A host of world-class destinations are yours to enjoy during this classic family holiday, with endless attractions to keep anyone of any age entertained and amused for days. Beaches, whales, wildlife - it's all jam packed into just 12 malaria-free nights.
Cape Town is made for families, and your self-catering accommodation at Waterfront Village gives you access to the vibrant V&A Waterfront area. Children will simply love the activities and excitement that the nearby Two Oceans Aquarium has to offer. Or head to Boulders Beach as you will have a hire car, which is home to a colony of penguins - wooden boardwalks take your right into the colony and you find yourself surrounded by these cute black and white birds.
You then head to the beach at Hermanus, where you can also get to see whales if you are there during July-October.
It's then off to the famous Garden Route. Perfectly set on a secluded country estate, near Knysna’s famous lagoon, Knysna Hollow welcomes families with warm and friendly hospitality. Activities are endless... from ferry trips across the lagoon, to walking trails through the ancient forests, treetop canopy tours, elephant and monkey sanctuaries, boat trips to see thousands of seals, ostrich farms, whale watching – or just relaxing at one of the sparkling swimming pools set in lush indigenous gardens with abundant birdlife.
Finally, your trip ends with a safari in the malaria-free Big 5 Kariega Game Reserve. Experience close up viewing of lion, elephant, rhino, elephant and buffalo as well as multitudes of other wildlife on daily morning and afternoon guided game drives with an experienced ranger. Inbetween the safari game drives, enjoy a dip in the refreshing swimming pool or take one the canoes for a leisurely paddle down either the Kariega or the Bushmans rivers and watch in blissful silence as the river birds and animals go about their daily business.
Younger children will enjoy the Playroom, with its range of fun DVDs, books, toys and puzzles, and table tennis.
All children can also join in the fun of the Kids Programme. Available everyday from 11:00 until 14:00, the children are looked after by a dedicated 'kiddies co-ordinator' and receive a 'Kids on Safari' goodie bag. Go on an eco trail and search out insects and animal tracks, make moulds of the tracks using Plaster of Paris to take home at the end of the safari, learn to shoot a traditional 'kettie' - a safe Y shaped slingshot, and be creative and make a Bushman painting.
Arrive into Cape Town Airport. Collect your luggage then make your way into the Arrivals Hall. Follow the car rental signs and find the Bidvest Car Rental office. Complete the necessary paperwork - you will need to present your driving licence, passport and credit card. The keys to your hire car will then be handed over to you.
13 Day Car Rental: Group O: Toyota Avanza 1.5 or similar - Manual Transmission (on Super Cover)
Drive to Waterfront Village, situated on the water's edge in the picturesque V&A Waterfront Marina. Guests can enjoy access to the swimming pools and an abundance of shops and restaurants are within walking distance.
Today you will depart Cape Town and drive about 2 hours to Hermanus where you will find your hotel located in the heart of this historic town. Between June-December, this area is known for being the best place in the world to do land based whale watching. The famous Hermanus Cliff Path provides visitors with exceptional views of these gentle giants which can sometimes come within 10 meters of the coast. Hermanus is not just about whale watching - the largest beach in Hermanus is Grotto Beach and has been given the prestigious "Blue Flag" beach status.
After breakfast continue further along the N2 to Knysna (approx 410 km / 4 h 0 mins). Perfectly set on a secluded country estate, near Knysna's famous lagoon on the Garden Route, Knysna Hollow welcomes you with warm and friendly hospitality, and is the perfect base from which to explore the Garden Route. There is lots to do here with children - Monkeyland is a small primate sanctuary set in forest about 16 km east of Plettenberg Bay; the Knysna Elephant Park or the Elephant Sanctuary gives you the opportunity to touch, feed and photograph these gentle giants, with no barriers or fences to spoil the close encounter; or take a boat trip from Mossel Bay out to Seal Island, which is home to 4,000 cape fur seals.
Drive to Kariega Game Reserve (approx 385 km / 4 h 20 mins). The Big 5 Kariega Private Game Reserve offers the ultimate safari experience. Morning and afternoon game drives bring you close to the wildlife of the African bush from the comfort of an open game drive vehicle.
After your early morning game drive, you will return to the lodge for breakfast. You will then head off for the drive to Port Elizabeth Airport (approx 145 km / 1 h 20 mins), where you will return your hire car and check in for your flight home via Cape Town or Johannesburg.
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