• South Africa Family Safari

Family-Friendly Travel in Vibrant Cape Town and a Thrilling Bush Safari

Days: 10 | From: $6,750/per person

  • Includes accommodations at best in class hotels and luxury safari lodges
  • Curated, kid-friendly touring with the best private guides
  • A world-class safari destination for ultimate game viewing in an exclusive private reserve

An active itinerary that is perfect for families that enjoy outdoor activities. Explore vibrant Cape Town with excursions tailored to any age, then reconnect with nature and seek out the Big 5 on a malaria-free safari. Inspire a love of the wild on a custom family safari: South Africa is ideal for family travel!

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At a glance

  • Cape Town
    4 nights: Beautiful beaches, rugged mountains, and kid friendly adventures in search of Cape Point wildlife
  • Johannesburg
    1 night: Discover South Africa's largest city, a creative hub
  • Madikwe Private Game Reserve
    4 nights: Spend quality family time looking for Africa's Big 5 on a malaria-free private reserve

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1:

Welcome to Africa!

Iconic Cape Town, South Africa

Arrive to Cape Town, a city famous for its colorful markets, historic sites, vibrant waterfront, dramatic landscapes, and world-class dining. Your English-speaking private guide will be waiting to escort your family through the airport and take you to your boutique hotel.

Scenic and beautiful, Cape Town offers something for every family: rugged mountains, lush gardens, and a range of vibrant markets, shops, restaurants and activities. Your boutique hotel in the City Bowl, a scenic area ringed by mountains, is the perfect base for your family’s time exploring this iconic metropolis.

Accommodations: More Quarters Hotel, 4 nights

Set on a cobbled lane in Cape Town’s Gardens suburb, More Quarters comprises a collection of converted heritage townhouses with 27 guest rooms. The property features a breakfast room, swimming pool, in-room spa service, sitting room with fireplace, and comfortable outdoor spaces with sun loungers overlooking the surrounding mountains.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 2:

Cape Point Peninsula and Penguins

African jackass penguins spread theit wings at Boulder's Beach,Cape Town

Search for penguins and animals as you leave the city behind and head out for a day of exploration with your private guide. Visit the seals in the quaint fishing village of Kalk Bay. Stop for some treats at a local bakery, enjoy a hot chocolate, and listen to a few of the local shark stories or try your hand at fishing.

Heading back out away from town, discover a local beach that is home to penguins. Dip your feet in the sea water and try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking to get an up-close look at these fascinating little creatures.

From there, continue on to Cape Point to seek out the Cape 5: ostriches, baboons, mountain zebra, bontebok, and tortoises. Wander along hiking trails through indigenous fynbos, past hidden coves and rocky beaches. Learn about the shipwrecks on this coastline, keeping an eye out for lost treasure, then head up the funicular or take a gentle hike to the Cape Point Lighthouse, for an incredible panoramic view over the ocean. Take the scenic return drive back to the city, stopping along the way at a local farm village for homemade ice cream.

Accommodations: More Quarters Hotel, 4 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 3:

Table Mountain and City Tour

Top view of the Atlantic Ocean. National Park Table Mountain, South Africa, Cape Town

See all of Cape Town at your feet from the top of Table Mountain. Take a scenic cable car ride to the top, as the vistas of the city and surrounding ocean are slowly revealed. At the top, explore the mountain top and look for dassie (local rock rabbits), then visit a cafe for a well-earned hot chocolate and delicious local baked goods.

Returning to sea level, you have the option to hop on bikes and cycle along the Sea Point Promenade. Explore the coast, letting the kids lead the way with their own interactive maps. Stop at art installations en route, and hear the story of Nelson Mandela while gazing out toward Robben Island, where he spent so many years imprisoned. Staying safe and off road, head into Green Point Park for a fun look at the unique Cape flora and fauna before lunch.

After lunch, explore the city’s uplifting urban art projects, District Six and interactive sites like the Apartheid Benches, which bring to life the history which has shaped South Africa. This is terrific for teens and older children. Families with younger kids can head to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens for an afternoon of exploration within the estate. Follow a treasure map along tree-top canopy walkways and prehistoric cycad gardens. Jump over steppingstones, climb Van Riebeek’s historic hedge, and barrel down lawns in search of Claud the Clawless Otter.

End the day at the beach with a private picnic, and sip a sundowner with your feet in the sand while the kids play beach games with their energetic guide.

Accommodations: More Quarters Hotel, 4 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 4:

A day of Optional Activities in Cape Town

Enjoy the city at your own pace with your private guide. There are endless possibilities around Cape Town: enjoy a kid-friendly day in the Cape Winelands, checking out the march of the ducks or interacting with eagles, or discover the vibrant markets and ice cream on the waterfront, or adventure out on a sidecar motorcycle adventure. Whatever your interests and the age of your family, we will help you plan the ideal day.

Accommodations: More Quarters Hotel, 4 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 5:

Fly to Johannesburg

Fly to Johannesburg and spend the afternoon touring with a passionate local guide or relaxing at your hotel’s pool.

Joburg combines a modern, metropolitan sophistication with historic townships, creating an ambience that has given life to some of South Africa’s greatest icons and creative minds. The result is a city culture that’s funky, a little off-beat, and totally captivating.

Accommodations: The Peech Hotel

Set within two acres in Johannesburg’s residential suburb of Melrose, The Peech is a boutique hotel with 32 well-appointed guest rooms spread around the property’s verdant gardens. The location feels both private and central, located near the city's main shopping hubs and adjacent to the boutiques, cafés and parks of Melrose. The hotel offers two swimming pools, comfortable outdoor seating areas, and a bistro featuring locally sourced, sustainable and organic ingredients.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 6:

Fly to Safari

Feel the excitement build as you head to a private terminal for your one-hour safari flight to the bush. Madikwe is a malaria-free private reserve that is home to 66 different mammal species and 300 types of birds. Rimmed by mountain peaks, the reserve features open grasslands, shaded woods, rocky outcrops, and sweeping stretches of red sand. This private reserve is an ideal place for families who want to experience a Big 5 safari adventure off the beaten path. From the plane, hop right into your open safari vehicle and look for wildlife as you make your way to the lodge.

Accommodations: Madikwe Safari Lodge- Lelapa, 4 nights

Madikwe’s wooded hills give way to savannah and Kalahari plains, roamed by all of the Big Five and countless other mammals. Look up and you will see hundreds of resident and migrant birds gracing its skies. Coupled with the reserve being malaria-free, this all makes for a special place to explore.
While the luxury of Madikwe Safari Lodge lies in having direct access to some of South Africa’s best Big Five safari experiences, it is also the pleasure of coming back to thoughtful comforts, warm hospitality, and excellent meals after exploring the bush that defines a stay here. The Madikwe brand of luxury comes standard, and what sets each of its retreats apart is its unique feel – appealing to different travelers.

*Includes: All Inclusive

Day 7:

Safari in Madikwe

Wild animals, safari in South africa.

Enjoy your first full day on safari at a private reserve. Head out for your morning game drive as you watch the sun rise and the African bush come to life. The early morning hours are a prime time to spot wildlife, listen to bird calls, and connect with wild nature.

This vast landscape is home to the Big 5, as well as many other species great and small, and even some rare and endangered wildlife, like African wild dogs. In the heat of the day you can relax by the pool, keeping an eye on the waterhole for any creatures coming to drink.

Accommodations: Madikwe Safari Lodge- Lelapa, 4 nights

*Includes: All Inclusive

Day 8:

Another day on Safari

Kudus are Madikwe Game Reserve

Explore the bush with your expert safari ranger in search of Africa’s iconic wildlife. Learn about life in the bush and witness animals in their natural habitat while spending quality time with your family. All ages can be catered to, from junior ranger programs, where little ones can learn about tracks, prints and bugs, to spending time at the ECO house discovering art and educational programs. There is something for everyone here to enhance the safari experience.

Accommodations: Madikwe Safari Lodge- Lelapa, 4 nights

*Includes: All inclusive

Day 9:

A final day on Safari

Today you have one last day to experience this incredible wilderness with your family. Take part in any activities you may have missed, picnic by the pool, and head out on a game drive to try and spot all your favorite animals.

Accommodations: Madikwe Safari Lodge- Lelapa, 4 nights

*Includes: All Inclusive

Day 11:

Farewell Africa

Pride of lions making their way to the waterhole. They must have sensed that the pride were about to stumble upon the fresh carcass of a massive elephant bull!

Photographed him in Savuti. They are part of the elephant eating marsh pride that were featured in the BBC documentary called

After one last morning safari and breakfast at your lodge, and armed with memories to last a lifetime, head back to the airstrip for your return flight to Johannesburg and your connection home or onward to your next destination. Should you find yourselves with a long layover we are happy to arrange for a day room where you can freshen up and relax before your journey home.

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