South Africa

South Africa Family Adventure

  • Overview
    Starts at



    13 days


    Level 2


    10 breakfast, 9 lunch, 7 dinner

    Take an extraordinary South Africa family vacation and see everything from metropolitan Cape Town to the wilderness of Thornybush Game Reserve. We’ll learn about the country’s past, search for the Big 5 on land and sea, and visit community programs working towards social and cultural empowerment.

    Visit an African Penguin Colony

    We’ll take a trip to Boulder Beach, home to an adorable and friendly African penguin colony.

    Meet the Members of the Happy Feet Youth Project

    The Happy Feet Youth Project based in the Langa Township is a dance program for children that uses dance to help kids reach a brighter future and we’ll join them for a special performance.

    Tour Robben Island

    Guided by a former political prisoner, we’ll see the cell where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner for 18 years and hear firsthand accounts of what life was like at the prison.

    Dive with Great White Sharks

    For those of us that are daring, we can go cage diving with White Sharks— the opportunity of a lifetime.

    Wildlife Viewing at Thornybush Game Reserve

    Search for the Big 5: lion, elephant, African buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros in a small park setting where the wildlife viewing experience is intimate.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to South Africa

    Days 2-6

    Cape Town

    Ride a Revolving Cable Car to Table Mountain

    Take a gondola ride to the top of Table Mountain, enjoying 360-degree panoramas as it spins along the way up and stunning vantage points from the summit.

    Adventure Trails at Kirstenbosch

    Visit the world’s first botanical garden dedicated to indigenous flora, Kirstenbosch, and wander along its trails to spot medicinal plants, waterfalls, and serene pools. Keep an eye out for the rare and endangered species that find safe haven here!

    Meet the Members of Happy Feet Youth Project

    Go to the Happy Feet Youth Project in Langa, to watch a dance performance. The program empowers the youth in the community through the arts and dance to help lead kids to a brighter future and we’ll get a front row seat to watch the program in action!

    Visit Robben Island

    We’ll visit Robben Island to view the prison and tiny cell where anti-apartheid activist and former South African president Nelson Mandela lived for 18 years. Our guide, likely an ex-political prisoner, offers incredible insight and a firsthand account of daily life at Robben Island.

    Stand at the Bottom of the World

    Cape Point boasts one of the highest sea cliffs in the world at 820 feet and we’ll get to explore this wild and windswept point of land known as the Cape Point Nature Reserve. We may even catch some seals, dolphins, and southern right and humpback whales swimming around the coast!

    Meet the Penguins at Boulders Beach

    Explore a network of boardwalks built just above Boulders Beach, home to a protected African penguin colony, one of the world’s few land- based colonies. Keep cameras at the ready to capture their antics and behavior up close!

    Days 7-8


    Explore Klipgat Cave

    Get a peek at life 70,000 years ago in the Middle Stone Age at Klipgat Cave, an ideal settlement for its solid shelter, fresh spring water and access to Walker Bay for fishing. We’ll also take a look though its famous window shaped hole for a magnificent view of the Bay!

    Spot the Marine Big 5

    Take a cruise around Walker Bay to spot the Marine Big 5: Southern Right Whales, Bottlenose Dolphins, African Penguins, Fur Seals and the Great White Shark. This is an incredible chance to see all of the greatest creatures of the sea!

    Shark Cage Diving (Optional)

    Take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, jumping into a secure cage below the water’s surface to see the incredible great white shark up close. It’ll be a story you bring home with you!

    Pen Pals Soccer Game (for kids)

    Kids will get a chance to meet their South African pen pals and play a friendly game of soccer with them!

    Boma braai Dinner with Pen Pals

    A barbeque-style dinner, the South African braai is a real treat! As much a social event as it is a meal, the braii includes several different kinds of meat, from sausage and lamb chops to steak and chicken, fish and crayfish, pap (porridge), as well as plenty of vegetables. The pen pals will join the braai dinner, making it all the more memorable for families!

    Days 9-11

    Thornybush Game Reserve

    Late Afternoon Wildlife Viewing Drive

    Enjoy a sunset drink, remembering the happy energy in the eyes of our children on an evening safari drive out in the bush.

    Wildlife Viewing in Thornybush Game Reserve

    Expect to be delighted and awed on an afternoon safari, tracking the gallop of a giraffe across the horizon and listening for the mighty roar of the king of beasts.

    Early Morning Wildlife Viewing in Thornybush Game Reserve

    Set out for an adventure in Thornybush’s wild-west with the help of extraordinary private guides. Get those cameras ready!

    Bushwalk and Tracking (Optional)

    We’ll look for evidence of wildlife around the lodge with our tracker guide and learn how to identify what clues belong to which animals!

    Late Afternoon Wildlife Viewing Drive

    With noses close to the ground, kids will be tracking experts in no time as they follow the tracker guide for a walk around the lodge. Adults are welcome too— who knows what you’ll find!

    Day 12

    Depart Johannesburg

    Days 13-14

    Arrive home

  • Dates & Prices

    2018 Dates


    Adult $7390PP
    Teen $7390PP
    Child $7290PP
    Internal Air $750


    Adult $7390PP
    Teen $7390PP
    Child $7290PP
    Internal Air $750

    Additional Info

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get free flight insurance, free cancellation insurance, and a GoPro Hero Session!

    Triple Discount

    $1,400 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults


    Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts.

    Groups of 6 or more will be accompanied by a Rafiki throughout and Tour Guide in Cape Town and on Safari.

    Alumni Discount 

    If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.

    Price includes

    All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.

  • Hotels

    Vineyard Hotel

    Just over the hill from Cape Town and on the slope of Table Mountain rests the Vineyard Hotel. This beautiful cottage style hotel is fully equipped with an indoor and outdoor pool, a spa, a fitness center, games and entertainment for the kids, and a beautiful garden that you can have a walk around in. The rooms are comfortable, spacious, and guarantee a serene view of the water gardens, the riverside, or the mountain. The Vineyard Hotel is environmentally friendly and supports several of the local community development projects through their Kids of the Cape Fund. There is no better place to escape to after experiencing the hustle and bustle of Cape Town!

    Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

    The Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is located in the middle of the Cape Floral Kingdom or more commonly referred to as, fynbos. Location is key while staying at Grootbos; your family will find unique beauty around every corner turned. Your lodge will be tucked away in the midst of a magical Milkwood forest with canopy beds, private bathrooms, a lounge area, a fireplace, and a private deck that will offer views of the diverse flora in the fynbos and the ocean shimmering in the background. Grootbos is dedicated to environmental conservation and social empowerment— all proceeds go towards non-profit programs started by the reserve. Feel good knowing that your stay here is bettering the community in more ways than one. Grootbos has everything you need to relax after an exciting day exploring the Western Cape of South Africa!

    Thornybush Waterside Lodge

    Thornybush Waterside Lodge is a quaint and wonderful lodge that borders the famous Kruger National Park. Although it is much smaller, the Thornybush Lodge offers the same wildlife viewing opportunities as Kruger but on a much more intimate level. The deck of the main lodge gives you the chance to take in the surroundings of the area from its main deck. Just hearing the sounds of the bush and watching the calmness of the lake is enough to keep you enchanted and relaxed. The suites are comfortable and each comes with their own bathroom, air conditioning, shower, safe, hairdryer, and private deck. The lodge is equipped with some of the comforts of home such as a laundry service, pool, and a library with internet access. Your kids will feel the excitement of the wild from the safety of the lodge and it will create a lasting memory that they will cherish forever!

    Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.

  • Why Thomson

    Friends Across Borders

    Your child will have a cultural connection like no other by meeting kids the same age from the country you’re traveling by playing games, throwing a Frisbee, kicking a ball around, or just chatting. Ask us about our pen pal program.

    Guaranteed Departures

    No matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.


    Be accompanied for your entire trip by an expert local in-country guide who will know all of the ins and outs of the adventure and destination.

    Small Groups

    With a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.

    Travel Insurance

    Every Thomson Family Adventures trip comes with travel insurance for your entire family at no extra cost.