Table Mountain. Your stay here includes 3 scheduled shuttle services to the V&A Waterfront and the Cape Town International Convention Centre, so you can really explore the city. Bed & Breakfast
This morning you will be collected by your private driver guide and taken to Simon's Town on the False Bay coast for sea kayaking. Paddle out to Boulders Beach and visit the penguins before stopping (time & tide permitting) on a semi-private beach for refreshments, swimming and snorkelling (equipment provided). Have lunch at a seaside restaurant then travel to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, then return to Cape Town via a scenic route that takes in Noordhoek, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard. Bed & Breakfast
Another uniquely crafted day created exclusively for families with little ones in tow. Take in the sites and spectacular scenery of the Winelands with your private guide as you make your way through mountain ranges and Cape Dutch homesteads to a selection of fine wine estates geared towards wine lovers with kids. You’ll visit Spier, Middlevlei – where you’ll enjoy a ‘boerebraai’ (South African barbecue) and the children receive treats to cook for themselves over the flames – and Spice Route’s delightful ‘village’ in Paarl. Or you could opt to visit the Franschhoek Motor Museum (additional cost). Bed & Breakfast, lunch
After an early breakfast your family safari experience begins with a private road transfer to Cape Town Airport to catch the 07h50 flight to Tswalu (flight time - 2 hours). You’ll be met on arrival by a driver guide from the lodge and enjoy a game drive into the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, to The Motse, which faces the grasslands of the Kalahari. You have three nights in a luxury family suite at this superb lodge with its wonderful spa, infinity pool and Junior Ranger programme for children. Full board
Two full days in which to enjoy all that Tswalu has to offer. The lodge prides itself on maximum flexibility - guests have a personal consultation on arrival. Activities can include daily game drives in the morning, afternoon or evening, walking safaris, night walking safaris, tracking desert-adapted black rhino, horseback safaris, bonding with the meerkat colony, sleep-outs under the stars and walks to ancient archaeological sites of Bushman rock carvings, all against the dazzling backdrop of the Kalahari. This is the home of black-maned lions, kudu, springbok, cheetah, pangolin and aardvark. Full board
This morning you are taken back to the airstrip for the flight to Johannesburg where you connect to the flight to Sabi Sands, the private concession bordering the unfenced Kruger National Park. Your home for the next three nights is Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge, where you will stay in an air-conditioned, two-bedroom luxury villa. This deluxe lodge has two swimming pools, a wine cellar, spa and the EleFun children’s centre. Full board
For the next two days you will explore this stunning game concession, with morning and afternoon vehicle safaris, and environmental awareness walking safaris. This is a Big 5 destination, and also a birdwatcher’s paradise, with over 350 bird species. At night you can introduce your children to the milky way, with a stargazing session, and during the day the youngsters can enjoy age-appropriate bushveld themes activities and crafts as well as bush walks and children’s game drives. There is also a secure outdoor play area. Full board
You have time today for a final morning game drive before heading to the airstrip to fly to Johannesburg and connect to your onward flight, taking with you family memories you’ll all treasure.
Guide price from (pp sharing): £9225 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2018 guide price pp sharing: based on 2 Adults & 2 Children (6-12yrs) travelling together & sharing a double/twin/family room.
11 Jan - 30 April & 16 July - 31 August £9,900 per Adult £925 per Child.
May - June £9,225 per Adult, £925 per Child.
1 - 15 July £9,525 per Adult, £925 per Child.
1 September - 15 December £10,095 per Adult, £925 per Child.
E-Docs, VIP Meet and Greet, 11 nights’ accommodation (2 nights at Grootbos Garden Lodge in 2 Bedroom Family Suite on a Full Board + Activities basis, 3 nights at More Quarters in 2 Bedroom Luxury Apartment on a Bed & Breakfast basis, 3 nights at Tswalu Motse in Family Suite on a Fully Inclusive basis and 3 nights at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge with all meals, selected beverages, morning and evening vehicle safaris, walking safaris), meals as specified, transfers and touring as specified, internal flights, activities as specified, park fees, conservation levies at Grootbos and Twalu,, entrance fees, taxes as specified, guide and guide meal allowance on Day 4 and Day 5.
All other flights and transfers not specified, any meals or drinks not specified, park fees/conservation levies not specified, gratuities, visa, insurance, personal expenses.
Getting there: This holiday starts in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg. International return flights from the UK start from around £850, depending on season and availability.
Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel and More Quarters self catering apartments are located just off fashionable Kloof Street in Cape Town.
Tranquil surroundings for guests who want to explore the diverse plant and animal life of the Grootbos Nature Reserve.
A stylish, family-friendly lodge in a private Big 5 game reserve bordering Kruger National Park.
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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.