ADULTS FROM: £4,995 | CHILDREN FROM: £2,995
20 JANUARY 2020: Solo parent Sorry, too late
15 FEBRUARY 2020: Solo parent Sorry, too late
Further dates for 2020 to be announced very soon!
CAPE TOWN – HERMANUS – OUDTSHOORN – KNYSNA – LALIBELA – PORT ELIZABETH – 12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS
A journey to the beginnings of civilisation itself – this African adventure boasts the tales that time forgot, through a fully immersive experience for the whole family.
The ultimate bucket list that the kids can join, climbing Table Mountain, whale watching, animal encounters, penguins on the beach (yes you read that right) and nights in luxury lodges, boutique hotels and guest camps.
Teach your kids about conservation concerns through the junior ranger program and game drives whilst you savour the full-bodied sweetness of the South African wines. This corner of our world is home to the most beautiful beaches and coastlines for the perfect seal to our action packed sunset seeking adventure.
Arrival airport: Cape Town International Airport (CPT).
Departure airport: Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ).
11 Nights accommodation typically 4* hotels
English speaking local guide & childcare staff
All activities per itinerary
11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Full financial protection
Average of 3 to 5 families per trip
3 evenings of babysitting
Day 1 – WAMUKELEKILE!
Welcome to Cape Town where your personal tale of the ages begins.
You’ve finally arrived to the home of stunning nature, intricate history, awesome adventure and some of the greatest food and wine: Cape Town.
On arrival, your driver will transport you to your hotel in downtown Cape Town… Settle in before exploring the local area, or chill out for a few at the beautiful hotel pool.
The evening awaits, as do your fellow two point four travellers; get acquainted over a cocktail and an African feast.
Day 2 – Table Views
Grab breakfast and clear the cobwebs with a morning hike up Table Mountain. One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the views at the top will make it worth the effort. Whilst scaling the heights of this famous landmark, the kids head towards Simon’s town, to search for treasure at Mineral World’s Scratch Patch before meeting African penguins at Boulders Beach.
The group will gather at Simon’s town for lunch, before making their way to Cape Point, the meeting point of the mighty Indian & Atlantic Oceans. The return journey will be via the jaw-dropping Chapman’s Peak drive, home to two of SA’s biggest races.
In the evening, you’ll be left to your own devices to share and stew over the sights and wonders of the day.
Day 3 – Raising a Glass!
Time to sip & swirl from the Cape Peninsula’s finest wines, because a trip to South Africa without a visit to Cape Wines just wouldn’t make sense! Bringing you in on some of the local gems known to those with insider info, you’ll pair the tastiest of liquids with the region’s best in cured meats, cheeses and accompanying artisanal chocolate from touring a number of famous farms. The kids need not be left out on the fun and will be treated to their very own grape juice making class and tasting session.
All that tasting and testing can really knock you out, so rest up, before parting ways with the kids for a sunset dinner cruise. It’s movie night back at the lodgings where little fingers fumble amongst popcorn and huddle up for a night in.
Day 4 – Pirate Adventures
The kids will shiver the timbers of the Jolly Roger Pirate Boat at the V&A waterfront, filled to the brim with swashbuckling activities to entertain whilst the parents plod on to Robben Island for a 3 hour tour of this historical site.
The family reunites before lunch for some 1-to-1-leisure time, to explore, shop and enjoy a meal together.
You’ll spend the rest of the afternoon on a walking tour of the city where you’ll find yourselves in Bo-Kaap, formally known as the Malay quarter. One of the country’s oldest established communities, dating back to the 1600’s, where the residents refer to their neighbourhood as more than just a ‘place’ but as a way of life. The brightly painted houses and cobbled streets will open their home to your family for a truly immersive experience, where you’ll learn about their religion, culture and culinary backgrounds as guests of a residential family. But don’t worry, you’ll get your chance to pay it back as you get hands-on and cook some dinner (their way) around their table. Think samosas, Rooti and chicken/vegetable curry.
This is the sort of experience that you won’t find between the pages of a guidebook.
Day 5 – Having a Whale of a Time
Today, after breakfast, you’ll set sail for Hermanus, an area on the southern coast of the Western Cape famed for its whale watching expeditions. Compete at who will spot their first mammoth mammal out on the Dyer Island Cruise. Although it won’t take long on this ‘Marine Big 5’ experience before you settle your sights on a whale, dolphin, seal, shark, and African penguin.
Extra points for seabird sightings, including the sizeable Albatross, Petrel, or Skua, against this breath-taking unspoiled scenery.
Return to the hotel for some R&R for the remainder of the afternoon.
Day 6 – Subterranean Exploration
It’s off to our third stop of our African Adventure: Oudtshoorn – An ecological hotspot, where we start at the world famous Cango Caves.
A fully guided tour of this ecological wonder that has been known to man as early as the Stone Age, will amaze all with its dripstone caverns and vast halls of towering formations.
Moving on, it’s time to check-in and unwind at your luxury farm accommodation followed by a beautiful farm to table dinner.
Day 7 – Meerkat Pursuit
Ahoy there, Maties! Ready for an aqua-a
The early meercat catches the worm… and eats it up for breakfast! So, rise and shine for some meerkat spotting as your specialist ranger takes you out to check the burrows.
As there are other larger animals in the vicinity, this trip is for 10yrs+ leaving the younger lot to enjoy a lie-in and play back at the hotel.
After breakfast, you’ll head off to the fourth stop of the SA tour to Knysna. The whole family will band together for lobster and a cold glass on a relaxing boat cruise around the impressive Knysna Heads area. Dock in the heart of the garden route and spend the rest of the day exploring the beautiful coastline as a family.
Day 8 – Pick ‘n’ Mix
This is a day of pick-n-mix style, where you and your family can design it to your desire. Choose from a gourmet cycle or walking tour, kayaking, private nature reserves, a day at the local beach or even staying put, enjoying the beautiful hotel pool.
Day 9 – Safari Time
Prepare to head out for the Lalibela Game Reserve – your home for the next 3 nights. A sacred place blessed with sightings of The Big Five: lions, African elephants, Cape buffalos, leopards, and rhinoceros alongside a host of other animals, all in a malaria free environment (fear not). Keep your eyes peeled and your chatter to a minimum as you lay your head aside a large waterhole right in front of the lodge, a popular spot for visiting antelopes, elephants and other predators.
A sensory saturation awaits the kids on The Children’s Game Drive. Specifically designed with young children in mind, they will be accompanied with their own game ranger and game-viewing vehicle. The children’s game drives are tad shorter, sticking to the main gravel roads of the reserve avoiding unnecessary dangerous situations due to the unpredictability of small children. That’s not to say they won’t be lucky enough for an opportunity to see the Big Five from a distance, but as always with children and animals, nothing is guaranteed. The primary focus of the children’s game drive is on antelope, bird and insect species and exposing children to the sights, smells, sounds, feel and tastes of Africa.
Between game drives, guests can relax in the large lounge, bird watch from the viewing decks or laze around one of the two swimming pools.
Day 10 – TOTSIENS, HAMBA KAHLE
Say your goodbyes to this stunning destination enriched in history and wildlife. You’ve just had the humbling experience of coming up close and personal with some of the most endangered species on the planet, hiked up mountains, sailed the seas and sipped fine wines on your rugged African adventure.
Meanwhile, your children found themselves in between the pages of some of their favourite stories, meeting penguins & meerkats and writing their own pirate tale set in underground cave systems.
But now it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow two point four travellers as your private transfer waits to take you to Port Elizabeth airport where you can choose to continue your adventure or start making your way back home.
*Please note departure airport is different from arrival.
A Selection of Our Hotels
Onyx Hotel, Cape Town
A harmonious blend of hotel and residential offerings keeping guests enthralled with its sophisticated internal finishes and its highly luxurious atmosphere. Guests can look forward to a chic city experience, on par with apartment offerings in New York, London and Paris, but infused with South African vibrancy. Expectations are exceeded at The Onyx.
The Windsor Hotel, Hermanus
The independently owned Windsor Hotel stands proudly on the edge of Hermanus’s breath taking Walker Bay with a panoramic vista featuring the world’s best whale watching. The 120-year-old Windsor, near the town centre and its rich variety of restaurants, galleries and shops, has been modernised but steadfastly retains its family atmosphere with home-from-home hospitality.
De Zeekoe Guest Farm, Oudtshoorn
The name De Zeekoe, is derived for the Dutch name for the farm, Zeekoegat, which literally means “hippo waterhole” over a century ago, these odd-looking, water-loving creatures used to frequent the riverbed that still runs through the farm to this very day. The idyllic setting has something to offer for everyone – from the daring adventure-seekers to those who just yearn for a quiet getaway. This hidden gem has spectacular views with 168 bird species and not the “big 5” but the “shy 5”.
aha The Rex Hotel, Knysna
Knysna is a haven of beaches, forests, lakes and sea, and aha The Rex Hotel is one of this coastal town’s most sophisticated accommodation offerings. Expect an eclectic mix of modern and classic comforts that capture the essence of 4-star luxury. aha The Rex Hotel offers travellers a gateway to Knysna’s outstanding restaurants, blossoming forests, nature reserves, arts and crafts, and the shores of the serene lagoon.
Marks Camp, Lalibela
The stone and thatch chalets and main lodge of Mark’s Camp are decorated in a relaxed Pan-African style. Each comfortably furnished chalet has an en-suite bathroom and ceiling-fans for those warm summer nights. The chalets open up onto your own private viewing deck with views over the surrounding bush. One of the appealing features of Mark’s Camp is the abundance of birdlife which can be viewed from the rooms, pool deck (Mark’s Camp has two swimming pools) or central lounge area. Blessed with a large waterhole in front of the lodge, it is not uncommon for guests to see antelope, giraffe, elephant and predators coming to the waterhole!
PLEASE SELECT YOUR TRAVEL STYLE
WHAT FAMILIES CAN EXPECT
EXPERT CHILDCARE STAFF
We guarantee a qualified and experienced childcare professional on every trip. They will be responsible for the supervised childcare sessions, overseeing babysitting and being there to support parents when needed.
All of our adventures have been designed by parents, for parents with a focus on immersing everyone in adventure, wellness, cultural, nature and culinary activities
HAND PICKED ACCOMMODATION
We have selected the best family friendly, bespoke hotels, guesthouses and lodges for you and your family to relax in and enjoy. Room selections will include triple occupancy, connecting rooms and multi room apartments.