South Africa
  • 11 days/10 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $8,498 / person
  • (Varying single supplement) Children: $6,998

South Africa Family Vacations

Join us on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in South Africa on our action-packed, family-friendly vacation discovering the wilderness, wildlife and wines of this stunning region. Bike, hike, kayak, and horseback ride alongside spectacular beaches, tawny grasslands, rolling mountains and verdant vineyards as you keep your eyes peeled for Africa’s iconic animals. Explore famous Table Mountain and its unique flat top, edged by impressive cliffs, by way of cable car. Hike down the mountain for an introduction to the indigenous flora of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and “Boomslang” tree-top gang. Board a ferry to Robben Island to visit Two Oceans Aquarium, Wheel in the Sky and Scratch Patch. All the while, enjoy the best in regional accommodations and cuisine as Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service invites you to unwind and create lasting memories with the kids in one of nature’s finest settings of mystery, history and majesty.

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  • Family Vacations
  • Biking
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Horseback
  • Paddling
  • Safari / Wildlife

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

Soak up the friendship and expertise of homegrown guides on this exclusive, family-friendly adventure that begins in the thriving metropolis of Cape Town and ends in the heart of the South African bush. We've carefully-crafted every moment of this 11-day South African vacation package, ensuring you have plenty of time to kayak amidst penguins with the kids, sample some of Stellenbosch's tastiest wines, and savor spectacular sunsets as our best-in-class travel experts handle the details.

•    Ride a tram up Table Mountain for spectacular 3,400-foot views of Cape Town
•    Walk the “Boomslang” treetop gangway in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
•    Meet the denizens of the deep on a trip to Two Oceans Aquarium, while parents visit Nelson Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island
•    Cycle Cape Point Nature Reserve and kayak from Simonstown Harbor to Boulder’s Beach alongside a colony of African Penguins
•    Break for a picnic between visits to Butterfly World and a Cheetah Outreach Program
•    Saddle up for a family horseback ride through coastal forests of African fynbos
•    Spend three days in the bush exploring by 4x4, foot, and horseback, on the hunt for giraffes, zebras, lions, wildebeest, and rhinos

Cape Town Family Vacation
Photo: Cape Town Family Vacation

Our trip to South Africa far exceeded our expectations. This was our best trip by far. Country was beautiful - tour selection was premium.

The C Family Benton, IL

It was our best trip ever! We learned a lot about South Africa, were thrilled to see so many animals, and really enjoyed getting to know our guide.

Richard V Oak Park, IL

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

11 days/10 nights

Cape Town, South Africa/Johannesburg, South Africa

Day 1: Cape Town
South Africa family Vacation
Meals Included:  No meals

International flights arrive in Cape Town late in the day. On your arrival, you’ll be met and shuttled into the city to your home away from home for the next 4 nights, the Victoria and Alfred Hotel, Cape Town.

Perfectly situated in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, this hotel offers spectacular views of the working harbor and Table Mountain.

Settle in and relax this evening in preparation for the adventures ahead!

About the Victoria and Alfred Hotel
A classic landmark on the V&A Waterfront, the magnificent 4-star Victoria and Alfred Hotel is conveniently positioned in Cape Town city center spectacularly overlooking Table Mountain.

This contemporary hotel offers a variety of facilities and amenities for a memorable stay, including a waterfront outdoor veranda, a swimming pool set amidst lush private gardens and its own OYO Restaurant specializing in delicious local cuisine with a live evening entertainment program.

Day 2: Table Mountain / Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Zebras in South Africa
Meals Included:  B, L, D

On Day 2, head to Table Mountain where you are whisked by Cable Car to the summit, 3,400 feet above sea level.

Then, enjoy a guided walk down the mountain for an introduction to the indigenous flora of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and “Boomslang” tree-top gang.

This afternoon, we’ll head out on a walking tour of the city (Walk to Freedom), strolling past the Houses of Parliament, Grand Parade, City Hall & Company Gardens.

Indulge in dinner at the Codfather tonight.

Day 3: Robben Island / Cultural Township Tour
South Africa Safaris
Meals Included:  B, L, D

On Day 3, board a ferry to Robben Island. A leper colony turned political prison, this historic landmark was recently established a museum and national monument.

Children can visit Two Oceans Aquarium, Wheel in the Sky and Scratch Patch.

Afterward, enjoy lunch at Lelapa for a traditional Xhosa meal followed by a tour of the townships.

Situated in the Cape Flats where the non-white inhabitants of the Cape were placed during the apartheid era, today the townships are a thriving community rich in local customs and traditions.

Enjoy pre-dinner interactive drumming and a tour at the Gold of Africa Museum.

Day 4: Cape Point Nature Reserve / Penguins
South Africa Family Vacations
Meals Included:  B, L

This morning you will travel along picturesque roads to Cape Point Nature Reserve to bike along a network of undulating roads.

Keep an eye out for Cape Mountain Zebra, Bontebok birds and indigenous fynbos plants!

Take in the spectacular views across False Bay, and enjoy a trailside lunch with amazing views.

This afternoon we trade in bikes for kayaks and paddle from Simonstown Harbor to Boulder Beach's colony of African Penguins and view them from the ocean as they swim around this quaint cove.

Tonight enjoy an evening at leisure.

Day 5: Biking Stellenbosch / Wine Country
South Africa Tour Packages
Meals Included:  B, L, D

On Day 5, travel to the Cape Winelands and historic town of Stellenbosch.

Visit Butterfly World, a tropical garden with 300 magnificent butterflies imported per week, year around. Afterward, enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawns of one of our favorite vineyards after you explore the wine estates.

Visit the Cheetah Outreach Program where you will learn about the plight of the world’s fastest land mammal and what you can do to help. Then we drive east along the coast to Grootbos where we’re greeted with welcoming smiles.

Your day ends with check-in at the Grootbos Garden Lodge followed by a walk along a pristine white-sand beach overlooking Walker Bay and the mountains in the distance.

About Grootbos Garden Lodge
Grootbos Nature Reserve conserves 1,700 hectares of pristine fynbos, the Cape’s unique vegetation, and is home to more than 650 species of indigenous plants. The classic Garden Lodge is set in a lush indigenous canopy that provides privacy and a feeling of complete submersion in the natural environment.

Each suite has its own secluded balcony – perfect for watching the sun set over the ocean or for starting the day in tune with the forest birds.

Day 6: Walker Bay / Grootbos Nature Reserve
Biking in South Africa
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Enjoy an early morning whale-watching trip to spot 50-ton southern right whales just yards from your boat.

Then, visit an island refuge of sea bird colonies and the nesting grounds of the rare African Penguin. Admire the underwater antics of a 60,000 strong Cape fur seal colony.

If we’re lucky, we’ll spot dolphins playing in the wake of our boat and we may even spot a great white shark breaking the surface – truly an awesome spectacle!

Return to the lodge for some R&R and a beautiful afternoon horseback ride through the “fynbos.”

Day 7: Cape Town / Johannesburg
South Africa Family Tours
Meals Included:  B, D
Overnight: Ant’s Nest

Today we travel back to Cape Town (2 hour transfer) in time for your flight to Johannesburg.

A vehicle shuttle (3 hour drive) will take us to Ant’s Nest in Waterberg, a natural and original homestead, with various verandahs, and a classic, relaxed, African atmosphere.

A wide variety of game frequents the waterhole in front of the bush home where horses and dogs abound.

About Ant’s Nest
Ant’s Nest offers a real home from home experience. Lying in a natural amphitheater, Ant’s Nest today comes from an original homestead with wide verandahs and a classic, relaxed African atmosphere.

A waterhole in front of the bush home draws in an amazing amount of wildlife that you can see from the comforts of the lodge! There are no set wake up times or strict itineraries, you can do what you want when you want.

The owners, Ant & Tessa live near-by with their Labradors, running the day-to-day business of the Lodge as well as managing the reserves & guiding.

Day 8: Ant’s Nest
Biking on the South Africa Family Vacation
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Ant’s Nest

A full day at the Ant’s Nest today will be fun for the whole family!

  • Game drives
  • Nature walks
  • Horse riding
  • Wuad biking opportunities abound!

The Ant’s Nest has a wonderful selection of horses to cater to both the novice and experienced child rider.

For kids, the lodge has:

  • A heated swimming pool
  • Trampoline
  • Sand pits
  • A badminton & volleyball net
  • Selection of toys and books

Whatever you choose to do with your day, enjoy your time spent within the boundaries of the Ant’s Nest’s own private game reserve.

Day 9: Welgevonden ‘Big 5 Reserve’ / Pitse Lodge
South Africa Safari Vacations
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Pitse Lodge

Today, we’ll transfer to Welgevonden’s ‘Big 5 Reserve’ where we hope to spot lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros either right from our evening’s lodge or on an adventurous game drive through the untamed bushveld of this scenic game reserve.

Set on an ancient rocky ridge at the edge of a vast open grassland, Pitse Lodge is the ultimate wilderness retreat for families.

About Pitse Lodge
You’ll find Pitse Lodge nestled in the wilderness of the majestic Waterberg Mountains of South Africa’s Limpopo Province. Located in the malaria-free, ‘Big Five’ Welgevonden Game Reserve, this lodge provides guests with comfortable accommodations in stone and thatch chalets.

Set on an ancient rocky ridge at the edge of vast open grassland, Pitse Lodge is defined by privacy, tranquility, and flexibility in scheduling your stay how you want it.

Day 10: Pitse Lodge
South Africa Family Vacations
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Pitse Lodge

Enjoy a full day at Pitse Lodge today, relaxing and soaking up the African sun at the swimming pool, watching for colorful birds with binoculars available for your use, or experiencing a breathtaking sunrise safari in search of ‘The Big 5.’

The day is yours to enjoy how you wish!

Day 11: Johannesburg
Africa Family Safaris
Meals Included:  B

Early morning game drive to view animals still active in the cool morning air.

Return to the lodge for brunch before bidding a fond farewell to the African bush.

A vehicle shuttle takes you to Johannesburg in time to check-in for your flights home.

* This trip is operated in partnership with DiGiT Tours.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures and DiGiT Tours.

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& Details

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  • 11 days/10 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $8,498 / person
  • (Varying single supplement) Children: $6,998

Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Your trip begins with your arrival at the international airport in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • After passing through immigration and customs, walk into the arrival hall where a DiGiT Tours representative will be holding an Austin Adventures sign with your name on it.
  • From here you’ll be met and shuttled to Victoria and Alfred, Cape Town Hotel.
  • Your trip ends with a shuttle from Pitse Lodge to the Johannesburg airport in time for your departure flights home.
Activities
  • Hiking: 1 to 2 miles per hike - easy to moderate terrain.
  • Biking: 8 – 9 miles per ride - easy terrain.
  • Boating: Small boat marine life tour with captain and crew.
  • Kayaking: Sea kayaking in a secluded bay and in open ocean along coast. No experience necessary. Ocean conditions must be safe to do this activity.
  • Horseback Riding: No experience necessary; instruction given; horses travel at an easy-going walking pace
  • Quad Biking: Tracks vary from technical to very easy.
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All breakfasts, snacks, and refreshments are included. Lunches and dinners are included in the itinerary when indicated under each day. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Each morning starts with a hearty breakfast, usually in the dining room at your lodge. In the evening, it’s a local restaurant, an out of the way bistro, an authentic African experience with traditional food and local music. Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions except for one lunch and one dinner.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, luggage tags, and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • One lunch and one dinner.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
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Testimonials
Testimonials

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. The diversity: South Africa is one of the most environmentally-diverse landscapes on the planet, featuring deserts, mountains, escarpments, plateaus, grasslands, bush, wetlands, and subtropical forests.
  • 2. The wildlife: Stay in that jeep because South Africa is home to three of the five fastest land animals in the world: the cheetah, lion, and (surprisingly) the wildebeest
  • 3. The grapes: Stellenbosch is South Africa's prized wine region, celebrating award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, rolling hillsides ornamented with luscious vineyards and a fascinating history to learn about while sampling some unique varietals.
  • 4. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: With lodgings like the Grootbos Garden Lodge, explore by day and relax at night over delectable, fresh cuisine under the dazzling African sky.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From getting your kids excited about nature to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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