South Africa family adventure holiday, tailor made

Description of South Africa family adventure holiday, tailor made

Explore the effortlessly cool city of Cape Town, watch whales from the cliffs of Hermanus, drive along the stunning Garden Route and enjoy game drives in Kwandwe Private Game Reserve.

This self-drive family-friendly South Africa tour allows you go at your own pace, ideal if you're travelling with children. The country's reliable road system and world-famous road trip itineraries offer the gorgeous natural beauty, wildlife-watching activities and fun family activities.

Collect the keys of your 4x4 vehicle upon arrival in Cape Town. Explore the city and its surrounding areas on your own before heading for Hermanus, a seaside town and a popular whale-watching destination. Drive on South Africa’s stunning Garden Route from Hermanus to Plettenberg Bay and explore the bay area before moving on to your final destination: Kwandwe Game Reserve. Spot a variety of wildlife in the reserve during epic game drives.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Arrive in Cape Town - Collect your 4x4 vehicle upon arrival in Cape Town and drive to your accommodation. You are free for the remainder of the day. You may wish to climb to the summit of Table Mountain via a rotating cable car or visit Robben Island and the District Six Museum to learn more about South Africa’s history and Nelson Mandela’s legacy.
Day 2:Explore Cape Town - You have a free day to enjoy Cape Town. You may wish to see "the real South Africa" during optional walking or cycling tours of Langa, a township and suburb of Cape Town, or spend the day on one of the beaches.
Day 3:Drive to Hermanus - Leave Cape Town and head south to Hermanus, where you’ll spend the next three nights. You have the option of joining a whale-watching excursion or an ocean safari. Alternatively, you may prefer to book other adventure activities, such as mountain biking, forest treks and zip-lining.
Day 4-5:Explore Hermanus - Drive to Hermanus, one of the most popular whale-watching destinations in the world. From July to October, southern right whales can be seen along the coast of Hermanus as they migrate from Antarctica to mate and rest in Western Cape’s waters. If you’re visiting Hermanus between July and October, we can add an optional whale-watching trip on your itinerary.
Day 6:Drive to Plettenberg Bay - Leave Hermanus after breakfast and drive through stunning vineyards and mountainous landscapes to Mossel Bay. Enjoy beautiful sceneries along, located on South Africa’s stunning Garden Route. Spend the next two nights in an exclusive boutique hotel on the banks of the Bitou River, seven kilometres outside of Plettenberg Bay.
Day 7:Explore Plettenberg Bay - You are free today to explore Plettenberg Bay and its surrounding areas. You may wish to join an optional guided kayaking trip from the Central Beach to the seal colony in Robberg Nature Reserve. Alternatively, you can opt for a visit to the Birds of Eden, Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary or the nearby elephant sanctuary. Other activities include hiking, cycling and horseback riding in the surrounding mountains and forests.
Day 8:Drive to Kwandwe Game Reserve - Leave Plettenberg Bay and drive for approximately four hours along a stunning coastal road to Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. Your guide will meet you at the entrance of the reserve and transfer you to your accommodation in the reserve in the lodge's 4x4 land cruiser. Stay in a beautiful safari villa located within the reserve that offers spectacular views of the surrounding afromontane forests.
Day 9-10:Safari in Kwandwe Game Reserve - Explore the reserve during two game drives. Get the chance to see a variety of wildlife, including giraffe, elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. You may wish to participate in a variety of optional activities available in the reserve, including a scavenger hunt (follow a map and clues which have been placed around the reserve during your safari and collect various items), or a treasure hunt (during which you’ll use a sun compass and major landscape features in order to find the treasure hidden around the reserve).
Day 11:Depart Cape Town - Leave the reserve in your car and drive for an hour to reach Port Elizabeth for a domestic flight to Cape Town, from where you can take your international flight back home.

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Responsible tourism

South Africa family adventure holiday, tailor made

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

This itinerary focusses on ensuring you have the perfect blend of intimate properties and family experiences whilst being able to safely explore one of Africa's most exciting driving routes. Our team on the ground will be with every step of the way to ensure you are comfortable and can enjoy yourselves hassle free.

With an abundant array of properties in the region we have focussed on selecting those that are most in line with our principles. The properties hire local staff and have the very best guides whilst being dedicated to sustainability and responsible tourism.

The properties chosen hire local staff and have the very best guides whilst being dedicated to sustainability and responsible tourism. Kwandwe Game Reserve, for example is reclaimed farmland which now houses thousands of animals including lion, black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant and cheetah. The meaning of Kwandwe in Xhosa is “Place of the Blue Crane”, and the reserve is the proud home to a population of these rare, highly endangered birds (South Africa’s National Bird).

The Reserve is also sanctuary to other threatened species including the Knysna woodpecker, Cape grysbok, black wildebeest, crowned eagle and black-footed cat.

Community

Whilst we are always trying to ensure our guests experience the best properties and destinations possible, our ethos about responsible travel is extremely important to us.

We have selected the properties on this itinerary with sustainable and responsible tourism in mind. In Cape Town you will enjoy the region's food and wine whilst supporting local suppliers and traders. The hotels also make a huge effort to train and employ local staff. In the Kruger we work with selected camps and lodges who make a concerted effort to recruit their staff from within the local community, providing jobs and sharing the benefits of tourism.

As a company we are founded in the roots of providing responsible and sustainable holidays. This means we seek to partner with local suppliers who provide fair wages, to use accommodation where community and environment are considered and.. in short.. to look at every opportunity for making our holidays as fair to local people and places as possible.

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