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Cape and Kruger Family Vacation

Inspirational safari family holiday to South Africa

This family holiday combines arguably South Africa's most famous regions, Cape Town and the Kruger Park, with the added feature of a few days spent exploring the exceptionally beautiful Panorama Route.

Begin with 4 nights in Cape Town staying at the luxurious and historic Vineyard Hotel with incredible gardens for the kids to run around in and two resident tortoises to seek out. Spend your time in this marvellous city exploring all its famous sights from Table Mountain and the V&A Waterfront to Cape Point and Robben Island. You will then leave the Cape and fly to the Kruger region to explore the dramatic landscapes of the Panorama Route including the Blyde River Canyon. Activities on offer here include hiking, cycling, hot air ballooning, cultural villages, elephant interactions, river rafting, digging for gold and many more. Conclude this epic family holiday with a Big 5 safari in the private Thornybush Game Reserve which borders the Kruger Park. Here you and the kids will enjoy thrilling Big 5 game drives and fun-filled, child-centred activities to learn more about the wildlife of the area. Spend your evenings re-connecting as a family under the African sky. We promise they won't miss their screens one bit!

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International
  • 4 nights - Vineyard Hotel & Spa, Cape Town
  • 3 nights - Oliver's Restaurant & Lodge, Greater Kruger
  • 3 nights - Thornybush Game Lodge, Greater Kruger
  • Ends - Transfer to Johannesburg OR Tambo International for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon South Africa
  • Nights Icon 10 Nights
  • City Icon City
  • 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 and after collecting your hire car you will drive to the Vineyard Hotel.

  • 4 nights

Vineyard Hotel & Spa
Bed & Breakfast | 2 x Inter-connecting Courtyard Rooms
South Africa

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Day 5 - 8

Fly today from Cape Town to Nelspruit Airport. Here someone will meet you and drive you the +- ½ hour drive to your lodge, your base for exploring the Panorama Route.

  • 3 nights

Oliver's Restaurant and Lodge
Bed & Breakfast | Family Cottage
South Africa

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Day 8 - 11

Today you will be driven to your lodge in the private Thornybush Game Reserve which borders the Kruger National Park.

  • 3 nights

Thornybush Game Lodge
All Inclusive | Kamara House
South Africa

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Day 11

Today a driver will take you to Hoedspruit Airport where you will catch a flight to Johannesburg. Here you will connect with your international 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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  • International flights as detailed
  • Meals and accommodation as detailed
  • Drinks (excluding premium brands) at Thornybush Game Lodge
  • Road transfers as detailed
  • Twice daily scheduled safari activities
  • National Park Fees
  • Carbon-offsetting with One Tree Planted
  • Conservation donation to Save the Rhino
  • Community projects contribution with Uthando
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  • Entry visas and fees
  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any sightseeing activities mentioned
  • Petrol
  • Additional Driver’s Fee
  • Beverages with the exception of Thornybush
  • Additional activities or options on offer
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
  • Night Drive Icon Night Drive
  • Whale Watching Icon Whale Watching
  • Hot Air Balloon Flights Icon Hot Air Balloon Flights
  • Shark Diving Icon Shark Diving
  • White Water Rafting Icon White Water Rafting
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Experience
  • Hiking Icon Hiking
  • Kids Bushcraft Icon Kids Bushcraft
  • City Sights Icon City Sights
  • 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.

  • African Wilddog
    African Wilddog
  • Wildebeest
  • White Rhino
    White Rhino
  • Warthog
  • Southern Giraffe
    Southern Giraffe
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Kudu
  • Impala
  • Great White Shark
    Great White Shark
  • Elephant
  • Cheetah
  • Buffalo
  • Baboon
  • African penguin
    African Penguin
  • Southern right whale
    Southern Right Whale
Sample Itineraries


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