South Africa Family Safari
Start your South Africa family safari at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, tucked among stunning escarpments and replete with many activities for the kids (3 nights). Next to Redcliff House More Quarters, where you can explore the history, vivid landscapes, and more in Cape Town (3 nights). Next stop is Grootbos Garden Lodge, explore the Marine Big 5, unique milkwood forests, and coast (3 nights).
- Privately guided full day tour of the Cape of Good Hope
- Visit Boulders Penguin colony on foot or by kayak
- Cultural Township visit
- Robben Island boat ride and guided tour
- Guided walks including Fynbos nature tours and Milkwood walks
- Boat ride to view the Marine Big 5
- Horseback riding
- Twice daily game drives at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
- Rhino tracking with armed ranger
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1 – South Africa Family Safari
Travel day to South Africa
Your South African Family Safari begins as you board your international flight to South Africa.
Welcome to Africa!
After clearing customs, transfer to Kwandwe Ecca Lodge. Set in thick vegetation overlooking a dense valley; enjoy breathtaking views onto an escarpment of steep shale cliffs. Kids will love the open, interactive kitchen as they watch, and even participate in, tonight’s dinner!
Morning and Evening Game Drives
This morning, grab a quick cup of coffee and hop into the safari vehicle for your first game drive in Africa! An armed ranger and tracker team share their extensive knowledge of the bush with you as you track the Big Five, as well as a variety of other wildlife. Return to camp for a full breakfast and time to relax in the afternoon. After high tea, head out on an afternoon game drive, quietly driving along the Great Fish River where plenty of wildlife will be drinking as the heat of the day breaks. Stop for sundowner cocktails and take in the bright orange setting sun before returning to camp for dinner and overnight.
Campfire Cooking and Spekbloom Planting
Today the kids get their hands dirty! Start the day planting Spekboom, a type of thicket vegetation that is native to the Eastern Cape and prolific on the reserve, and one of the top five carbon-storing vegetations on the planet. Then, continue by assisting with gardening projects at the local Mgcamabele Community. After lunch, the entire family will learn to master the art of barbecuing while on safari! Few countries are as renowned for their barbecues as South Africa. Kwandwe provides an exciting opportunity to learn about preparing and cooking authentic South African ‘braais’ and favorite dishes with local ingredients. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.
Cape Town Kloof Street
This morning, transfer to Cape Town, one of the most beloved cities in the world. Arrive at Redcliff House More Quarters, a boutique hotel in the heart of Cape Town. After settling in, walk towards Kloof Street and enjoy dinner at one of the many fantastic local restaurants.
Cape Town Cableway, V&A Waterfront and Robbin Island
After breakfast, set out with your guide for a full day exploration of Cape Town. First, head to the Cableway, a fun way to reach the top of Table Mountain, taking in the dramatic views of the city and ocean below. Continue on towards the Victoria & Alfred waterfront, stopping for lunch at the Greenmarket Square. Hop on a boat to visit Robbin Island before heading back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
South Africa Family Safari Cape Town Beaches
Today, explore some of Cape Town’s most epic beaches, including Boulders Beach, Camp’s Bay, and Clifton Beach. Finally, head to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. Extending south from Cape Town is the Cape of Good Hope, the peninsula that divides the Atlantic Ocean and False Bay. Cape Point, a jagged, narrow strip of land that juts out into the Atlantic and acts as the continent’s southwestern-most point. Standing here will leave you feeling like you’ve reached the edge of the world.
Grootbos Nature Reserve and the Marine Big 5
Today your South Africa family safari continues! Transfer to Grootbos Nature Reserve. Tucked between mountains, forest and sea, Grootbos offers one of the most unique and stunning landscapes in Africa. After lunch, set out on a sea safari! Enjoy close encounters with whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins in all their glory as they feed, frolic and play. Hop onto a purpose-built eco-friendly tour vessel and enjoy a trip led by experienced marine biologists and guides. Witness thousands of Cape Fur Seals basking in the sun, try and spot some fearsome Great White Sharks or delight as bottlenose dolphins surf right by the boat. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Grootbos Nature Reserve Guided Hike
Today it’s time to stretch your legs! After breakfast, enjoy an entrancing stroll through Milkwood forest or a more revitalizing hike up fynbos-clad mountains. From a sunbird sipping from a flower to a beautiful ocean vista, kids will love all the surprises around every corner. Return to the lodge for a relaxing afternoon by the pool before dinner and overnight.
Horse Riding and Progressive Tourism Experience
After breakfast, set out on horseback, which is a particularly special experience on our South African family safaris. Enjoy a slow trot down the sweeping sand dunes along the coast. Here the special horses are specifically trained for the beach. After lunch, the whole family will experience a special “progressive tourism” experience. From the freshly grown tomatoes you eat at lunch, to the recycled candles in your room, to the earrings you buy at the gift shop – kids will learn about and get involved with some of the many ways the conservancy is working to create sustainable livelihoods for the people who call this unique area home.
Today your South African Family Safari will come to as a close as you travel to Johannesburg and connect with your flight home.