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African Family Adventure (22 days) Print E-mail
(c) South Africa Tourism This example itinerary encompasses all South Africa has to offer from a safari in Kruger, a few days on the beach in KwaZulu-Natal and ending up in Cape Town. Included in the program are fun activities for both children and adults. 


Day 1 & 2: Johannesburg
Day 3 & 4: Louis Trichardt
Day 5 & 6: Kruger NP
Day 7: Panorama Route 
Day 8 & 9: Swaziland
Day 10 & 11:
Hluhluwe & St Lucia
Day 12 & 13:
Zululand & Umhlanga
Day 14: to Knysna (flight)
Day 15 & 16:  Knysna
Day 17: Oudtshoorn
Day 18: Stellenbosch
Day 19-22: Cape Town


Day 1 & 2: Johannesburg
You arrive at the airport in Johannesburg and are met by one of our representatives who will give you your vouchers for the trip and your route description. 2 nights in the province of Gauteng in Johannesburg, Sandton, Centurion, Soweto or Pretoria.

-Soweto-tour: Together with a local guide, you will see the highlights of township life during your visit to this famous place, eg the Hector Pietersen museum which gives a good overview on the apartheid era, Nelson Mandela’s house, a school / church when possible and a local family. A child of the same age will join a part of the tour so that there is the chance for the children to interact.
-Gold Reef City: Gold Reef City is a mixture of entertainment, and relaxation. During a visit to the “city” you can take a ride down a mineshaft, watch gold being poured, watch traditional gum boot dancing and ride a tram or horse-drawn omnibus passed replicas of an early theatre, stock exchange, newspaper office and house museums.

Day 3 & 4: Johannesburg – Louis Trichardt
You drive to the north of Southern Africa direction Louis Trichardt, situated in the Limpopo province.
You overnight 2 nights in a lodge near the local river.

- Guided sunset cruise on the Levubu River where you meet up with the hippos and crocodiles.
- Visit a Curio Market incorporating all elements from local artists and crafters.
- Take a guided local artist tour; visit the villages in the surrounding area of Louis Trichardt. Get to know the Venda and Shangaan culture. Meet local wood carvers, potters and textile weavers in their own villages.
- For the kids there is a possibility of an hour to help a local artist in their craft.

5 & 6: Louis Trichardt – Kruger National Park 
During the morning you travel to your accommodation near the Kruger National Park. You stay for 2 nights in small lodges  (can even be in a tree house!) and can ‘meet’ the wildlife and birds of this well known national park. From the lodges there is the option to go on game drives and game walks which can be booked on the spot. The next day an early start is recommended as you visit the Kruger National Park with your own car and try to spot the ‘Big Five’. The ‘Big Five’ include the Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo.


- 2 day Ranger course including a diploma
- Walking safari
- Visit a rehabilitation and breeding project in the area

Day 7: Kruger National Park – Hazyview
You leave the border of the Kruger Park and travel via the impressive Panorama Route (Northern Drakensberg) to Hazyview / White River. Highlights include the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window. If you have the time, a visit to Pilgrim’s Rest, a historical gold mining village, should not be missed. Tonight you overnight in Hazyview or White River, near the southern section of the Kruger Park.

Day 8 & 9: Hazyview – Swaziland
Today you leave the province of Mpumalanga and continue your journey south to the Kingdom of Swaziland. This is a trip you will remember! After clearing the border post you drive through this beautiful kingdom to the capital, Mbabane where you can visit a local market. Spend two nights in one of the National Parks of Swaziland (can even stay in a traditional “bee-hive” hut!). Relax or do any of the optional excursions ie enjoy a game drive, go horse riding or mountain biking.

- Visit a local Chief
- Canoeing in season
- Making candles in Candle Factory

Luxury Adventure tour: You stay one night in a traditional hunting house in the Mlilwane National Wildlife Sanctuary on a B&B basis and one night in a “Fred Flintstone” house on a private game reserve, including all meals and 2 game drives per day.

Day 10 & 11: Swaziland – Hluhluwe
Leave Swaziland and travel through the sugarcane fields to Zululand, an area that once was ruled by the famous Zulu king Shaka. Spend two nights in the beautiful surroundings of Hluhluwe or St Lucia. Options available are easy walks, a boat trip to see hippos and crocodiles on Lake St. Lucia or a game drive in the well-known Hluhluwe/Umfolozi or Mkuze National Park to spot rhino’s.

- Visit a Zulu village
- Participate in Zulu Dancing, spear and clay pot making
- Visit Zulu Croc, a snake & crocodile farm

Day 12 & 13: Zululand – Umhlanga Rocks
Drive via the Dolphin Coast towards Durban, where you can stay near the beach in Umhlanga Rocks. Spend the two days lazing on the beach building sand castles or visit Ushaka Marine World aquarium in Durban, the local Indian Market, and have dinner in the harbour and watch the huge container ships entering and leaving the harbour assisted by pilot boats and helicopters

Day 14: Durban – Port Elizabeth (flight) – on to Knysna
Fly to Port Elizabeth and on arrival collect your car and make your way to Knysna via Tsitsikamma National Park with its beautiful hikes and famous suspension bridge. Spend 3 nights in Knysna.

Day 15 & 16:  Knysna
Knysna is a bustling town with a holiday atmosphere located in the heart of the Garden Route. You can take a cruise on the lagoon to the Featherbed Nature Reserve or why not visit Knysna forest and the beautiful beaches in nearby Plettenberg Bay.

- Tsitsikamma Activities: mountain-biking, bungy jumping, tree top hopping, hiking
- Plettenberg Bay: Whale & Dolphin watching trip (in season July-Nov)  or Birds of Eden and Monkeyland

Day 17: Knysna – Oudtshoorn
Take the impressive Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn. Oudtshoorn is known as the ‘Ostrich City’. You can see, ride or even taste these giant birds. On arrival you  have the chance to relax or visit the impressive Cango Caves. Overnight Oudtshoorn.
Optional Activities Oudtshoorn
- 4x4 trip on Swartberg Pass
- Cango Wildlife Ranch and crocodile farm
- Lunch in the middle of nowhere at Kobus se Gat in Swartberg

Day 18: Oudtshoorn – Stellenbosch
Today you travel via Route 62 – rumoured to be the longest wine route in the world to Stellenbosch. Along the way you can stop in Montagu and take a dip in the famous hot springs. Continue through to Stellenbosch, one of the oldest and best-preserved towns in South Africa where you will spend the night. 

- Explore Stellenbosch Museum
- Wine farm excursions
- Horse riding & Quad biking
- Visit Spier  to see cheetahs close up and have a meal at Moyo, an African themed dining experience
- Dune-surfing Shark Cage Diving  or visit Hermanus for  whale watching (July – November)

Day 19 – 22: Stellenbosch – Cape Town
Y ou have the whole morning to visit the vineyards of Franschhoek or Stellenbosch, relax or shop in the centre of Stellenbosch or drive from here via Cape Point to Cape Town, where you stay for 3 nights. In Cape Town there is so much to do - visit Robben Island, the District Six Museum, hike or take the cable car up Table Mountain, shop in the V&A Waterfront, or relax on one of the many beaches around Cape Town. If you need more time extend your stay!

- Scratch Patch, semi precious stones exploration at the waterfront
- Two Oceans Aquarium, watch divers feed the sharks
- Take a boat trip to Seal Island & visit The World of Birds in Hout Bay
- Ride a horse on the beach at Noordhoek
- In summer, picnic in Kirstenbosch while attending a concert Local township and Children’s home tour
- Clifton, Camps Bay, Llandudno and Hout Bay beaches
- Abseiling, Dune Surfing, Shark Cage Diving & more

If you have a bit more time you could add on an extra 2 days at the beginning visiting Sun City after your stay in  Johannesburg.

Less that 2 hours from Johannesburg, situated in the heart of the African bush in the crater of an extinct volcano, lies one of the world's most unique resorts. Sun City offers a complete world of entertainment, leisure and sports activities for all the family, wrapped up in some astonishing architecture.
It's proximity to Pilanesberg National Park also makes this an excellent choice for combining Big Fun with Big Five safari.
Attraction and Activities
The famous Valley of the Waves, one of the largest water theme parks in the world, provides endless thrills and spills on rides, slides, waves and tubes! Water World also offers a full range of water sports from parasailing to jet skiing.
If you're not too exhausted by the evening, families can enjoy a theatrical show, go to the cinema (some are exclusively for children), or try their luck in a world class casino, or a games arcade for younger guests.

Contact us for availability and rate checks - or use this as a basis for your tailormade trip!

-Meet and Greet on arrival
-3 nights accommodation in 3 star accommodation on bed & breakfast basis
-5 nights accommodation in self catering apartments – ie room only
-3 nights accommodation on full board basis with 2 game drives included per day

-Car hire and/or transfers
-Excursions and entrances
-Domestic flight Johannesburg to Cape Town
-All other lunches or dinners

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Photo (detail) South African Tourism

Oudtshoorn is also known as "Ostrich City"

A giraffe watches two bathing buffaloes


Thanks very much for organising a wonderful holiday for our family-I'm sure you will here from us again soon

Chandra Harris

Zipping Zebra

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Hout Bay
Cape Town
South Africa

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