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Cape Town and Malaria-Free Safari Family Vacation

Inspirational safari family vacation to South Africa

This thrilling family holiday combines a city break in Cape Town with, not one, but two malaria-free safaris in South Africa's northern Waterberg region. The safaris are family-friendly with not only a host of activities from game drives to horse rides but additional nature-based experiences just for the kids.

Begin with a stay at Steenberg Hotel on the Cape's first farm, established in 1682. Situated just outside Cape Town, this location provides a country retreat whilst still within easy driving distance of the attractions of the city from Table Mountain and Robben Island to the V&A Waterfront and the beautiful beaches. The picturesque Cape Winelands region is also close at hand. You will then leave the Cape and head to Marataba Safari Lodge situated in a private Big 5 game reserve, 3 hour's drive north of Johannesburg. The family will stay in large, tented suites nestled in the bushveld with animals regularly wandering past your deck. Experience exciting family game drives as well as surprise meals out in the bush.

Yet more safari adventure awaits at the next stop, Ant's Nest Lodge, in another private game reserve not far from Marataba. It is the definition of family-friendly with free babysitting services allowing you to have dinner in adult company every night and a very flexible activity schedule to accommodate children of all ages and interests. Activities include activities such as horseriding alongside zebra, giraffe and other animals, fishing, guided walks, archery, rhino tracking and bug and spoor walks.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International
  • 4 nights - Steenberg Hotel & Vineyards, Cape Town
  • 3 nights - Marataba Safari Lodge, Madikwe and the North
  • 3 nights - Ant's Nest, 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 10 Nights
  • City Icon City
  • 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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Steenberg Golf Course
Steenberg Pool
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Day 1 - 5

Arrive at Cape Town Airport where you will collect your hire car and drive to Steenberg Hotel.

  • 4 nights

Steenberg Hotel and Spa
Bed & Breakfast | Family Room
South Africa

Steenberg Bedroom
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Day 5 - 8

Fly today to Johannesburg Airport. Here you will collect another hire car and drive the 3.5-hour drive to the Marataba Game Reserve within the Marakele National Park.

  • 3 nights

Marataba Safari Lodge
All Inclusive | Family Suite
South Africa

Marataba safari lodge tented suite room 1280
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Day 8 - 11

Today you will drive yourselves the 1.5-hour drive to Ant’s Nest in the Waterberg region.

  • 3 nights

Ant's Nest
All Inclusive | Sable Suites 1 & 2
South Africa

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Day 11

Today you will take the approximately 3-hour drive back to Johannesburg International 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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  • International flights as detailed
  • Meals and accommodation as detailed
  • Drinks (excluding premium brands) on safari
  • Road transfers as detailed
  • Twice daily scheduled safari activities
  • National Park Fees
  • Group C Hire Car (Toyota Corolla Quest or similar) + GPS
  • 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
  • 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
  • Birdwatching Icon Birdwatching
  • Boat Trip Icon Boat Trip
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walking Safari
  • Night Drive Icon Night Drive
  • Rhino Tracking Icon Rhino Tracking
  • Cycling Icon Cycling
  • Fishing Icon Fishing
  • Golf Icon Golf
  • Horseriding Icon Horse riding
  • Kids Bushcraft Icon Kids Bushcraft
  • Food Experience Icon Food Experiences
  • City Sights Icon City Sights
  • Star Gazing Star Bed Icon Star Gazing/Star Bed
  • 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
  • White Rhino
    White Rhino
  • Southern Giraffe
    Southern Giraffe
  • Sable
  • Oryx
    Beisa Oryx
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Kudu
  • Elephant
  • Cheetah
  • Bushbuck
  • Buffalo
  • Brown Hyena
    Brown Hyena
  • Baboon
  • African penguin
    African Penguin
  • Southern right whale
    Southern Right Whale
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