Cape Town & Kruger Family Explorer

This popular private Cape & Kruger Family Explorer is ideal for our families who don’t wish to drive themselves. It combines some of the best of the Cape (Cape Town & Hermanus in the Southern Cape) with some of the best of the Kruger (Big Five game-viewing, the Drakensberg Escarpment & the Blyde River Canyon).

It is not exactly an escorted tour in that the same guide does not stay with you throughout. But it is a private tour with all tours and transfers on a private basis. Here we have shown it as a family tour but the Cape & Kruger Private Tour is a similar  tour for couples using slightly different accommodation in some cases.

The Cape & Kruger Family Explorer is especially suited to families with slightly older children of between 6 and 12 years but can be booked with younger children as well. (However families with younger children will need to take a private game vehicle if they want their children to join them on game drives.)

The tour begins with some time in Cape Town. You have a private driver/guide available during your stay with one day at leisure. You then head to the Whale Coast near Hermanus for a  couple of nights. Enjoy the beaches, lagoons and whale-watching that this area is famous for. Next you fly up to the Kruger area for sightseeing in the Drakensberg Escarpment before enjoying three nights on safari in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger Park.

If you have extra time to spend, we strongly recommend adding a third night on the Whale Coast…

Cape & Kruger Family Explorer at a Glance:
4 nights Waterfront Apartments, Cape Town – Room Only
2 nights Lagoon Lodge, near Hermanus – Full Board & Selected Activities
2 nights Oliver’s Hotel, Blyde River area – B&B
3 nights Simbavati River Lodge, Timbavati Game Reserve – Full Board & Game Drives

See Day by Day
Day 1

Arrive in Cape Town, stay  at Waterfront Apartments for 4 nights, Room Only

On arrival in Cape Town you are met by your private guide and transferred to your private apartment in the Waterfront. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax and settle in.

Cape Town is one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world. Cradled by Table Mountain, it has immense charm and historical interest whilst its unique cultural blend; part African, part European and part Asian, makes for a cosmopolitan dining experience. Take the cable car or walk up Table Mountain, visit the colourful Malay quarter or meander through the wonderful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Browse through the vibrant Greenmarket Square, head out to Robben Island by boat or simply relax on the beach. When you want to range further, the Cape Peninsula offers one of the finest coastal drives in Africa to the Cape of Good Hope. Here you might see whales breeching just off the bay or quirky penguins on Boulder’s beach.

2 bedroom Waterfront Apartements – Room Only

African Elite has a collection of luxury, fully serviced apartments in the V&A Waterfront marina ranging from one to four bedrooms in size. All the apartments are located within walking distance of restaurants, shops, nightlife of the V&A Waterfront.  All the apartments are individually decorated and offer the comfort of a luxury hotel with all the space, freedom and flexibility of home. Every bedroom is en suite.  All have underfloor heating, air-conditioning, well-appointed kitchens, and secure undercover parking. There are also three swimming pools to use amongst the apartments.

Accommodation: African Elite Waterfront Apartments
Located in: Cape Town - South Africa - V&A Waterfront

Day 2

Full day touring with private guide

Today you have a private driver/guide to show you some of the sights of the city. You are free to plan whatever touring you wish but we recommend taking a tour of the Cape Peninsula tour. (If travelling as a family, our guides will recommend touring ideas according to the age of your children and their interests.)

As well as meandering along the scenic coastal drive of Chapmans Peak, visiting the Cape of Good Hope National Park (with its funicular railway and lighthouse) and the penguins at Boulders Beach, you could include a camel ride down to the beach or a boat cruise to see the seals at close hand. Tides permitting, you could even end the day with a swim amongst the penguins at Boulders Beach from the small secluded beach there.

Day 3

Day at leisure, Room Only

Today is at leisure for you to relax or enjoy some sight-seeing in and around the Waterfront. Perhaps head up Table Mountain by Cable Car or visit Robben Island?

Some popular highlights for families include visiting the Oceanarium in the V&A Waterfront especially at the shark feeding time; searching for beautiful gemstones at the Scratch Patch; perhaps taking a boat cruise out from Cape Town’s harbour.

Accommodation: Waterfront Village
Located in: Cape Town - South Africa - V&A Waterfront

Day 4

Full day private guide, Room Only

Today you have a private guide at your disposal for the whole day (entrances for your own account).

We recommend either seeing some of the sights of the city which you may not have seen yet such as Kirstenbosch Gardens, Table Mountain or the Planetarium.

Alternatively you could visit the Cape Winelands (see tomorrow’s itinerary) . This would give you time to focus on the Elgin Valley and Hermanus on Day 5


Accommodation: Waterfront Village
Located in: Cape Town - South Africa - V&A Waterfront


Full day private guide for transfer to Mosaic Private Sanctuary, 2 nights, DBB and selected lodge activities

Today you leave Cape Town and head to the Whale Coast. En route you can visit the Winelands if you wish.

A number of our wine estates have added attractions for children,and the young at heart. For example our guide can take the kids to visit the goats at Fairview wine estate whilst you enjoy tasting their excellent wines and gourmet cheeses. Some of the other attractions can include viewing the cheetah cubs at the Cheetah Outreach Project, visting the Birds of Prey rehabilitation centre at Spier Wine Estate, as well as enjoying a cellar tour which will impress both the young and old.

The southern ‘Whale’ coast boasts some of the finest land-based whale-watching in the world between July and early December, when the Southern Right Whales come right into the bays to give birth. Enthralling sightings are a daily occurrence with spectacular breaches and whale song. En route to Mosaic Farm, you can enjoy sight-seeing in Hermanus and perhaps whale-watching in season (July to November).

Lagoon Lodge on Mosaic Private Sanctuary is an enchanting lodge on the edge of Hermanus lagoon set in an ancient Milkwood grove. Its main lodge, Lagoon Lodge, has a spectacular setting with views overlooking a bird sanctuary and the beautiful Overberg Mountains. The five shady, spacious en-suite rooms are built with safari-style canvas under thatch on the lagoon’s edge. Enjoy beach visits, sundowner cruises on the lake, exploring the caves of De Kelders or quad biking on the reserve.

Note: If you have time, we recommend adding another night. This will give you time to do some whale-watching by boat, or even shark cage diving if you have older children.

Accommodation: Lagoon Lodge on Mosaic Private Sanctuary
Located in: Hermanus - Hermanus & Route 62 - South Africa

Day 6

At leisure to enjoy Mosaic Private Sanctuary activities, DBB and selected lodge activities

Mosaic Private Sanctuary offers a range of activities including quad bike nature rides, 4×4 trips to deserted golden beaches, kayaking on the lagoon and walks ).

Nature enthusiasts will discover the amazing Cape Floral Kingdom at Mosaic Private Sanctuary with its magnificent fynbos, birds and insects. You can explore the 933ha reserve on foot, mountain bike, quad bike or kayak. Hop onto the open 4×4 vehicle for a sundowner excursion and discover fynbos, birds and deserted beaches in search of Southern Right Whales.

Accommodation: Lagoon Lodge on Mosaic Private Sanctuary
Located in: Hermanus - Hermanus & Route 62 - South Africa

Day 7

Flight to Kruger, road transfer to Oliver’s Hotel, 2 nights B&B

This morning you are transferred back to Cape Town in time for the direct flight from Cape Town to Kruger International Airport (NOT included in this tour price). On arrival you are met by one of our guides and transferred to Olivers’s Hotel & Spa where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Oliver’s Hotel & Spa is a very pleasant four star hotel near White River and close to the Kruger National Park. The lodge is on the White River Country Estate and overlooks the first green of the 18 hole championship golf course. Oliver’s is especially well-known for its superb restaurant with fine wines from its well-stocked wine cellar.

Accommodation: Oliver’s Hotel & Restaurant
Located in: Blyde River Canyon - South Africa

Day 8

Panorama tour of the Drakensberg Escarpment, B&B

You travel up into the Drakensberg Escarpment, a beautiful area of tumbling streams and waterfalls amongst indigenous woodland and forest plantations where you enjoy a scenic tour of the Blyde River Canyon visiting the Three Rondavels, Bourne’s Luck potholes and God’s Window. You may also visit Pilgrims Rest, a restored mining village that was the centre of a 19th century gold rush. Alternatively you may want to enjoy some of the many soft adventure activities available such as ziplining, quad biking or visits to the elephant sanctuary.

Note: We have included entrances for the Blyde River Canyon but not for any extra optional activities.

Accommodation: Oliver’s Hotel & Restaurant
Located in: Blyde River Canyon - South Africa

Day 9

On safari in the Kruger, 3 nights Full Board & Game drives

Today you have a guide for the morning for optional as you transfer north to head into the bush for 3 nights on safari in the Greater Kruger Park. You stay at the game-rich Simbavati River Lodge.

Optional Touring en route

There is time to enjoy some additional activities en route such as the Elephant Whisphers interaction near Hazyview, the Cheetah Rehabitation cente or the Moholoholo Wildlife Centre. We also recommend the Roots of Rhythm cultural tour which is close to the Timbavati Game Reserve. Please discuss your preferences with us when making a booking.

Note: This is a Go-as-you-please tour so all entrances are for your own account.

Simbavati River Lodge has a stunning riverside setting in the heart of the Timbavati Private Game Reserve which has open borders to the Kruger on the east. Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino are all regularly sighted in the Timbavati, along with a host of smaller mammal species.

Simbavati River Lodge offers an authentic African experience without sacrificing luxury, safety or comfort.

Accommodation: Simbavati River Lodge
Located in: Kruger Park - South Africa - Timbavati Reserve

Days 10 & 11

On safari at Simbavati River Lodge

Your experienced game ranger is keen to share with you their extensive knowledge and love of the African bush. The day starts with an early morning game drive, then after breakfast a bush walk gives you the opportunity to learn about the smaller wonders of the veld. During the afternoon game drive you will stop for sundowners whilst watching the sun set over the awe-inspiring wilderness before enjoying a night drive.

Families at Simbavati: Families are accommodated in very comfortable two bedroom suites (sharing one bathroom) with a deck overlooking the river. Simbavati is a child-friendly lodge. Children of 6 years & over are welcomed on game drives and after breakfast, younger children can enjoy a range of activities with the camp staff from identifying animal tracks, to arts & crafts with natural bush materials they’ve collected. These activities not only enhance their enjoyment of the bush, but also allow their parents to relax in their rooms or around the pool.

Accommodation: Simbavati River Lodge
Located in: Kruger Park - South Africa - Timbavati Reserve

Day 12

Road transfer to Hoedspruit Airport

This morning after a final early morning game drive, you are transferred to Hoedspruit Airport in time for your onward flight to Johannesburg and home.

Note: Domestic flights are not included in this tour price.

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Meals and accommodation as shown in text, Services of a private drive/guide in the Cape & Drakensberg Escarpment, Road transfers, Game drives on safari
International & domestic flights, visas, items of a personal nature, meals and entrances not specified
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The price is based on a family of four with two children under 12 years sharing with their parents.
Contact us for a price with teenagers as the price will be slightly higher. Similarly if you would like your younger children to have their own room, then the sample price will increase. This tour can be booked on a self drive basis as well if you prefer a little more flexibility. This will reduce the price considerably. Finally if you have a little more time, we recommend an extra night at Mosaic Lagoon Lodge
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