This epic 12-day African family safari combines Cape Town, the Winelands, Sabi Sands and Victoria Falls for the ultimate travel adventure together with your loved ones.
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The fabulous team at Ker & Downey® Africa have created this African family safari with a family of 4 in mind. The price is based on 2 children under 12 years old but can be tailored to suit all ages, numbers of children or even to accommodate a larger multi-generational family. On this family safari we visit some world class destinations in Southern Africa, beginning in South Africa and moving on to neighboring Zimbabwe, taking in one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the mighty Victoria Falls. Combining beautiful scenery, spectacular wildlife viewing, diverse culture and curated family adventures along the way, this family safari is bound to be one of the most memorable trips you will experience together as a unit. Traveling from Cape Town to the Cape Winelands in Franschhoek, followed by the renowned Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve and a visit to the iconic Victoria Falls, with award-winning accommodation and child-friendly activities arranged along the way, you’d be hard-pressed to find a family safari itinerary quite like it anywhere else!
Your family-friendly safari adventure kicks off in Cape Town. Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, a Ker & Downey® Africa representative will meet you in the arrivals hall, and assist you with your luxury transfer to the hotel. Your first hotel is the iconic One&Only Cape Town, based centrally in the heart of the famous V&A Waterfront. Your family will have easy access to all the facilities and activities in this vibey area, including 200 shops and restaurants, as well as the working harbor from where to enjoy sunset cruises and seal cruises. After your check in, you can enjoy time exploring the many paved pathways around the water channels, or visit the famous Two Oceans Aquarium which provides great fun for the whole family. We have also arranged a full day guided Cape Town and Peninsula where you will visit penguins in their natural habitat on the beach at Simonstown as well as get to stand at the tip of Africa (great for bragging rights!).
The 5 star One&Only Cape Town is located in the heart of the V&A Waterfront with unobstructed views of Table Mountain and the working harbor. The luxury hotel caters for families, offering spacious rooms with 2 queen size beds per room. Other features include Noku restaurant, a fully-fledged kids club, a wellness spa, fitness center and swimming pool.
Enjoy a walk through the lush green gardens that draw on Africa’s culture and heritage. During your down time, you can visit the resort’s main infinity pool area and the separate spa island surrounded by beautiful, dense vegetation. A specially-designed KidsOnly Club offers both indoor and outdoor games and activities, all supervised in a safe and happy environment.
After a delicious breakfast at your cosmopolitan hideaway, enjoying breathtaking views of the water channels, your dedicated guide will assist you with your luxury transfer – a 1-hour scenic drive to the winelands town of Franschhoek. Arrival at your next luxury hotel, Mont Rochelle, sees you winding up the long driveway through endless vineyards and lush gardens. This property is the perfect venue for families, and children can stay free during certain months of the year. The hotel has many surprises in store for little ones including scavenger hunts and kids picnics, while adults can enjoy a refreshing cocktail from the bar with 180-degree view over the Franschhoek valley. With 45 wineries in the region and many historic farms, some dating all the way back to 1690, there is plenty to do and enjoy in the Cape Winelands. We highly recommend a visit to some of the more famous farms like La Motte Wine Estate, Boschendal and Leeu Estates.
Mont Rochelle is a historical luxury hotel located in the heart of Franschhoek. Currently owned by Sir Richard Branson and a part of the esteemed Virgin Limited Edition collection, the property offers numerous activities for the whole family including an outdoor heated swimming pool with inflatables for the kids and breathtaking views of the vineyards. There are also lawn games located around the grounds and plenty of beautiful picnic spots.
Franschhoek is one of the world’s foremost culinary capitals with some of the country’s top restaurants. It is renowned for its pristine natural beauty set amongst a magnificent backdrop of mountains. For the family we recommend a picnic at one of the many wine estates in the region, and a walk in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve. An amble along the main street of Franschhoek with its many shops and café is another fun-filled family activity.
Following a gourmet breakfast at the in-house Miko Restaurant, our driver will collect your family for your luxury transfer back to the airport. It is a 1-hour drive from Franschhoek to Cape Town International Airport over the scenic Helshoogte pass. At the airport you will board your scheduled 2-hour flight to Skukuza Airport in the heart of Kruger National Park. From Skukuza airport, a friendly guide will welcome you and escort you on a short mini-game drive through the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, to Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge. This premium African safari lodge provides twice daily game drives and guided walking safaris as well as the highest standard of luxury safari accommodation. In the evening dinner will be served either indoors under a large thatched roof or we can arrange a special starlight dinner in a secluded clearing for an unforgettable, immersive bush experience.
Situated within the Sabi Sands Reserve, overlooking a vast open pan and active waterhole, Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge is luxury personified. It is also one of the oldest and most established lodges in the region, bringing wildlife adventures to families for over 35 years.The lodge combines tradition with opulence, and world-class service with phenomenal wildlife sightings.
Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge offers a fully-fledged children’s facility named the Elefun Center. Designed by childcare professionals, the space is fun, safe and educational with interactive activities planned for children 4-12 years old including unique bushveld themed activities. The only one of its kind in the Kruger, the Elefun Center promises hours of fun for the little ones.
Depending on the time of your outbound flight from Nelspruit, you will check out and drive approximately 3 hours through to Nelspruit Airport, also known as Mpumalanga International Airport. As you are checking in for an international flight, you will need to be at the airport a minimum of 2 hours prior to your flight. Your dedicated Ker & Downey® Africa travel expert will arrange all of these logistics for you. Once you’re in the air, it’s a quick 1 hour 45 minute flight through to the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. On arrival at the airport, a staff member from the lodge will greet you and transfer you and your family to Victoria Falls River Lodge. Set on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, this will be your home away from home for the next 3 adventure-filled nights. As each luxury family suite offers a personal butler, you are guaranteed a private and intimate family stay. As you settle in, explore the spacious lounge, bar and dining area, along with the swimming pool and viewing decks. In the evening enjoy a gourmet dinner in the central dining area of the main complex.
Set within the Zambezi National Park, Victoria Falls River Lodge has easy access to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – the mighty Victoria Falls. The lodge features 13 premium tents that boast private plunge pools on a large wooden deck overlooking the Zambezi River – a real highlight when the sun sets over the river.
Included on-site activities are bird watching, a Zambezi sunset river cruise, game drives (including night drives), walks in the Zambezi National Park, and a guided tour of Victoria Falls. Child minding can also be arranged. We also highly recommend an exclusive picnic on Kandahar Island. Snacks and refreshments are included on game drives and river cruises.
After spending the morning stocking up at the gift shop which boasts an impressive selection of high quality local arts and crafts, you will check out and embark on the 30-minute drive back to the Victoria Falls Airport for your onward journey home. You will be armed with a lifetime of family memories from your African vacation – from the exclusive safari destinations and luxury accommodations to the beautiful beaches, spectacular wine, scenic landscapes and unforgettable wildlife.
See you out there!
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