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Luxury Cape Town, Garden Route and Safari Family Holiday

Inspirational safari family holiday to South Africa

Experience a luxury family vacation to South Africa taking in the beautiful city of Cape Town, the scenic Garden Route and concluding with a Big 5, malaria-free safari in the Eastern Cape. Your family will stay in child-friendly, high-end properties personally experienced by Mahlatini families. Begin in Cape Town at the perfectly located One & Only Hotel. The views are exceptional, the rooms magnificent and the famous city sights, including Table Mountain, are all in close proximity. There is also a kids' club and a large resort-style pool for some downtime. Next, a drive to the magnificent Garden Route known for its beaches and natural beauty spots. Using The Plettenberg Hotel as your base, you can spend quality time together on an abundance of nature-based, adventure activities.

Round off this family adventure in a family room at Kwande Ecca Lodge in the private Kwandwe Reserve. Fully immerse yourselves in nature and enjoy day and night game drives in search of the Big 5. The guides are experienced at hosting families with children of all ages and are keen to make the experience as fun-filled and educational as possible.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International
  • 5 nights - One & Only Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 5 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 13 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
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  • Child-friendly, yet luxurious accommodations
  • Sunshine and nature-based activities to enjoy as a family
  • Experienced safari guides your children will love
  • See lions, elephants, leopards and other wildlife up-close
  • Road trip together through South Africas famously beautiful scenery
Itinerary Details


Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International

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Day 1 - 6

Arrive at Cape Town Airport where you will collect your hire car and drive to your hotel at the V&A Waterfront.

  • 5 nights

One & Only Cape Town
Bed & Breakfast | Marina Table Mountain Room
South Africa

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Day 6 - 11

Today you will drive the +- 5.5 hour drive to Plettenberg Bay, along the Garden Route.

  • 5 nights

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

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Day 11 - 14

Today you will drive the +-3 hour drive to Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape.

  • 3 nights

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge
All Inclusive | Family Suite
South Africa

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Day 14

Drive today to Port Elizabeth Airport where you will drop off your hire car and board your international flight.

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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
  • All scheduled safari activities offered by Shamwari Riverdene
  • Private Guide and Vehicle on Safari
  • Car hire, group C car (Toyota Corolla or similar) including full cover, unlimited km and taxes
  • One way drop off fee for hire car
  • GPS with your car hire
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
  • Carbon-offsetting with One Tree Planted
  • Conservation donation to Save the Rhino
  • Community projects contribution with Uthando
  • Itinerary based on a family of 4 with 2 children between the ages of 3 and 12 years
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  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not offered as scheduled by Shamwari Riverdene
  • Visas and visa fees where relevant
  • Petrol and Additional Driver's Fee
  • Beverages
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
  • 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
  • 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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