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Family
South Africa Safari

Starts
Cape Town
Ends
Port Elizabeth

Highlights

Big 5 game drives
Luxury accommodation hotel icon
Luxury lodge stays
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Guided nature walks
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Scenic bush sundowners

Embark on the ultimate Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5 tour and discover Cape Town, the Whale Coast, Garden Route, and a malaria-free Eastern Cape Game Reserve. This adventure is packed with an abundance of activities suitable for the whole family to enjoy. From exploring vibrant Cape Town to encountering the Big 5 in a stunning natural setting, each moment is designed for family fun and unforgettable memories.

Cape Town

Itinerary Details

Day-By-Day

Day 1

Experience the vibrant city of Cape Town on your Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5 adventure. Nestled between Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, history, and culture.

Explore its vibrant waterfront, colorful neighborhoods like Bo-Kaap, and significant sites such as Robben Island. From hiking and biking on Table Mountain to discovering marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town provides a variety of outdoor adventures. But it’s not just about scenic vistas; it’s a city alive with art, music, and flavors, reflecting the diverse tapestry of its people. This Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5 journey captures all the essence of this extraordinary city.

Fly into Cape Town International Airport where you will collect a rental car and drive to your child-friendly hotel in the heart of the famous V&A Waterfront. This is the beginning of your Cape Town Family Safari, where the city offers an abundance of fun family experiences, from adventure sports to educational entertainment.

Cape Town has an incredible number of activities to keep you and your family enthralled! Enjoy a cable car ride up Table Mountain, explore the Two Oceans Aquarium, wander through Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, take a boat cruise in Hout Bay to Seal Island, and make a day trip to Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve as well as visiting the resident penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Your dedicated travel expert at Safari365 can provide you with detailed information on what to experience while in Cape Town for you and your loved ones.

The Radisson Red Hotel has something to offer all members of the family, especially a highlight is dining at the all-day RED rooftop bar & terrace where you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the city, making your Cape Town Family Safari unforgettable.

Car rental self drive
Starts:

Cape Town International Airport

Ends:
Cape Town City Centre

Upon arrival in Cape Town, kick off your Cape Town Family Safari by collecting your rental car and transferring to the Radisson Red Hotel located in the heart of the vibrant V&A Waterfront. Take a leisurely stroll along the bustling waterfront precinct, exploring its shops, restaurants, and entertainment options. Enjoy a scenic sunset cruise in the harbor, offering breathtaking views of Table Mountain and the city skyline. Relax at the hotel’s rooftop bar & terrace, savoring delicious cuisine while admiring panoramic vistas of Cape Town. This delightful mix of activities perfectly complements your family’s adventure in the rich landscapes and vibrant culture of the city.

Radisson Red Hotel

Radisson Red Hotel

The Radisson Red Hotel in Cape Town is a vibrant, contemporary lodging option situated in the heart of the city’s V&A Waterfront area, providing easy access to Cape Town’s most notable attractions. This hotel is known for its stylish, art-focused interiors and a modern approach to hospitality, emphasizing a social, fun atmosphere. With sustainability in mind, the Radisson Red embraces eco-friendly practices to reduce its environmental footprint. A tip for guests: be sure to check out the rooftop bar and pool for some of the best views of Table Mountain and the surrounding cityscape. Perfect for those on a Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5, the hotel enhances your adventure with its prime location and vibrant setting.

Cape Town

Day 2

On day 2 of your Cape Town adventure, continue exploring the city’s family-friendly attractions. With a wealth of activities at your fingertips, consider taking the cable car to the summit of Table Mountain for breathtaking views or visiting the fascinating Two Oceans Aquarium. Your Safari365 concierge specialist is ready to assist in planning the perfect day tailored to your family’s interests.

Radisson Red Hotel

Begin your day with a thrilling cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain, enjoying panoramic views of the city and coastline as part of your Cape Town Family Safari adventure. Explore the Two Oceans Aquarium, where you can encounter diverse marine life and interactive exhibits. Spend the afternoon wandering through the picturesque Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, picnicking amidst indigenous flora. In the evening, dine at one of the waterfront restaurants, sampling fresh seafood and local delicacies, all part of your Cape Town Family Safari experience. This day fully embodies the spirit and excitement of your Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5 journey.

Cape Town

Day 3

Day 3 invites you to discover more of Cape Town’s natural beauty and wildlife. A boat cruise from Hout Bay to Seal Island offers a unique opportunity to see marine life up close, or perhaps a day trip to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve for scenic walks and picnics. Remember, your concierge specialist at Safari365 or the hotel can help organize these memorable excursions.

Radisson Red Hotel

Venture on a scenic drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, stopping at viewpoints and beaches along the way. Explore the reserve’s hiking trails, spotting wildlife such as baboons, ostriches, and antelopes. Experience an exhilarating boat cruise from Hout Bay to Seal Island, where you can witness Cape fur seals in their natural environment. Embark on a guided tour of Robben Island, learning about its rich history as a political prison during apartheid. Conclude the day with a visit to the historic Cape Point lighthouse, offering panoramic views of the rugged coastline.

Cape Town

Day 4

On your fourth day of the Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5, immerse yourself in Cape Town’s cultural and natural wonders. Visit the resident penguin colony at Boulders Beach or explore the lush landscapes of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. These experiences are perfect for families looking to connect with nature and enjoy the unique wildlife and scenic beauty that Cape Town has to offer.

Radisson Red Hotel

Visit the famous Boulders Beach to observe African penguins in their natural habitat and enjoy a swim in the sheltered bay, a delightful start to your day on the Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5. Spend the afternoon exploring the vibrant streets of the city center, shopping for souvenirs and enjoying street performances. In the evening, indulge in a traditional South African braai (barbecue) at one of the local restaurants, savoring grilled meats and side dishes. This experience is a perfect blend of wildlife encounters and cultural immersion, all integral to your Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5 adventure.

Grootbos

Day 5

Grootbos Nature Reserve | South Africa

Grootbos Nature Reserve, nestled along the pristine coastline of the Western Cape in South Africa, offers a captivating blend of luxury and natural beauty as part of your Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5 experience. Situated near the picturesque town of Hermanus, renowned for its whale-watching opportunities, Grootbos showcases the rich biodiversity of the region, boasting ancient milkwood forests, fynbos-covered hillsides, and dramatic ocean views. The reserve is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers, with activities ranging from guided nature walks and horseback riding to marine safaris along the rugged coastline.

Moreover, Grootbos is committed to sustainable tourism practices, with initiatives focused on conservation, community empowerment, and environmental education. The reserve operates eco-friendly lodges that blend seamlessly with the surrounding landscape while minimizing their ecological footprint. Guests can immerse themselves in the region’s natural wonders while supporting local conservation efforts and initiatives aimed at uplifting nearby communities. With its breathtaking scenery, eco-conscious ethos, and immersive experiences, Grootbos Nature Reserve enhances the Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5, offering a unique opportunity to reconnect with nature and contribute to its preservation.

After a delicious morning breakfast, check out and take a scenic coastal drive from Cape Town through the Overberg region and Hermanus. It will take you around 2.5 hours of leisurely driving to get to your next destination on your Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5 – Grootbos Nature Reserve. Situated along South Africa’s Whale Coast, this area is the breeding ground of the Southern Right whale and, between the months of July and December, offers some of the most spectacular land-based whale watching in the world.

Activities suitable for families at Grootbos include: 4×4 drives and walks through the fynbos and forests of the reserve, led by a specialist guide, walks along deserted beaches, and visits to archaeological and cultural sites. More exciting activities are boat tours to a nearby seal island to view penguins, seals, dolphins, and great white sharks. The 1750-hectare Grootbos Nature Reserve provides excellent opportunities for horse riding, with 16 well-trained horses and experienced instructors that cater for all levels of riding, including trips to the nearby coast to view the Southern Right whales from land. This continuation of your Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5 promises unforgettable experiences in the heart of nature.

Grootbos Nature Reserve
Car rental self drive
Starts:

Cape Town

Ends:
Grootbos Nature Reserve

Horse riding, botanical 4×4 tour, whale watching (in season), walks and hikes, fatbike tours and coastal safari

Grootbos

Day 6

On day 6 of your Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5, delve deeper into the natural wonders of Grootbos Nature Reserve. After enjoying your breakfast amidst the stunning landscapes, spend another day packed with family-friendly activities.

Continue exploring the unique biodiversity of the reserve with guided 4×4 drives or walks, uncovering the rich fynbos and ancient forests.

Take a leisurely stroll along the pristine beaches or engage in the thrilling boat tours to view marine life around the nearby seal island. For equestrian enthusiasts, seize the opportunity for horseback riding across the reserve’s diverse terrains, suitable for all skill levels.

Embrace this day of adventure and discovery in one of South Africa’s most beautiful natural settings, an essential part of your Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5 experience.

Grootbos Nature Reserve

Horse riding, botanical 4×4 tour, whale watching (in season), walks and hikes, fatbike tours and coastal safari

Oudtshoorn

Day 7

Oudtshoorn, situated in the heart of the Klein Karoo region in South Africa, is a captivating stop on your Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5. Renowned for its stunning landscapes, rich history, and unique attractions, this charming town is often referred to as the “Ostrich Capital of the World” due to its thriving ostrich farming industry. Visitors can explore fascinating ostrich farms, where they can learn about the history of ostrich farming, interact with these remarkable birds, and even try their hand at riding an ostrich.

Beyond ostriches, Oudtshoorn offers an array of other attractions, including the breathtaking Cango Caves, a natural wonder featuring magnificent limestone formations and underground chambers. Adventure enthusiasts can embark on thrilling guided tours through the caves, marveling at the intricate stalactites and stalagmites that adorn the subterranean passages. Additionally, Oudtshoorn boasts a vibrant cultural scene, with art galleries, craft markets, and heritage sites showcasing the town’s diverse heritage and creative spirit. Whether exploring its natural wonders or immersing oneself in its cultural offerings, Oudtshoorn enriches your Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5 with an unforgettable experience in the heart of the Klein Karoo.

From the Whale Coast, embark on a drive along the famous Route 62 – the most scenic drive in South Africa – to the small town of Oudtshoorn, as part of your Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5. The drive will take around 4 hours at a slow driving pace with some stops en route, including a suggested lunch stop at Swellendam. Oudtshoorn is renowned as the ostrich capital of the world, so expect to visit one of the many ostrich farms. Activities suitable for families in Oudtshoorn include: exploring the Cango Caves and their magnificent underground formations, viewing ostrich races and seeing the size of the ostrich eggs, and visiting the crocodile farm with its toothy inhabitants.

On site at La Plume, there is an exciting farm tour, plus the use of mountain bikes (with a kids trail available), a refreshing swimming pool, and we also suggest pre-booking a picnic lunch for one of the days with our Safari365 experts. You can also choose from a great selection of platters and local delicacies at the in-house deli.

The farm tour is a pre-arranged informative tour of this working ostrich, alfalfa, and cattle farm where you and the children can learn about the day-to-day activities, making it a rich part of your Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5 journey.

Car rental self drive
Starts:

Grootbos Nature Reserve

Ends:
La Plume Boutique Guest House

Farm tour at La Plume included

La Plume Boutique Guest House

La Plume Boutique Guest House

La Plume Boutique Guest House is a Victorian-style haven located in the heart of Oudtshoorn, South Africa, offering guests a serene escape amidst the natural beauty of the Klein Karoo. This luxurious guest house, set against the backdrop of the Swartberg Mountains, blends historic elegance with modern comforts, providing a cozy retreat for travelers seeking tranquility and personalized service.

With its lush gardens and panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, La Plume offers an idyllic setting for relaxation and exploration. Guests can delve into the region’s rich history and vibrant culture or embark on adventures to nearby attractions such as the Cango Caves and ostrich farms. The guest house is also committed to sustainability, implementing eco-friendly practices to minimize its environmental footprint and promote the conservation of the area’s unique biodiversity.

Location: Centrally situated in Oudtshoorn, it serves as the perfect base to explore the Klein Karoo and its natural wonders.

Sustainability: Emphasizes eco-conscious living through water conservation, recycling, and support for local conservation efforts.

Tip: Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour of a working ostrich farm, arranged by La Plume, for an authentic Klein Karoo experience.

Oudtshoorn

Day 8

Oudtshoorn | South Africa

On day 8 of your Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5, immerse yourself in the charming ambiance of La Plume Boutique Guest House and its picturesque surroundings. After savoring a gourmet breakfast, set out to explore the area’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. Take advantage of the guest house’s prime location to visit nearby attractions or simply enjoy a day of relaxation on the premises. Whether you choose to venture into the local vineyards for a tasting, stroll through the historic streets, or relax in the guest house’s lush gardens, your day is sure to be filled with memorable experiences. La Plume’s staff are on hand to recommend the best local spots and ensure your day is perfectly tailored to your family’s interests and desires, enhancing your Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5 adventure.

La Plume Boutique Guest House

Farm tour at La Plume

Garden Route

Day 9

The Garden Route, stretching along the southern coast of South Africa, is a scenic paradise renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and charming coastal towns, making it a quintessential part of your Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5 adventure. This coastal corridor encompasses lush forests, pristine beaches, and dramatic mountain ranges, offering a plethora of outdoor adventures and natural wonders to explore. Travelers can embark on exhilarating hikes through indigenous forests, swim in secluded rock pools, and marvel at majestic waterfalls cascading down verdant cliffs.

In addition to its natural beauty, the Garden Route is dotted with picturesque towns and villages, each with its own unique character and attractions. Visitors can stroll through the quaint streets of Knysna, renowned for its bustling waterfront, fresh seafood, and iconic Knysna Heads. Further along the route, Plettenberg Bay beckons with its pristine beaches, whale-watching opportunities, and vibrant arts scene. Whether seeking outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or simply relaxation amidst stunning scenery, the Garden Route enhances the Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5 with a perfect blend of natural splendor and coastal charm.

Drive towards the coast to the resort town of Plettenberg Bay, your base from which to explore the Garden Route in the Western Cape on your Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5. Family-friendly activities and attractions to enjoy on your Garden Route tour include: the Elephant Sanctuary offering a close encounter experience with elephants, Monkeyland – the world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary, and Birds of Eden – a unique free-flight bird sanctuary. Tree-Top Canopy Tours, where you swing from Yellowwood tree to Yellowwood tree, platform to platform on a steel cable up to 30 meters above the forest floor, are exhilarating adventures not for the faint-hearted.

The Robberg Beach Lodge offers luxury accommodation right opposite the beach with expansive views and spacious rooms, making it a perfect complement to your Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5, ensuring comfort and unforgettable coastal experiences.

Car rental self drive
Starts:

Oudtshoorn

Ends:
Plettenberg Bay

Robberg Beach Lodge

Robberg Beach Lodge

Robberg Beach Lodge, perched along the stunning coastline of Plettenberg Bay, provides a tranquil beachfront retreat where luxury and nature harmoniously blend, ideal for your Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5. This exquisite lodge offers guests a selection of beautifully appointed rooms with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean and the iconic Robberg Peninsula. Its prime location allows for easy access to the beach, making it an ideal spot for those looking to soak up the sun, surf, or simply enjoy leisurely walks along the sandy shores.

In line with its commitment to sustainability, Robberg Beach Lodge takes careful measures to ensure its operations are environmentally friendly, focusing on reducing energy consumption, water conservation, and promoting recycling efforts. Guests are encouraged to engage with the natural beauty of the area while being mindful of their environmental footprint, enhancing their experience on the Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5.

Location: Situated directly on the pristine Robberg Beach in Plettenberg Bay, offering immediate access to the ocean and panoramic sea views.

Sustainability: Implements eco-conscious practices to minimize environmental impact and promote sustainable tourism.

Tip: Take advantage of the lodge’s beachfront location to enjoy early morning or sunset walks on Robberg Beach, where you might spot dolphins or whales just off the coast, adding a memorable highlight to your Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5.

Garden Route

Day 10

On day 10, continue your adventure along the enchanting Garden Route from your comfortable base at The Robberg Beach Lodge in Plettenberg Bay. Delve deeper into the area’s natural wonders and family-friendly activities. Consider a visit to the Elephant Sanctuary for an unforgettable close-up encounter with these majestic creatures, or explore the diverse ecosystems of Monkeyland and Birds of Eden for an immersive experience with primates and birds in their natural habitats.

For the thrill-seekers, the Tree-Top Canopy Tours offer an exhilarating perspective of the forest, gliding from tree to tree high above the ground. Each of these unique attractions contributes to a memorable exploration of the Garden Route’s rich biodiversity and stunning landscapes.

Robberg Beach Lodge

Suggested activities: Elephant Sanctuary offering a close encounter experience with elephants, Monkeyland – the world’s first free roaming multi-species primate sanctuary, Birds of Eden – this is a unique free-flight bird sanctuary.

Eastern Cape

Day 11

The Eastern Cape province of South Africa is a diverse and captivating region, boasting a rich tapestry of landscapes, cultures, and wildlife, making it a pivotal part of your Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5. From the rugged coastline of the Wild Coast to the sweeping plains of the Karoo, the Eastern Cape offers something for every traveler. Nature enthusiasts can explore its many national parks and reserves, including Addo Elephant National Park, home to a thriving population of elephants, and the Mountain Zebra National Park, where rare Cape mountain zebras roam freely.

In addition to its natural wonders, the Eastern Cape is steeped in history and culture, with a wealth of heritage sites and cultural experiences to discover. Visitors can delve into the region’s Xhosa heritage at traditional villages, visit historic towns like Grahamstown, known for its Victorian architecture and annual National Arts Festival, or embark on a journey along the Route 67 art trail in Port Elizabeth, celebrating the city’s cultural diversity and history. Whether exploring its scenic beauty, immersing in its rich cultural tapestry, or seeking adventure in its wild spaces, the Eastern Cape enhances your Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5 with an unforgettable travel experience.

Leaving Plettenberg Bay behind, drive 3 hours and come face-to-face with Africa’s Big-5 at the malaria-free Eastern Cape Game Reserve. A typical day on safari starts off with an early game drive where skilled rangers and open 4×4 safari vehicles lead you to within arms length of Africa’s wildest creatures.

Around midday arrive at the 5 star Shamwari Private Game Reserve at the family-friendly Long Lee Manor where you will check into the family suite. Here you and your family will enjoy 3 glorious night on your family South Africa safari. Long Lee Manor offers a Kids on Safari programme.

Car rental self drive
Starts:

Plettenberg Bay

Ends:
Eastern Cape Game Reserve

Game drives, nature walks, bird watching, star gazing, kids activities and programmes

Long Lee Manor

Long Lee Manor

Long Lee Manor, nestled within the heart of Shamwari Private Game Reserve, stands as a beacon of luxury and historical allure in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Overlooking the sweeping plains of the reserve, this restored Edwardian manor offers guests an opulent retreat amidst one of the continent’s most renowned conservation areas. With its elegant rooms and suites, each offering breathtaking views of the surrounding wilderness, Long Lee Manor provides a serene escape into nature, coupled with the utmost comfort.

Shamwari is dedicated to wildlife conservation and sustainability, with efforts focused on habitat restoration, anti-poaching initiatives, and environmental education. Guests are invited to partake in guided safaris to witness the Big Five and learn about the reserve’s conservation programs firsthand.

Location: Situated in the malaria-free Shamwari Private Game Reserve, offering unparalleled wildlife experiences.

Sustainability: Emphasizes conservation through sustainable practices, wildlife rehabilitation, and community involvement.

Tip: Enhance your stay by visiting the Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, offering a unique insight into the reserve’s conservation efforts and the chance to see wildlife up close.

Eastern Cape

Day 12

On day 12, awaken to the natural chorus of the Eastern Cape Game Reserve, ready for another day of adventure and wildlife encounters. After an early breakfast, embark on a morning game drive in an open 4×4, guided by expert rangers who bring you closer to the Big-5 in their natural habitat. Post-drive, enjoy leisure time at Long Lee Manor, perhaps participating in the Kids on Safari programme, designed to educate and entertain the younger guests.

Long Lee Manor

Game drives, nature walks, bird watching, star gazing, kids activities and programmes

Eastern Cape

Day 13

For day 13 of your Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5, the excitement continues with further exploration of the reserve’s vast landscapes and diverse ecosystems. Each game drive offers a unique opportunity to witness the untamed beauty of Africa and its majestic wildlife. Spend your afternoon enjoying the luxurious amenities of Long Lee Manor or take a guided nature walk for an up-close experience with the flora and fauna of the area. As your stay at the reserve draws to a close, relish the tranquil moments and the unforgettable memories made with your family. This day adds another enriching chapter to your Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5 journey, ensuring that every moment spent here is cherished.

Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Game drives, nature walks, bird watching, star gazing, kids activities and programmes

Eastern Cape

Day 14

Today, you wave goodbye to the 14 amazing and adventure-filled days of your Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5 in sunny South Africa, taking with you many treasured family memories for you and your loved ones. The price indicated is for 2 adults and 2 children under 10 sharing. Ask your travel expert to quote if the ages and rooming configuration differs. Drop off the car rental at Port Elizabeth Airport. This conclusion marks the end of your memorable Family South Africa Safari: Cape Town & Big 5, leaving you with cherished experiences and stories to share back home.

Summary

Family South Africa Safari

Start / End
Cape Town | Port Elizabeth
Accommodation
13 nights 4-5* accommodation in Cape Town (Radisson Red), Gansbaai (Grootbos Nature Reserve), Oudtshoorn (La Plume), Plettenberg Bay (Robberg Beach Lodge) & an Eastern Game Big 5 Game Reserve (Shamwari Private Game Reserve).
Meals & Drinks
13 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 5 dinners, plus selected alcoholic & soft drinks in Gansbaai and on safari.
Activities

Farm tour in Oudtshoorn, walking safaris, nature walks, game drives, access to Kid’s Adventure Centre at Shamwari which includes a zipline, horse riding, marine safari, seasonal whale watching, botanical 4×4 tour, birding, beach and cave walk, use of mountain bikes and fatbikes and coastal safari.

Shamwari Private Game Reserve: children under 16 not permitted on walking safaris and children 4 years and older permitted on game drives.

Transport
14 days car rental
Bonuses
Kids on Safari programme at Shamwari

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