South Africa Family Adventure
- Duration:14 nights
- Suitable for: Children aged 8 years and over (younger children may join the holiday, but may not be able to participate in all the activities). Please see terms for details
- Transfers: all transfers included
- Accommodation: 4 nights Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel, 2 nights Umlilo Lodge, 2 nights Kosi Forest Lodge, 2 nights Umkhumbi Lodge, 2 nights Amakhosi Safari Lodge, 2 nights Protea Hotel Umhlanga
- Meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 brunches and 2 afternoon snacks at Amakhosi Safari Lodge, 2 lunches, 6 dinners
- The following activities are included in the holiday: exploration of Sea Point Promenade, cable car ride, hike on Table Mountain, zip-lining, visit Simon’s Town penguin beaches, Cape Point hike, trip to Hout Bay Harbour, cycling around Constantia Valley, Kirstenbosch Gardens & Boomslang, swimming and snorkelling at Cape Vidal, visit to iSimangaliso Wetland Park, river safari on St Lucia Estuary, visit to Cheetah care centre, visit to Zulu Cultural Village, bird and reptile park, full day game safari at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi National Park, visit a rural village in Zululand, snorkelling at Kosi Bay, four game drives at Amakhosi Safari Lodge and a guided tour of Durban (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
- Please note: international flights to and from South Africa and the national flight from Cape Town to Durban are not included in the holiday. Please contact us for a quotation
Very few places can compete with South Africa when it comes to its diverse range of wildlife, landscapes and adventurous activities. This family adventure holiday will take you to some of the most magical areas of South Africa starting in the majestic city of Cape Town, which is flanked by the stunning Table Mountain, before exploring the KwaZulu-Natal region which contains the oldest proclaimed nature reserve and ample opportunity for spotting the notorious 'Big 5'.
Cape Town itself offers a hive of diverse activities. A hike on Table Mountain offers panoramic views of the city below. You will also explore the dynamic Cape Peninsula and the bustling harbours of Hout Bay and Mariners Wharf which are home to native seals as well as dolphins and whales (in whale season, July to November). Cape Town lays claim to one of South Africa’s most exquisite wine regions and a family cycling tour through the lush valleys and numerous trails is an ideal way to explore.
The KwaZulu-Natal region, which includes the city of Durban, is perhaps one of South Africa’s most magical regions. Hluhluwe-iMfolozi National Park is one of the oldest proclaimed nature reserves in South Africa and is home to an immense variety of wildlife including the Big 5 and white rhinos, which were saved from extinction with the help from a project run from this reserve. The safaris and game drives are likely to create lifelong memories as you experience some of the world’s most majestic animals in their natural habitat. One such safari contains a river cruise down the St. Lucia estuary which allows you to get up close and personal with wild hippos and Nile crocodiles. Children will delight in exploring hidden coves whilst also having the opportunity to snorkel in an abundant underwater world in areas such as Kosi Bay.Read more
This holiday also offers insight into age-old African cultures with visits to a traditional rural village and the Zulu Cultural Village. These tours will give you an experience of traditional African hospitality as you visit homesteads, shops and schools and also witness a Zulu cultural performance.
Following these magical and adventurous family activities, you will end your trip in the cultural heart of the Rainbow Nation which is the city of Durban. This colourful city offers fantastic beaches and was the last British Bastion with an abundance of colonial homes and impressive architecture. It is the ideal location to end this truly enchanting family adventure.
Image credits: South African Tourism, Inspirations ITT
Day 1 Arrival and Welcome
After your overnight flight, you will be arriving into Cape Town International Airport. You will then be transferred to your accommodation for the next four nights. After settling into your new surroundings, you will meet your guide in the evening who will provide a briefing on the following days' adventures.
For those who are looking to make the most out of their South Africa travel experience, then a visit to the Robben Island UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must do activity. Robben Island was an isolated prison for political prisoners, the most infamous of which was Nelson Mandela. It showcases the tragedies and triumphs of the struggle against racial oppression in South Africa and is a humbling and inspirational activity. It is very significant in terms of understanding the political history of South Africa and can be very easily added to your itinerary. This would include adding an extra day at the start of your journey. For more information please speak to one of our Travel Experts.Included Meals: None
Day 2 Urban Family Safari and Table Mountain Adventure
After enjoying your first breakfast in South Africa, your fun-filled family adventure will begin. Your journey will begin at sea level and end 1085 metres higher on the symbolic Table Mountain which looms over the beautiful city of Cape Town.
Exploration will commence at the Sea Point promenade where you will go on a treasure hunt by bike. Following in the footsteps of ‘Stan the Strandloper’, a mysterious and enticing treasure hunt awaits you. The Strandlopers were the original hunter-gatherers of the Cape Peninsula who survived by hunting and gathering food along the beaches of South Western Africa. The treasure hunt will allow you to follow in their footsteps following a map and finding the hidden stashes of treasure along the trail.
The waterfront is delightful for children and adults alike as it is often a hive of activity and has a huge Ferris wheel at its centre. This tour will allow you to peruse the watershed markets which contain an impressive array of local crafts whilst also enjoying panoramic views from the colourful V&A clock tower.
After exploring the beautifully vibrant and colourful streets of Bo-Kaap you will head for the iconic Table Mountain.
Your exploration of Table Mountain will include a cable car ride to the top and a light hike showcasing some of the most spectacular 360° views of the city below. Maclears Beacon is the highest point on Table Mountain and is a relatively light hike from the cable car track. The panoramic views of this magical city are certainly worth the journey, but the hike can be tailored to meet the group's specific needs. For those who desire slightly more adventure, a daring abseiling activity is also available (please see the 'Personalise' section for details).
After completing your day’s activities, you will return to your accommodation for a relaxed evening, where you can explore the city or simply enjoy the hotel's impressive facilities.Included Meals: Breakfast
Day 3 Cape Peninsula Family Adventure, zip-lining and Cape Point
Following breakfast, you will make for Simons Town which is south of Cape Town and located on the shores of False Bay. An exciting adventure awaits as you seek rogue penguins on a secret beach which is only accessible to locals. This region offers thriving penguin colonies, but rather than visit the major breeding areas between busy walkways, you will venture to hidden coves where other colonies exist away from the tourist trail. On route, you will undertake a fun-filled family zip-line tour in Constantia, over treetops, on what is one of Africa’s longest and highest runs.
You’ll then head to Kalk Bay for even more marine life. This working fishing harbour is home to seals and it’s not uncommon to see dolphins nearby too. You’ll also have a go at throwing a fishing line over the harbour. The town of Kalk Bay is full of shops, restaurants and cafes so you’ll have plenty to see and do during your time here.
Your next stop will be Simon’s Town and following your mission to find penguins, you will continue your exploration of the Cape Peninsula with a visit to the Peninsula Reserve. This diverse nature reserve offers a unique opportunity to search for the Cape 5 (ostrich, baboon, Mountain Zebra, Bontebok and tortoise). This thrilling family-orientated hike will lead you through stunning and contrasting terrain before opening out onto deserted beaches which contain secret coves and crystal clear rock pools. Keep an eye out for various species of whale which also frequent this magical region.
At the end of your day’s adventure, you will return to your accommodation driving back along the Atlantic Seaboard and over the scenic coastal drive of Chapman’s Peak for a further evening of relaxation and an opportunity to use the hotel's facilities.Included Meals: Breakfast
Day 4 Hout Bay, Kirstenbosch and Constantia Valley Family Adventure
You will enjoy a leisurely breakfast before beginning your day’s adventure by exploring the working harbours of Hout Bay and Mariners Wharf. Children will delight in meeting the resident seals which often play alongside the boats in the harbour. Keep an eye out for pods of dolphins as you stroll along a stretch of a nearby beach leading to the foot of Chapman’s Peak.
Your journey will then take you to the leafy avenues of the Constantia Winelands and onto the heart of the Constantia Nek forest above Hout Bay. The Constantia Valley offers a fun mix of tracks for a leisurely cycle ride away from traffic, through the stunning scenery surrounding the region. This short cycling trip will allow you to explore the greenbelt of Constantia with rolling hills and beautiful oak-lined avenues leading towards Groot Constantia.
Following this invigorating cycling tour, you will then make for Kirstenbosch Gardens which is acclaimed to be one of the most impressive botanical gardens in the world. The gardens are ideal for those who enjoy plants, birds and photography. Children, in particular, will enjoy a thrilling hike which leads to the tree canopy walkway set amongst the treetops and providing stunning views of Table Mountain and the city of Cape Town.
After another adventurous day amongst the surroundings of Cape Town, you will return to your hotel for a free evening of either further exploration or simple relaxation.Included Meals: Breakfast
Day 5 Flight to Durban and Transfer to St. Lucia
After four adventurous nights in Cape Town you will now embark on the next leg of your South African Family Adventure. Following breakfast, you will be transferred to Cape Town Airport before flying into Durban (flights not included in holiday cost, please speak to our Travel Experts for a quotation).
From Durban Airport, you will be picked up by your guide and transported (approximately 2.5 hours) to the charming coastal town of St. Lucia, which will be your base for the following two nights. Enjoy an evening of settling in before your adventure of the KwaZulu-Natal province begins the following day.Included Meals: Breakfast
Day 6 iSimangaliso Wetland Park and St. Lucia Estuary
After a leisurely breakfast in your hotel, you will undertake a morning tour of the "Eastern Shores" of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, one of South Africa’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a diverse metropolis of nature. The park is 332,000 hectares and contains three major lake systems, eight interlinking ecosystems, most of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests, Africa’s largest estuarine system, 526 bird species and 25,000-year-old coastal dunes which are among the highest in the world. In addition, there are also 700-year-old fishing traditions dating back to the original inhabitants the ‘Tsonga people’. The name iSimangaliso translates to 'miracle and wonder', which aptly describes this remarkable place.
We drive along the “Eastern Shores” and make a stop at Cape Vidal which provides a tranquil setting for snorkelling and discovering the underwater world of the Indian Ocean. This stunning beach offers an abundance of marine life close to the temperate shores.
During the afternoon, you will return to St. Lucia before embarking on a magical river safari of the St. Lucia estuary. This enchanting cruise offers you the opportunity to witness the majestic hippos in their natural habitat. Nile crocodiles and hundreds of bird species can also be viewed from the safety of the vessel.
Following your tour, you will return to your hotel in order to enjoy the remainder of your evening.Included Meals: Breakfast
Day 7 Cheetah Care Centre, Zulu Cultural Village, Bird and Reptile Park
After a leisurely breakfast, you will leave St. Lucia and will be driven (approximately 1 hour) to the remarkable cheetah care centre which is a delight for both children and parents alike as it allows you the opportunity to get close to these majestic animals. Serval cats, African Wildcats and Lynx, also inhabit this facility and like the cheetahs, they have either been orphaned or injured in the wild. The aim of the project is to care for these animals in the hope that they can eventually be reintroduced into their natural habitat. An educational tour of the facility where you will gain further insight into these animals is included.
From here, you will venture further north to the fascinating Zulu Cultural Village. You will enjoy a traditional Zulu cultural performance, with your group and the other visitors, which provides a fascinating insight into the historical traditions of this unique tribal culture of South Africa. The vibrant performance will allow you the opportunity to ask questions of the local people who are eager to share their special history and traditions. Following this, you will go on a guided tour of the nearby bird and reptile park which provides a tantalising variety of bird life of magical colours, whilst the exotic reptiles are sure to thrill children.
After a full day of adventures, you will make for your accommodation and enjoy a delicious evening meal.
Please note: although you will be in your family group or small group during your holiday, there will be other people attending the performance at the cultural Zulu village.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 Snorkelling at Kosi Bay
After enjoying your breakfast, you will head for the ‘Jewel of Maputaland’, Kosi Bay, which is a rich tapestry of lakes and an 18km stretch of estuary separated from the Indian Ocean by some of the highest vegetated sand dunes in the world. The truly enchanting Kosi Bay is a known breeding place for Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles and is also home to the rare Palm Nut Vulture.
The bay contains an abundance of colourful marine life and you will be provided with snorkelling equipment in order to explore the underwater world. Several hiking trails litter the region providing magnificent views of the exotic lands. Children can enjoy swimming in the sheltered waters, snorkelling amongst the protected reefs and seeking out the traditional fish traps passed down through generations of tribal existence.
You will enjoy lunch in this picturesque setting and back at your accommodation, a delicious evening meal will be included.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Forest Walk and Zulu Rural Village
Following breakfast, you will undertake a guided walk through the Raffia forest, with its magnificent Raffia palms - the tallest palms in the world! This area is also known for its diverse birdlife and is home to the Palm Nut Vulture and the Pel's Fishing Owl.
Your afternoon’s activity will begin with a drive to the Zulu rural village which offers an insight into the unique culture and how this nation lives today. Experience traditional African hospitality as you visit homesteads, small shops and the local school (if it is open). This tour is particularly engaging for children as they learn about different ways of living and get to meet children who live in the village. Learn the significance of the traditional styles of building compared to the new modern ways and the centuries-old customs which are still prevalent today.
After exploring the Zulu rural village, you will be driven to your new accommodation for the next two nights. Enjoy a relaxed evening and a delicious meal. However, for those who crave a further nature experience then a guided evening bush walk is included in this package. It is entirely optional and will introduce you to some of the parks nocturnal creatures.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 Photo Safari at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi National Park
A full day of adventure awaits as you begin your exploration of the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa. You will set off at dawn with a packed breakfast and packed lunch which enables you to make the most of this magical day. The park is famous for its ‘Save the White Rhino from Extinction’ program which was carried out in the park and contributed to the protection of this dwindling species. The numbers of White Rhino within the park is a testament to the success of the project.
This enchanting safari offers enriching family memories due to the diverse array of wildlife which can be seen in their natural habitat. It’s not uncommon for African elephants or buffalo to block the roads and lions are often spotted from the safety of the vehicle. Large mammals such as zebras, giraffes, black rhino, leopard, cheetah and hyena can also be spotted in addition to over 300 species of bird.
After completing your safari, you will return to your accommodation for your evening meal.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 Transfer to Safari Lodge and 4x4 Game Drive
Following breakfast at your accommodation, you make for Amakhosi Safari Lodge in Northern KwaZulu-Natal. After arriving at the lodge, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the swimming pool and bask in the sunshine.
During the afternoon, you will join your knowledgeable guide and set off on a game drive in an open 4x4 vehicle. Your game ranger will provide educational information about the animals you may encounter. The Big 5 are common on this reserve and the experienced guides often know where to seek them out. This is another magical introduction to the wildlife of South Africa and the diverse terrain.
After an afternoon snack, the game drive will continue on after sunset and your game ranger will use a spotlight to try and introduce you to some of the shy and nocturnal animals which only roam after dark. Following this, you will then return to your lodge for a fabulous dinner.
Please note: other travellers may be present during your game drive. Group size for this excursion: 7-8 people per vehicle.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12 Safari and Game Drive
After having something to drink and a snack, today’s thrilling adventure will begin at sunrise where you will enter the African wilderness in search of the native wildlife. The early morning is often the time when animals become active and it is also an opportunity to become one with the peaceful surroundings of the African bush. Safaris are exhilarating and create lifelong memories. Part of the allure is not knowing what you might see before being surprised by a pride of lions or an African elephant as they roam freely amongst this huge reserve. The potential opportunity for wildlife spotting will be a delight for both parents and children alike and offers fantastic photo opportunities (7-8 people per vehicle).
You will return to your lodge at approximately 9.30 for your brunch. Afterwards, you can relax and enjoy the swimming pool. Before undertaking another game drive into the wilderness in the afternoon, you will enjoy some savoury and sweet snacks. Following the game drive, you will then enjoy another delicious evening meal surrounded by nature.
Please note: other travellers may be present during your game drive. Group size for this excursion: 7-8 people per vehicle.Included Meals: Dinner
Day 13 Game Drive and Transfer to Durban
Following a drink and snack, you will enjoy a final magical game drive before saying goodbye to this wonderfully diverse region. The game drive will offer you a final opportunity to spot some of the Big 5. After your brunch, you will be transferred to Durban which is approximately a 4 ½ hours’ drive from your lodge.
After arriving into Durban, you can spend the remainder of your day simply relaxing at your hotel or exploring the nearby beach at Umhlanga Rocks.
Please note: other travellers may be present during your game drive. Group size for this excursion: 7-8 people per vehicle.Included Meals: None
Day 14 Durban
After a relaxed breakfast, you will join your guide for a casual tour of the beautiful city of Durban. Known as the last British Bastion, Durban is renowned for its colonial homes and impressive architecture. A turbulent and interesting history has ensured that it has become a melting pot of culture and intrigue. Today Durban encompasses South Africa’s policy of tolerance and equality for all and has become the heart of the Rainbow Nation.
The tour will include a drive along the infamous 'Golden Mile' which is a long stretch of beach flanked by impressive high rise buildings and numerous high quality restaurants. Following this your tour will include magical panoramic views of the city, an opportunity to peruse the lush botanical gardens and a chance to interact with local traders at the infamous Victoria Street Indian Market.
Once your tour of this remarkable city is over you will have a full afternoon at your leisure, where you can explore the city further or simply enjoy the Umhlanga beachfront.Included Meals: Breakfast
Day 15 Departure
Sadly, the time has arrived for you to leave the 'Rainbow Nation' with a collection of lifelong memories from this wonderfully diverse and picturesque country. Following breakfast, you will be transferred to Durban Airport ready to begin your journey home.Included Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel
The Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel is stylish and inviting and is ideally located a short walking distance from the V&A Waterfront as well as numerous entertainment venues, shops, bars and restaurants. Having been recently refurbished this modern hotel offers 546 beautifully appointed rooms (many of which offer views of the stunning Table Mountain) and impressive dining options which include South African inspired local dishes.
The hotel also contains and impressive fitness centre and an outdoor swimming pool for an early evening of relaxation.
For those in search of traditional cuisine, the Yizani Restaurant provides local South African inspired dishes
Exercise lovers have complimentary use of the hotels impressive fitness centre
Relaxation can be found at the serene outdoor swimming pool which is flanked by the beautiful Table Mountain
For those looking to keep family and friends updated, free Wi-Fi is included throughout the hotel
Standard Rooms: These stylish and spacious rooms have a large, cosy double bed, an en-suite bathroom with a separate shower, as well as a range of homely comforts such as bathroom amenities. Facilities also include a DStv, tea and coffee making facilities, air conditioning, hairdryer and refrigerator.
Family Rooms: These modern rooms offer two double beds with an en-suite bathroom and separate shower. The air-conditioned rooms also include a DStv, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, bathroom amenities, free Wi-Fi and a refrigerator.
Umlilo Lodge is a four-star guest house located in the small village of St Lucia, which is in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. The village is surrounded by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park which is a World Heritage area and the hotel offers the perfect base from which to enjoy this diverse area in comfort.
The guesthouse is surrounded by lush forest and families can spend their downtime unwinding on the wooden deck whilst the children splash around in the pool. The bar and lounge area is an ideal place to sit and have a relaxed drink and the onsite restaurant serves a range of home cooked South African cuisine in a romantic outdoor dining area. The fire at the centre of the restaurant adds to the charming atmosphere.
The rooms will no doubt capture the imaginations of children as it is almost like staying in a tropical treehouse in the heart of the jungle. They are bright and cosy, decorated in a traditional style with plenty of space for families to enjoy. The exterior of the lodge is made primarily from wood which combines nicely with the wild surroundings of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
- Enjoy the jungle atmosphere and the warm climate of South Africa whilst the kids take a dip in the swimming pool.
- Share travel stories and enjoy a relaxed drink after a day of exploration in the homely bar and lounge area.
- Taste authentic, homecooked South African cuisine in the romantic outdoor dining area.
- Free Wi-fi is available throughout the hotel, including the rooms and bar area.
Family room: family rooms are both spacious and traditionally decorated. They contain a king size bed and two single beds with a private bathroom. The rooms are fully air-conditioned and have a flat-screen TV, fridge, kettle, hairdryer, complimentary toiletries and free Wi-Fi.
Guest Room: guest rooms are beautifully decorated in a traditional style. They contain either a king size bed or two single beds and have a private bathroom with a bathtub and shower. The rooms are fully air-conditioned and are equipped with a flat-screen TV, fridge, kettle, hairdryer, complimentary toiletries and free Wi-Fi.
Image credits: Unlilo Lodge
Kosi Forest Lodge
Kosi Forest Lodge is ideally located in the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve, which forms part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in South Africa. It is surrounded by forest which combines perfectly with the thatched bush suite rooms. You will feel like an explorer staying in the heart of the jungle.
The national park is famous for its diverse birdlife which creates an exotic soundtrack to your stay. The outdoor, luxurious bathtubs in each room lie beneath a leafy canopy and you can enjoy a relaxing bath to the sounds of birdsong. The rooms are large and spacious and decorated in a traditional style, ideal for a family adventure.
There is a pool for the children to splash around in and it has a fantastic view, overlooking Lake Shengeza, which is home to a resident pod of Hippos. There are not many other hotels which have Hippos as your neighbours!
Most of the staff grew up in the area, so you are guaranteed an enthusiastic welcome from knowledgeable local people who know the forest paths like the back of their hands.
- Enjoy the tranquil forest surroundings with an evening drink in the fully stocked bar which includes local South African wines.
- Watch the resident pod of hippos from the hotel pool which has stunning views of Lake Shengeza.
- Have a relaxing soak after a long day of exploring in the luxurious outdoor bathtub.
Thatched Forest Rooms: these charming and traditional rooms are full of character with a thatched structure that combines nicely with the surrounding forest. Each room has a private decking area, an indoor and outdoor shower, an outdoor luxurious bathtub, tea and coffee making facilities, mosquito nets and a safety deposit box.
Family Rooms: family rooms are two interconnecting chalets which are linked together by a walkway and are decorated in a traditional Zulu style. Each room has a private decking area, an indoor shower, tea and coffee making facilities, mosquito nets and a safety deposit box. A luxurious outdoor bathroom is shared between the two chalets. The rooms contain either a large double bed or two large single beds.
Image credits: Kosi Forest Lodge
This family owned luxury lodge is located within the rich and varied ecosystems of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Surrounded by wildlife reserves the lodge has been sensitively built into the pristine African sandforest in order to preserve the fragile ecology.
The 12 rooms are extremely spacious, comfortable and offer private verandas surrounded by nature. The surrounding bush provides a truly African feel and the hotel consists of a central open-fronted ‘Lapa’ containing the dining room and a treetop bar from where you can enjoy spectacular sunsets.
- Once the sun goes down, swap stories about your day’s adventures around the hotel camp fire
- Enjoy delicious regional dishes which are prepared with local, fresh produce from Umkhumbi’s own vegetable and herb garden and local suppliers
- Inform family and friends of your adventures with the free Wi-Fi service
- Relax after a magical safari at the hotels charming outdoor pool
2-Sleeper en-suite Chalet: This charming and spacious chalet is cosy and traditionally styled. The room includes a king size bed, en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. Help yourself to the complimentary tea and coffee facilities or relax on the veranda overlooking the pristine Sandforest.
4-Sleeper Family Chalet (2 en-suite rooms): These large chalets contain two interleading rooms, one of which has a cosy king size bed and the other of which has two single beds. Each room has an en-suite bathroom and is traditionally style with a soft cosy interior reflecting the surrounding wilderness. Tea and coffee facilities are available, in addition to a refrigerator, a veranda overlooking the Sandforest and air-conditioning.
© Umkhumbi Lodge
Amakhosi Safari Lodge
This exceptional luxury hideaway in the South African wilderness is surrounded by breath-taking diverse landscapes with a unique blend of Savannah, wetlands and mountains. Located on the banks of Zululand’s Mkuze river, this artistically styled lodge is the ideal location from which to enjoy a magical big 5 safaris.
Decorated in the traditional Zulu style, the rooms are extremely spacious and offer a serene and peaceful environment from which to relax in the surrounding nature.
- Lose yourself in the surrounding nature with private viewing decks across the river and ceiling-high windows
- Take advantage of the outdoor pool after a day of seeking out the big 5 on safari
- Enjoy a relaxing evening drink on the deck at the lodges intimate bar and lounge area
- Gaze at the stars as you enjoy a delicious evening meal amidst the peaceful surroundings
Luxury River Suite: These luxurious suites are traditionally styled in a Zulu fashion and are actually built in the shape of a Zulu shield. Nature is captured through the ceiling-high windows and private viewing decks across the Mkuze River. Each suite contains and air conditioned lounge, a cosy bedroom with a luxurious bed, en-suite bathroom with amenities, tea and coffee facilities and a fully stocked mini bar.
©Amakhosi Safari Lodge
Protea Hotel Umhlanga
This modern oasis offers stunning views of the KwaZulu-Natal coast and is centrally located in the heart of Umhlanga Rocks. A large proportion of the 250 spacious rooms offer breath-taking views of the sea and are elegantly and stylishly furnished. The central location offers easy access to the nearby beaches and an array of restaurants and shopping facilities.
- Relax during your final days at the outdoor swimming pool which offers serene views of the KwaZulu-Natal coast
- Share your magical adventures with friends and family back home with free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
- For any last-minute gifts visit the on-site gift shop or peruse the shops of Umhlanga Rocks
- Relax with an evening drink at the atmospheric on-site bar and lounge area
Standard double: these modern and stylish, air-conditioned rooms contain a luxurious king size bed and a comfortable seating area. An en-suite bathroom with a bathtub and shower, tea and coffee making facilities, hair-dryer, satellite TV and bathroom amenities complete this spacious haven in Umhlanga Rocks.
Family room: these modern styled rooms contain either a luxurious king size bed/two twin beds and a sleeping sofa bed or two queen size beds, an en-suite bathroom with a bathtub and shower. The impressive air-conditioned rooms also include tea and coffee making facilities, bathroom amenities, free Wi-Fi, hairdryer and a satellite TV.
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A visit to Robben Island
Robben Island is a location of immense historical significance and a must-see for visitors to Cape Town. For nearly 400 years it was a place of banishment, exile and imprisonment. Perhaps the most infamous of these prisoners was Nelson Mandela, who spent 18 years of his 27-year prison term on Robben Island. The location has since been converted into a museum and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which showcases Mandela’s mental victory over the horrific conditions in which he was forced to endure. Prisoners were confined to small cells with only a sleeping mat and a bucket toilet, whilst also undertaking hard labour each day.Read more
The island-inspired leaders of the struggle against racial oppression to forge their political thinking and the relationships that would become a feature of post-apartheid South Africa. In addition to Mandela, two other inmates of Robben Island have gone on to be President of South Africa: Kgalema Motlanthe, and current President Jacob Zuma. A visit to Robben Island is a humbling experience and is one of the most important cultural heritage destinations due to the triumphs and tragedies experienced within the prison walls.
You will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the ferry. Once you arrive on the island, you will go on a tour by bus and visit the prison.
Duration: 8 hours
Please note: this excursion to Robben Islands includes an extra night in Cape Town staying in a family room at the Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel.
Image credit: South Africa TourismFrom £105 per adult
From £105 per child
This pulse-racing activity is a mind-blowing experience and an incredible adrenaline rush. As you set off down the cliff side, you are afforded spectacular panoramic views of the breath-taking surroundings with the Atlantic Seaboard beneath your feet. This abseiling experience also offers close up views of this iconic mountain with the infamous Twelve Apostles rising up at your side.
Please note: this abseiling tour has a minimum age restriction of 10 years and up. No experience is necessary and all equipment is provided along with a safety briefing.From: £85 per adult
From: £85 per child
Dates & Prices
We include more, no hidden costs
Price based on: a family of four (2 adults and 2 children aged 8-11). Please see supplement table for families travelling with older children.
Sat 27 Jul 2019
to Sat 10 Aug 2019
|Adult price (per person): £2895.00||Child (age 8 - 11): £2895.00||Book|
Sat 10 Aug 2019
to Sat 24 Aug 2019
|Adult price (per person): £2895.00||Child (age 8 - 11): £2895.00||Book|
Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices
You can make a pre-reservation to secure your holiday at this stage by paying an initial deposit of only £50pp. The provisional departure dates, prices and itineraries remain subject to change. We will contact you when the final dates, prices and itineraries are confirmed, and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. A further deposit payment of £250pp is due by 01 February 2020 or at the time of us confirming the trip details to you, whichever is sooner. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.
Sat 25 Jul 2020
to Sat 08 Aug 2020
|Adult price (per person): £3240.00||Child (age 8 - 11): £3240.00||Enquire|
Sat 08 Aug 2020
to Sat 22 Aug 2020
|Adult price (per person): £3240.00||Child (age 8 - 11): £3240.00||Enquire|
|ADULT||CHILD (12-17)||CHILD (8-11)|
|Family of 4 (2 adults & 2 children (12-17))||£235||£235||N/A|
|Family of 4 (2 adults, 1 child (8-11) & 1 child (12-17))||£115||£115||£115|
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 4 people and maximum 16 (approximately).
Please note: although you will be in your family group or small group during your holiday, there will be other people attending the performance at the cultural Zulu village and the visit to the rural village. Other people may join the river safari - max. 15 people per boat. During the game drive at the lodge, there will be around 7-8 people per vehicle and during the excursion to Robben Island, the maximum group size is 30 per bus (approximately) but there can be up to 300 people on the island at any one time.
We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.
Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.
Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate
Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.
The order of activities is always subject to change and you will be provided with your final itinerary upon arrival at your destination.
Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.
Medical history and advice
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.
It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our travel experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.
Experience and fitness
Most of the activities we offer have been designed for beginners who have no prior experience and are of all age ranges and fitness levels. Our guides provide expert advice, tuition and instructions prior to any activity going ahead. Activities are designed to be enjoyed and not endured, but some, do require a more basic level of fitness than others. If you have any questions, then please contact one of our Travel Experts who can provide first-hand advice.
The only holidays which are not as suitable for complete beginners are the multi-night safaris which involve several days in wilderness cabins travelling by either snowmobile or husky safari. Again, this all depends on the individual taking part, but some prior experience and understanding of these types of activities can be very helpful and a greater level of fitness is recommended.
Guides & Safety
When partaking in any activity, it is imperative that everyone in your group listens very closely to the instructions provided by the guide and that they are abided by at all times. Our guides are experts in their field and no one knows the environment better than these highly knowledgeable and experienced providers.
Prior to starting any activity, please make it clear to your guide if there is any element of the safety briefing you are unsure of or would like to clarify before you set off.
Our guides will always take local conditions into account when considering whether an activity can go ahead. This is, in part, why your itinerary is subject to change at short notice. This rarely happens, however, if it does, we will always endeavour to reschedule the activity for later in your holiday. If this is not possible then the cost of the activity will be refunded to you when you return home.
Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times; please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.
NB: In order to participate in our holidays, all guests must be able to understand instructions given in English. These instructions may be delivered verbally or in writing and will include vital safety information and ongoing instruction during activities.
Minimum and Maximum Age
The minimum age for this holiday can be found in the ‘Key Facts’ section of the holiday overview.
Younger family members may be able to participate but may not be able to take part in all activities. Please contact one of our Travel Experts if you have any questions.
Booking activities locally and equipment hire
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.
In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card. Please see your trip dossier for full details.
Travel Safety and Foreign Office Advice
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/ The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.
Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation
On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.
Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.
Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer
If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.
Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.
Please note that the following cancellation terms supersede those mentioned in section 7 of our general booking terms and conditions.
- More than 63 days prior to departure - Loss of deposit (including the full cost of flights or other services where paid at the time of booking)
- 63 to 43 days prior to departure - 40%
- 42 to 32 days prior to departure - 60%
- 31 or less days - 100%