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Rental car round trip - South Africa

South Africa Family Trip


  • Family vacation along the Garden Route: from Cape Town to Gqeberha with a rental car

  • Stay in family-friendly hotels & lodges, some with family rooms

  • Marvel at the Big Five in malaria-free national parks

  • Explore popular sights of the Cape region & the Garden Route

  • Includes rental car, safaris & meals


This family tour of South Africa takes you along malaria-free routes from Cape Town to Gqeberha. You will stay in kid-friendly accommodations and visit the most popular sights of the Garden Route. Your family vacation is sure to be varied: you will take part in exciting game drives with your children and, with a bit of luck, be able to marvel at the legendary Big Five up close. Cheers and heart palpitations are pre-programmed here.



Cape Town - Stellenbosch - Oudtshoorn - Gondwana Game Reserve - Plettenberg Bay - Kariega Game Reserve - Gqeberha

For a trip from Cape Town along the Garden Route, the best months are from September to April. September is spring and April is late summer. From January to March, it is particularly warm and rain showers are rare.

Please note that summer vacations in South Africa take place from mid-December to mid-January. Coastal resorts are particularly popular and become fully booked in advance.

Today begins your long-awaited family vacation through South Africa. After landing at Cape Town International Airport with your children, you will be greeted by a representative of our partner agency in the arrivals hall. Here you will receive your travel documents and subsequently pick up your rental car with the assistance of your contact person. If you have any questions about the itinerary, your contact person will be happy to assist you.

Now you are finally on your way: You will drive to your first accommodation, the Cape Riviera Guesthouse. Situated in the picturesque suburb of Oranjezicht, you will have plenty of time over the next two days to get to know all the sights in and around Cape Town.

Take the time to relax after your arrival. Relax on the inviting sun terrace while your youngest splash around in the inviting outdoor pool. The magnificent mountain views are just a taste of the Mother City attractions that await you over the next few days.

Cape Town Airport - Cape Town Hotel: approx. 16 minutes / approx. 20 km

1 night stay with breakfast in Cape Town, South Africa

Enjoy the rich breakfast in the restaurant before you leave your hotel and explore the Cape Peninsula and its numerous impressive attractions. For today, we recommend an excursion to the Cape of Good Hope. Plan to spend the entire day on this excursion, as there will be plenty for you and your children to marvel at along the way.

You will drive south along the spectacular Chapman's Peak coastal road until you reach the Cape Point Nature Reserve at the tip of the peninsula. Now you are at the Cape of Good Hope, the most southwestern point of Africa.


Back you go along False Bay. In Simon's Town, you'll make a stop and visit the magical Boulders Beach, where thousands of African penguins cavort. Your kids will love these cute animals! Have we piqued your interest in South Africa's wildlife? In Hout Bay, you can also take a boat trip to Duiker Island, where you can see one of South Africa's largest fur seal colonies.

1 night with breakfast included in Cape Town, South Africa

Wondering about what you need to see during your stay in Cape Town?

We absolutely recommend a visit to the majestic Table Mountain, the landmark of the city. Via a modern cable car, you will climb the mountain and reach the huge plateau. The view from above of the city below is simply stunning: The city center with Signal Hill and the districts on the Atlantic coast are at your feet. You can also glimpse Robben Island at some distance.

Of course you should not miss to marvel at the other numerous sights as well. The Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is considered one of the most beautiful gardens in the world and the Two Ocean Aquarium at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront will fascinate marine explorers big and small with a huge variety of animals and plants. About 300 species of fish as well as numerous reptiles, penguins and also sharks will completely thrill you and your children.

1 night stay with breakfast in Cape Town, South Africa

After three eventful days in Cape Town, today you will drive through the Winelands to Stellenbosch. Situated in a beautiful, fertile valley, Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa, boasting historic buildings built in the Cape Dutch and Victorian styles.

Although the historic city center is very small, it is well worth a visit. On Dorp Street, you will find some of the oldest houses in the country, as well as the over 100-year-old grocer, Oom Samie se Winkel. The University of Stellenbosch is one of the most prestigious in the country, with about 17,000 students from all over the world.

Cape Town - Stellenbosch: approx. 50 minutes / approx. 48 km

2 nights with breakfast in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Today is time for another adventure. Your itinerary takes you to Oudtshoorn via one of South Africa's most beautiful travel routes. Little-traveled R62 runs by native trees and towering mountain ranges. You will drive past steep passes and drive into the Klein Karoo semi-desert. Look forward to great photo opportunities as far as the eye can see.

In the course of the day, you will reach Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world. Marvel at the large African birds on the numerous ostrich farms, where you will visit the breeding and rearing facilities.

The Cango Caves north of Oudtshoorn should not be missed. It is the largest and most extensive dripstone cave system in the world.


Stellenbosch - Oudtshoorn: approx. 4 hours 30 hours / approx. 397 km

2 nights with breakfast in Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Your dream of an unforgettable family safari finally will come true today. After stowing all your bags in your car, you will drive to the family-friendly Gondwana Game Reserve, located in a malaria-free, private game reserve on the picturesque Garden Route. Situated amidst lush nature, one highlight follows the next here. While other family-friendly safari lodges have a minimum age requirement of 6, much younger children are welcomed here. Please keep in mind, however, that it is not permitted to take children of any age on a game drive in an open off-road vehicle. An age of approx. 2.5 years is recommended.

At the Gondwana Game Reserve, you will enjoy adventurous game drives and, with a bit of luck, you will be able to get up close and personal with the legendary Big Five, which includes lions, rhinos, elephants, buffalo and leopards. You should also keep an eye out for antelope, zebra and giraffe. Listen to the sounds of nature and follow the tracks in the grass. Can you hear the rustling in the trees? Pure adrenaline is guaranteed here for the entire family. Along the way, your experienced ranger will tell you a lot about the animals and life in the bush. If you wish, you can also go on the game drive with another family, so that your children can make new friends during your vacation.

When your children are asleep, you can end the day with a cool drink on your private veranda and enjoy the clear starry night sky in peace with your partner.

Oudtshoorn - Gondwana Game Reserve: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes / approx. 120 km

2 nights full board in Mossel Bay, Gondwana Game Reserve, South Africa

As the sun rises, your morning game drive begins. Drive out into the African bush one last time before continuing your journey to Knysna. One thing is for sure, your family is in for a thrilling experience this time as well. Listen to the voices of the African night and take great photos of the fascinating wildlife in the wild. With a bit of luck, you will see several nocturnal predators returning from their daily hunt.

During the afternoon, you will reach the picturesque town of Knysna. The town is nestled between forests, mountains and the sea on a gorgeous lagoon. The Knysna oysters farmed in the lagoon are very popular among foodies. Do not miss this culinary experience. Take a boat trip on the Knysna Lagoon or visit the wild and romantic Tsitsikamma National Park with your family. During a walk here you can admire 850 year old giant trees. You have two days to be inspired by the city and its surroundings.

Gondwana Game Reserve - Plettenberg Bay: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes / approx. 120 km

2 nights with breakfast in Knysna, South Africa


Did you have a good rest the past two days? After a rich breakfast, you will continue to the malaria-free Kariega Game Reserve, which is located at the end of the Garden Route. Apart from zebras, giraffes, hippos and wildebeests, the Big Five also live in this 10,000 hectare reserve.

Accompanied by an experienced ranger, you will go out into nature. In an open jeep, you will cross scenic valleys, open grass plains and the African bush. With a bit of luck, you can observe hyenas, giraffes, zebras, rhinos and buffalos in the wild. Do you see the little baby elephants? Cheers erupt in the back seat. Listen to the sounds of nature while your guide informs you about the numerous animals and the surrounding nature. You have the best chance to experience the animals up close and take great photos at the waterholes.

Of course you can also take part in a boat trip on the Kariega River or a safari hike in the Kariega Game Reserve (included). Make the most of the two days and look forward to unforgettable encounters that your family will remember for a long time.

Plettenberg Bay - Kariega Game Reserve: approx. 4 hours / approx. 378 km

2 nights full board in Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa

Today the last stage of your family tour through South Africa begins. Gqeberha is located about 80 kilometers from the Addo Elephant National Park. It is the fourth largest city in South Africa after Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Gqeberha is a popular vacation destination mainly because of its numerous sunny days. You can try various water sports here, such as sailing and windsurfing, or you can spend a relaxing day with your children on a seemingly endless white sand beach. Among the most famous beaches in the city are Hobie Beach, Kings Beach, Humewood and Wells Beach. The latter two have even been awarded the Blue Flag for their cleanliness and water quality.

Kariega Game Reserve - Gqeberha: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes / approx. 124 km

1 night stay with breakfast in Gqeberha, South Africa

After 14 unforgettable days in South Africa, your family vacation comes to an end today. Start the day with a hearty breakfast and visit the fine sandy beach for the last time before you drive to the Chief Dawid Stuurman Airport. Here you will drop off your rental car and board your flight home.

Do you want to see more of South Africa or travel to another African country? We would be happy to organize an extension for you. Just contact us!

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Cape Riviera Guesthouse****, Cape Town, South Africa.

This accommodation awaits you in the upscale suburb of Oranjezicht at the foot of Table Mountain. Each of the 12 rooms is spacious and features a modern design. They also feature an ensuite bathroom, a small fridge, air conditioning, a telephone and a TV. Start your day with a delicious breakfast and unwind by one of the two outdoor pools. You can reach the city center with its numerous sights, restaurants and shopping opportunities in just a few minutes.

Majeka House*****, Stellenbosch, South Africa

This great 5-star house is located in a private garden setting. Numerous cafes and stores are only a 10 minute drive away. The Makaron restaurant spoils you with local delicacies from the in-house organic garden. Enjoy aromatherapy massages and relax in the whirlpool and crystal Himalayan salt bed In the Sanctuary Spa.

The rooms are stylishly and exclusively furnished and feature Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV and DVD player. Facilities also include an espresso machine, hairdryer, free toiletries and minibar.

La Plume Guest House****, Oudtshoorn, South Africa.

Set on an ostrich farm, this Victorian house combines old-world charm with modern comforts and first-class service. The 19 lovingly designed rooms offer a private entrance and are equipped with a satellite TV, free Internet and a minibar. From your private veranda, you'll enjoy great views of the Olifants River Valley and the Swartberg Mountains. Family rooms are also available here. With the rich breakfast, consisting of fresh fruits, bread, meat, cheese and a selection of different cereals, you will start the day right. The city center of Oudtshoorn is about 14 kilometers away.

Gondwana Game Reserve*****, Mossel Bay, South Africa

Along the picturesque Garden Route, one of the best safari accommodations in the country awaits you. With a living area of approximately 240 m², the Fynbos Villas are very spacious and offer magnificent views of the African bush thanks to their open living plan. Look forward to three bedrooms, a lounge and a fully equipped kitchen with microwave and dishwasher. The ensuite bathrooms feature a deep soaking tub, walk-in shower, and double sinks. You'll also find a flat-screen TV, DVD player, and telephone. From your private veranda, you can gaze at the pristine landscape and listen to the sounds of nature.

Please note that, at the Gondwana Game Reserve, only children aged six and older are allowed to join a game drive. Alternatively, and at an additional cost, kid-friendly game drives are organized for families with children between the ages of 2 and 6. Other child-friendly amenities include children's menus, a babysitting service (for a fee) and a junior ranger program.

Elephant Hide****, Knysna, South Africa.

Overlooking the Kysna Lagoon, Elephant Hide welcomes you with nine detached and spacious suites. All units are designed in an African style and feature underfloor heating, an iPod docking station, a minibar, a flat-screen TV, a DVD player, and coffee and tea facilities. The family suite is ideal for families with two children. This unit offers two bedrooms with one king-size bed and two twin beds. A spacious bathroom is also at your disposal. Another highlight is the private sun terrace, which invites you to relax. Thanks to the free internet, you and your children can comfortably stay in touch with those at home. Start the day with a delicious breakfast and refresh yourself in the inviting outdoor pool.

Kariega Main Lodge****, Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa.

This lodge is ideal for families with children aged 6 and older. Situated in the malaria-free Game Reserve, Kariega Main Lodge offers 24 spacious wooden chalets, all of which have their own large patios, some with pools. The view into the dense African bush is simply beautiful. In addition, all accommodation units are equipped with a private bathroom, a satellite TV, a fireplace and coffee and tea facilities. A spacious living area is also at your disposal. Enjoy traditional food at the restaurant and end your eventful day with a cool drink at the bar.

The Admiralty Beach House****, Gqeberha, South Africa.

This house awaits you in the popular suburb of Summerstrand. It is just steps away from the beach. Here your family can relax from the last days and spend great hours by the sea. In total, the hotel has only eight elegant rooms, all of which can be reached via a separate entrance. The two family rooms are comfortably furnished and offer a wonderful view of the garden and the pool. Of course the house also offers WI-FI internet connection.

Duration of the trip: 15 days / 14 nights


  • 14 nights in the above mentioned accommodations or similar:
    • 3 nights at Cape Riviera Guesthouse**** with breakfast in a Luxury Room in Cape Town
    • 2 nights at Majeka House***** with breakfast in a Mountain View Selection in Stellenbosch
    • 2 nights at La Plume Guest House**** with breakfast in a 2 Bedroom Family Cottage in Oudtshoorn
    • 2 nights at Gondwana Game Reserve***** with full board and 4 safaris in a Fynbos Villa in Mossel Bay, Gondwana Game Reserve
    • 2 nights at Elephant Hide**** with breakfast in a Family Suite in Knysna
    • 2 nights at Kariega Main Lodge**** with full board (excluding drinks) and activities in a 2 Bedroom Chalet in Kariega Game Reserve
    • 1 night at The Admiralty Beach House**** with breakfast in a Family Room in Gqeberha
  • Accommodation at Gondwana Game Reserve incl. full board & 4 safaris
  • 15 days of rental car category K (Toyota RAV 4 or similar) from Cape Town to Gqeberha
  • Detailed travel documents including travel directions etc.
  • Small voluntary donation for a Rhino Anti-Poaching Project in the Eastern Cape

Rental car

  • Including 1x additional driver, premium accident insurance (CDW), local supplement, premium theft insurance (TLW), Tourism Levy, unlimited kilometers, personal accident insurance (PAI), general liability insurance (General Public Liabilty Insurance), Administration fee in case of accident / theft, VAT 14%, Third Party Insurance, Tire, Hubcap, Rim, Water, Windshield, Sandblast and Underbody Damage, Automatic, Airbags, Radio/CD, Servo, A/C, 4 Seats. Pick up Cape Town Airport & drop off Port Elizabeth Airport.

Not included

  • International flights
  • Meals and drinks that are not mentioned in the scope of services
  • Optional excursions (sightseeing, entrance fees, etc.)
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional costs for rental car (will be charged directly to credit card): R 3.700 gasoline deposit, R 90 contract fee, R 1.800 one way fee, R 390 navi.
  • Visa, entry and/or exit fees, if required

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