This 11-day journey combines two of South Africa’s best family-friendly and malaria-free wildlife destinations with an exquisite beach villa in Cape Town. Enjoy horse-riding safaris in the spectacular scenery of the Waterberg at Ant’s Nest Lodge before a Big Five adventure in Phinda Game Reserve, with a grand finale at the luxurious Villa Lara in the shadow of the iconic Table Mountain.
Waterberg - Welcome to South Africa
On arrival at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, a representative who will drive you to your luxury accommodation in the Waterberg, will meet you. The three-hour journey takes you past the outlying suburbs of the city before entering the rolling hills and scenic beauty of the countryside. As you go along, the landscape becomes grander as mountains and valleys come into view, and before long, you enter the Waterberg Reserve.
The estate is an original colonial farmstead, remodeled into an exquisite home away from home. Set in rolling lawns dotted with indigenous trees and plants, the villa boasts a heated swimming pool, an outdoor relaxation area with huge sofas and cushions, a lounge, dining room, and six en suite bedrooms. A dedicated staff and your own personal guide are there to ensure that your every need is taken care of, and a variety of children’s books and games are available to keep them entertained during the midday hours. A waterhole in front of the house attracts a variety of game that is fascinating to watch from the comfort of an easy chair.
Settle into your gorgeous suite, and take a wander around the house, admiring the tasteful and eclectic décor that reflects a distinctly African theme. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing in the garden or at the pool, or take a walk with your guide to stretch your legs and learn about the local flora and fauna.
In the evening, enjoy a fabulous meal prepared by the chef, and sample a delicious South African wine, listening to the sounds of the African night outside.
Day 2 - 3
Waterberg - Exploring the Waterberg
Phinda Private Game Reserve - Journey to Phinda
Day 5 - 6
Phinda Private Game Reserve - A Wilderness Adventure
Cape Town - Welcome to Cape Town
Day 8 - 10
Cape Town - Exploring Cape Town
Cape Town - Homeward Bound
- Visit Cape Town and the iconic Table Mountain
- Enjoy tours around the city to the wine country and Cape Point
- Encounter the Big Five and cheetahs at Phinda Game Reserve
- Stay in a selection of beautiful private villas
- Enjoy horseback safaris in the Waterberg
- Plentiful family-friendly activities
- Walk with African penguins, an endangered species whose population has declined almost 100 fold in the last century
- Visit the wine country for tastings and fine cuisine
- Cruise False Bay to see dolphins, whales and great white sharks
Begin your adventure at Ant’s Nest Lodge in the Waterberg, three hours by road from Johannesburg airport. Your hosts, Ant and Tessa, welcome you to the private lodge that is like a home away from home. For the next three days, enjoy game drives and safari walks as well as horse rides for all ages and levels of experience. With over 40 species of large mammals from the towering giraffe to the tiny bat-eared fox, your family will encounter a wildlife experience like no other in this uniquely biodiverse region. With the house and staff at your disposal, you are free to choose when and how mealtimes and activities take place, and a selection of educational toys and games for the children will keep them occupied while you enjoy the beautiful grounds and swimming pool.
Next, a private charter plane will fly you to Phinda Game Reserve, where you will be staying at the stylish and gorgeously Afro-chic Phinda Homestead. With a dedicated staff, private chef, guide and tracker team, you will be welcomed and made to feel immediately at home as they strive to meet your every desire and share this incredible wilderness area with you. Wake up to the sound of the birds and look out across this African paradise from the huge windows in the bedroom before heading out on an adventure that promises plentiful big game sightings, including buffalo, elephants, lions, leopards and rhinos. Another special species to encounter here are the graceful and swift cheetahs that thrive in this environment.
After a day’s adventure in the reserve, return to the home comforts of the homestead where the chef and staff are waiting to spoil you, or simply enjoy a workout in the gym, or a refreshing swim in the pool.
After all the African wildlife adventures of the previous days, it is time for a taste of city life, and Cape Town deservedly has the reputation of one of the most beautiful cities on Earth. Ideally located just off Kloof St, referred to as the 'heart of Cape Town' by the locals, Rosemead House offers the comfort of a private home, complete with swimming pool, and the convenience of the hotel to which it is linked. With four days at your disposal, there are a host of wonderful things to see and do in Cape Town, from the picturesque wine country dotted with award-winning estates, to the iconic view from the top of Table Mountain. With day trips to go shark cage-diving, tours to the Cape Point Peninsula where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet, sea kayaking, mountain biking and a variety of wonderful restaurants, bars and shops in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, there is something for everybody in the family to love about Cape Town.
$11,435 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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