11 hours 30 mins from London
£4595 per adult / £2295 per child
BEST TIME TO VISIT
November – May
YOUR SOUTH AFRICAN TALE
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 programme 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.
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Chapter 1: THE BEGINNING – CAPE TOWN
Welcome to Cape Town where your personal tale of the ages begins. You’ve finally arrived at 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. Settle in before exploring the local area, or chill out for a few at the beautiful hotel pool. The evening awaits; relax over a cocktail and an African feast.
Grab breakfast and clear the cobwebs with a morning hike up Table Mountain. One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the views from the top will make it worth the effort. Whilst the adults are 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 and Atlantic Oceans. The return journey will be via the jaw-dropping Chapman’s Peak drive, home to two of South Africa’s biggest races. In the evening, you’ll be left to your own devices to stew over the sights and wonders of the day.
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.
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 resident 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.
Chapter 2: THE MIDDLE – HERMANUS, OUDTSHOORN & KNYSNA HEADS
Next up, 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.
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.
The early meerkat 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.
Next 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.
Chapter 3: THE END – AMAKHALA HLOSI GAME RESERVE
Head out for the Amakhala Game Reserve – your new home – and prepare to be captivated by close-up viewing of the Big 5 – lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard – as well as a multitude of other African wild game and bird species. 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, relax in the large lounge, bird watch from the viewing decks or laze around one of the two swimming pools.
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 and meerkats and writing their own pirate tale set in underground cave systems. But now it’s time to bid farewell to South Africa 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.
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