South Africa: Family Cape Adventure

South Africa: Family Cape Adventure

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South Africa: Family Cape Adventure

11 Days Starting and ending in Cape Town

Visiting: Cape Town, Boulders Beach, Hermanus, Grabouw, Montagu, Oudtshoorn, Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, Cango Caves, Aquila Private Game Reserve

Tour operator:

Exodus

Tour code:

FZN

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 16

Physical rating:

Leisurely

Age range:

9-16

Special diets catered:

Vegans, Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Active

Activities:

4WD, Hiking

From:
$3000
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NB: Prices correct on 27-May-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Search for big cats, walk with penguins, meet meerkats, summit Table Mountain and explore subterranean caves. All in just 11 days. No wonder the Western Cape of South Africa is one of the top destinations in the world for a family getaway. This highlight-filled adventure encompasses the very best of the region with lots of time to encounter the extraordinary local wildlife and get into nature (including a night glamping in the Karoo with your very own wood-fired hot tub). Expect smiling faces all round and memories to last a lifetime.

Highlights

  • Search for lions and elephants on safari at two private game reserves

  • Enjoy a morning in the company of meerkats

  • Ride a cable car to the top of Table Mountain

  • Spend a night in the Karoo on a wild glamping experience

  • Make friends with the African penguins of Boulders Beach

  • Explore the underground Cango Caves

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start Cape Town

Location: Cape Town

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: City Lodge Hotel Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (or similar)

Meals Included: No Meals

The adventure begins in Cape Town, a fun-filled seaside city underneath the flat-topped Table Mountain. Today is all about settling into the trip. If you have time, you might want to explore a little, perhaps with a walk along the buzzy V&A Waterfront. Alternatively, relax after your flight with a dip in the hotel pool.



Accommodation: City Lodge Hotel Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (or similar)

Day 2 : Ride A Cable Car To The Top Of Table Mountain; Free Afternoon

Location: Cape Town

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: City Lodge Hotel Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast

We ease into the day with a relaxed breakfast before a transfer to Table Mountain, the symbol of the city and one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. A cable car takes us to the summit, where we can enjoy a sky-high view of Cape Town, Table Bay and Robben Island. We then return to our hotel and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Cape Town has excellent shopping opportunities and many beaches (the beaches at Clifton and Camps Bay are approximately a 15 minute transfer from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront). We can also help arrange a township tour or visit to Robben Island (optional, additional cost).



Accommodation: City Lodge Hotel Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (or similar)

Day 3 : Walk To The Cape Point Lighthouse; Visit The Penguins Of Boulders Beach

Location: Boulders Beach, Cape Town

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Simonstown Quayside Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast

We have an early breakfast this morning and then transfer to Cape Point, a biodiverse park within Table Mountain National Park, following the scenic Chapman’s Peak drive. Upon arrival, we embark on a leg-stretching walk to the lighthouse before taking the boardwalk to the Cape of Good Hope, a walk of around three hours in total.



We then depart for a true family-favourite in this part of the world: visiting the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Also known as the jackass penguin, this endangered species is the only penguin found on the continent. The beach falls under the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area and plays an important part in the conservation of this species. After spending time with these cute critters, we return to our hotel.



Accommodation: Simonstown Quayside Hotel (or similar)

Day 4 : Optional Kayak With Penguins; Transfer To Hermanus; Time At Grotto Beach

Location: Hermanus

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Windsor Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast

Post breakfast, we can walk to Simonstown harbour for an optional kayaking adventure, in which we paddle with the Boulders Beach penguins. It’s an easy two-hour trip in double-stable kayaks.



After, we relax on a scenic coastal transfer along Clarens Drive to Hermanus – there’s time for a stop at the seaside town of Kleinmond for a drink with views over the harbour. Upon arrival in Hermanus, we can chill at Grotto Beach, a wide sandy expanse with plenty of space to sprawl or take a walk along the rocky shoreline. In season (June to November), we might be lucky enough to spot southern right, humpback and Bryde’s whales from our spot on the shore.



Accommodation: Windsor Hotel (or similar)

Day 5 : Free Day To Enjoy A Range Of Optional Activities

Location: Hermanus

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Windsor Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast

Today is all about choosing your own family adventure with a range of optional activities (extra cost) available. Hermanus is the ideal spot for a wild adventure with whale watching (in season) by boat, kayak or from the shore. The tour leader can also walk with the group to Grotto Beach for a dip in the sea or take everyone to the Fernkloof Nature Reserve for a stroll among diverse vegetation and plant life. Alternatively, you may prefer to visit a family-friendly wine farm for a tasting experience.



Accommodation: Windsor Hotel (or similar)

Day 6 : Optional Half Day Zip-Lining Tour; Free Time To Enjoy Resort Swimming Pools; Braai Dinner

Location: Grabouw, Montagu

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel

Accommodation Name: Montagu Springs (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast

After breakfast, we transfer (one hour) to the town of Grabouw, where we can enjoy a thrilling tree-top canopy tour (optional). Over 4hr 30min, we journey into the mountains and strap ourselves to a series of ziplines, whizzing from platform to platform and learning more about the extraordinary nature and geology here from our expert guides. For those not joining the canopy tour, there is the option of a 3.7 miles (6km) walk in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve (where the canopy tour is located).



In the afternoon, we transfer to our resort in Montagu where we have free time to enjoy the facilities, which includes a selection of pools. The day ends in style, with a braai (South African barbecue) in the semi-desert, known locally as the Karoo.



Accommodation: Montagu Springs (or similar)

Day 7 : Safari In Buffelsdrift

Location: Oudtshoorn, Buffelsdrift Game Lodge

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Kleinplaas Resort (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast

We start the day with breakfast cooked by our tour leader (the kids have time to enjoy the pool) before a three-hour drive to Oudtshoorn, known as the ostrich capital of the world. After checking into our hotel, we drive to Buffelsdrift in time for lunch (not included).



At around 3pm, we enjoy a fun-for-all African experience: a bush safari. Navigating the Karoo in open vehicles, we keep an eye out for the extraordinary wildlife that lives here, including hippos, giraffes, zebras, buffalos and springboks, with our expert guide dishing out all the facts and figures.



After, we head back to our accommodation to rest and relax.



Accommodation: Kleinplaas Resort (or similar)

Day 8 : Morning With The Meerkats At Buffelsdrift; Guided Tour Of Cango Caves

Location: Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, Cango Caves

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Kleinplaas Resort (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast

We rise early today but the effort is worth it as we return to Buffelsdrift to spend time with the resident meerkats. Led by a trained ranger, we head out in a safari vehicle (hopefully seeing more of the animals we saw yesterday as we go) to the meerkat burrows, where our expert will tell us more about these fascinating, playful creatures and we can see them going about their day.



In the afternoon, we continue the adventure with a guided tour of the Cango Caves, a subterranean wonder 20m years in the making.



Accommodation: Kleinplaas Resort (or similar)

Day 9 : Afternoon Safari At Aquila Private Game Reserve; Glamping In The Karoo

Location: Aquila Private Game Reserve

Accommodation: Hotel, Camp

Accommodation Name: Karoo1 Hotel Village (or similar)

Meals Included: No Meals

After breakfast, we hop into the vehicle for a scenic transfer over the Swartberg mountain pass to Aquila Private Game Reserve. We should arrive around midday for welcome drinks and a buffet lunch (have your swimwear to hand to make use of the pool upon arrival).



It’s then time for our afternoon safari, sure to be one of the highlights of the trip. Aquila is home to lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and Cape buffalo and places an emphasis on protecting and conserving these iconic animals. The experience lasts around three hours but the memories will last a lifetime.



After, we journey into the karoo for an extra-special glamping experience. There’s a swimming pool to splash around in and each of the tents – which sleep up to five – comes with a wood-fired hot tub. To cap our night in the wild, our guide will cook up a braai dinner.



Accommodation: Karoo1 Hotel Village (or similar)

Day 10 : Optional Morning Safari At Aquila Private Game Reserve; Return To Cape Town; Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Location: Aquila Private Game Reserve, Cape Town

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: City Lodge Hotel Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (or similar)

Meals Included: breakfast

In the morning, the kids can enjoy the swimming pool as the tour leader cooks breakfast for the group. There are also short hiking trails, which you can either walk alone or with the leader. Alternatively, you can enjoy an early morning safari at Aquila Private Game Reserve (optional) to spend more time with the incredible resident wildlife.



After check-out, we complete our loop and return to Cape Town. This afternoon, we visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Set against the eastern slope of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch is often named among the top botanical gardens in the world and is home to more than 7,000 plant species and indigenous wildlife, including angulate tortoises, snakes (though you’re unlikely to see any) and 125 bird species. There is also a treetop canopy walkway that takes you through and above the trees for panoramic views of the gardens and surrounding mountains.



Accommodation: City Lodge Hotel Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (or similar)

Day 11 : End Cape Town

Location: Cape Town

Meals Included: breakfast

It’s our final day of the trip. Depending on your flight time, you may wish to explore Cape Town some more.



It’s then time to return home. Alternatively, if you’d prefer more time to explore this buzzing city, speak to your sales representative about extending your stay.  

What's Included

  • Meals
    10 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 2 dinners.

What's Not Included

  • Travel insurance

  • Single accommodation (available on request)

  • Visas or vaccinations

Food

All breakfasts, one lunch and two dinners are included.



The food you’ll encounter is very similar to the kind of food you’ll be used to at home. There may be the opportunity to try meats such as ostrich, kudu or eland. Vegetarians and vegans can be well catered for on this trip – please inform us at least two weeks’ before departure of any special dietary requests so our local team can be well prepared.



One of the included meals of the tour will be a braai (South African barbecue). Braais are serious business for South Africans and should never be called a barbecue! Steaks and boerewors (a spiced sausage of beef or pork) are typically served but others options will be available.



Where meals are not included, the leader will recommend a restaurant for a group meal. Dinners can cost on average £12-18 ($20-30) per person and lunches from £5 to £8 ($8 to $13).



The water provided on this trip is safe and clean drinking water, normally from boreholes. It is not bottled water, however. If you would rather have bottled water then this will be at your expense, though we would encourage you to make use of the safe drinking water provided as this helps diminish plastic consumption.

Accommodation

We mostly stay in three-star lodges and guesthouses. In Hermanus, Montagu and Oudtshoorn, we assign one unit per family which will have up to three bedrooms. In Cape Town and Simonstown, families will be assigned rooms next to each other. On one night we glamp in the Karoo in permanent tented camps for a quintessential African safari experience. Tents are made of canvas and sit on wooden decking and can accommodate families of up to five people. Each tent has two bedrooms, a private bathroom, and a hot tub. In Cape Town, we are centrally located, typically close to the V&A Waterfront. Many of our other nights have great views of either a harbour, ocean or mountains. In addition to this, most properties have pools and Wi-Fi.

Check out our Q&As

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    If you would like to be paired with a tour member of the same gender, there is no additional charge. A single supplement can be requested if you would like your own room.

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    We are happy to assist with pre and post tour accommodation. Please enquire for detailed information.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    The minimum age for this tour is 16 years old.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, our local guides are English speaking.

  • Who is Exodus Travels?

    At Exodus Travels, we've been exploring the world for nearly 50 years. From Walking and Trekking, Cultural and Cycling, Responsible Wildlife, to Polar and our new Premium Adventures, we are proud to offer award-winning small group and self-guided tours to 100+ countries worldwide.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    International flights are not included with this tour.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

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Gergana Racheva  

Very helpful and prompt service

06-Jan-2023

Very helpful and prompt service. I called to check for an already booked trip and once we sorted this, the agent was ready to help me with another booking as well. He actually waited for me to book my flight tickets, answered all my questions, informed me of all my options. Exodus is a tour company I am using regularly due to the quality of their trips, ease of booking and helpfulness of their customer service team

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This trip takes you through the most beautiful parts of the Mediterranean walking with a guide and also discovering the wonders of Pompeii and Vesuvius. The hotel had a nice feel as family run, spotless and comfortable rooms, we were well looked after for breakfasts and dinner each day, and the barmen fixed some mean cocktails for us.!

Paul Green  

It's amazing what you can do in a week! Cycling the Dalmatian Coast.

08-Oct-2021

This holiday was extremely enjoyable. The itinerary is well planned and the route takes you to a variety of destinations. Not having been to Croatia before I didn't know there were so many beautiful small islands and I loved the ferry and catarmaran rides. The coastal route we took was dramatic and the World Heritage sites in Split and Dubrovnik very interesting and worth visiting. The Adriatic Sea was warm, blue and inviting, good for swimming even in October. The hotels we stayed in varied in size from medium to large. I particularly liked the one just outside Dubrovnik as I had a sea view. Tourists were plentiful in Split and Dubrovnik but in the other places we stayed there was an end of season feel and it was quiet on the roads and in the resorts. The food was good and our guide was always able to recommend a nice restaurant for our evening meal. The weather in October was good for cycling - not hot, partly cloudy most days and one day it rained!

Mrs Y Morrison  

Fabulous company and trip

06-Jan-2023

We went overland from Cape Town to Zimbabwe through Botswana and Namibia. What a fantastic trip. Our first time with Exodus although we have travelled extensively around the world. We would highly recommend this company for such a brilliant trip - we got everything and more all at a good price. Thanks to everyone involved. We are looking at our next trip!

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19-Aug-2023

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Rob Burridge (Google Reviewer)  

I'v just come back from...

17-Jul-2022

I'v just come back from an amazing Wildlife & Wilderness trip in Botswana and I highly recommend Exodus Travels. Our guide Brian, was extremely knowledgeable on both the wildlife and history of Botswana and neighbouring countries. The other three staff, Abbis, Chief & Mr T, who accompanied us through out our 2 week trip, put in the hard work and made sure our camp was always prepared and that we we're well fed and looked after. The tour took us to some beautiful places and we saw some amazing wildlife, and on several occasions this was due to Brian's knowledge of the area and wildlife behaviour. Exodus have been very quick to respond to any queries I had, and the whole experience ran smoothly. I was also pleased to hear that during lockdown they provided staff with food packages 👍. I'd normally go on self organised trips, however, with this trip, the tour and guide Brian took us to places not possible otherwise and showed us things that we would'v missed out on. All of which were the highlights of the tour.

Daphne Partridge (Google Reviewer)  

After 14 roup adventure holidays...

26-Nov-2023

After 14 roup adventure holidays with Exofus we would not hesitate to recommend them as an excitingholiday company. They take you off the beaten track but offer great support and expertise :)

Alison Payton (Google Reviewer)  

I've done 8 trips in...

17-May-2023

I've done 8 trips in the last 14 years with Exodus, and have been rewarded with a 10% discount on all future bookings. I feel very confident that I'll receive pleasant, efficient service, and have the unusual holiday experience that I'm looking for each time. I've trekked to the top of snow-capped peaks, wild-camped in the desert, seen amazing spectacles of nature, visited 4 capital cities in a week, and learned about local culture and experienced local hospitality in a way that I simply wouldn't on a conventional holiday. The quality of the accommodation and guides can vary, but this is mainly down to cultural differences and things that Exodus can't control. I've only ever complained once, my complaint was taken seriously, and I was sent a discount voucher - you can't say fairer than that. I remain a loyal customer.

Jacquelyn Moore (Google Reviewer)  

Food came quickly. Staff very...

07-Mar-2024

Food came quickly. Staff very friendly and polite . However the chef or person preparing the food did not seem to read the menu! If it says a meal should come with vegetables, you should not have to ask for them. They served shepherds pie with garlic bread! The munchies ice cream sundae said it should come in a glass with a flake but came in a little bowl with just a few munchies! When asking the staff were happy to replace and correct but customer should get what they order and what menu says first time round!!

johanna leonor (Google Reviewer)  

If you like to be...

07-Sep-2023

If you like to be mistreated Exodus is perfect for you. If you enjoy terrible choices for hotels and pseudo restaurants Exodus is perfect for you. Careless about their clients and loveless about their propositions. Exodus has been a dissatisfaction and disappointment about every dealing i and my group have had with him. Especially a man called Simone who just cares about the money he can get from you couldn’t care less about service.

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