South Africa appeals to all ages. With this ten-day vacation, there will be penguins, elephants, Table Mountain, and an abundance of safari wilderness. You will be walking, cycling, surfing, venturing on game drives, and meeting San Bushmen. Yet, for all the wildlife wonder and thrilling safari scenes, South Africa also has its relaxed vibe. Split across Cape Town and the Sabi Sands, these ten days will allow you to fully unwind while taking your whole family on an African adventure of a lifetime.
Cape Town – A Lazy Afternoon at the Beach
Upon landing in Cape Town, you will be met by a local guide and transferred past Table Mountain to Camps Bay, which is a beachside suburb on the Western side of the city. The mountain stands proud behind your hotel, and it will be just a few steps to the beach, which is a broad sweep of white sand that is perfect for relaxing after your flight. The waters here are not safe for swimming, but they are so cold that it is very unlikely that any child can do more than simply dip their feet in the water. The beach itself is wonderful, and you can find plenty of space for yourself, even during the weekends. Camps Bay also has a promenade of restaurants for easy dining this evening.
Cape Town – Hiking and Biking on Table Mountain
With almost all Cape Town itineraries, it is best to visit Table Mountain as soon as possible. Weather on the mountain can be unpredictable, even during the summer. Often times, it is a warm and clear day, but the mountain’s microclimate sometimes creates cloud and disappointment. That is why your guide will recommend that you visit Table Mountain first and then order the rest of your Cape Town time accordingly. Hopefully, it will be clear this morning so you can take the revolving cable car to the summit.
Once on the summit of Table Mountain, you can explore a number of different hiking trails, including short loops, which are suitable for young children, and an exciting trek to the reservoirs, which can be suitable for teenagers. After descending from the mountain, you can indulge in a mountain biking experience on the lower slopes or freewheel down on a scooter. This activity is excellent for families as the scooters are tandem, so you can accompany one of your kids on the slopes of Signal Hill and enjoy the superb views over Cape Town.
Cape Town – Customizing a Marine Adventure To Your Family
Sea kayaking is another wonderful activity that can be shared with your kids. Everyone wears a buoyancy aid, and the kayaks are tandem, so you can be with any of your children over the age of six. Out on Cape Town’s waters, you can paddle alongside dolphins, seals, sunfish, and sometimes penguins. There are a few days a year when migratory whales are spotted in the bay as well but do not count on this wildlife experience. If kayaking seems a little too adventurous, then Cape Town also has a superb aquarium, which is located at the lively V & A Waterfront. If you have older kids who are interested in sharks, then you should note that the minimum age for shark cage diving is 12. All of these activities can be arranged by your guide, and transfers will be provided.
Cape Town – Meeting Penguins and Learning to Surf
On a white beach south of Cape Town, you will find a peculiar animal as it waddles around the beach. There are many hundreds of African penguins on Boulders Beach, and they nest in the fynbos behind the beach and waddle out to large boulders, where they spend the day sunbathing and diving for fish. You will arrive at Boulders Beach, where you will first stroll along the main promenade. This will offer some humorous impressions of the penguins and will satisfy your kids’ curiosity. Then, your guide will take you along another, more hidden path. This will lead to a different piece of beach, where your kids can make sandcastles as the penguins waddle straight past you.
As part of today’s tour, you will continue your drive to Cape Point, which is the Southwestern tip of Africa. Do note that Cape Point can involve crowds and is not especially interesting for children. A more engaging destination down here is Muizenberg, where the waves are perfect for children and adults who want to learn to surf. The waters are warmer than in Cape Town and do not have strong currents. Tons of frothy white water helps everyone stand up on their first time surfing. Anyone who tries surfing will be exhausted on the journey home, which may mean that you can squeeze in a stop at one of the Constantia vineyards en route. As with every day in Cape Town, you have a private guide, so your day can be tailored as you please.
Cape Town – Antelope and Bushmen on the West Coast
The West Coast is less than an hour from Cape Town but remains blissfully unexplored. Within 30 minutes of leaving Camps Bay, there is nothing but wilderness. You can walk across deserted, white beaches with the iconic Table Mountain view as a backdrop. Then, by driving inland, you will be in the company of San Bushmen. These hunter-gatherers are the original residents here although their nomadic lifestyle means that their history mostly remains unrecognized. Spending time with the San is always illuminating. A San guide will introduce you to the basics of animal tracking and a culture that used art as a means for communication.
As part of your encounter, you will explore a small reserve that is home to springbok, eland, and zebra. This will be an excellent introduction to your safari that is yet to come and marks a huge contrast to experiences in the city. Back in Cape Town, you will have another afternoon and evening to customize your experience. Perhaps, you will choose to visit the excellent planetarium or check out the local markets in the city. You can also take a drive to Signal Hill for sunset or go on a treasure hunt that is designed for younger children. Your private guide will explain a multitude of options for you as well as provide you with transportation to locations.
Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve – A First Family Game Drive
An authentic African safari is completely different from a zoo. Sure, in a zoo, your kids can see some animals, but out in the wild, they can experience how these animals truly live, how they behave, and how they interact with each other in their natural habitat. Elephants may bulldoze a path through the trees as you watch them from afar. At first, they will just be gray figures, but slowly they will walk closer trunks swinging and their tusks curling skywards. Then, a dozen of the giants will stroll past your safari vehicle, meeting your eye. Later on, during your family game drive, you may encounter a zebra herd. At first, it will seem like a mass of black and white stripes, but after moving closer, you can make out thousands of intimate scenes such as romantic couples as they rest their heads on each other.
You will have a direct flight from Cape Town to Sabi Sands and will arrive in time for lunch. You can settle in before venturing out into the wilderness on a private game drive. You have four days on safari, but you never forget your first game drive. It is not just the animals that you encounter, even if the Sabi Sands is home to all of Africa’s famous giants, but the amazing atmosphere as well. You will be able to sense that this is an untouched world where wildlife can thrive, and after a single game drive, there will a dozen candidates for your new favorite animal.
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Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve – Private Family Safari and Specialized Activities for the Children
With a private safari, you can decide on the program. A typical day can involve an early morning game drive that is followed by some downtime around the pool. Animals are mostly inactive during the middle of the day when it is the hottest. Typically, they will be resting in the shade or hiding in the trees. During these hours you can enjoy tranquility while your kids are entertained by the young explorer’s club. This special program is designed to immerse children in bush survival and the ways of the wild. Activities are tailored around age and include everything from building a shelter to tracking specific animals.
With the young explorers program, you will have some time alone. This will your time to rest and reset before returning home. Your children will discover more about the wilderness and will then have the opportunity to show off their new skills. For example, on an afternoon game drive, your kids can act as the guide or tracker, or you can be invited to their den for dinner. Only a handful of lodges have such a program. Another advantage of your safari in the Sabi Sands is the exclusivity because access to this unfenced Kruger reserve is limited, and therefore, there will never be more than two vehicles at any one animal sighting. For the most part, it will feel like you have the Kruger savannah all to yourself.
During the game drives, you can find space to come together as a family amid some of the most dazzling wildlife scenes on Earth. Leopards and cheetahs are commonly encountered here, which are two animals that are usually very elusive to an African safari. Perhaps, you will spot one hiding in the grass or follow a spotted cat as they return to their cubs. Lions are always an exhilarating highlight, and you can encounter a pride as they laze around with full bellies. You may also see a pride on the move, causing panic in an antelope herd or causing warthogs to run fearfully from the river.
Your program can also include nighttime game drives, which are an insight into a nocturnal world that is very different from the daytime drives. Short game walks may be possible, but you should note that there are strict safety regulations on the age and height of participating children. Four days on safari will be an adventure, especially as hippos meet your eye and giraffes lope elegantly past your vehicle. You will lose count of the famous animals that you see and can easily encounter more than 40 species. A Sabi Sands safari is also a very relaxed way to spend a few days, so you can sit back on your private terrace and watch the wildlife as it roams around the savannah.
Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve – Departure
You can choose a safari activity this morning although you will probably prefer a relaxed start and some time to ensure that everybody is ready for your flight. Plus, driving to the airstrip is also a safari and a chance for final moments with Africa’s four-legged giants. From the Sabi Sands, you will fly to O.R. Tambo in Johannesburg. Here, a representative will transfer you to the international terminal for your outbound flight.
- Savor the excitement of a family safari as you come face to face with elephants, lions, hippos, and more
- Venture on a marine adventure that can include kayaking with dolphins and seals
- Relax in comfort for five days in Camps Bay and Cape Town, where a white beach provides plenty of space for lazy afternoons
- Uncover the secrets of a South African safari as the children indulge in a young explorers club while you check out the spa
- Learn to surf on the beginner waves of Muizenberg and discover the African penguins of Boulders Beach
- Marvel at the view from the top of Table Mountain and indulge in a family bike ride down its lower slopes
- Discover art and animal tracking from San Bushmen on the West Coast
- Delight in a very unique safari atmosphere with a nighttime game drive
It is easy to picture the excitement of a family vacation in South Africa. You can imagine walking across a beach that is populated by penguins or going on a game drive and coming face to face with elephants. South Africa is excellent for wildlife and unique adventures, such as kayaking with seals or meeting San Bushmen. Still, the dreamy appeal of a family vacation is that you can combine these experiences with the country’s incredibly laid-back vibe. South Africa is where both you and your kids can experience an adventure and something completely unique. You can also let go of your everyday stress and enjoy a true vacation escape.
With this ten-day, handcrafted itinerary, you can abdicate your role as your family’s vacation planner. Once you are in South Africa, everything will be taken care of with expert, local guides who will lead you private and customized excursions near wildlife and wilderness. Your adventure is split across two different destinations. You will spend the first five nights in Cape Town, where you will be provided with various day trips to destinations that are all within an hour of the city. Then, you will fly to the Sabi Sands for a family safari, which includes a guided young explorers club for your kids.
One highlight of South Africa is that there is always something new to try and do. You can learn to surf, mountain bike on easy Table Mountain trails, walk alongside zebras, and toast marshmallows on a campfire. During your four-day, family safari, you will go exploring together with game drives and nighttime adventures. During the midday, you can relax around the pool or in the spa while your children learn about animal tracking and bush survival. There will be other times when you will be provided with the opportunity to stop, relax, and reset. There are also times that will have you discovering what it means to come together in one of the most spectacular landscapes on earth.
This vacation will feature private guides and tours throughout. You will not share a vehicle with others and can customize each day to your needs and interests. Your Accommodations have been carefully chosen to provide space and comfort along with an ideal location. In Cape Town, you will be staying in Camps Bay at a hotel that is just steps from the city’s best beach. Then, in the Sabi Sands, you will have a villa with interconnected rooms that will be safely positioned in an area that is rich in wildlife. All transfers will be private, but there will be very little actual travel time, so you can maximize your exploration of South Africa’s highlights.
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