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Cape Town, Garden Route and Safari Self Drive Family Holiday

Inspirational self drive family holiday to South Africa

Take your family on a real adventure as you explore the many delights on offer along South Africa's Cape coast. Travel at your own pace in your comfortable rented car. The kids will love visiting the penguins at Boulders Beach and catching the cable car up Table Mountain as well as the many other sites that Cape Town has to offer. Staying in a 2-bedroom apartment at More Quarters will provide the perfect base for your explorations. Plettenberg Bay, on South Africa's famed Garden Route, is your next stop, where the whole family can delight in the unspoiled beaches and multitude of nature-based activities. Here you will stay at the Robberg Beach Lodge overlooking the famous Robberg Beach. Finish on a real high with a thrilling malaria-free, Big 5 safari at the private Amakhala Game Reserve. Hlosi Lodge is a family-friendly lodge offering a dedicated "Kids on Safari" programme. Your kids will never forget the sights of sounds of Africa.

Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International
  • 4 nights - More Quarters Apartment Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 4 nights - Robberg Beach Lodge, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
  • 3 nights - Amakhala Hlosi Game Lodge, Amakhala Game Reserve, South Africa
  • Ends - Transfer to Port Elizabeth for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon South Africa
  • Nights Icon 11 Nights
  • City Icon City
  • Beach Icon Beach
  • Safari Icon Safari

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Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
Price is 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 apartment in the city.

  • 4 nights

More Quarters Apartment Hotel
Bed & Breakfast | Two Bedroom Luxury Family Room
South Africa

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Day 5 - 9

Today you will take the approximately 6 hour drive to Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route.

  • 4 nights

Robberg Beach Lodge
Bed & Breakfast | View Suite
South Africa

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Day 9 - 12

Today you will take the approximately 2.5 hour drive to the Amakhala Game Reserve, a private game reserve in the Eastern Cape.

  • 3 nights

Amakhala Hlosi Game Lodge
All Inclusive | Family Suite
South Africa

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Day 12

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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  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • All scheduled safari activities offered by Amakhala Hlosi Game Lodge
  • Car hire, group C car (Toyota Corolla Quest or similar) including full cover, unlimited km and taxes
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
  • One way drop off fee for the hire car
  • House beverages at Amakhala Game Reserve
  • Carbon-offsetting with One Tree Planted
  • Conservation donation to Save the Rhino
  • Community projects contribution with Uthando
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  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not offered as scheduled by the accommodation
  • Visas and visa fees where relevant
  • Petrol
  • Beverages with the exception of the house beverages at Amakhala
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
  • Scenic Flights Icon Scenic Flights
  • Shark Diving Icon Shark Diving
  • 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
  • Kids Bushcraft Icon Kids Bushcraft
  • City Sights Icon City Sights
  • Natural Wonders Icon Natural Wonders
  • 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.

  • White Rhino
    White Rhino
  • Spotted Hyena
    Spotted Hyena
  • Rock Hyrax
    Rock Hyrax
  • Ostrich
  • Orca
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Jackal
  • Humpback Whale
    Humpback Whale
  • Great White Shark
    Great White Shark
  • Elephant
  • Cheetah
  • Cape Fur Seal
    Cape Fur Seal
  • Buffalo
  • Bottlenose Dolphin
    Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Baboon
  • African Fish Eagle
    African Fish Eagle
  • African penguin
    African Penguin
  • Southern right whale
    Southern Right Whale
Sample Itineraries


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