11 daysActivity Level
EasyYour family will spend most of your time relaxing and not expending too much energy. These adventures are easy! Every member of your family will be comfortable and able to take part in this adventure no matter their fitness level.
10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners
Take an extraordinary South Africa family vacation and see everything from metropolitan Cape Town to the wilderness of Kapama 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.
Recommended Age: 8+
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 Kapama 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.
Fly to South Africa
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.
Chapman’s Peak Drive
Enjoy a thrilling ride along Chapman’s Peak Drive, “Chappies” as it’s known to the locals, a cliff-side highway with 114 twists and turns, and magnificent coastal views.
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!
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!
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!
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
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 braai 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!
Kapama Game Reserve
Late Afternoon Wildlife Viewing Drive
Enjoy a sunset drink on an evening safari drive out in the bush.
Relax and Enjoy
Take some time to rest at your lodge, enjoying the views as you write in your journal or simply putting up your feet to relax.
Early Morning Wildlife Viewing
Set out for an adventure in Kapama Game Reserve with the help of extraordinary private guides. Get those cameras ready!
Late Afternoon Wildlife Viewing
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.
Bushwalk and Tracking
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!
Early Morning Wildlife Viewing Drive
Last chance to check off your list of “must see” animals on our final safari of the journey!
Dates & Prices
12/22-01/01No Grootbos, shorter itineraryAdult $6690Teen $6690Child $6590Internal Air $800
06/22-07/04Adult $7690Teen $7690Child $7590Internal Air $750
07/26-08/07Adult $7690Teen $7690Child $7590Internal Air $750
12/21-12/31Adult $6390Teen $6390Child $6290Internal Air $750
Smart Traveler Advantages
Book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get a free GoPro and Travel Protection.
$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.
If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.
We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We’ve received great feedback about Travel Insured – you can learn more about the benefits of travel insurance there.
All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle.
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 DeparturesNo matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.
GuidesBe 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 GroupsWith a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.