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Cape and Safari Family Vacation

Inspirational family safari holiday to South Africa

Indulge the entire family with this fantastic South Africa trip combining city break, marine safari, and Big 5 safari.

Begin in Cape Town at the exquisite Twelve Apostles Hotel, a 4-night stay gives you and your family all the time in the world to discover Cape Town's many attractions. A 2-hour drive from Cape Town takes you deep into one of the most prestigious nature reserves in the Western Cape, the Grootbos Nature Reserve. Grootbos is an incredible family destination, jam-packed with activities for all the family to enjoy including shark-diving and boat-based whale watching. From there you travel to the Madikwe Game Reserve for an unforgettable family safari. Madikwe is one of the largest game reserves in South Africa, but its relatively undiscovered status makes for fewer visitor numbers and as a result, your family benefits from a much more private and relaxed game viewing experience. This beautiful park has the added benefit of being completely malaria-free making it an ideal reserve to enjoy with your children.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International
  • 4 nights - Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town
  • 3 nights - Grootbos Garden Lodge, Whale Route
  • 4 nights - Madikwe Safari Lodge, Madikwe and the North
  • Ends - Transfer to Johannesburg OR Tambo International for your international flight home

At a glance

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

Tailor-made itineraries

Every Mahlatini trip is custom created to your exact travel wishes – no readymade tours or set departures. Get in touch with our experts to start creating your bespoke itinerary.

Guide Price

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

Day-by-day

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 to your hotel in Camps Bay.

  • 4 nights

Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
Bed & Breakfast | Superior Sea Facing Room
South Africa

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Day 5 - 8

Today you will take the +-2-hour drive to the Grootbos Nature Reserve near Hermanus.

  • 3 nights
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Grootbos Garden Lodge
All Inclusive | Family Suite
South Africa

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Day 8 - 12

Return to Cape Town Airport today for your flight to Johannesburg. Here you will be met and driven the +-4-hour drive to your lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve.

  • 4 nights

Madikwe Safari Lodge
All Inclusive | Lelapa Lodge Family Suite
South Africa

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Day 12

Today the family will be driven back to Johannesburg where you will connect with your international flight home.

We've got you covered

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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Includes

  • International flights as detailed
  • Meals and accommodation as detailed
  • Drinks (excluding premium brands) at Grootbos and Madikwe Safari Lodge
  • Road transfers as detailed
  • Twice daily scheduled safari activities
  • National Park Fees
  • Group C Hire Car (Toyota Corolla or similar) + GPS
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Excludes

  • 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 in Cape Town
  • Additional activities or options on offer
Indulge your passions

ACTIVITIES

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 Sight seeing
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walking Safari
  • Night Drive Icon Night Drive
  • Ocean Safari Icon Ocean Safari
  • Whale Watching Icon Whale Watching
  • Shark Diving Icon Shark Diving
  • Conservation Experience Icon Conservation Experience
  • Horseriding Icon Horse riding
  • Kids Bushcraft Icon Kids Bushcraft
  • Food Experience Icon Food Experience
  • City Sights Icon City Sights
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
Enriching encounters

ICONIC WILDLIFE

Whether you want to tick the Big Five off your bucket list or seek out specific safari species, our expert guides reveal the typical wildlife sightings to expect on this sample trip.

  • African Wilddog
    African Wilddog
  • White Rhino
    White Rhino
  • Southern Giraffe
    Southern Giraffe
  • Lion
    Lion
  • Leopard
    Leopard
  • Humpback Whale
    Humpback Whale
  • Hippo
    Hippo
  • Great White Shark
    Great White Shark
  • Elephant
    Elephant
  • Cheetah
    Cheetah
  • Cape Fur Seal
    Cape Fur Seal
  • Buffalo
    Buffalo
  • Brown Hyena
    Brown Hyena
  • Aardwolf
    Aardwolf
  • African penguin
    African Penguin
  • Southern right whale
    Southern Right Whale
Sample Itineraries

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