SOUTH AFRICA FAMILY SAFARIS

GARDEN ROUTE FAMILY SAFARI

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This 14 day tour is tailored to the needs of children, and is an action-packed adventure safari through some of the most beautiful regions in South Africa – the Garden Routeand Western Cape.  From riding on the back of an elephant, to canoeing, sandboarding, surfing, hiking, whale watching and shark cage diving, you and your family will have two fun-filled weeks in this magical corner of South Africa.  Explore Big Five game reserves, glorious coast towns, and the bustling and beautiful Cape Town.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – 2 ADDO ELEPHANT PARK
We leave Port Elizabeth airport and head for the Addo Elephant National Park, home to more than 600 free roaming African Elephants, a wide variety of wildlife such as zebra, warthog, ostrich, the elegant kudu, and many more including the traditional Big Five – lion, buffalo, leopard, rhino, and of course elephants.

Making our way through the park from south to north, we arrive at the main camp where we check into our chalet/guesthouse, our home for the next two nights.

After lunch we depart for an exciting game drive, scanning the thickets and plains for elephants, herds of buffalo, many species of antelopes, as well as incredible bird and marine life. A night game drive is available on request.

On day two we depart for an early morning game drive in the tour vehicle, hoping to spot elusive predators in the cool of the day.

We return to the rest camp, have breakfast at the park restaurant, and then depart for an exciting elephant back safari!  After a few hours spent riding and interacting with the big bull elephants, we will return to Addo main camp for dinner.
Included meals: all meals

Day 3 PORT ELIZABETH
On day three we check out of Addo, and either spend the day game viewing in the Park, or go on a river cruise down the estuary, with canoeing or sandboarding activities also available.  (An overnight canoeing trip is available on request.)

We continue to Port Elizabeth, check into our lovely guesthouse for the night before taking our evening meal at one of the many restaurants along the beachfront or in the nearby city centre.
Included meals: all meals

Day 3 JEFFREYS BAY
We wake early on day three abd depart for the yatch club, and climb on board our boat that will take us out into the protected Algoa Bay. The waters here are rich in marine life, and we make our way to the Island of St Croix, home to the largest colony of African penguins in the world.

Whales visit each year from June through to December, and there are also many permanent schools of dolphins that inhabit the large Bay. Marine birds as well as seal, turtles and sharks are often spotted on these trips as well.

After lunch we depart for Jeffreys Bay where we check into our guesthouse close to beach.

After checking into our accommodation it’s time for an afternoon surf lesson in one of the worlds iconic surfing destinations!
Included meals: all meals

Day 4 – 5 KNYSNA
After breakfast we check out of the guesthouse and continue along the Garden Route. We can choose from a number of fun and exciting activties, including a tree-top canopy tour, segway tour, Storms River tubing,  kayaking in the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park, or bungee jumping from the Bloukrans River Bridge.   

In the afternoon we make our way to Monkeyland and Birds of Eden. Monkeyland is a natural forest in which monkeys from around the world roam free, and Birds of Eden is a huge free flight aviary, incorporating a stream and temperate forest. There are countless birds of many different species homed here, offering fantastic photo opportunities.

Reaching Knysna, we check into our accommodation for the next two nights, before heading out for dinner at one of the local restaurants.

On day five we explore the Knysna Heads, and enjoy stunning views over the Knysna lagoon and Indian Ocean. We have lunch here, and then board a ferry which will take us to the Western Head.

Here 4×4 vehicles will drive us up the headland onto the reserve, stopping at some spectacular viewpoints along the way.  We learn about the flora and fauna in the area, before we walk about 2,2 km through coastal forest and fynbos back to the ferry.
Included meals: all meals

Day 6 OUDTSHOORN
After breakfast we travel along the coastline, then head inland to George, and visit the fascinating Outeniqua Railway Museum. It’s here that we board our diesel powered two coach train for a lovely journey up into the mountains.

On the road again, we continue further inland and check into our comfortable accommodation set on a working farm on the plains of the little Karoo.

An optiona extra activity is to go canoeing on the Olifants River.
Included meals: all meals

Day 7 STILBAAI
We depart early for the Meerkat Adventure activity, where we wait for wild, but habituated meerkats to come out of their burrows and find a spot of sunshine. Standing tightly together they direct their bellies towards the rising sun. As they warm up they become more active, play and digging here and there, and spreading out to forage for breakfast. (Suitable only for children over the age of 10.)

After breakfast we make our way to the famous Cango Caves. Here we take a guided tour through these magnificent caves, one of the natural wonders of South Africa with some of the biggest stalagmite formations in the world. (Suitable only for children over the age of 6.)

After leaving the Cango Caves we continue to Oudtshoorn, the Ostrich capital of the world, and then on to Mossel Bay, and finally Stilbaai, a quiet seaside resort town.
Included meals: all meals

Day 8 SEASIDE VILLAGE
After a delicious breakfast we have the chance (at low tide) to view ancient but still operational fish traps that have been in existence for a thousand years and more.

Leaving Still Bay behind and stopping along the way for a welcome lunch, we find ourselves on the back roads, on dirt traveling through expansive, picturesque wheat fields. We cross one of the larger rivers by a hand drawn ferry, before again heading down to the coast and our accommodation in a delightful fishing village.

We check into one of the guesthouses set close to the sea near the small fishing harbour, with its colourful boats lying side by side. We will explore the old fishing village with its picturesque white washed houses and thatched roofs. We can also walk to one of the beautiful swimming beaches. 
Included meals: all meals

Day 9 – 10 GANSBAAI
After a leisurely breakfast we check out and depart for Cape Agulhas at the southernmost tip of the African continent. We explore the operational lighthouse and walk the short distance to the very tip of the continent where a plaque proclaims the junction of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

We take a lunch break at a small, working harbour and then continue along the coast to Gansbaai, at the foot of the Dynefontein Mountains and with a magnificent coastline rich in fynbos vegetation. We walk along the steep cliffs and keep an eye out for southern right whales lazing in the ocean below. 

We check into our guesthouse for the next two nights before enjoying our evening meal at a local restaurant.

Gansbaai is the shark dive capital of South Africa, and on day 10 you have the option to go cage diving with sharks! The best time is between June and September, but sharks can be seen at any time of the year. If you’d prefer not to be in the water, it’s possible to see the sharks breaching out of the water near the boat.

Besides thrilling shark cage diving and whale watching in season, the region offers a wide variety of activities including boat cruises, cessna plane flights over Walkers Bay, horse riding, paragliding off the mountains, and beautiful hikes. (All activities for own account.)
Included meals: all meals

Day 11 – 14 CAPE TOWN
On day 11 we travel inland through the historic and picturesque Cape Winelands. We stop for lunch at one of the local restaurants or wine farms before finally descending the great mountain ranges that separate Cape Town from the interior as we approach the Mother City, Cape Town, in the shadow of iconic Table Mountain.

Here we check into our lovely accommodation in an older residential area overlooking the city centre and freshen up before heading into Cape Town to sample the fare at one of the many world class restaurants in this cosmopolitan city.

On day 12 we wake early and depart for a scenic drive around the Cape Peninsula, taking in spectacular scenery and magnificent views of the azure Atlantic Ocean as we travel through Hout Bay. (An optional extra activity is to take a boat cruise to the nearby Seal Island to view the thriving colony of Cape fur seals that live here.)

On our return we travel over the spectacular Chapman’s Peak pass, which hugs the side of Chapman’s Peak, affording stunning views of the Bay and the ocean beyond.

We have lunch en route before we continue to the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point and Cape Maclear, a series of points jutting out into the southern Atlantic Ocean. From the Cape of Good Hope we wind our way over the peninsula to False Bay and the enigmatic African black footed penguin at the picturesque Boulders Beach.

If there is sufficient time we visit the world renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens before return for dinner and our accommodation.

On day 13 we visit Robben Island, the infamous island prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for many of his twenty seven years in jail.

After a guided tour we return to the mainland for lunch at a waterfront restaurant before departing on a tour of Table Mountain (weather dependant).  

We enjoy our last evening meal in this cosmopolitan City Bowl, and enjoy the bussing nighlife of the beloved Mother City.

The tour ends on day 14.
Included meals: all meals

Price (06Jan16 – 16Dec16)
R83 700 per person sharing
Children between 6 and 12 years of age pay half the adult rate

FROM

R83 700 pps (per adult sharing)

14 days

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Fun-filled family holiday

  • Big Five safari 

  • Elephant back safari

  • Penguin, seal, dolphin and whale watching

  • Shark cage diving

  • Surfing, bungee jumping and hiking

  • Exploring beautiful Cape Town

PRICE INCLUDES

  • 14  days professional private guided tour

  • 13  nights accommodation as per itinerary

  • Meals as per itinerary

  • Activities as per itinerary

  • Entrance/conservation fees 

  • Community levy fees

  • Toll fees

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