The waterfront city of Cape Town is the cosmopolitan capital of Africa. Luxury and glamour mix with the excitement of the cultural diversity and the wilderness. After a few days’ stay on the Waterfront, head out on the Garden Route following the southern coast along windswept cliffs, sandy bays and sheltered forests. There are some lovely beaches to explore and from July to October it is possible to go whale-watching. At Outsdhoorn, visit the world’s only meerkat conservation programme. No trip to South Africa would be complete without a taste of Africa’s pride, its wildlife game reserves. Shamwari Game Reserve is malaria free and a perfect choice for families.Day 1 Arrive Cape TownArrive into Cape Town after an overnight flight and be met and transferred to the luxurious and family-friendly Cape Grace for 4 nights. Days 2 to 4 Explore Cape TownExplore cosmopolitan Cape Town at leisure and perhaps visit the beach at Camps Bay, the penguins at Boulders Beach or take a cable car trip up Table Mountain. We can also make suggestions of private guided tours in and around Cape Town.Days 5 to 6 Cape Town to HermanusYour hire car will be delivered to your hotel after breakfast. Drive to Hermanus (approximately 2 hours) and stay at Grootbos for 2 nights, a private luxury estate overlooking Walkers Bay. Whilst here you can enjoy guided nature walks, horse riding, 4x4 drives through the magnificent flora and fauna, spotting the marine Big 5 (including whales in season) and spectacular beaches.Days 7 to 8 Hermanus to OutsdhoornAfter breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive to Outsdhoorn and stay at La Plume for 2 nights (approximately 5 hours). This Victorian homestead is on a working ostrich, alfalfa and vine farm. There are lots of activities on offer for families including bird watching, hiking, cycling and visiting the world’s only meerkat conservation programme. The hotel is close to natural hot springs, nature and wildlife reserves, the Cango Caves and wine estates. Days 9 to 10 Outsdhoorn to Plettenberg Today take the scenic drive down to the coast and onto the Garden Route to Plettenberg (approximately 2 hours) and stay at the Kurland Hotel for 2 nights, a Cape Dutch polo estate with a country house feel. Options for exploring here include the wonderful beaches, a nearby Elephant Sanctuary, Monkey Land, a water park and snake sanctuary. There are plenty of activities for children including riding and it is also possible to learn to play polo. Children under 7 can enjoy riding the Shetland ponies.Days 11 to 13 Plettenberg to Shamwari An early start this morning to drive to your game reserve in the Eastern Cape (approximately 3 hours) for 3 nights. Shamwari Game Reserve is malaria free and renowned for being family friendly with lots of kids’ activities on offer. There are several different style lodges to choose from and on arrival you will be met by the manager or a children’s coordinator to discuss which activities you would like to participate in. Children will love visiting the Born Free Foundation Big Cat Rescue Centre and the Shamwari Wildlife Hospital as well as games, puzzles and educational films back at the lodge. Day 14 Shamwari to Johannesburg for departureDrive to Port Elizabeth (approximately 1 hour) and drop off your car and catch your homeward flight via Johannesburg.Please contact us for a tailor-made quotationOur price includes:•Scheduled flights with British Airways into Cape Town and returning from Port Elizabeth via Johannesburg•Breakfast and accommodation sharing a spacious room or suite at Cape Grace, La Plume and Kurland•Accommodation on a full board basis at Grootbos including activities sharing a spacious room or suite•All game drives, children’s activities and meals at Shamwari sharing a spacious room or family suite•Transfer in a private air-conditioned car on arrival in Cape Town•Hire car for 9 days to suit the size of your family. The car hire could also be extended to include time in Cape TownOur prices do not include:•Meals, except as specified above •Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses•Insurance
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