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Spend two weeks travelling along South Africa's stunning Cape coastline, enjoying a range of fun-filled activities and marvelling at the ever-changing scenery.

Start your journey exploring Africa's favourite city - Cape Town - before travelling through the scenic Cape Winelands and onto the ostrich farming town of Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo.

You'll also spend time on the beautiful Garden Route enjoying whale watching, forest canopy tours and dolphin encounters before arriving in the Sundays River Valley in the Eastern Cape for a big game safari and a visit to Addo Elephant National Park.

This holiday offers a wide range of activities for the entire family as well as plenty of opportunities to learn about South Africa's history and its natural heritage.

Itinerary Highlights

  • A value-for-money comprehensive South African family trip
  • Travel at your own pace with this self-drive journey
  • See the penguin colony at Boulders Beach
  • Take the cable car up Table Mountain
  • Play on Cape Town's beautiful beaches
  • Visit the aquarium at the V&A Waterfront
  • Go on a marine tour in Plettenberg Bay
  • Explore the scenic Sundays River Valley

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Begin your family adventure in Cape Town

Arrive at Cape Town International Airport where you will collect your rental car and drive to Winchester Mansions Hotel, set on the Sea Point Promenade just outside Cape Town's city centre. Alternatively, Go2Africa can arrange to transfer you to the hotel and have your car delivered there.

The following three nights will be spent here, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and enjoying luxury living close to Cape Town's many attractions. The hotel is specifically child-friendly and features special menus for children as well as a baby-sitting service for when you want to enjoy a bit of quiet time.

Days 2-3

Explore the Mother City

Cape Town has many different destinations that offer fun and thrills for the entire family. Take your kids to see the penguins at Boulders Beach and the baboons of Cape Point or visit the Pottery Factory in Hout Bay. Take a short drive to the ever-popular V&A Waterfront where you can stroll around the harbour and learn about the Cape's marine life in the excellent Two Oceans Aquarium.

Laze around on one of the many city beaches such as Clifton and Camps Bay, hike or take the cable car up Table Mountain, or enjoy a boat ride to Robben Island to learn about the political struggle and Nelson Mandela's imprisonment.

Leave the kids to play at the hotel under the supervision of baby sitters one evening and enjoy a stroll through Cape Town's vibrant streets on your way to one of the many city restaurants.

Days 4-5

Explore historic Stellenbosch

Today you will take a drive to the scenic Cape Winelands and Spier Estate, situated just outside the historic town of Stellenbosch. Go on a formal wine tasting tour or just relax on the sweeping lawns with a picnic from the deli.

While the golf enthusiasts enjoy a round on a championship golf course, the rest of the family can go on a pony or horse carriage ride. There is truly enough to keep the entire family busy.

Days 6-7

Go ostrich-riding in the Klein Karoo

Today you will wave the Winelands goodbye as you drive to the Klein Karoo, a semi-desert region, and the Mooiplaas Guest House in South Africa's ostrich capital - Oudtshoorn - where you'll spend the next two days enjoying farm life. Go on a tour of the Cango Caves to explore wondrous subterranean caverns and you can even ride an ostrich at one of the ostrich show farms!

Day 8

Head to the Garden Route

Continue your journey as you head for the scenic Garden Route and the Kurland Hotel in ever-popular Plettenberg Bay - your comfortable base for the following days' thrilling activities.

The Garden Route is full of wonderful beaches and exciting attractions, many of them within striking distance of Plettenberg Bay. We recommend a trip to Monkeyland and the Knysna Elephant Sanctuary - great places for parents and kids alike.

Kurland is ideal for families: children enjoy their own playroom, go on pony rides, play tennis or ride bicycles. They can even go boating with their parents or merely have fun splashing in the swimming pool.

Day 9

Experience Plettenberg Bay's marine life

Today you can enjoy the day at Plettenberg Bay. A Marine Encounters Tour has been organised for you and you get to take to the water to learn about the abundant marine life of the area. Children may find this trip especially exhilarating as they'll get up close to dolphins and may even see a whale carving its way through the blue waters of the Indian Ocean.

Day 10

Explore the Tsitskamma Forest via treetops

Head into the dense, beautiful Tsitsikamma Forest where you can slide from tree to tree via an unforgettable Tsitsikamma Treetops Adventure. The enthusiastic and professional guides will explain the fantastic ecology of the forest as you rest between swings.

Now that you have seen the forest from the height of the tree tops, walk through the nature trails on the ground for a different perspective on this environment. After your exciting canopy tour, make your way back to Kurland for a night of relaxation.

Days 11-13

Exlore the Sundays River Valley

Make your way to the Eastern Cape and the beautiful Sundays River Valley where you'll spend your last two nights at River Bend Country Lodge, a luxury lodge located in a private wildlife concession.

Explore the surrounding area on game drives into the mountains and discover the diverse vegetation of the Eastern Cape. Track game on foot, learn about the local flora and fauna and even stroll through the citrus orchards of a neighbouring farm.

Go on a day trip to visit the Addo Elephant National Park and get the chance to spot these gentle giants in a unique environment.

River Bend offers a special kids programme where they'll enjoy look-and-learn walks with their guide, bake biscuits in the kitchen, and enjoy a number of great nature-based activities.

Day 14

Reach the end of the road

This morning you will conclude your journey as you return your car in Port Elizabeth and fly back to Cape Town or take the alternative scenic Route 62 back to the Mother City.

Inclusions

  • 3 nights at Winchester Mansions on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 nights at The Spier Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 nights at Mooiplaas Guest House on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 nights at Kurland on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 nights at River Bend Lodge on a full board basis
  • 14 days car rental
  • Marine encounters tour
  • The Canopy Tour

Exclusions

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

Carlien Parsons

Product Manager

"This picturesque beach and safari holiday along South Africa's breathtaking coastline is just perfect for families."

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