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Cape Escapade: South Africa Family Adventure

Embark on a 9-day family adventure through Cape Town and its surrounds, immersing yourselves in the natural splendor of the “Mother City” and iconic landmarks like Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, and Robben Island. Delve into the rich tapestry of cultures that define Cape Town, offering African, European, and Asian heritage. From beaches to majestic mountains, sprawling vineyards, and Big Five safari encounters, this tour caters to every member of the family. This itinerary is suitable for families with children, couples, or friends eager to explore the wonders of the Western Cape. The tour is definitely a sightseeing-packed holiday, exceptionally designed for first-time travellers to South Africa. The program includes accommodation at family-friendly boutique hotels with a lot of comfort and charm. We can tailor this itinerary to suit your plans by changing the length of the trip or the order of activities.

09 Days – From £3,300 per person 

*equivalent in USD, EUR accepted

Itinerary: Cape Town, Kirstenbosch, Houtbay, Gansbaai, Franschoek, Stellenbosch, Touws River

  • Price is per person, based on two people sharing in a double/twin room
  • Accommodation with breakfast 
  • All the excursions mentioned in the itinerary 
  • All transfers by car on a private basis
  • Entrance & guiding fees to all the mentioned National Parks
  • All mandatory local taxes
  • Visa, where applicable
  • International Flights (See Flights to South Africa)
  • Domestic Flights 
  • Personal Expenses
  • Insurance
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Meals not mentioned in the description.

International flights are not included in the package price. We give you the freedom to book the flights yourself, use miles and choose your preferred airline, and if you are stuck we can help you find the right connections. Return flights to South Africa start from £800 per person, depending on the connections and time of the year. Fly to Cape Town (CPT) or to Johannesburg (JNB).

Send us a message on WhatsApp or email us at explore@boutiquetravelexperts.com to check availability, discuss your preferences and get a quote.

This is a sample itinerary and prices are correct at the time of writing. We can tailor it to suit your plans by changing the length of the trip or the order of activities. More days can be added. Other hotels can be chosen, according to your liking. You can also combine this trip with other sights in South Africa. For more travel inspiration check our South Africa Itineraries.

The optimal time for your visit the Western Cape is between December and March, although the tranquil autumn (March-May) and vibrant spring (September-November) months offer ideal conditions for hiking and wine tasting.

To avoid unpleasant weather surprises, we recommend to check our South Africa Weather Guide to plan your trip in the right season. Click on the month you want to travel in and see the tours which are best for each month of the year. 

Day 1 - Robben Island

Welcome to Cape Town, the Mother City. Begin your adventure by exploring the rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning architecture of South Africa’s oldest city. Embark on a guided tour, starting with a boat trip to Robben Island located in Table Bay, where you’ll delve into the country’s past, including the poignant era of apartheid. These tours are led by former political prisoners who provide firsthand accounts of their experiences on the Island. Highlights include a visit to Nelson Mandela’s prison cell and a breathtaking cable car ride up Table Mountain. Overnight at the Ocean View House.

Robben Island

Day 2 - Cape of Good Hope

Today, soak in the natural beauty of the Cape of Good Hope, marking  the southwestern  most point of the African continent , forming part of the Cape Peninsula. Start with a scenic drive through Cape Town viewing rugged cliffs, and amazing ocean views. A visit to the Boo-kaap, filled by brightly coloured houses is a must see. Indulge in traditional Cape Malay dishes like samoosas, bobotie and koeksisters in the local shops and markets. Travel to Houtbay to catch a 40 minute boat cruise to the Duiker Island and spend the afternoon viewing the wild cape Fur Seals in their natural habitat. Overnight at the Ocean View House.

Cape of Good Hope in South Africa

Day 3 - Cape Town

After breakfast, prepare for an exhilarating day on the water. Begin with a guided kayaking tour, perfect for beginners. Enjoy splendid views of the Table Mountain from the coastline of the Atlantic Sea Board. Alter lunch, hop on a helicopter for a scenic helicopter flight offering panoramic views of Cape Town’s stunning coastline. It’s the most beautiful place on Earth, isn’t it? End the day luxuriously, stepping aboard a boat cruise, soaking in the coastal scenery during the sundowners, before indulging in a delectable three-course dinner at V&A Waterfront. Overnight at Ocean View House.

Cape Town

Day 4 - Cape Town

Rise early for a refreshing 5.5 km hike  up the Lion’s Head (2 hours). The summit offers panoramic views of the city, the Table Mountain and Robben Island, and also serves as the perfect point to witness the sunrise – a truly unforgettable experience. Afterward head to Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden for a leisurely picnic amidst diverse flora and avian species. Wander through the meticulously curated gardens, where you’ll encounter a dazzling array of colorful blooms, aromatic herbs, and towering trees. Spend the afternoon relaxing at Camps Bay Beach, soaking in the sun or surf. Framed by the Twelve Apostles, this iconic beach is pure bliss. Overnight at the Ocean View House.

Kirstenbosch Garden in Cape Town

Day 5 - Gansbaai Adventure

After breakfast, transfer by the scenic road to Gansbaai (2 hrs),  a charming fishing town  located in the Overberg region of the Western Cape. This town has rich marine biodiversity with a great population of white sharks and southern right whales. If you are a thrill seeker  dive into a cage for a safe and guided experience with the sharks  or observe the sharks from the boat. Afterward, savor a decadent two-course meal at the Manor House. Continue to your lodge, located amidst the serene rolling hills of the South African countryside, and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight at Stanford Valley Country Lodge.

Gansbaai in South Africa

Day 6 - Horseback Riding

Enjoy breakfast before embarking on a 2-3 hour horseback ride either through the beach trail or to the mountains along the Fynbos Trail. There is a weight limit of 95 kg to ride the horses. If you opt for the beach trail you will get the opportunity to swim with the horses, if the weather allows. On the mountain Fynbos trail you will experience the splendid fauna and flora  of the cape region. In the afternoon visit the Klipgat Caves, an archaeological site where you will gain insights on prehistoric human occupation. Return to your heaven of bliss for the evening. Overnight at Stanford Valley Country Lodge.

Stanford Valley Country Lodge

Day 7 -  Wine Tasting

After breakfast, transfer to Franschoek (2 hours), a charming town nestled amidst the majestic mountains of the Cape Winelands, renowned as the Food and Wine Capital of South Africa. The day will b filled with wine tours, cheese and chocolate pairings. There are over 80 restaurants in Franschoek, serving a wide variety of cuisines and styles – from casual eateries along the main road to award-winning gourmet. After lunch, marvel at the picturesque Stellenbosch mountains and sample award-winning wines  and non-alcoholic beverages for the little ones at a renowned estate. From the classic elegance of Cabernet Sauvignon to the crisp acidity of Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch’s terroir produces wines of exceptional quality and character. Overnight at La Cabriere Country House.

Waterford Estate Wine in South Africa

Day 8 - Big Five Safari

After breakfast, transfer to Aquila Private Game Reserve (2 hours), a sanctuary nestled within the picturesque landscape of the Western Cape. Prepare for an exciting safari experience. Enjoy welcome drinks upon arrival before heading out for an afternoon game drive, seeking out the Africa’s iconic Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino). Depending on your preference, you can have the safari by four-wheel drive, quad bikes or horseback. After safari, return to the lodge and indulge in a delicious dinner under the stars. Overnight at Aquila Private Game Reserve.

Lions in Kruger

Day 9 - Departure

Rise early for a final game drive, maximizing your chances of spotting elusive wildlife. Return for a hearty breakfast before bidding farewell to the safari experience. Transfer back to Cape Town (2 hours), concluding your unforgettable journey through the Western Cape’s diverse landscapes and attractions. You can choose to stay a few more days and explore the coast lying north of Cape Town. During springtime this region is full of wild flowers, creating colorful carpets of a sublime beauty. Alternatively, take a scenic train journey from Cape Town to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

Aquila Private Game Reserve

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