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A Family Trip along the Garden Route
A Family Trip along the Garden Route
A Family Trip along the Garden Route
A Family Trip along the Garden Route
A Family Trip along the Garden Route

A Family Trip along the Garden Route

With a glorious climate year round, even at the time they call winter; there is no bad time to visit South Africa. That said, there is an especially good time and that is just when we want to escape the cold here. Perfect. A direct flight from 10-12 hours, and only an hour or two time difference, Cape Town and the Garden Route is a great place to take the family, regardless of age.

Since, on a family holiday it can be difficult or impossible to enjoy the same things we did before there were children, we have chosen the Constantia Uitsig hotel for our family option. It perfectly melds the family friendly hotel with swimming pools, paddocks and a cricket ground situated in Cape Towns most exclusive neighbourhood with an adult experience. They boast their own vineyards in a renowned grape growing region, so you don’t miss out on the beautiful vineyards and tastes that South Africa is famous for, three restaurants and babysitters so you can relax in the evening without a worry in the world.  Three nights in Cape Town is fantastic for families to make the most of the choice of beautiful beaches to relax on, to visit the penguins at Boulders Bay, the views from Table Mountain and to enjoy a picnic and visit the Cheetah Outreach at the Spier just outside the city.

Hermanus is renowned for being a fantastic spot to catch a glimpse of the Southern Right whales breaching as they migrate past from June- November, but has a whole wealth of activities in its own right. For the older families Shark Cage diving is an exhilarating way to spend the day, and its accompanied by some hefty bragging rights for when you get home. We recommend the Grootbos Garden Lodge which incorporates fun learning activities for just the children, or the whole family including treasure hunts.

Although South Africa is well known for the beautiful beaches and coastline, and for the quality of safari it can offer, not much is said about the agricultural region. The vast plains that make up so much of inland South Africa and as well as it being a convenient place to stop en route to the famous towns of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, visiting a rural town like  Outdshoorn interesting place to visit. The Cango caves in the Karoo are well worth a trip to marvel at, to take part on the adventure tour exploring and squeezing yourself through impossibly tight spaces. Here we recommend the Thorntree Country House, a restored 19th century homestead; it’s a beautiful accommodation perfect to base yourself while exploring the nearby Ostrich farms, caves and the Swartberg pass.

Your next stop is one of the most picturesque towns along the Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay. With the clean narrow streets, lined with upmarket boutiques and eateries, it’s a pleasant place to wile away the days, taking in the sweeping of views of the bay and enjoy the sandy beaches. Every aspect of the Kurland Estate is designed with families, and looking after the children in mind, from the play areas full of toys in the loft accommodations, the ever present experienced nannies, to the separate children’s dining conservatory so they can enjoy meal times with their new friends. Around Plettenberg and the Kurland there are estuaries, forest walks and an abundance of bird and wild life to explore and see.

Your final 3 nights may well be most memorable for the children as you drive to the Hlosi Game Lodge in the Amakhala Reserve for perhaps their, and maybe your first time marvelling at the Big 5. There’s nothing quite like starting the day by coming across a lion basking in the morning sun.

For above Family holiday, for the above accommodation, car hire and flights from London, prices start at £10,350 for a family of four. If you would be interested in this itinerary or would like us to tailor make an itinerary just for you. then please call on 0207 359 3938 or email.

Interested in a different kind of family holiday? We have a variety to choose from, or can tailor make one just for you.

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