This family adventure highlights some of the best locations that South Africa has to offer.
Start your journey in the “Mother City”, experience its beautiful beaches, breath-taking landscapes, the colourful and vibrant Cape Malay Quarter and the famous V&A Waterfront. Then travel to the garden route known its outdoor activities as its natural beauty, it is a sunny stretch of southern Cape coastline featuring a wonderful mix of wide beaches, dappled forests, peaceful lagoons and buzzing seaside towns. Then round off this family vacation with a spectacular big five game viewing at one of the Eastern cape best game reserve.
Experience the breath-taking sights of Cape Town, explore the famous Garden Route, and venture in the African bush to see the Big Five on this comprehensive journey along the South African cape. You’ll learn about South African culture, enjoy premium amenities, and see incredible animals on this epic family adventure.
This 10-day South African vacation takes you to Cape Town, a luxury hotel outside George, and a private game reserve near Port Elizabeth.
Your trip to South Africa begins in Cape Town, the gorgeous city located on the Cape of Good Hope. Located on the coast in the shadow of Table Mountain, Cape Town is undoubtedly the most beautiful city in South Africa. A city tour will showcase some of the city’s many highlights. Begin by ascending Table Mountain before visiting the oldest building in the city, known as The Castle. Continue by the government buildings before reaching the cobblestoned streets of the Malay Quarter and trendy Bo-Kaap. Finish off your tour at a professional diamond cutter to see how these precious jewels are crafted. The next day, explore the picturesque Cape Peninsula, journeying along Chapman’s Peak into Table Mountain National Park. Stop off at Simon’s Town and visit the penguin colony at Boulder Beach before ending the tour at the famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
From Cape Town, connect eastward to George, the sixth-oldest town in South Africa and a woodcutter’s outpost set along the picturesque Garden Route. George sits amidst a gorgeous landscape of lush forests, rolling mountains, and striking beaches. It’s also known for its exceptional <–MISSING CONTENT
Summary of your Trip
- 4 Nights The Table Bay Hotel- Cape Town | South Africa
- 2 Nights La Plume Guest house – Oudthoorn| South Africa
- 3 Nights Whalesong Hotel – Plettenberg Bay | South Africa
- 3 Nights Lalibela Marks Camp – Eastern Cape | South Africa
Day 1 Arrive Cape Town
Upon your arrival at Cape Town Airport, collect your rental car (Hyundai Tuscan / Toyota RAV, SUV 2 x 4 or similar) and drive to The Table Bay Hotel, your home for the following 5 days.
The Table Bay Hotel, located on Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, straddles the antique breakwater and is an architectural masterpiece, capturing the essence of the enchanting Cape, the Victorian elegance of yesterday, combined with the contemporary design of today. It is in perfect harmony with the backdrop of Table Mountain, the historic working harbour and the yacht bay.
Occupying one of the most desired spots in Cape Town on the water’s edge, the property is central to the city attractions and activities, while businesses and head offices are also nearby, making this retreat a desirable destination for corporate and leisure guests alike.
The large hotel with over 300 rooms which is well-run and popular with international visiting guests within the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Guests staying at the hotel can expect the very best of international service & hospitality in Cape Town. They have provided the very best facilities.
Depending on your arrival time, the rest of the day is at leisure to relax, unwind get ready for your first activity tomorrow.
Day 2 – 4 Cape Town
Cape Town is wonderful for families with many excursions available from beach visits to a cable car ride up Table Mountain. We particularly recommend the Oceanarium in the Waterfront, the Science centre in Observatory, a sunset boat cruise from the Waterfront, Kirstenbosch Gardens and, for older children, enjoying some of the many superb hiking trails on Table Mountain and at Cape Point. Our detailed itinerary outlines the nicest beaches for families as well as a range of family-orientated activities.
Day 5-6 Cape Town to Oudtshoorn (Little Karoo)
This morning after breakfast you will drive to Oudtshoorn also known as the Little Karoo for two nights at La Plume Country House. (4 hours, 450km)
The arid, rugged Little Karoo is reached via the spectacular mountain passes over the Outeniqua Mountains. You can sample the excellent wines of the area over lunch at a working ostrich farm or visit the Cango Caves, a labyrinthine complex of limestone caverns. The intrepid will be captivated by the wild beauty of the Swartberg Pass to Prince Albert, whilst children will adore seeing the big cats at the Cango wildlife ranch, learning about ostriches, and cringing at the crocodile and snake farm.
La Plume is a Boutique Guest House on a working ostrich, alfalfa and cattle farm with spectacular views of the Swartberg Mountains and the Olifants River Valley. A warm welcome awaits you at this charming 1902 Victorian homestead with its tranquil surroundings where old-world charm has combined with modern comforts to ensure extraordinary service and personal attention.
Attention to detail, colour and texture are testify of Victorian elegance.
The three-bedroom cottage is ideal for families. The guest house offers karoo farm style dinner on request.
Day 7- 9 Oudtshoorn Plettenberg Bay
Head over the Outeniqua Pass to the Garden Route where you spend three nights at the lovely Kurland Hotel close to Plettenberg Bay.
The Garden Route thoroughly deserves its reputation for enchanting beauty. The “garden” refers not to cultivated gardens, but to its captivating Elysian charm. This region offers a spectacular coastline of dramatic headlands giving way to white sandy beaches. Behind the sand dunes lie placid lagoons and lakes, with a hinterland of soaring mountains, covered by indigenous rainforest, magnificent twisting passes, waterfalls and wooded ravines.
Your accommodation is at Whalesong Hotel & Spa set on a hill above Plettenberg Bay and offers breath-taking views of the Keurbooms Coastline and Tsitsikamma Mountain Range. Everything, from decor to facilities, has been chosen with comfort and pleasure in mind.
Whalesong Hotel & Spa is situated in a lush, landscaped garden in Plettenberg Bay, the jewel of South Africa’s Garden Route, renowned for its unique scenery and moderate climate.
Whalesong boasts 32 spacious, comfortable en-suite bedrooms, equipped for the discerning traveller and reflecting the serene blues and whites of the ocean. To make the most of the truly spectacular scenery, each room features its own private wooden viewing deck and offers breath-taking views of the Keurbooms coastline and the Tsitsikamma Mountain Range. The elegantly furnished hotel offers double and twin rooms.
A wide range of activities including marine encounters with dolphins and whales, sea safaris, water sports, deep sea fishing, walking trails in the indigenous forests, eco-adventures on horseback and adrenaline activities are available in the immediate vicinity and can be booked while staying at the hotel. Other facilities include a swimming pool and terrace, lounges and bar area with fireplace. The Hotel will gladly make reservations for activities at the Golf Courses, Ocean Safaris, Elephant Sanctuary, Birds of Eden and Monkeyland.
Day 10- 12 Plettenberg Bay to Lalibela Private game reserve
Head to the Eastern Cape for three nights on a child-friendly safari at Mark’s Camp (in the Lalibela Private Game Reserve). (3½ hours, 350km)
Thousands of hectares in the Eastern Cape have been returned to natural bushveld that supports the Big Five as well as abundant plains species and birdlife. Lalibela comprises three lodges within 7,500ha of Big Five malaria-free bushveld. One of these, Mark’s Camp, is a child-friendly game lodge, with an extensive children’s safari programme, decorated in a relaxed Pan-African style. Seven chalets include three family chalets. Game drives in open 4×4 vehicles bring you face to face with the game, from mighty elephant, lion, rhino and buffalo to tiny blue duiker and rock hyrax. African wild dogs and spotted hyena have also been reintroduced to Lalibela.
The pattern of activities will depend on the age of your children. Younger children, typically under 6 years, will take part in the lodge’s kids safari programme which will introduce them to the bush through various activities. They will have a kid’s game drive which is shorter than the standard drive. However, they will not be allowed to join the adult game drive in open vehicles for safety reasons. Contact us for other options if you wish to all be on safari together.
Children of 6 to 7 years will be able to go on the main game drive. You generally enjoy a game drive immediately after early morning tea and coffee, as the animals rise early to hunt in the cool of the day. The two to three-hour drive finishes in time for a late breakfast, which will be keenly appreciated after your early morning start! A late afternoon game drive will introduce you to some of the nocturnal animals and their predators before enjoying at atmospheric dinner back at the homestead.
Day 13 Lalibela Private game reserve to Port Elizabeth
After a final early morning game drive, you drive to Port Elizabeth to return your rental car in time for your onward flight.
Best time to go:
Suitable all year round, especially October to May
There are no internal flights for this tour. But you will need a flight from Port Elizabeth to either Cape Town or Johannesburg at the end. The Flight’s price will be added to your quote at time of enquiry, but you should budget on between R1,100 and R1,600 per adult and children will be charged children’s rates
This booking is for 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 12 years.
If an accommodation is fully booked, the operator will suggest a comparable alternative.
The exact order, content and rate of this tour is subject to availability and season.
Rates Per Person