The relaxing rascals family self-drive trip in South Africa , is ideal for the South African summer, spring and autumn. Try to avoid the wetter winter months (May to August) in the Cape for this tour. Mainly Luxury accommodation but can be undertaken using more moderate lodges as well.

It visits the Western and Eastern Cape starting in Cape Town then meandering along via the Little Karoo to the Garden Route. It ends with three nights on safari in the Eastern Cape.

As the area is malaria-free, the relaxing rascals holiday is ideal for children of all ages. Please note that this sample tour is based on a family with children under 12 years sharing one family room or suite. If you would like your children to have their own room, or if you have more kids or older kids, then the price will increase. Please contact us for a tailor-made quote.

Relaxing Rascals at a Glance:

4 nights Cape Royale Hotel Cape Town -B&B
2 nights La Plume, Little Karoo – B&B
3 nights Kurland Hotel or Hunters Country House, Garden Route – B&B
3 nights Mark’s Camp,  Eastern Cape – Full Board & Game Drives

Upgrade option to Amakhala Hillsnek Game Lodge (FBG)

Tailormake this trip

This gives you an idea of a possible routing but feel free to add days or change the route slightly. If you have time, you may want to add in a night en route to the Little Karoo to break the journey for example…

Note: We use Kurland whose price varies considerably from month to month so please use the sample prices below as guidelines only as the price may differ from month to month.

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Day 1

4 nights Cape Town, B&B

On arrival at Cape Town Airport, you collect your rental car (Hyundai Tuscan / Toyota RAV, SUV 2 x 4 or similar) and drive to your hotel in Cape Town for four nights. (We can also transfer you from the airport and then deliver your rental car later on in the day if you prefer…)

The five star Cape Royale Hotel is situated along a tree-lined boulevard in Green Point with panoramic views over the city and Atlantic Ocean. From here it is an easy 5-10 minute stroll down to the V&A Waterfront. The Cape Royale aims to bring together the sophistication of Europe and the vibrant spirit of Africa. The spacious deluxe family suites have two en suite bedrooms.

The charm of Cape Town is partly explained by Table Mountain, which breaks up the city into distinct areas, each with its own character and, indeed, its own weather! The city bowl basks in the dramatic shadow of the 1000m mountain, with its characteristic “tablecloth” of mist rolling over the edge. The fashionable Waterfront and City Bowl areas are ideal for visitors who enjoy city life with plenty of restaurants, cafés and clubs within walking distance of your hotel. The southern suburbs of Newlands and Constantia reflect yet another side of Cape Town, reminiscent of its gracious colonial past. Majestic oak trees and endless swathes of roses and blue agapanthus are set against the forested slopes of Table Mountain.

Cape Town is wonderful for families with many excursions available from beach visits to a cable car ride up Table Mountain. We particularly recommend the Oceanarium in the Waterfront, the Science centre in Observatory, a sunset boat cruise from the Waterfront, Kirstenbosch Gardens and, for older children, enjoying some of the many superb hiking trails on Table Mountain and at Cape Point. Our detailed itinerary outlines the nicest beaches for families as well as a range of family-orientated activities.

Accommodation: Cape Royale Luxury Hotel
Located in: Atlantic & Camps Bay - Cape Town - Cape Town City - South Africa

Day 5

2 nights Little Karoo, B&B

Today you fly (NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE) or drive to the Little Karoo for two nights at La Plume Country House. (4 hours, 450km)

The arid, rugged Little Karoo is reached via the spectacular mountain passes over the Outeniqua Mountains. You can sample the excellent wines of the area over lunch at a working ostrich farm or visit the Cango Caves, a labyrinthine complex of limestone caverns. The intrepid will be captivated by the wild beauty of the Swartberg Pass to Prince Albert, whilst children will adore seeing the big cats at the Cango wildlife ranch, learning about ostriches, and cringing at the crocodile and snake farm.

La Plume is a working ostrich farm with peaceful views over the Olifants River valley to the Swartberg Mountains. The attention to detail really sets La Plume apart: pretty cushions on the outdoor furniture and flowers on your patio table. The attractive Victorian homestead is decorated in period style and all rooms and suites are furnished with Cape antiques, as well as air-conditioning, fan, complimentary port, television and bar fridge.

The three-bedroom cottage is ideal for families. Farm tours and Karoo farm-style dinners are available on request, if you don’t feel like stirring from this tranquil oasis.

Accommodation: La Plume Guest Farm
Located in: Garden Route - Little Karoo

Day 7

3 nights Garden Route, B&B

Head over the Outeniqua Pass to the Garden Route where you spend three nights at the lovely Kurland Hotel close to Plettenberg Bay.

The Garden Route thoroughly deserves its reputation for enchanting beauty. The “garden” refers not to cultivated gardens, but to its captivating Elysian charm. This region offers a spectacular coastline of dramatic headlands giving way to white sandy beaches. Behind the sand dunes lie placid lagoons and lakes, with a hinterland of soaring mountains, covered by indigenous rainforest, magnificent twisting passes, waterfalls and wooded ravines.

The luxurious Kurland Hotel is situated in a lovely estate setting, surrounded by oak trees, meadows and paddocks close to Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route. The original Cape Dutch inspired homestead at Kurland has been stylishly restored to offer supremely luxurious and welcoming accommodation. There are two lounges, a library, dining room, deep verandas and an outside piazza eating area set around a fountain.

Kurland is one of the most family-friendly hotels in the Garden Route with Luxury and Superior suites both having spacious upstairs loft rooms. The upstairs loft rooms are equipped with miniature dressing gowns, toys for younger children and pretty décor. Older children may enjoy mountain biking on the estate or playing tennis while for younger children there is a fully equipped playroom and enclosed play area, with its own swimming pool. You can dine as a family or separate meals can be arranged for children in the farmhouse kitchen if you prefer.

Alternatively Hunter’s Country House is another family-friendly luxury option, an oasis of tranquility in beautiful gardens and overlooking the indigenous forest. The original homestead is full of character and charm, luxuriously furnished with fine antiques and sumptuous fabrics. Within the beautiful gardens are the thatched suites. The Garden, Premier and Family suites have antiques, open fireplaces, delightful bathrooms and private patios. Children have their own dedicated games & activity room, shallow pool, sandpit and organised activities on offer. This quote is based on children sharing with their parents in a Family suite.

Accommodation: Kurland Hotel
Located in: Garden Route - Plettenberg Bay - Tsitsikamma

Accommodation: Hunter’s Country House
Located in: Garden Route - Plettenberg Bay - South Africa

Day 10

3 nights Eastern Cape safari, Full Board & Game drives

Head to the Eastern Cape for three nights on a child-friendly safari at Mark’s Camp (in the Lalibela Private Game Reserve).  (3½ hours, 350km)

Thousands of hectares in the Eastern Cape have been returned to natural bushveld that supports the Big Five as well as abundant plains species and birdlife. Lalibela comprises three lodges within 7,500ha of Big Five malaria-free bushveld. One of these, Mark’s Camp, is a child-friendly game lodge, with an extensive children’s safari programme, decorated in a relaxed Pan-African style. Seven chalets include three family chalets. Game drives in open 4×4 vehicles bring you face to face with the game, from mighty elephant, lion, rhino and buffalo to tiny blue duiker and rock hyrax. African wild dogs and spotted hyena have also been reintroduced to Lalibela.

The pattern of activities will depend on the age of your children. Younger children, typically under 6 years, will take part in the lodge’s kids safari programme which will introduce them to the bush through various activities. They will have a kid’s game drive which is shorter than the standard drive. However they will not be allowed to join the adult game drive in open vehicles for safety reasons. Contact us for other options if you wish to all be on safari together.

Children of 6 to 7 years will be able to go on the main game drive. You generally enjoy a game drive immediately after early morning tea and coffee, as the animals rise early to hunt in the cool of the day. The two to three hour drive finishes in time for a late breakfast, which will be keenly appreciated after your early morning start! A late afternoon game drive will introduce you to some of the nocturnal animals and their predators before enjoying at atmospheric dinner back at the homestead.

Accommodation: Lalibela Marks Camp
Located in: Eastern Cape - Eastern Cape Game Reserves - South Africa

Day 13

Return rental car to Port Elizabeth

After a final early morning game drive, you drive to Port Elizabeth to return your rental car in time for your onward flight.

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Meals and accommodation as shown in text (we are assuming 2 children aged 8 and 10 sharing with their parents), Group E car rental with unlimited kilometres and supercover insurance. Upgrades to larger vehicles easily arranged.
International & domestic flights, visas, items of a personal nature, meals not specified.
Best time to go:
Suitable all year round, especially October to May
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