South Africa Epic Family Safari

Overview

Pack up for South Africa - perfect for an epic family safari. Ride a vintage WWII sidecar and witness where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet, then savor a homemade Xhosa lunch with locals, washing it down with ginger beer. Hunt for treasures in the wild fynbos and ancient milkwood forest of Grootbos and fly out to Madikwe, one of South Africa's largest game reserves famed for wild dog reintroduction and the "Big Five." Come evening, indulge in mouthwatering six-course meals while kids watch movies and have fun in the playroom.

  • Board the only authentic pirate ship in South Africa and cruise along Cape Town's shores

  • Explore the vineyards of the Franschhoek Valley on the Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour

  • Watch gemsbok, springbok, lions, giraffe, and eland on safari drives in Madikwe Game Reserve

  • Arrive: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Depart: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Group Size: 4-8 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 6 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive in Cape Town

    Welcome to Cape Town, South Africa! Upon arrival at the airport, clear immigration and customs and meet your MT Sobek representative who welcomes you to the country and escorts you to your awaiting transfer to the hotel. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with your guide.

  • Day02

    Table Mountain & Pirate Ship Cruise

    Enjoy the most unique transfer method in Cape Town by boarding a vintage World War II sidecar to travel to the foot of Table Mountain. Make your way up to Table Mountain via the aerial cableway to take in spectacular views over the city and the Peninsula. After taking the cable car back down from the mountain head to the V&A Waterfront to board the only authentic pirate ship in South Africa to sail the waters with the family on this unique excursion.

    • Accommodation: Mount Nelson
    • Activity: 2-hour side car activity & 2-hour pirate ship excursion
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    Explore the Cape Peninsula & Seal Island

    Today embark on a day-tour of the Cape Peninsula. Take in the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay before crossing over to Hout Bay to join a boat cruise to Seal Island. From here, drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman's Peak, one of the world's most breathtaking coastal drives. Board a funicular to get to the top of the Peninsula, witnessing the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic oceans and dazzling views over False Bay.

    • Accommodation: Mount Nelson
    • Transportation: 5-hour scenic drive
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Visit Kayamandi Township & Take the Wine Tram

    Discover day-to-day life in Kayamandi township on the outskirts of Stellenbosch on an insightful walking tour. Meet local entrepreneurs and artists, visit the local Spaza shop, and enjoy lunch at a Xhosa home, featuring the staple mieliepap dish and (non-alcoholic) ginger beer. Next explore the picturesque vineyards of Franschhoek Valley on the open-side Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour, taking in majestic scenery of the rolling vineyards that have been producing fine wines for 300 years. Enjoy tastings at Rickety Bridge, Dieu Donne, and a welcome drink at Grande Provence.

    • Accommodation: Mount Nelson
    • Activity: 3 - 6 hour Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour
    • Transportation: 3-hour scenic drive
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Drive to Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

    Depart Cape Town and drive to the nearby Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. On arrival, enjoy welcome drinks and a delicious lunch on the deck, paired with views over Walker Bay. Discuss the activities with your guide before settling into your suite, complete with toys, coloring books and crayons for small children. This afternoon, head out for a guided treasure hunt through the wild fynbos and ancient milkwood forest. Relish a six-course gourmet dinner this evening; a yummy kid-friendly menu can be served at the playground followed by a guided night walk.

    • Accommodation: Grootbos Garden Lodge
    • Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day06

    Explore Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

    This morning, head to Kleinbaai Harbor for an exhilarating boat trip to view dolphins, penguins, seals, sharks, and whales (seasonal). Return to the lodge for brunch, and pancake and waffle-making in the playroom. Choose a guided pony ride in the paddock for the littles or go for a relaxed family horse ride through the lush reserve. Join the children from the local community for an afternoon soccer match. This evening, savor a fusion of culinary delights by the fireplace while the kids watch movies and eat popcorn after an early dinner.

    • Accommodation: Grootbos Garden Lodge
    • Transportation: 30-minute private van transfer to Kleinbaai Harbor & 1-hour boat ride
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day07

    Plant a Tree & Fly to Madikwe Game Reserve

    Collect your own eggs at the chicken coup for breakfast, then get your hands dirty and plant and name your own family milkwood tree. Say goodbye to your hosts at Grootbos and transfer to the airport in Cape Town. Board your flight to Johannesburg, and then a Federal Air shuttle to the Madikwe Game Reserve. Upon arrival, meet your guide for the transfer to the safari lodge. After settling in, enjoy your first game drive while your children participate in kids' safari activities with a top ranger.

    • Accommodation: Jaci's Tree Lodge
    • Transportation: 3.5-hour flight transfer & 3-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day08

    Spot the Big Five in Madikwe Game Reserve

    Today set out on scheduled game drives and activities to explore Madikwe Game Reserve, one of South Africa's newer and largest safari destinations spanning 75,000 hectares in the malaria-free zone bordering Botswana. A prime spot for seeing the Big Five, it is particularly renowned for its wild dog reintroduction in the east, as well as the unusual gemsbok, tsessebe, and springbok.

    • Accommodation: Jaci's Tree Lodge
    • Activity: 4X4 safari drives & game watching
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day09

    Marvel at Wildlife at Madikwe Game Reserve

    Spend time today exploring Madikwe Game Reserve with game drives and activities for both the children and adults. With luck, catch an impressive sighting of the lions which originate from Etosha National Park in Namibia and are known to hunt very large prey such as giraffe and eland. Return to the lodge for a farewell dinner tonight.

    • Accommodation: Jaci's Tree Lodge
    • Activity: 4X4 safari drives & game watching
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day10

    Say Goodbye to South Africa

    After a final morning game drive, transfer to the airstrip for your departing shuttle flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival, transfer from the Federal Air terminal to Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport to connect with your international departing flight home.

    • Activity: Morning 4X4 safari
    • Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

Relax at some of South Africa's finest family-friendly hotels and camps and enjoy the expert leadership of MT Sobek guides all the way.

Reason #02

Families get to plant and name a milkwood tree and revisit it by received GPS coordinates for years to come.

Reason #03

While adults savor multi-course gourmet dinners, children can choose from the tasty kids' menus and enjoy fun safari-themed activities.

Meet Our Guides

Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Scenic boat cruises, rides by cableway and sidecar, a pirate ship adventure, hop-on hop-off tram tour, and safari game drives - all family-friendly.

  • Lodging

    An iconic luxury hotel in Cape Town, and deluxe lodges packed with amenities in private game reserves. All include pools.

  • Climate

    October-February is characterized by hot, sunny weather and an average temperature of 69°F. Expect colder, crisper weather from May-July.

FAQ

  • Does South Africa require a visa?

    US citizens do not need a visa to enter South Africa for this trip. Guests of other nationalities should check with their consulate or embassy.

  • Do I need malaria tablets?

    We always recommend you speak to your doctor or a health professional about vaccinations well in advance of your safari. At present, the areas of South Africa are designated as malaria-free.

  • Are tour dates flexible?

    Absolutely! This trip is perfect for families and can be planned around everyone's schedule. Please contact us for pricing and availability.

  • When is the best time to visit South Africa?

    Every season in South Africa has something special to offer which makes it an ideal destination at any time of year.

  • Will there be supervised children's activities, so that adults can enjoy some grown-up time?

    Yes! There will be 2 evenings when children will enjoy supervised kid-friendly activities, while adults enjoy a more sophisticated dining experience or activity.

  • Will meals be tailored for children?

    There will always be meal options for children, and all meals with children will be served earlier than is typical on a normal MT Sobek trip.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Flexible Dates

We offer this trip on a private basis with seasonal departure dates that offer great flexibility (pending availability). Click below to request dates and an MT Sobek Regional Specialist will be in touch to help organize your private adventure.

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2019
$7,495.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $1,800.00 Single Supplement
  • $-250.00 MT Sobek Child Discount (Under 17)
  • $-3,500.00 Bush Baby Discount (Ages 6-12)

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Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Optional travel protection

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