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All of the Cape Self Drive Family Holiday

Inspirational self-drive & safari family holiday to South Africa

A fun-filled family road trip adventure combining all that South Africa's Cape province has to offer, all while staying in 5-star accommodation. This route is well-traveled and for good reason, it is known for being one of the world's most scenic drives, where the landscape dramatically changes with every stop. In Cape Town you will explore the city from your base at The Mount Nelson, a historic institution in the city and pinnacle of sophistication.

Enjoy cable car trips up iconic Table Mountain and seeing penguins at Boulders Beach. Then head to the picturesque winelands area to the exquisite Babylonstoren Farm for yet more fun-filled family activities. From here make your way towards the scenic Garden Route to the ostrich capital of Oudtshoorn along the famous Route 62. Then escape to the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay to The Plettenberg Hotel. With views of the ocean, mountains and endless stretches of golden sand, it’s the perfect place to kick back and relax after a day of nature-based activities in the area. Cap off this family adventure in the Eastern Cape staying at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge in the private Kwandwe reserve. Fully immerse yourself in nature and enjoy day and night game drives in search of the Big 5.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International
  • 4 nights - The Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2 nights - Babylonstoren Farm Hotel, Winelands, South Africa
  • 2 nights - Rosenhof Country House, Oudtshoorn, South Africa
  • 4 nights - The Plettenberg, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
  • 3 nights - Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, South Africa
  • Ends - Transfer to Port Elizabeth for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon South Africa
  • Nights Icon 15 Nights
  • City Icon City
  • Beach Icon Beach
  • Safari Icon Safari
  • Scenic Icon Scenic

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Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
Price per person based on a family of 4
Itinerary Details


Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International

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Day 1 - 5

Arrive at Cape Town Airport, collect your hire car and drive yourselves to your hotel in the city.

  • 4 nights
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The Mount Nelson Hotel
Bed & Breakfast | 2 x Deluxe Rooms
South Africa

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Day 5 - 7

Today you will take the +- 1 hour drive to the Cape Winelands.

  • 2 nights
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Babylonstoren Farm Hotel
Bed & Breakfast | Two Bedroom Cottage
South Africa

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Rosenhof country house courtyard gardens 1280
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Day 7 - 9

Drive today for +- 4 hours to Oudtshoorn.

  • 2 nights

Rosenhof Country House
Bed & Breakfast | Family Room
South Africa

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Day 9 - 13

Today you will take the +- 2 hour drive to Plettenberg Bay along the Garden Route.

  • 4 nights

The Plettenberg
Bed & Breakfast | 2 x Standard Rooms
South Africa

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Day 13 - 16

It's a 4 hour drive today to the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape.

  • 3 nights

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge
All Inclusive | Family Suite
South Africa

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Day 16

Today you will take the drive to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) Airport where you will drop off your hire car and catch your flight home.

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Our trips are unashamedly high-end but always deliver excellent value for money. Our guide price covers the majority of trip costs upfront, on a per person basis, including international flights and all transfers.

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  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Drinks (excluding premium brands) at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge
  • All scheduled safari activities offered by Kwandwe Ecca Lodge
  • Car hire, group C car (Toyota Corolla or similar) including full cover, unlimited km and taxes
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
  • Private safari vehicle
  • Private guide
  • GPS with your car hire
  • Itinerary based on a family of 4 with 2 children aged between 3 and 12 years
  • Carbon-offsetting with One Tree Planted
  • Conservation donation to Save the Rhino
  • Community project contribution with Uthando
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  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not offered as scheduled by Kwandwe Ecca Lodge
  • Visas and visa fees where relevant
  • Petrol and additional driver's fee
  • Beverages with the exception of Kwandwe Ecca Lodge
Indulge your passions


This sample trip offers countless adventures and activities to ensure lifetime memories are made. From unforgettable thrills to indulgent relaxation, choose those that appeal most and we will curate your perfect itinerary.

  • Big 5 Safari Icon Big 5 Safari
  • 4 WD Safari Icon 4WD Safari
  • Birdwatching Icon Birdwatching
  • Boat Trip Icon Boat Trip
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walking Safari
  • Night Drive Icon Night Drive
  • Ocean Safari Icon Ocean Safari
  • Helicopter Flights Icon Helicopter Flights
  • Hot Air Balloon Flights Icon Hot Air Balloon Flights
  • Quad Biking Icon Quad Biking
  • Scenic Flights Icon Scenic Flights
  • Shark Diving Icon Shark Diving
  • White Water Rafting Icon White Water Rafting
  • Conservation Experience Icon Conservation Experience
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Experience
  • Canoeing Kayaking Icon Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cycling Icon Cycling
  • Fishing Icon Fishing
  • Golf Icon Golf
  • Hiking Icon Hiking
  • Horseriding Icon Horse Riding
  • Snorkelling Scuba Diving Icon Snorkelling/Scuba Diving
  • Watersports Icon Water Sports
  • Kids Club Icon Kids Club
  • Kids Bushcraft Icon Kids Bushcraft
  • Food Experience Icon Food Experiences
  • City Sights Icon City Sights
  • Natural Wonders Icon Natural Wonders
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
  • Wine Tour Icon Wine Tour
Enriching encounters


Whether you want to tick off the Big Five or encounter specific safari species and sea creatures on your safari and coastal stay, our expert guides reveal the typical wildlife sightings to expect on this sample trip.

  • Zebra
  • Wildebeest
  • White Rhino
    White Rhino
  • Rock Hyrax
    Rock Hyrax
  • Ostrich
  • Pangolin
  • Orca
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Humpback Whale
    Humpback Whale
  • Hippo
  • Great White Shark
    Great White Shark
  • Elephant
  • Crocodile
  • Cheetah
  • Cape Fur Seal
    Cape Fur Seal
  • Buffalo
  • Brown Hyena
    Brown Hyena
  • Bottlenose Dolphin
    Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Black Rhino
    Black Rhino
  • Baboon
  • African Fish Eagle
    African Fish Eagle
  • Southern Giraffe
  • Aardvark
  • Aardwolf
  • African penguin
    African Penguin
  • Southern right whale
    Southern Right Whale
Sample Itineraries


From majestic wildlife to out of this world natural wonders, cultural melting pots and enchanting beaches, every bespoke Mahlatini journey is thrilling. Unsure where to visit? Whether it’s a bucket-list adventure, a milestone celebration or simply a much-needed escape, experience the joy with this inspiring selection of favorites.

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