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
South Africa’s metropolitan Cape Town is as bustling, vibrant and spectacular as its wilderness reserves. Learn about the country’s history at Robben Island, ascend Table Mountain for unimaginable views and search for the Big Five on a safari through Kapama Game Reserve.
Search for the Big Five on Safari
South Africa’s Big Five lineup includes the elephant, lion, cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros. Will you see them all?
Stand Atop Table Mountain
At 3,500 feet high, the sweeping view of Cape Town and the ocean far, far below is intense, exhilarating and dramatic.
Explore Historic Robben Island
Guided by a former political prisoner, see the cell where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. Hear firsthand accounts of what life was like in the prison.
Meet Your Pen Pals for Soccer and a Barbecue
Lace up for a friendly, casual game of soccer with the South African children your kids have been exchanging letters with. Join in afterward for a traditional South African barbecue dinner.
Stand at the Southwestern Tip of Africa
Rugged rocks and sheer cliffs tower 800 feet above the ocean. Bontebok, baboons, zebras and 250 species of birds hang out here. A little up the road, meet the penguins of Boulders Beach, one of the world’s few land-based colonies.
Fly to Cape Town, South Africa
Self-exploration at the V&A Waterfront
Feel free to explore the V&A Waterfront, a dockland sitting in the shadow of the famous Table Mountain. It’s full of shopping centers, street theater, musical performances and dance shows. The market has 100 merchants, 80 eateries and lots of artisan craftsmen, making it an ideal place to get a souvenir. Don’t worry if you don’t make it to the market today; you’ll have a chance later.
Ride a Revolving Cable Car to Table Mountain
In a slowly revolving gondola, ascend from sea level to the top of Table Mountain. The 360-degree panoramic ride is only a taste of what you’ll see 3,500 feet up: Cape Peninsula, the beaches, the city and the suburbs all stretching beyond the horizon in unthinkable scope. Eagles and kestrels soar overhead. It’s a vast and exhilarating view.
Adventure Trails at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
This plant paradise is the world’s first botanical garden dedicated to indigenous flora – what you see here, you’ll see nowhere else in the world. Discover medicinal aloe, waterfalls, natural pools and endangered species that find safe haven within the garden. Matthews Rockery, an intricate maze of small pathways with weird and wonderful plants, awaits, as do gurgling mountain streams.
Visit Robben Island
You’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. Your guide, likely an ex-political prisoner, will offer incredible insight and a firsthand account of daily life at Robben Island.
Visit the Gugu S’Thebe Cultural Center
Visit the beautiful Gugu S’Thebe Cultural Center, located in the Langa Township just outside of Cape Town, which provides financial services to small businesses and offers arts opportunities to the locals.
Chapman’s Peak Drive
A skilled driver will navigate the 114 twists and turns of “Chappies,” the cliffside road standing 1,800 feet above the ocean. The water stretches to the horizon and the mountains tower above.
Stand at the Bottom of the World
Rugged rocks and sheer cliffs tower 800 feet above the sea and cut deep into the ocean. As you hike this wild and windswept natural reserve, keep your camera ready for the eland, bontebok, baboons, zebras and the 250 species of birds that hang out here.
Meet the Penguins at Boulders Beach
Stand mere feet from penguins roaming Boulders Beach, home to one of the world’s few land-based penguin colonies. These speedy swimmers have a unique braying call and make their nest in sand burrows or beneath shrubs.
Savor the Flavors of South African Wine
The folks in South Africa have some wines they want you to taste! Set among the rolling green hills, relax with a few glasses while the kids get their very own juice tasting. Then, hop aboard an all-terrain Segway to explore the rugged winelands.
Meet the Farm Animals
While the parents taste wines, the kiddos will get a fun diversion, frolicking among the farm animals at Middelvlei.
Discover South Africa’s Marine Life at Two Oceans Aquarium
This aquarium, a popular attraction on the V&A Waterfront, is home to more than 3,000 marine creatures. Explore galleries that include predator fish, ragged-tooth sharks, stingrays, a colony of rockhopper penguins, underwater kelp forests and thousands of glittering silver fishes.
Dinner at 96 Winery Road
Enjoy a South African-inspired meal at the Zandberg Estate, home of the first and only White Merlot in South Africa.
Flower Safari by Jeep
Explore the fynbos, a small belt of natural shrubland in the heart of South Africa’s Cape Floral Kingdom. Your guide is an expert in the area’s flora. Pick beautiful flowers not found anywhere else in the world.
Explore Klipgat Cave
Scale the rocks of Klipgat down to the beach, where the waves crash against the crags and launch ocean mist skyward. The cave is famous for its window-shaped hole that provides magnificent views of the bay.
Self-exploration at the V&A Waterfront
If you didn’t have a chance to explore the V&A Waterfront yet, now you can. The area features over 100 merchants, 80 eateries, artisan crafts and street performances. It’s the best place to get a souvenir on your adventure!
Optional Shark Cage Diving
Settle into a safe, secure cage and ride a few feet below the water’s surface, where you’ll see teeth and gills like you’ve never seen before. A part of the cage is always out of the water, so the boat is never far out of reach. It’s an exciting, educational and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Sea Safari: Spot the Marine Big Five
Cruise Walker Bay on a small boat for an exciting, in-your-face search for the Marine Big Five: Southern Right Whales, Bottlenose Dolphins, African Penguins, Fur Seals and the Great White Shark.
Social Responsibility Tour (Adults)
A guide will show you around Grootbos, highlighting its various philanthropic and (literally) down-to-earth ecological and community-based projects.
Friends Across Borders: Soccer Game (Kids)
Kids: it’s time to meet your pen pals! Catch up with the pen pal you’ve been writing letters to, then lace up for a friendly, casual game of soccer.
Boma Braai Dinner with Pen Pals
After the game, spend some more time with your pen pals as you enjoy a South African braai (barbecue) dinner. Taste several kinds of meat, including sausage, lamb chops, steak, chicken, fish, crayfish and plenty of pap (porridge) and vegetables. It’s as much a chance to hang out with your South African friends as it is a meal.
Kapama Game Reserve
The watering holes, thickets and grassy meadows of Kapama are lively – track the rocking gallop of a giraffe or catch the flicker of the nearly 350 bird species that live in the reserve. Don’t forget to look out for hippos, zebras, impalas and more of the plentiful wildlife living here.
Early Morning Game Drive
Set out on a magical dawn drive in search of the Big Five and other wildlife: waterbuck, wildebeest, hyena, kudu, antelope and cheetah. Oh, and those tall towers made of granite clay? Those are fungus farms, made by termites.
Bushwalk and Tracking
With a tracker guide and noses to the ground, explore around the lodge for paw and hoof prints.
Early Morning Wildlife Viewing Drive
It’s your last chance to get out there and track the wildlife of South Africa with your guides!
Dates & Prices
12/21-12/31Adult $6390Teen $6390Child $6290Internal Air $750
07/17-07/29Call for AvailabilityAdult $7790Teen $7790Child $7490Internal Air $750
12/23-01/02Adult $6590Teen $6590Child $6490Internal Air $750
$900 discount for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults
Additional $1,990 for single accommodations
Large Group Discount
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.
Guaranteed departure. Surcharge applied to groups smaller than 4 guests.
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.
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3 daysActivity Level
EasyYour family will spend most of your time relaxing and not expending too much energy. Every member of your family will be comfortable and able to take part in this adventure no matter their fitness level.