South Africa Epic Family Safari

Starting From

$7,495/person

Number of days

10

Start Location

Cape Town, South Africa

End Location

Johannesburg, South Africa

Group Size

4-8

Operated by

MT Sobek

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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.

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MT Sobek

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Itinerary

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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