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Luxury South Africa Family Road Trip

Inspirational self drive family holiday to South Africa

This South Africa family road trip takes in the hugely entertaining city of Cape Town and combines it with a stay in the Cape's Cedarberg Mountains. Then, safari and beach in the province of Kwazulu Natal. The itinerary combines culture, adventure, beach, and an incredible Big 5 safari, all whilst staying in some of the best accommodations the country has to offer. The children will be kept busy throughout with exciting activities, and mum and dad can relax or join in with the fun.

From the incredible city of Cape Town, with its child-friendly activities, you will travel to Bushman's Kloof Wilderness Reserve with its breath-taking scenery and host of activities from hiking, biking, canoeing and fishing to nature drives and rock art excursions. Leave the Cape then and travel to sub-tropical Durban for a stay in the 5-star Oyster Box Hotel with incredible views of the Indian Ocean and a swimming beach, perfect for the children. Finish off with 4 nights on safari at the outstanding Big 5 Phinda Mountain Lodge where the children can join the Wild Child programme, they'll leave South Africa as mini rangers excited about conserving our planet and its animals.

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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 - Bushman's Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, Cedarberg
  • 4 nights - The Oyster Box Hotel, KwaZulu Natal
  • 4 nights - Phinda Mountain Lodge, KwaZulu Natal
  • Ends - Transfer to Durban King Shaka for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon South Africa
  • Nights Icon 15 Nights
  • City Icon City
  • Beach Icon Beach
  • 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, collect your hire car and drive to your hotel on the V&A Waterfront.

  • 4 nights

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

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Day 8 - 12

Today, drive to Cape Town Airport to catch your flight to Durban. Here you will collect another car and drive the approximately 15 min drive to your hotel in Umhlanga Rocks.

  • 4 nights
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The Oyster Box Hotel
Bed & Breakfast | Sea Facing Family Room
South Africa

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Day 12 - 16

Today the family will be privately driven the +-3.5-hour drive to the private Phinda Reserve for your safari.

  • 4 nights

Phinda Mountain Lodge
All Inclusive | Family Cottage
South Africa

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Day 16

Today you will be driven back to Durban Airport to catch 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 Phinda and Bushman’s Kloof
  • Group C Hire Car (Toyota Corolla Quest or similar) + GPS
  • Road transfers as detailed
  • Twice daily scheduled safari activities
  • Private safari guide and vehicle
  • 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 Bushman’s Kloof and Phinda
  • 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
  • Shark Diving Icon Shark Diving
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Experience
  • Cycling Icon Cycling
  • Fishing Icon Fishing
  • 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.

  • Zebra
  • White Rhino
    White Rhino
  • Spotted Hyena
    Spotted Hyena
  • Southern Giraffe
    Southern Giraffe
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Impala
  • Great White Shark
    Great White Shark
  • Elephant
  • Cheetah
  • Cape Fur Seal
    Cape Fur Seal
  • Buffalo
  • Bottlenose Dolphin
    Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Black Rhino
    Black Rhino
  • 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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