• South Africa Family Discovery

    Inspire the Travelers of Tomorrow

    South Africa is the ultimate family safari destination. From the malaria-free game reserve of Madikwe to the rich array of family-friendly activities in Cape Town and Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa has it all for families! On this adventure, Mountain Travel Sobek takes the most exciting touring and experiences available in each destination and puts an MTS family twist on them that are fun for all ages. From sailing aboard the only pirate ship in South Africa to enjoying a soccer outing with local children and going on a classic wildlife safari, South Africa is pure fun for the whole family!

    best times to go: Year round

    departures: No group departures scheduled. Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availablity. Call us for details.

    pricing: from $4,920 see detailed pricing

    Southern Africa

Also great as a private trip. Call for details

Inspire the Travelers of Tomorrow

On this adventure, we take the most exciting touring and safari experiences and put our special MTS family twist on them, making this trip fun for all ages. In Cape Town, you will enjoy a four-night stay at the historic Mount Nelson Hotel, where you can kick back and relax while the children explore the property’s enormous tree-lined gardens in a kid-friendly environment. While in Cape Town you'll also enjoy touring the city by vintage World War II sidecar, a cable car ride up Table Mountain, setting sail aboard the only authentic pirate ship in South Africa, viewing the penguin colony at Boulders Beach, and much more. In Grootbos Private Nature Reserve you'll go on a treasure hunt through the reserve, take a boat trip to view dolphins, penguins, seals, and sharks (seasonal), and enjoy an exciting soccer outing with children of the local community. From there you'll move on to the Madikwe Game Reserve, one of the largest game reserves in all of Africa and home to the “Big Five”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo (it's also completely malaria-free!). Here you will stay for three nights at Jaci’s Tree Lodge, which pioneered specialized children’s safaris with fantastic activities like kids-only jungle drives and guided walking in the reserve with a dedicated ranger. And for those moments when the parents crave a little "us" time, there are optional adult activities. Plus, the children enjoy their dinners before the adults, so when the parents arrive the kids are already dressed and fed. It all adds up to a unique Africa adventure with no worries for Mom and Dad—just pure fun for the whole family!


6 days of touring and activities in Cape Town and Grootbos Private Nature Reserve with a special focus on unique experiences for families, 4 days on safari in Madikwe Game Reserve featuring a children's safari program and game drives and activities for adults


  • Explore scenic Cape Town, the Grootbos Private Nature Preserve, and malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve
  • A terrific mix of "just-for-kids," "just for parents," and "whole family" activities make this an outstanding family vacation
  • Do it all, from great classic wildlife safaris to sailing aboard the only pirate ship in South Africa

Duration: 10 days Start Location: Cape Town End Location: Johannesburg

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    Day 1 : Arrive Cape Town

    Arrive Cape Town

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    Day 2 : Sidecar Motorbike Tour, Table Mountain & Pirate Ship Cruise

    Today you will enjoy a fun day touring Cape Town by vintage World War II motorbike side car, an ascent up Table Mountain via cable car, and a pirate ship cruise!

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    Day 3 : Cape Peninsula Tour with Seal Island

    Tour the classic sites of the Cape Peninsula, including the Clifton and Camps Bay, Hout Bay, the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point, the penguin colony at Boulders Beach, and the botanical gardens at Kirstenbosch. The kids (and adults) will love the cruise to the seal colony at Seal Island!

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    Day 4 : Xhosa Family Visit & Wine Tram

    Enjoy a home cooked meal in a local Xhosa family home in Kayamundi Township outside Stellenbosch and hop on the Wine Tram! Kids enjoy the train experience, and adults enjoy the potables!

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    Day 5 : Drive to Grootbos

    Drive to Grootbos (2 hours) and enjoy an afternoon treasure hunt!

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    Day 6 : Grootbos

    Set sail in Kleinbaai Harbour on a morning boat ride to view dolphins, penguins, seals, sharks, and even whales! Afterwards, indulge your sweet tooth with pancake & waffle-making in the playroom before an afternoon pony ride, which will be followed by a game of soccer with the children of the local community!

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    Day 7 : Fly to Madikwe

    Transfer to the airport in Cape Town where you will board a flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival you will board your charter flight to the Madikwe Game Reserve where you will begin your three-night safari!

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    Days 8 - 9 : Safari in Madikwe Game Reserve

    These days the adults will enjoy scheduled game drives and activities while the kids enjoy their safari children's program!

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    Day 10 : Depart Johannesburg

    After your final game drive you will fly back to Johannesburg and connect with your international flight home.

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DATES: Best time to go: Year round Departures: No group departures scheduled. Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availablity. Call us for details.


Based on 2 adults sharing with 1 child – per person price

June 11-20, 2014 Departure

                                     Adult        Child (Under 12)

6 guests                       $5,575           $3,345

8 guests                       $5,275           $3,040

10 guests                     $5,050           $2,820

12 guests                     $4,920           $2,685

Single supplement: $2,000


July 9-18, 2014 Departure

                                   Adult         Child (Under 12)

6 guests                     $6,050             $3,475

8 guests                     $5,750             $3,170

10 guests                   $5,530             $2,950

12 guests                   $5,390             $2,810

Single supplement: $2,200


Based on 2 adults sharing with 2 children – per person price

June 11-20, 2014 Departure

                                    Adult        Child (Under 12)

6 guests                     $5,880             $3,350

8 guests                     $5,580             $3,050

10 guests                   $5,360             $2,830

12 guests                   $5,220             $2,695

Single supplement: $2,300


July 9-18, 2014 Departure

                                    Adult        Child (Under 12)

6 guests                     $6,440            $3,435

8 guests                     $6,135             $3,130

10 guests                   $5,910             $2,910

12 guests                   $5,780             $2,775

Single supplement: $2,630


Internal airfare, per person: $190 (subject to change until ticketed)

  • Mount Nelson
    Cape Town

    The Mount Nelson Hotel is one of the most iconic luxury hotels in Cape Town, located in the leafy suburb of Gardens, at the foot of Table Mountain, just a short stroll via the squirrel-filled Government Lane to the heart of the city. This elegant hotel offers pure sophistication in an unmatched garden setting, known for its decadent high teas. Cocktails are enjoyed at the Planet Champagne and Cocktail Bar, while the Cape Colony Restaurant offers a mix of contemporary Southern European and Western Cape trends and the Oasis Restaurant is the perfect venue for relaxed alfresco dining.

    The Hotel boasts six individual accommodation wings, each with its own unique character. The 201 spacious rooms & suites are individually decorated in a classic old world charm and have spectacular views of Table Mountain or the verdant hotel gardens. Stroll through the 9 acres of landscaped gardens or simply relax at one of the 2 heated swimming pools. There are also floodlit tennis courts, a golf practice net, a body care centre, hairdresser and gymnasium.

  • Grootbos Garden Lodge
    Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

    Grootbos Garden Lodge is situated on the 1750 hectare Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in  the Gansbaai area, just 160km from Cape Town. This multi-award winning reserve is home to protected Fynbos as well as the largest Milkwood Forests in the world and has won world wide acclaim for its conservation and social responsibility programs. The lodge is set within the fynbos and forest clad hills which overlook the whale-watching haven of Walker Bay.

  • Jaci's Tree Lodge
    Madikwe Game Reserve

    Set in the south eastern region of the 75,000 hectare Madikwe Private Game Reserve in South Africa’s North West Province is an authentic safari experience, Jaci’s Safari Lodge. Built on the edge of the Marico River, Jaci’s is owner run and managed, adding warmth and genuine hospitality to this peaceful bushveld setting.


    With thatch roofs, low stone walls and canvas panels that roll up, the eight luxury spacious rooms really let the outside in. With earthy African tones and designed with comfort in mind the rooms have a large mosaic bath (big enough for two to share!), outdoor "bush" shower and private deck, under-floor heating, air-conditioning and ceiling fans. Jaci's has two exclusive family suites:  the Nare Suite, accommodating six guests, and the Safari Suite, accommodating eight guests. Both exclusive suites feature a plunge pool and come with a private guide and game drive vehicle. The main lodge has been decorated with vibrant colours and African textures, featuring a central lounge with comfortable couches and serving brunch and high tea with views across a stream; the bar, a circular fire pit for social gatherings, two swimming pools, a gym, games room and Masala Spa.

Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

  • Trevor Boulle

    Trevor has traveled quite extensively throughout South and southern Africa, including a year in Namibia and gaining invaluable first- hand knowledge of the African people and their cultures. Further afield, he has spent time in Australasia, Europe and the United States. Trevor worked as a tennis teaching professional in the United States for a number of years and was fortunate to use this time to travel and explore this vast country. In the last five years Trevor’s forte has been hiking / walking holidays. Programs are designed to highlight the most scenic parts of South Africa and to allow the guest to explore on foot. How best to satisfy Trevor’s personal passion for hiking and exploring than to lead groups on foot through game reserves, into the Drakensberg mountains, along the paths that British and Zulu soldiers walked so long ago, meandering through the streets of Cape Town {surely one of the world’s great cities}, boulder-hopping along Indian Ocean beaches, scrambling up Table Mountain and strolling through beautiful wine farming country. Trevor has found his niche in life then. From a young boy obsessed with history, exploration and the outdoors to a professional who has made a career from that which he loves. There is a clear yearning to learn more, not only about his continent, its history and its people but also to facilitate visitors hungry to share in the same experience. Aided by an ability to strike up a solid rapport with his guests and abetted by a wicked and slightly dry sense of humour, the professionalism and success of his programs is evident in the repeat visitors and long-lasting friendships struck up over the years.

  • Ananda van der Merwe

    Ananda obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and English; Post-Graduate Degree in Translation and completed courses in French and Dutch when she lived in Europe. Also while living in Europe, Ananda spent time backpacking and considers Prague the most beautiful and culturally rich destination which she has visited outside of South Africa. Whilemost of us would get frustrated and flustered at the thought of being lost in a foreign city, Ananda savoured the prospect as it provided great opportunities for meeting the locals and experience the various European cultures in authentic settings. During her four years in Europe, Ananda au-paired in Brussels and taught English to French speaking children. Upon return to South Africa, she moved to the Little Karoo where she secured a job conducting tours at a working ostrich show farm and then went on to manage a guest house in the same area. When she moved to Cape Town, she spent three years as an inbound tours consultant which she combined with guiding once she received her THETA accreditation and qualification. Ananda has been guiding for a total of 9 years now and has very little intention of retiring from this particular career in the very near future; however, she does dream of becoming an editor one day and harnesses her skills with a critical eye when reading the local newspapers. It is difficult for her to state any particular destination in South Africa as her favourite. Her patriotism is not nominal, but is borne out of her first-hand experiences in this beautiful country. There is not a corner of this country which she has not explored. Hard-pressed for an answer though, she lists the Elephant Coast of KwaZulu Natal as one of her favourite spots for its birding opportunities and its beautiful coastline. She then also quickly mentions the Kruger National Park, the Drakensberg Mountains and the Kalahari. Ananda’s thirst for knowledge was not quenched through her formal training and studies. She professes to be an information junky and often finds herself in a catatonic trance before her television set, absorbing facts, figures, dates, names and places thrown at her on the History, Discovery or National Geographic channels. This diet on electronic education is supplemented by research on history, culture, nature and anthropology. Currently, she is also broadening her skills in photography and would like to complete a field guiding and/or botany course. Though an avid learner, Ananda is not pretentious in her approach to working or dealing with people. Her sense of humour and gift for telling quirky, if not true, stories to visitors makes her popular with those she meets along the way, often forging friendships with guests which last long after they have returned home. She relies on her female intuition which has been fine-tuned over the years with her experience as a guide. She therefore has a good sense for people and can easily gauge what clients want or expect from their experience in South Africa. When asked how she would approach dealing with various personalities on tour, she flatly replies, “One has to go to their planet… find the constellation they are from.”

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Many activities are optional and involve fairly easy travel. Trips may include short hikes of two to three hours or optional walks at low elevations. Includes less demanding sea kayaking and river rafting trips with Class I-II rapids.


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