Relaxing Rascals Family Safari

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.

We have changed the routing quite a lot so that you now start and end in Cape Town which takes out the need for a domestic flight and wasted time at the airport. This sample tour uses mainly Luxury accommodation but we can offer more moderate lodges as well.

It starts in Cape Town then meanders along via the Whale Coast, the Garden Route, the Little Karoo, a non-malarial game reserve to end in the Winelands

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 a family suite. If you would like your children to have their own room, if you have three or more kids, or teenagers, then the price will increase. Please contact us for a tailor-made quote.

Accommodation at a Glance:

4 nights – African Elite Waterfront Apartments, Cape Town -B&B
2 nights – Mosaic Lagoon Lodge, near Hermanus – Full Board & Activities
3 nights – Hunters Country House, Garden Route – B&B
1 night – Surval Boutique Olive Estate, Little Karoo – B&B
2 nights – Sanbona Gondwana Lodge, Sanbona Game Reserve – Full Board & Game Drives
1 night – Jordan Luxury suites, Winelands – B&B

Tailor-make 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 a third night on safari or a second night in the Little Karoo for example…

Or check out this useful blog post on self drive tips – Quiz – are you ready for a South African self drive trip?

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Day 1

4 nights Cape Town, B&B

On arrival at Cape Town Airport, you collect your rental car and drive to your hotel in Cape Town for four nights.
(Note: We can also transfer you from the airport and then deliver your rental car later on in the day if you prefer…)

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.

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.

Accommodation at African Elite Waterfront Apartments

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

Day 5

2 nights Hermanus, Mosaic Lagoon Lodge – Fully Inclusive with Selected Activities

Today you drive along the coast to Mosaic Lagoon Lodge with its stunning lagoon setting near Hermanus (approx 1½=2 hours drive).

The Hermanus area is a bountiful area of gentle rolling green pastures, vineyards, forests and unspoilt coastline. It 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.

Lagoon Lodge on Mosaic Private Sanctuary is an enchanting lodge on the edge of Hermanus lagoon in an ancient milkwood grove with spectacular views overlooking a bird sanctuary and the beautiful Overberg Mountains. Situated half way between Hermanus and Gansbaai, it is ideal for exploring the area with a variety of activities on the estate also offered by the lodge such as quad biking, beach visits, cruises on the lagoon, canoeing, lakeside walks…

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

Day 7

3 nights Garden Route, B&B

Continue eastwards to the Garden Route where you spend three nights at the lovely Hunters Country House 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.

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 two bedroom Family suite.

Enquire about our Upgrade Option: Kurland Hotel

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.

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

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

Day 10

1 night – Little Karoo

Today you head over the Outeniqua Mountains to spend a night in the Little Karoo with its range of family-friendly pursuits.

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.

Stay one night at Surval Boutique Olive Farm in a family suite (B&B). This country lodge is situated on a working olive farm with farm tours available as well as olive tasting.

Day 11

2 nights – Family safaris at Gondwana

Today you take the scenic, arid drive along the Route 62 to the magnificent Sanbona Game Reserve where you stay two nights at the family-friendly Sanbona Gondwana Lodge (Full Board and Game Drives)

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve offers 54,000 hectares of exciting wildlife, undulating mountains and plains, indigenous wild flowers and San rock art. With elephant, buffalo, black rhino, cheetah and male and female white lion, Sanbona is home to the Big Five.

Family safaris at Gondwana

Gondwana Lodge welcomes children of all ages, with children of 4 years old to join their parents on a game drive with specially adapted higher sides on open vehicles for extra security. Gondwana also has its own fully equipped play room/day centre (with TV & DVD player, games, outdoor play area, spacious lawn). Children of all ages can enjoy the interpretive trail and ‘skull park’ next to the lodge learning about animals.

All of the spacious rooms have en suite bathrooms with bath and shower, minibar, private patio or balcony, underfloor heating and air-conditioning. Most of the rooms are interleading so they are ideal for families. This price is based on 2 interleading rooms.

Accommodation: Gondwana Lodge at Sanbona
Located in: Hermanus & Route 62 - Route 62 & Swellendam - South Africa

Day 13

Last night in the Cape Winelands

After a final game drive, you continue westwards to the beautiful Cape Winelands where you spend your final night at Jordan Wine Estate near Stellenbosch.

The Cape Winelands is an area of exquisite beauty. It contains some of the most charming towns and villages in South Africa including Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek . Here rocky mountains overlook green vineyards and oak avenues lead to elegant Cape Dutch wine estates. There’s lots to do for families from visiting Babylonstoren or Boschendal estates, to Spier with its Eagle Encounters to hiking or cycling in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve.

You stay in a stylish two bedroom contemporary-styled cottage on Jordan Wine Estate with a complimentary bottle of wine as well as wine-tasting included.

Day 14

Return rental car to Cape Town Airport

After a day spent enjoying the winelands, you return to Cape Town Airport in time for your onward flight. (45 minutes drive)

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Meals and accommodation as shown in text (we are assuming 2 children aged under 12 sharing with their parents), Rental car with unlimited kilometres and supercover insurance.
International flights, visas, items of a personal nature, meals not specified.
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Suitable all year round, especially October to May
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