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SOUTH AFRICA FAMILY DELUXE

12-Day Cape Town, Garden Route, & Safari Adventure

Take your whole family on safari to South Africa and see what this beautiful and friendly country has to offer visitors of any generation. South Africa Family Deluxe is a top-quality adventure will bring kids, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents closer together and create memories that will last a lifetime. Highlights include family-oriented visits to Cape Town and the Garden Route, and an exciting Eastern Cape safari. Best of all, the tour takes guests to malaria-free areas and prices for children are highly discounted!

DAY 1 – ARRIVE CAPE TOWN/SIDECAR ADVENTURE, TABLE MOUNTAIN & PIRATE BOAT CRUISE TOUR: Upon arrival in Cape Town, transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a private, half-day Sidecar Adventure, Table Mountain & Pirate Boat Cruise Tour. Board a vintage World War II sidecar for a brief tour around the city before you take the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain. Continue to the V&A Waterfront where you will board an authentic pirate ship for your afternoon cruise on The Jolly Roger. Return to your hotel. Overnight One & Only Cape Town.

One & Only is in the heart of Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, with views of Table Mountain, this contemporary urban resort embodies a chic island design with a strong African flair. The 131 spacious rooms and suites have clean lines, dark African woods and contemporary artwork by local artisans. There are comprehensive programmes for children; they have their own youth fitness and teen spa centre, space for arts and crafts, a movie and video game lounge, a quiet reading area and a computer area with all the latest technology.

DAY 2 – CAPE POINT & PENINSULA TOUR: This tour of the Cape Peninsula starts with the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, before crossing over to Hout Bay, where you may choose to join an optional boat cruise to Seal Island. Continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, where a funicular takes you to the top of the Peninsula to witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, and enjoy spectacular views over False Bay. Stop for lunch in the area (on your own account), before continuing to Simonstown, the naval base, and then visit the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. On the return trip, enjoy a stop at the world renowned Kirstenbosch Gardens. Overnight One & Only Cape Town. (B)

DAY 3 – KAYAMUNDI XHOSA COOKING, TOWNSHIP & WINELANDS TOUR: This tours starts with a visit to Kayamundi “sweet home” township, located on the outskirts of Stellenbosch. Here, you will enjoy a walking tour with a local guide and get an insider’s perspective of the town. A Xhosa Mama will welcome you into her home, where you will enjoy an authentic Xhosa lunch and home-made ginger beer (non-alcoholic). Continue to the picturesque village of Franschhoek, where you will board the Wine Tram on a hop-on hop-off tour. The tram will journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram and open-air tram-bus stopping in at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. Enjoy wine tastings at Rickety Bridge, Dieu Donne and a welcome drink at Grande Provence. Following the tastings, return One & Only Cape Town. (B, L)

DAYS 4 & 5 – GROOTBOS PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE: After breakfast, depart for Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in the Gansbaai area. This multi-award winning reserve is home to protected Fynbos as well as the largest Milkwood Forests in the world and has won world wide acclaim for its conservation and social responsibility programs. Enjoy two days here with a comprehensive program of fun learning activities for the children offers adventures on the beach and at the rock pools, treasure hunts and horseback rides, all hosted by experienced guides. Other eco-friendly activities include nature drives and hikes to explore the plants and archaeological caves, birding, whale watching and even spotting the rare African Penguin. Your stay includes all meals and fresh fruit baskets, horse riding, guided walks, nature drives as well as marine and coastal drives. Overnight Grootbos Garden Lodge. (B, L, D)

At Grootbos Garden Lodge, there are 11 free-standing suites, three of which are two-bedroom family suites, welcoming children of all ages. They have a traditional African lodge decor, which makes use of woods and warm earthy textures. All the suites comprise of a lounge and fireplace, tea & coffee making facilities and mini bars, spacious bedrooms with extra length beds, 100% down duvets and cotton linen, finely appointed en-suite bathrooms with double showers and oversized bath tubs, all with captivating views.

DAY 6 – GARDEN ROUTE: After breakfast, depart for Mossel Bay and a visit to Bartolomeu Dias Museum complex. In the complex is the 500-year-old Post Office Tree, where sailors used to leave messages for passing ships; a life size replica of the Dias Caravel, the ship that Dias first sailed into these shores over 500 years ago; and the educational shell museum, which houses a huge selection of various shells in all shapes and sizes. Following lunch at a local café (on your own account); continue to the Ostrich Farm in Oudtshoorn, where you’ll get to see these flightless birds up close in various stages of their development. You may even have a chance to ride one! Continue to your game lodge. Dinner and overnight at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge. (B, D)

Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is a unique bushveld experience in the heart of the Klein Karoo. Each tent consist of a King Size or Twin beds, fully en-suite bathrooms with private outdoor hot water shower, dual air-conditioning, a digital safe, a mini Bar, hairdryer, telephone and a Tea and coffee station. A residents-only swimming pool with deck chairs is conveniently located near the tents. The pool overlooks the waterhole and great Swartberg Mountains. Buffelsdrift Game Lodge offers Bush Safaris, Horseback Safaris, Elephant Feeding, Walking and a Riding Experiences.

DAY 7 – GARDEN ROUTE: After your morning activity (bush safari or horseback safari or elephant feeding experience), depart for Knysna with a stop for lunch at the Waterfront (on your own account). Following lunch, board an afternoon ferry for a trip across the Knysna lagoon to the Western Head before boarding a 4×4 vehicle for the drive up the headland onto the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Enjoy magnificent viewpoints while learning the history of the area and the fauna and flora found here. Enjoy an optional mile guided walk through the reserve. Return to the ferry and back to Knysna. Overnight at The Plettenberg. (B)

The Plettenberg is a cosmopolitan hotel built on a rocky headland with breathtaking vistas of the sea and the mountains surrounding Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route. The 37 rooms and suites are all air-conditioned and decorated with exclusive, plush finishes and luxury amenities in the en-suite bathrooms. The different room types are similar in size, some have uninterrupted sea views, others have side views of the sea and some overlook the gardens. The main features of the hotel are the two swimming pools which seemingly flow into the ocean below.

DAY 8 – GARDEN ROUTE: Today you’ll enjoy a private, full-day Crags Animal Sanctuary Adventure. This tour includes visits to Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Center, a truly unique wildcat experience; Birds of Eden, a world class free flight bird sanctuary; Monkeyland, the world’s first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary; and the Elephant Sanctuary, where you can interact with a group of relaxed African elephants. Overnight at The Plettenberg (B)

DAY 9 – KWANDWE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE: After breakfast, leave the Garden Route behind and head for the Eastern Cape, to Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. Today’s drive is approx. 5 hours; flights can be arranged at an additional cost. Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is located in the heart of the malaria-free Eastern Cape. Depending on arrival time, enjoy an afternoon safari activity. Dinner and overnight at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge. (B, D, Dr)

At Ecca Lodge, the 6 suites have the same innovative construction design and they are stylishly decorated with a modern and bright flair. The sitting areas are roomy enough to comfortably accommodation small children and the en-suite bathrooms have double vanities and glass enclosed showers with views overlooking rolling spekboom valleys, as well as viewing decks and private plunge pools.

DAYS 10 & 11 – KWANDWE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE: Enjoy two days of shared safari activities in Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. There is an extensive kiddies programme and interpretive centre, which provides hours of entertainment for children of all ages, while the adults head out on drives, walks and fishing excursions. Relax at the rim-flow lap pool which is surrounded by expansive viewing areas where the original trees grow through the decks. All meals and overnight here. (B, L, D, Dr)

DAY 12 – PORT ELIZABETH/DEPART: After breakfast you will be transferred to the Port Elizabeth Airport for your onward flight. (B)

END OF SERVICES FOR SOUTH AFRICA FAMILY DELUXE

 

Photo credit: Kent Redding

Duration
12 days

Departures
Anytime

Accommodations
Luxury hotel, lodge & game lodge

Fitness Rating
Easy

Activities
Game drives, nature walks, cultural visits, museum visits, sanctuary visits

*Land-Only Price
$$

Style:
Value I Deluxe I Luxury

Flight Price
Call for pricing

*$ = >$4,999; $$ = $5,000 – $9,999; $$$ = $10,000+

All pricing per person based on double occupancy. Pricing varies based on travel dates, call for a customized quotation matching your travel needs. Changes to itinerary and pricing may apply. Price includes all accommodations, meals, some drinks, transfers, vehicles, park fees, guides and activities as indicated, and a $25 donation to a worthy African charity. Price excludes international flights, visas, tips, inoculations, travel insurance, and anything not specified above. We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover & AMEX. No refunds—see terms & conditions for details.

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