12-day South Africa Family Safari (4 Star)

This 12-day South Africa Family Safari (Malaria Free) offers a great variety of experiences.  Enjoy the cable car or a hike up Table Mountain and panoramic views over the “Mother City”.  Other attractions include the Cultural History Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.  Stay at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. The reserve was named Grootbos—an Afrikaans word meaning “big forest”—for the enchanting milkwood forests that cover the hillside.

Finishing in Thornybush Private Game Reserve – the perfect way to bring families together and create lasting memories – whether it is on a game drive, around the dinner table or around a fire.  Rangers love taking children on walks pointing out the insects and plants to them. Baking and bush art is also offered where children use natural elements like leaves and seeds in their creations, bringing them closer to nature through their senses and creating something memorable as a keepsake.

There are many aspects to consider when taking your children on a safari.  Age is a big factor, as with children a little bit older (ideally 9 years and over) options can definitely open up and East Africa becomes a very popular choice for this age bracket.

Highlights

  • Hoedspruit
  • Whale Coast
  • Thornybush Game Reserve
  • Stellenbosch
  • Cape Town

Tour Summary

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Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1 : Cape Town

On arrival into Cape Town you will be met and transferred to More Quarters Hotel, where you have 3 nights.  Welcome to Cape Town! The Mother city is South Africa's oldest city and one of three official capital cities.  If you arrive early enough you'll have some free time to explore Cape Town and its many tourist attractions.

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Day 2 – 4 : Cape Town

You have 2 days to explore Cape Town.  Options include:

Cape of Good Hope
Cape Town Aquarium
Table Mountain
Sea Kayaking
Biking
Boating

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Day 5 – 6 : Stellenbosch

After breakfast you are transferred to Stellenbosch, for 2 nights.  Visit child-friendly wine farm, such as Spier Wine Farm.  They offer a wide variety of activities for kids such as a Grape Juice Tasting. Kids are offered three grape juices and some wine gums while learning about vineyard insects on their colour-in activity sheets. Be sure to visit the Eagle Encounter at Spier where children have the chance to see birds of prey up close and be part of a flight display at the Eagle Encounters.  Other child-friendly options include horse-riding, Butterfly World, The giraffe house and Delvera, an outdoor village in the vineyards.

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Day 7 – 8 : Whale Coast

After breakfast, you will be transferred by road to Grootbos Private Reserve.  Enjoy a range of activities such as horseback riding, caves, and whale watching.  There are interactive and playful dining experiences for children where they can collect their own eggs for breakfast, make pancakes and waffles together or eat popcorn with a movie as a family.

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Day 9 : Thornybush Game Reserve

After breakfast, you will be transferred by road to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Hoedspruit Airport where you will be met and transferred to Jackalberry Lodge.  The Family Suite has two adjoining suites, ideal for a family holiday. Planned in a similar fashion to the other suites, the Family Suite has both inside and outside showers, as well as a large bath.  The private veranda allows for some casual game-viewing or a perfect place to relax between game drives. The classic safari decor adds a bit of local flair to the chalet-style suites, which are all en-suite and come with comfortable, modern furnishings.

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Day 10 – 11 : Thornybush Game Reserve

A safari is the ideal break from routine for all members of the family, in which phones can be put down and heads turned up to the beauty of the wildlife and landscape. Sharing this unique experience is the perfect way to bring families together and create lasting memories – whether it’s on the game drives, around the dinner table or around a fire.  We love taking the kids on tailored walks with our rangers, who point out the insects and plants to them. Baking and bush art is also offered where kids use natural elements like leaves and seeds in their creations, bringing them closer to nature through their senses and creating something memorable as a keepsake.

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Day 12 : Departure

Following the morning activity (time permitting) and breakfast, you will be transferred by road to Hoedspruit Airport where you will be met and assisted with the check in for your onward flight.

Included

Meet and Greet
11 Night’s Accommodation
Meals as specified
Transfers as specified
Activities as specified
Park Fees/ Conservation levies / Entrance fees / Taxes as specified

Excluded

All flights
Transfers not specified
Any meals or drinks not specified
Park Fees/ Conservation levies not specified
Gratuities
Items of a personal nature