This self-drive tour combines stunning coastal scenery, remarkable wildlife and a varied selection of thrilling outdoor activities, making it ideal for all age groups. Start in Cape Town, dominated by Table Mountain, and tour the stunning Cape Winelands. Drive east along the Garden Route and see the ostriches of the Little Karoo and the beautiful beaches of Knysna and Plettenberg. Finish in the Eastern Cape where you may spot Africa’s ‘Big Five’: elephants, buffaloes, leopards, lions and rhinos. The Cape has a year-round moderate climate and easy driving conditions, with driving on the left, so you can explore at a relaxed pace.
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Fly overnight from London (regional connections available) to Cape Town with British Airways. (N)
Arrive and transfer to your African Elite Waterfront Apartment* (two-bedroom Luxury apartment) for a 3-night stay. These apartments are situated right in the heart of Cape Town against the backdrop of Table Mountain. The apartments have the space, freedom and flexibility of a home but with the services of a hotel – ideal for families. They are booked on a self-catering basis, although a breakfast hamper has been arranged for you on day 3. The remainder of your day is at leisure. (N)
This morning, take a more unusual approach to touring the city – by stand-up paddle board. Paddle along the canals of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and meander through one of the most glamorous residential areas in Cape Town. Lunch at The Grand Café in the Waterfront (payable locally) then board the cable car to the top of Table Mountain for breathtaking 360-degree views of the Cape with picnic snacks at tea time included. Your guide will accompany you for the whole day.
Alternatively, opt for the ‘Wild Child’ option, which features an urban treasure hunt along the Sea Point Promenade and tracking dassies (rock badgers) on Table Mountain. (B)
Enjoy a family day out in the Cape Winelands with a private guide, passing superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. The day will be tailored to suit your family’s interests but might include Segway tours through the vineyards, watching farming practices in action and tasting sessions including food pairings such as chocolate and cheese. A number of farms are geared towards wine lovers and their families, with special grape juice tastings for the children. (N)
Your group K hire car will be delivered this morning. Drive 5 hours to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘feather capital’ of South Africa due to the many ostrich farms found here. Stay 2 nights in Bufflesdrift Game Lodge (family tent) amid stunning views of the Swartberg mountains. The lodge also has a large waterhole right on its doorstep, drawing in a variety of wildlife. In the afternoon, take a 20-minute drive to Highgate Ostrich Farm for an afternoon tour where you will learn all about the ostriches and feed one by hand. Back at the lodge, join an evening stargazing tour. (D)
From the lodge, join an early morning meerkat viewing. Watch these very social animals as they go about their daily rituals of foraging for food, cleaning their burrows and playing. This is followed by an interactive elephant feeding experience and an afternoon wildlife drive (2 hours) where you can experience the Karoo vegetation from open, 4x4 vehicles. Animals you might see include hippos, elephants, elands, zebras, buffaloes, rhinos, springbok and many more. (B, D)
Drive about 2 hours to Knysna, a picturesque seaside town, and stay 2 nights at the Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa (two Standard rooms) on Thesen island. This hotel used to be an old power station; many of the old features are integrated into the hotel’s design. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Perhaps hire a bicycle to explore the town, dine in the excellent restaurants at the Knysna Waterfront, go on a boat cruise to the stunning Featherbed Nature Reserve or take some time to relax on a sun lounger next to the rim flow pool. (B)
Drive an hour to Plettenberg Bay and stay 2 nights at Emily Moon River Lodge (two-bed family unit) set on the southern bank of the Bitou river. Remainder of the day is at leisure or take part in the lodge activities such as canoeing, horse riding, mountain biking, walking, birdwatching and river tubing. The beautiful beaches of Robberg and Keurboomstrand are close by – the Emily Moon staff will gladly make you a picnic lunch for the day. Visits to Monkeyland or the Elephant Sanctuary are further options. (B)
Morning at leisure, then drive 45 minutes east to Tsitsikamma National Park (national park conservation fees must be paid at the gate) and take in the spectacular scenery at Storms River Bridge. Here you will take a kayak up the beautiful Storms River Gorge, passing the bats’ cave and steep cliffs. Further upstream you can disembark the kayaks and jump onto inflatable lilos to explore deeper into the gorge, reaching places that are inaccessible by boat. Finish off with some cliff jumps before returning to Plettenberg Bay in the evening. (B)
Drive 3 hours through Port Elizabeth to the 7,000-hectare Amakhala Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. Stay 2 nights at Hlosi Game Lodge, set on a tranquil hillside overlooking a wide river plain (family suite). Afternoon wildlife drive in search of the Big Five. A delicious dinner will be served either in the lantern-lit boma (an outdoor dining area) or in the warm and cosy atmosphere of the lodge. (B, D)
Morning and afternoon wildlife drives. Also available is the evening Bushman’s River Cruise, where birds such as the African finfoot and the fish eagle may be spotted; guided bush walks; birdwatching; and canoeing. (B, L, D)
Morning wildlife drive. After lunch, drive an hour to Port Elizabeth and drop off your hire car. Fly to London, via Johannesburg, on British Airways. (B, L)
Morning arrival in London. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in good 4-star accommodation.
Where indicated the tour accommodation is in two-bedroom, shared accommodation for four people. Where two-bedroom accommodation is indicated, alternative, separate one-bedroom accommodation is also available.
Upgrade to a two-bedroom penthouse suite at Sea Five, a small boutique hotel situated just 300 metres from the beach in Camps Bay with sweeping views and close to restaurants and coffee shops. Alternatively, upgrade to a spacious, two-bedroom apartment at More Quarters on Kloof Street, a vibrant hub of social activity.
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor make this itinerary, please call 020 7808 6780 or email email email@example.com
South Africa has some of the world’s finest beaches, with 27 awarded international Blue Flag status. The different coastlines vary hugely and the activities on offer are dependent largely on the ocean currents. Please discuss your preferences with an Africa expert who will advise you of the best location.
Mauritius is a lush, tropical island. The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort in the south-west is sandwiched between the Indian Ocean and the mountains of a former sugar estate and is an excellent family option. Relax or enjoy water sports, golf, tennis and spa treatments. All meals and drinks are included. A kids’ club, teenager programme and baby sitters are available.
These immense waterfalls are one of Africa’s most dramatic sights. On the Zambian side of the falls is the modern Hotel Zambezi Sun. It has a large swimming pool, kids’ club and babysitting facilities. Alternatively, Waterberry Zambezi Lodge has an excellent family unit with a range of activities on offer, from a sunset cruise and village walk to fishing, birding and, of course, a visit to the impressive Victoria Falls. On the Zimbabwe side of the falls we recommend the Zambezi Sands River Camp, which is set slightly outside Victoria Falls Town and has an impressive selection of family activities on offer.
African Elite Properties provides luxury, serviced accommodation in exclusive apartments and villas. All properties are centrally located in the heart of either De Waterkant or the V&A Waterfront, a short drive from Table Mountain and Cape Town's city centre and beaches.
All of the properties in the portfolio are innovative and stylish and promote a lifestyle focused on local living. All are graded 4 star and range from 1 to 3 bedroom apartments. On arrival you will be provided with tea, freshly ground coffee and nibbles and breakfast hampers are delivered daily, consisting of a croissant, ham, cheese, yoghurt, muesli, fruit salad and juice. Housekeeping, concierge and tourist information facilities are provided and personalised shopping is also on hand for your convenience. Additional services that can be arranged include spa treatments in the privacy of your own apartment, laundr...
Bufflesdrift Game Lodge is a sprawling game farm in the fertile Cango Valley at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains, South Africa's 6th World Heritage Site. Lush Karoo vegetation and a 5 hectare natural waterhole create a haven for a variety of game species including elephant, rhino, Cape buffalo, giraffe, hippo, Cape mountain zebra, eland, kudu and springbok. Enthusiastic bird watchers will enjoy trying to identify the more than 217 bird species to be found in the area. Situated 7 km outside Oudtshoorn, the Lodge is in the heart of ostrich country. Accommodation is in luxury en-suite tents with air conditioning, which are on the edge of the waterhole and offer breathtaking views of the Klein...
Embracing the southern bank of the Bitou River in Plettenberg Bay, Emily Moon River Lodge is a small, exclusive lodge with accommodation for just 16 guests. Each luxurious suite is a separate lodge for two people, with their own sitting area, private viewing deck and spacious, fully appointed bathroom. The area is has fabulous trails for hikers. The highlight of the area is undoubtedly the rivers, beaches and the...
Hlosi Game Lodge is part of the 7,000 hectare, Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. This family friendly lodge is set on a tranquil hillside, overlooking a wide river plain and undulating grasslands. The four luxury suites are designed in the spirit of a bygone era. Two of the suites have two bedrooms making them ideal family options. The rounded entrance leads to a spacious dining area, a large lounge and library and the bar, all joined together by a double-sided fireplace. There is also a separate television lounge with a DVD player, games and books. This main building is totally surrounded by shady verandas offering stunning panoramic views across the savannah or towards the swimming pool and sun deck.
Activities include morning and afternoon game drives, guided bush walks, bird watching and canoeing on the Bushmans River.
Features: 6 suites, lounge, dining room, boma,...
Situated on the island of Thesen, the Turbine Hotel Knysna is a unique boutique property developed from the old firewood power station on the island, in one of the most exclusive areas of Knysna. Linked to the Knysna lagoon by a series of waterways the hotel has kept many of the original features of the power station and incorporated them into the general theme of the hotel. There are 24 well appointed, individually decorated rooms with flat screen television, air conditioning, mini bar, DVD player, DVD library and either a balcony or garden.
The hotel's main restaurant, The Island Café, is situated in the old turbine room with seating arranged around the original turbines which are still in situ. The restaurant is a previous winner of the Diners Club Platinum Award for its wine list, while with views out across Knysna lagoon the Tapas Bar and Deck is ideally suited for sundowners...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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FMS2017: 11 Nights
Cape Town is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, offering a...
Knysna meaning 'place of wood', derives its name from the indigenous Khoi-san people and...
Oudtshoorn is situated in the Klein Karoo, 55 km from the coastal town of George. The...
Originally christened 'Bahia Formosa' (beautiful bay) by early Portuguese explorers,...