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Cape Town, Hermanus and Phinda Family Holiday

Inspirational safari family holiday to South Africa

Staying in 5-star, luxury accommodation throughout, this thrilling family holiday is packed full of memorable moments.  See South Africa's most beautiful city Cape Town, explore its incredible coastline and end with a Big 5, child-friendly safari.  Starting in Cape Town, this magical destination offers so many attractions to appeal to every member of the family, and it is here you will spend five nights at the elegant Cape Grace Hotel. From Cape Town your family will road trip to Grootbos Nature Reserve; a luxurious pristine paradise showcasing the splendour of the Cape Floral Kingdom and the incredible marine life of the southern tip of Africa. At Grootbos the family can enjoy activities such as whale watching (in season), shark cage diving, walks and hikes, 4x4 flower safaris, cave tours, horse riding, scenic flights and quad biking.  

A family safari at Phinda Game Reserve in South Africa's KwaZulu Natal province is the perfect way to end your trip - Phinda Mountain Lodge is heaven for kids and adults alike.  While children partake in interactive activities that offer opportunities to learn and discover new experiences and cultures, adults will enjoy the dramatic views and private plunge pools in-between game drives that will ignite and excite the little ones' curiosity. 

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International
  • 5 nights - Cape Grace, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 3 nights - Grootbos Garden Lodge, Hermanus, South Africa
  • 4 nights - Phinda Mountain Lodge, Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa
  • Ends - Transfer to Durban King Shaka for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon South Africa
  • Nights Icon 12 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 per person based on a family of 4
Itinerary Details


Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International

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Cape Grace Suite
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Day 1 - 6

Arrive at Cape Town Airport, collect your hire car and drive yourselves to your hotel on the V&A Waterfront.

  • 5 nights
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Cape Grace, A Fairmont Managed Hotel
Bed & Breakfast | 2 x Fairmont Harbour View Rooms
South Africa

Cape Grace remodel
Garden lodge cottage bathroom
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Day 6 - 9

Drive the approximately 2 hour drive today to the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, near to the coastal town of Hermanus.

  • 3 nights
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Grootbos Garden Lodge
Full Board | Two Bedroom Family Garden Suite
South Africa

Garden lodge cottage bedroom interior
Phinda mountain lodge family cottage pool 1280
Phinda mountain lodge guest lounge area 1280
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Day 9 - 13

Return to Cape Town Airport where you drop off your hire car and fly to Durban. A guide will drive the family the 3.5 hour drive to the Phinda Private Game Reserve.

  • 4 nights

Phinda Mountain Lodge
All Inclusive | Family Cottage
South Africa

Phinda mountain lodge guest suite bedroom 1280

Day 13

Today you will be driven back to Durban Airport where you will 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
  • Car hire in the Cape in a Group C car (Toyota Corolla or similar) including full cover, unlimited km and taxes
  • All scheduled activities offered by Phinda Mountain Lodge and Grootbos
  • Road transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
  • GPS with your car hire
  • Private vehicle on safari
  • Carbon-offsetting with One Tree Plant
  • 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 Grootbos and Phinda Mountain Lodge
  • Visas and visa fees where relevant
  • Petrol & Additional Driver's Fee
  • Beverages with the exception of Phinda Mountain 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
  • Whale Watching Icon Whale Watching
  • 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
  • Kids Club Icon Kids Club
  • Kids Bushcraft Icon Kids Bushcraft
  • Fly Camping Icon Fly Camping
  • Food Experience Icon Food Experiences
  • Photographic Safari Icon Photographic Safari
  • 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
  • Spotted Hyena
    Spotted Hyena
  • Rock Hyrax
    Rock Hyrax
  • Orca
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Kudu
  • Humpback Whale
    Humpback Whale
  • Great White Shark
    Great White Shark
  • Elephant
  • Cheetah
  • Cape Fur Seal
    Cape Fur Seal
  • Buffalo
  • Bottlenose Dolphin
    Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Black Rhino
    Black Rhino
  • Baboon
  • Southern Giraffe
  • 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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