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Cape Town, Hermanus, Franschhoek, Shamwari Private Game Reserve / South African Family Adventure

To best experience the great outdoors and all she has to offer, there are few places that can rival the breadth of options a family can enjoy in South Africa.

Begin your journey at One&Only Cape Town where you can expect sightings of everything from great white sharks to endangered African penguins, before moving on to Grootbos Garden Lodge to experience tracking the Marine Big 5. After exploring Babylonstoren, a working wine and fruit farm in the glorious Drakenstein Valley of the Winelands, move on to Shamwari Private Game Reserve for a chance to spot the Big 5 on a game viewing drive.

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Nights 12
Destinations 4
Flights 3

Cape Town, Hermanus, Franschhoek, Shamwari Private Game Reserve /Itinerary

South African Family Adventure


Day /1

Fly to Cape Town

Depart London Heathrow for your overnight flight to Cape Town. On arrival, transfer to One&Only Cape Town for a three night stay.

Day /2 - 3

Cape Town

Cape Town

Boasting a prime spot on the V&A Waterfront, One&Only Cape Town is a great base to explore the amalgamation of cultures that define the city. Here, little explorers lead a bicycle tour of the city’s art installations following a vista-filled journey up to Table Mountain. South Africa wouldn’t be complete without its rich bio-diversity, so a day in Cape Peninsula in a given. A search for the Cape 5 uncovers the seals and penguins of the region on tourist-hidden beaches before a hike to Cape Point Lighthouse and back along the seaboard. Stop for homemade ice cream at a local farm village, head back to the beach or pause at an old fort lookout for magical views. (BB)

One&Only Cape Town

Day /4 - 6

Coastal explorations

Coastal explorations

Drive on to Gansbaai for a three night stay at Grootbos Garden Lodge – a mountain-side eco-reserve overlooking the ocean. Land-based activities within this nature reserve are complimentary and include fun flower safaris, horse riding and guided walks along the beach, De Kelders cliff and Klipgat cave. Top tip: In season, take a boat trip to see how many of the Marine Big 5 (Cape fur seals, bottlenose dolphins, great white sharks, colonies of the endangered African penguins and the southern right whales) you’re lucky enough to spot. (FI)

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Day /7 - 9

Into the Winelands

Into the Winelands

Drive to the Winelands to spend 3 nights in a two-bedroom cottage at Babylonstoren. Join the gardeners on a fruit picking expedition, cycle around the vineyards and orchards, take a hike in the hills with a picnic or go canoeing on the farm’s dam. There’s a pool and spa for some adult-only downtime, and later come together and feast on exquisite seasonal menus designed around what’s available in the gardens. (BB)


Day /10 - 12

Game Reserve gallivanting

Game Reserve gallivanting

Fly east to Shamwari Riverdene Family Lodge, renowned for its family-orientated ethos and conservation efforts. The final three days will be spent on 4x4 game drives and guided walks and tours throughout the Lodge’s extensive land including the Rhino Awareness Centre, Born Free Foundation and Animal Rehabilitation Centre. Between explorations, children burn off excess energy in the adventure centre while adults cool off infinity pool-side to endless views across the plains; before coming together for an evening meal in a fire lit boma. (FI)

Riverdene Family Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Day /13

Return home

Transfer to Port Elizabeth Airport for your return flight back to London Heathrow.

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