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This 12-day self-drive holiday packs in some of the best family-friendly destinations in South Africa - start off with Cape Town, cruise the Garden Route and end off at Kariega Game Reserve, a malaria-free, Big 5 reserve in the Eastern Cape.

Your nature-filled holiday begins in the fashionable Green Point area of Cape Town where you can enjoy beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and Lions Head, part of the Table Mountain range. From here you are well-placed to set off and explore the many attractions of this relaxed and cosmopolitan city.

Then it's a slow drive along the world-renowned Garden Route towards the Eastern Cape. Stop over in Plettenberg Bay and St. Francis Bay for a few days spent relaxing on beaches or enjoying the huge range of family activities in the area.

Then it's time for a safari and close-up Big 5 encounters at the exclusive Kariega Game Reserve, located near Port Elizabeth. You'll be going on spectacular morning and afternoon game drives as well as a river cruise, the perfect activity for any keen birdwatchers in the family.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Combine South Africa's best family destinations
  • Enjoy Atlantic Ocean views from your private terrace
  • Watch a sunset from the top of Table Mountain
  • Self-drive your way to the Cape Winelands
  • Picnic with penguins at Boulders Beach
  • Build sandcastles on Cape Town's city beaches
  • Feed the elephants at Knysna Elephant Park
  • Hike the easy Robberg Trail at Plettenberg Bay
  • Relax on the beautiful beaches of Cape St Francis
  • Cruise the scenic Garden Route at your own pace
  • Let the kids enjoy pony rides at the Dunes Guest House
  • Experience a Big 5 safari in a malaria-free reserve
  • Cruise down the Kariega River by boat or canoe
  • Relax while the kids enjoy their own safari club

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Cape Town

After arriving at Cape Town International Airport, collect your hire car and travel to the spacious and modern Romney Park Luxury Suites in Green Point, one of the city's fashionable Atlantic seaboard neighbourhoods. Settle in and enjoy great ocean views from your private terrace as you plan the next four days.

Days 2-4

Explore the Mother City

These four days are for you and your family to discover why Cape Town has earned its glowing reputation. Get an aerial view of the city from the top of Table Mountain, visit the superb Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront or take the ferry to historic Robben Island and follow it up with a delicious meal at a top-class restaurant.

If the weather is good, catch a bit of sun at popular Camps Bay or secluded Clifton 4th Beach before watching the sunset from a cafe on the famous Camps Bay Strip.

Since you have your own transport, it'll be simple to drive down the splendidly scenic Cape Peninsula to Cape Point Nature Reserve, stopping in at Boulders Beach of course to see the penguins - a firm family favourite.

Days 5-6

Travel to Plettenberg Bay

From Cape Town you'll then drive along the stunningly scenic Garden Route to Plettenberg Bay where you'll stay at Lairds Lodge for two nights. This Cape Dutch homestead is set in 24 acres of indigenous fynbos, offering great mountain views and a secluded swimming pool.

Enjoy the easy of access to the area's superb beaches, hiking trails and golf courses that the lodge's location offers, and see if there's time to fit in a dolphin and whale-watching cruise on the Indian Ocean.

Days 7-8

Explore the Garden Route

Continue along the Garden Route to St Francis Bay for two nights at The Sands @ St. Francis. This African-inspired beach house offers uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean and boasts endless stretches of pristine coastline.

Venture down to the beach or play a round on the local golf course before heading out to do some whale-watching, assuming you're there during the July to November whale season. Alternatively, set out on a deep-sea fishing excursion followed by a delicious seafood dinner at a local Garden Route restaurant.

Days 9-11

See Big Game in Kariega

Enjoy breakfast and then self-drive your way to your final destination - the comfortable family-friendly Kariega Family Lodge in the Eastern Cape. The lodge is situated in the private Kariega Game Reserve where a wide variety of outdoor activities - ranging from hiking and mountain biking to game drives and guided bush walks - are available.

Everyone will love the Big 5 game drives but you can also embark on a bird watching river cruise or set off to explore the river under your own steam in canoes. Alternatively, try your hand at fly-fishing while your children are entertained with a number of activities at the Junior Rangers Club.

Day 12

Say goodbye and head for home

Travel to the nearby city of Port Elizabeth to return your hire car and board an outbound flight home. Your family adventure now comes to an end.


  • 4 nights at Romney Park Luxury Suites on a bed only basis
  • 2 nights at Lairds Lodge Country Estate on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 nights at The Sands @ St Francis on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 nights at Kariega Main Lodge on a full board basis
  • 12 days car rental


  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Apr 2014 - 01 May 2014 £1260
  • 02 May 2014 - 01 Jun 2014 £970
  • 02 Jun 2014 - 02 Jul 2014 £970
  • 03 Jul 2014 - 02 Aug 2014 £970
  • 03 Aug 2014 - 02 Sep 2014 £970
  • 03 Sep 2014 - 03 Oct 2014 £970
  • 04 Oct 2014 - 03 Nov 2014 £1195

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

Product Manager

"Experience the highlights of the scenic Garden Route - from forests to ocean views - at an incredibly affordable price. Perfect for families!"



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