12-Night Active Youngsters

Itinerary Overview

3 nights at Cellars-Hohonort, nestled high up under Table Mountain in the leafy suburb of High Constantia.  The property has beautiful views over Cape Town to False Bay and has lovely green lawns and two sparkling swimming pools.  It is also home to two of South Africa's top restaurants.

3 nights at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, located high above the Hermanus coastline with sweeping views of the beach and ocean.  Grootbos has a magnificent activities program for this age group, a welcoming pool, a kids games room and a restaurant that serves up wonderful food for all the family.

3 nights at Kurland Hotel, enjoying the magnificent setting, superb hospitality and a wealth of child friendly activities on-site including horse riding, quad biking, swimming, fishing and an incredible kids play room.

3 nights at Ecca Lodge in Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, which offers a fantastic range of game and cultural activities for kids of this age.

Important Notes

This itinerary has been specifically created for families travelling with children over 6 and under 12 years old.

The price is based on two children of 7 and 10 years old, with their own inter-leading room / suite.
Dates: The price is based on UK school holiday times, specifically May half term and July/August school holidays.
Accommodation is in 5 star deluxe hotels and lodges, arguably some of the best in the Western Cape.  This itinerary involves exploring four very different regions of South Africa, including the city of Cape Town, the Overberg region (Hermanus), the scenic Garden Route and it also includes a family friendly safari at a malaria-free reserve in the Eastern Cape.  
Board Basis:  Cellars-Hohonort and Kurland are bed and breakfast basis, whilst Grootbos and Kwandwe are fully inclusive.  
Flights: No international flights have been included, but the price does include one internal flight per person either Port Elizabeth - Cape Town or Port Elizabeth - Johannesburg.
Car Hire: The price includes 9 days Group C (Toyota Corolla Quest) car on a Premium Package basis (Super Cover insurance).
Excursions: excludes all excursions.
PLEASE NOTE:  All prices are subject to availability.  The itinerary can be changed around, shortened, lengthened and there are plenty of other hotel options to choose from.  These are simply the 'creme de la creme' in our tried and tested opinion for this age group.


Day 1

You will be met at the door of the aircraft and escorted through customs and baggage claim and taken to your awaiting transfer to Cellars -Hohonort Hotel (30 minutes). Check into Cellars Hohonort for 3 nights on a bed and breakfast basis in two interleading Double Rooms. Spend 3 days exploring Cape Town and the surrounds. Your car will be delivered to the hotel at midday. This afternoon, weather permitting, take the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain and marvel at the views of the fairest city in the world.

Day 2

After a delicious breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel and taken on a day trip to Cape Point by a private guide. This is a very easy hiking trail in the Cape Point Nature Reserve, discovering three different ship wrecks off the coast as you go. The 3 hour walk includes exploring caves, listening to tales of shipwrecked explorers and ends with a dip in the sea with penguins. Take a packed picnic lunch from the hotel and enjoy a day of clean ocean air and exercise with the family.

Day 3

Enjoy a whole day exploring the beautiful mountains and valleys of the Winelands on a totally family friendly private tour.

Day 4

After breakfast, head off on an easy 2 hour drive to Hermanus. Explore the delightful little seaside town, stop for lunch at one of the many restaurants along the promenade and watch the "dassies" darting around the rocks. Between June and October, expect to see more than one species of whale lurking just beyond the breakers. Spend 3 nights at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in a 2 bedroom Luxury Suite on a full board basis.

Day 5

Grootbos has an enormous amount of fabulous activities for children of this age. At check in, you will be introduced to your own personal ranger, who will look after you for the duration of your stay. Start the day off with a gentle hike through the Milkwood Forest, learning about the flora and fauna of the local area. This afternoon, spend the afternoon at the stables, and enjoy a ride down to the beach (subject to ability) for a canter along the shoreline.

Day 6

After breakfast this morning, you will be taken down to Gaansbaai harbour for a trip onboard Grootbos' private shark boat for a morning of great white shark spotting. Brave children can don a wetsuit and climb into the shark cave with Dad, or observe from the top deck with Mum!

Day 7

After a final breakfast at Grootbos, jump into the car and head off on an easy 5 hour drive up to the heart of Nature's Valley, just on the outskirts of Plettenberg Bay. Check into Kurland Hotel for 3 nights on a bed and breakfast basis, in a luxury room with loft. Mum can enjoy a treatment at the Spa, whilst Dad takes the children exploring the estate on quad bikes, followed by a splash about in one of the two pools. Dinner can be enjoyed in the beautiful restaurant with fine dining for Mum and Dad and including some great healthy options for the children too. Orders for fussy eaters can be discussed with the obliging chef on check in.

Day 8

Breakfasts at Kurland are a real treat! Pack a picnic lunch and head off to explore the nearby towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Enjoy a day on the beach, or spend the afternoon flying from tree to tree on a zipline canopy tour. Monkeyland and Birds of Eden are fabulously entertaining for children of this age group and are right on your doorstep. The Robberg Peninsular offers a 7km nature trail that is easily achievable, and includes a deserted beach and offers birds eye views of great white sharks and seals in the bay below.

Day 9

Spend the morning on a boat based whale watching expedition whereby you might get to see the southern right whales breaching and blowing. Spend the afternoon at the pool back at the hotel, and perhaps enjoy a family horse-ride before another scrumptious evening meal.

Day 10

This morning you will head off to Port Elizabeth on an easy 2 hour drive up past lovely coastal towns and villages. Drop off the car at the airport where you will be met by your private driver who will take you to Kwandwe Private Game Reserve (2 hours transfer). Check into Kwandwe Eca Lodge for 3 nights in a Family Suite on a fully inclusive basis. Daily morning and evening game drives take place in your very own private vehicle equipped with game ranger and tracker. Lion tracking is high on the agenda for this afternoon.

Day 11

Children can join the "Learn To Be A Ranger" programme over the course of 5 game drives, where your private ranger will teach them everything there is to know about the animals, birds and bugs of the African bush. Each game drive will take them one step closer to graduating with flying colours, and they will leave Kwandwe with encyclopaedic knowledge of the african bush.

Day 12

Participate in the many activities on the Eco-Nect programme including map reading, treasure hunts, a Bugs & Bones walk and baking. Enjoy time at your luxurious family villa with private plunge pool and wrap around deck. Head out on the Save The Rhino drive and spend the afternoon learning about the habits of this threatened species, the issues of rhino poaching and get an insight into Kwandwe's very own anti -poaching programs.

Day 13

After an early morning game drive and breakfast, you will be taken by private transfer back to Port Elizabeth airport. From here you will fly to Cape Town or Johannesburg to connect with your flight back to London Heathrow.

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