Set off on an adventure with your family exploring the best cities, scenery, and thrilling wildlife of South Africa
3 nights Cape Town | 2 nights Whale Coast | 2 nights Plettenberg Bay | 3 nights Eastern Cape Safari
Your journey at a glance
This 11-day South African family tour begins in Cape Town, affectionately known as the Mother City, a breath-taking destination where marvellous attractions await! Your adventure starts with a full-day vibrant tour of the Cape Peninsula where you will visit four of the Cape’s most secluded beaches, tour Hout Bay, hunt for a selection of gemstones near Simons Town, visit the charming penguin colony at Boulders Beach and journey to the fabled Cape of Good Hope. Savour an unforgettable exploration of Table Mountain, the Company Gardens, Signal Hill, the traditional Malay Quarter and the Two Oceans Aquarium.
Be whisked away to the Cape Whale Coast region to unwind in the spectacular Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Adventures include flower safaris, birding tours, horse riding, scenic flights, mountain biking, shark-cage diving, whale-watching tours and not-to-be-missed guided nature walks.
The next leg of your adventure takes you to Plettenberg Bay where you will enjoy a scenic boat trip and the possibility for up-close encounters with various marine animals. You will also have the chance to enjoy a guided walk over the longest suspension bridge in Africa and interact with elephants and monkeys. Your luxury family vacation ends with an unforgettable safari. Here, a full complement of tailor-made children activities awaits, in addition to the standard magical game drives and guided nature walks.
3 nights More Quarters Hotel – Cape Town (BB & Activities)
2 nights Grootbos Garden Lodge – Whale Coast (Full Board &Activities)
2 nights Hog Hollow Country Lodge – Plettenberg Bay (BB)
3 nights River Bend Lodge – Eastern Cape Safari (FI)
This only a trip idea, tailor-make your journey.
Day 1: Cape Town
Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will be met by our representative who will drive you to MORE – More Quarters Hotel. As you drive toward the city, your view from afar will be Table Mountain, one of the most spiritual places on earth, with its heart, two oceans and the beautiful city of Cape Town at its feet.
Explore the sights during your 3-night stay at the More Quarters Hotel in a Two Bedroom Luxury Apartment. Your stay includes breakfast, wi-fi, as well as complimentary scheduled transfers to and from the V&A Waterfront and Cape Town ICC.
More Quarters Hotel
The More Quarters Apartment Hotel beautifully combines the benefits of a hotel with the independence of a luxury apartment. It is conveniently located amidst the popular restaurants, cafes and shops of Kloof Street — an area often referred to as the ‘heart of Cape Town’ by the locals. Spacious and luxurious apartments include comfortable rooms, ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, satellite television and fully equipped kitchens. Guests can kick start their day with hearty meals served in the inviting Breakfast Room, whilst lunch and dinners can be enjoyed at one of the many fantastic restaurants dotted around the city. Guests in search of relaxing spots can unwind the tastefully-furnished sitting room. The concierge service can arrange airport transfers, day trips to the surrounding attractions, restaurant reservations and fun adventures for the whole family.
WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT MORE APARTMENT QUARTERS HOTEL
- The hotel’s superb location on the vibrant Kloof Street allows you to easily explore its fantastic restaurants, galleries and boutiques.
- The exceptional concierge service will easily take care of your requests.
Day 2: Cape Town
This full-day tour takes in the scenic highlights of the Cape Peninsula, including activities guaranteed to delight and entertain family members of all ages. Explore the warm sands of Clifton’s four secluded beaches and browse the sidewalk cafés and bars of trendy Camp’s Bay. The next stop is the spectacular coastal suburb of Hout Bay, a former fishing village
with a long, sandy beach facing a bay framed by the mountains. If open, the tour will continue along the breath-taking Chapman’s Peak Drive before stopping near Simon’s Town, where children can enjoy the opportunity to hunt for a wide variety of polished gemstones in the Scratch Patch while adults shop for jewellery at Mineral World. Just a little further we stop again to explore the penguin colony at Boulders Beach, where you can choose to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before wandering the beachside paths and watching the antics of these charming creatures. We then head to Cape Point Reserve, where you can walk or take the funicular to the famous Cape Point Lighthouse, which boasts magnificent views over False Bay and the shoreline. Also, within the reserve is the fabled Cape of Good Hope, the most south-western point of the African continent. The day ends at the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, where you are free to ramble along the wide paths, relax on the spreading lawns or even enjoy the spectacular aerial walkway through the treetops.
- Family Cape Point Tour
Day 3: Cape Town
Explore the scenic city of Cape Town on a family adventure that begins with a ride on the revolving cable car up to the top of iconic Table Mountain. Marvel at spectacular views over the city and the entire Cape Peninsula as you stroll along its flat top or, if the weather is not favourable, explore the smaller peak known as Signal Hill. From here, travel to Company Gardens, set up in the 17th century as a fresh produce garden used to supply ships stopping in the harbour and now home to the SA Museum, Cultural History Museum, Houses of Parliament, National Gallery and St George’s Cathedral. Next, witness one of Cape Town’s oldest traditions as you head up to Signal Hill for the firing of the noonday gun. Taking place every day except Sundays, this involves the firing of the world’s oldest cannons charged by gunpowder that are still in daily use. Originally intended to provide a time signal for ships anchored in the bay, this maritime tradition continues to this day. From here, you will visit the traditional Malay Quarter, situated in the predominantly Muslim Bo-Kaap. Admire the area’s brightly coloured houses, which date back as far as the 17th century and get a glimpse into one of the Cape’s many vibrant cultures. The day’s adventure ends at the V&A Waterfront, with an opportunity to explore the Two Oceans Aquarium, which houses one of the best marine collections in the world. The Aquarium showcases the variety of marine species that live in both the Indian and the Atlantic Oceans, with a number of exhibits designed specially to provide up-close, interactive experiences for children. Once you have explored to your heart’s content, enjoy lunch at one of the many popular restaurants at the Waterfront.
- Family Table Mountain and City Tour
Day 4 – 6: Cape Town – Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
Collect your rental vehicle at More Quarters Hotel which will be delivered and with the directions provided make your way to Grootbos Garden Lodge. (Ford Everest or similar 2×4 – Automatic) Indulge during your 2-night stay at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve at Garden Lodge in a Two Bedroom Family Suite with ensuite bathroom. Your stay includes accommodation, breakfast, welcome drink served upon arrival, water, soft drinks, tea and coffee, minibar, fresh fruit daily in suite, light lunch, 5-course dinner, horse riding for non- and experienced riders through the reserve (please note that the weight limit is 90kg/198lbs per person/ children under the age of 12 are only allowed on guided pony rides), guided walks including fynbos nature tours and milkwood walks, nature, marine & coastal drives and walks including the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, De Kelders cliff walk, Klipgat cave combined with seasonal land based whale watching (whale watching especially during July – December), bird-watching; experience a great variety of bird species on the reserve, various maps of the reserve and the area for self-guided walks, transfers to/from all activities. Included activities:
- Grootbos Horse Riding
- Grootbos Guided Fynbos Walks
- Nature, Marine and Coastal Drives
- Other walks, including Walker Bay Nature Reserve De Kelders Cliff and Klipgat Cave
- Whale watching in season (roughly June to December)
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Garden Lodge
Flanked by the spectacular cliffs of Walker Bay, is the beautiful Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Large, private cottages include spacious bedrooms, lovely ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning and secluded balconies from where guests can admire the breath-taking sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean. Guests can savour hearty breakfast and lavish four-course dinners in the superb restaurant boasting sweeping views of the picturesque surroundings — the passionate chefs work their magic in transforming freshly-caught fish, succulent meats and organic produce into delectable culinary creations, perfectly complemented by award-winning Cape wines. At the end of the day, guests can head to the bar for refreshing cocktails, whilst drinking in the sweeping views from Walker Bay to Cape Point, or retreat to the cosy sitting room for a comfortable spot around the open fireplace on chilly evenings. Adventures include flower safaris, birding tours, horse riding, scenic flights, mountain biking, shark-cage diving, whale-watching tours, guided nature walks, and visits to the renowned Grootbos Nature Reserve, home to the largest private fynbos garden in the world.
WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT GROOTBOS GARDEN LODGE
- Join an experienced guide on a walk along a meandering path through the ancient Milkwood forest which surrounds the reserve, which is home to one thousand-year-old indigenous trees.
- The incredibly spacious baths are perfect for enjoying relaxing soaks in soapy, fragrant waters.
Day 6 – 8: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve – Plettenberg Bay
After breakfast self-drive to Hog Hollow Country Lodge.
Spend your 2-night stay at Hog Hollow Country Lodge in the Villa with ensuite bathroom. Your stay includes breakfast.
Hog Hollow Country Lodge
Hog Hollow Country Lodge is set on the edge of an indigenous forest in a private nature reserve, with stunning views of the surrounding forests, valleys and mountains. Each of the suites features a king-size bed, air conditioning, a fireplace, an ensuite bathroom and a private deck, as well as personal bars and mini hi-fis. The guest areas include a dining area, swimming pool, Boma (traditional outside dining area), forest sauna, privately-sited forest shower, library and three sitting rooms — each providing spectacular views of the lodge grounds. Hearty breakfasts are served on the deck and guests can savour delicious dinners in the candle-lit atmosphere of the guest house. Fish, prawns and crayfish are daily treats on the menu. Child-friendly menus and earlier dining hours are special features for junior guests.
WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT HOG HOLLOW COUNTY LODGE
- Gaze over the panoramic views of the Matjies River Gorge and Tsitsikamma Mountain Range from the comfort of your private hammock, entertained by the lively antics of a troop of inquisitive velvet monkeys that have made the surrounding forest their home.
- Join the lively communal and atmospheric dining experience, held in the main dining area or al fresco, if the weather permits. Guests meet around a central table to swap tales of your travel adventures and reflect over the day’s activities (if you prefer dining alone, simply ask the staff, who will be more than happy to set up a separate table).
Day 8 – 10: Plettenberg Bay – Addo Elephant National Park
After breakfast self-drive to River Bend Lodge.
Delight in your 3-night stay at RiverBend Lodge in the Long Hope Villa. Your stay includes all meals, tea & coffee, soft drinks, house wine, sparkling wine, local beers, spirits, two game drives per day, children mini-rangers, wine tasting evening (booking essential), Private chef & guide and free WI-FI.
- Game Drive
- Children mini-rangers
- Wine tasting evening (booking essential)
River Bend Lodge
Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa Flanked by the majestic Zuurberg Mountains, the enchanting RiverBend Lodge is situated within the private Nyati concession area of the renowned Addo Elephant National Park. Beautiful suites include ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, comfortable beds, satellite television and personal bars. Guests can savour exquisite meals, accompanied by award-winning wines in the elegant dining room, on the breezy veranda or in the privacy of their suites. Those in search of relaxation can sink into the cool waters of the sparkling swimming pool, enjoy a few hours of solitude in the lush garden or laze on the comfortable loungers dotted around the inviting sunset deck. A well-stocked bar and spacious sitting room both add to guest delight. Adventures include exciting game drives, guided walks, birdwatching, horseback safaris, as well as cultural and historical excursions to the charming Grahamstown.
WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT RIVER BEND LODGE
- Enjoy a delicious cocktail on your private veranda, whilst drinking in the breath-taking sight of the sun setting below the endless horizon.
- Rest your sleepy head on feather-soft pillows and let the sounds of gentle bird song welcome you to another glorious day in the Addo Elephant National Park.
- Take a picturesque drive into the majestic Zuurberg Mountains.
- If you’re need of pampering, the resident therapist will treat you to a soul-soothing back massage in the privacy of your room.
Day 11: Addo Elephant National Park – Port Elizabeth Airport
After a leisurely breakfast, Guests will complete the check-out procedure and self-drive to Port Elizabeth Airport where you will drop off your car rental and check in for your departure flight.