Seek out the 'Big Five' with the whole family


Family Safari

independent tour

Combine luxury stays in Johannesburg and Cape Town with an all inclusive stay in a Private game Reserve.

Perfect for families, combine city stays with a three-night stay at the family friendly Shamwari Lodge, located in the malaria-free Eastern Cape. Daily game drives will take you in search of the Big Five, whilst back at the lodge a myriad of indoor and outdoor activities are available for kids to enjoy. Shamwari has an entire lodge and programme dedicated to entertaining little ones. 


11 Days
From £15149 for a family of 4

Price includes return flights from London Heathrow on 31 October 2022. Manchester flight options from £15,299. (Family of 4 is 2 adults, 2 children under 11)

Family Safari
From £15149 for a family of 4

Your Itinerary

  • Day 1-2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4-6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10-11

Day 1-2 : UK - Johannesburg

You’ll be met on arrival and transferred to your deluxe hotel, the Four Seasons at Westcliff, for a two night stay.
Designed as a Mediterranean hillside village, complete with cobbled streets, the Westcliff is the essence of luxury in Johannesburg. You will delight in the facilities such as the two heated swimming pools, two splash pools, a floodlit tennis court, sumptuous spa, modern gym and variety of dining options. Take a ride up a glass elevator for dinner and drinks at the View, enjoy a traditional braai (barbeque) at Flames or sip a sundowner on the pool deck with its azure infinity swimming pool. In spring, there is an endless canopy of Jacaranda trees that give the area a beautiful purple hue.
Johannesburg is a vast city where opposites collide to create an interesting city of contradictions and extraordinary charm. Situated within the province of Gauteng, Johannesburg is home to the worlds largest urban forest of approximately 10 million trees. The city is the economic powerhouse of South Africa, and as a result has some of the most high-end shops and restaurants in the country. This urban sophistication stands in stark contrast with the many local street vendors and informal African spaza shops. The city has a surprisingly diverse range of activities on offer: popular stops include the sobering Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill, Nelson Mandela Square, and Sandton City. Townships tours are recommended, as is the fast growing creative hub of the city, the Maboneng Precinct (meaning 'place of light'), as an inspiring place for urban artists and boasts great restaurants and entertainment, art galleries and a neighbourhood celebrating art. Whether in the city for business or pleasure, there is plenty to see and do while there.

Day 3 : Choice of Sightseeing

Choose between two sightseeing options today.

Full day Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng: The Maropeng Visitor Centre is an award-winning, world-class exhibition, focusing on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years. Take a journey through time, starting with the formation of the planet and moving all the way through the evolutionary processes that culminated in the world as we know it today. See fossils, learn about how humankind was born, view stone tools that are up to one million years old, and much more. This self-guided, interactive tour allows you to take all the time you need to ponder humanity’s fascinating origin story.

Half Day Johannesburg City Tour: In 1886, George Harrison stumbled upon the top of a gold reef that would become the most sought-after stretch of mining real estate in the world, for decades to come. Today, a mega city of 10 m+ people, it has a vibrant European-turned-African atmosphere, and offers historical, cultural, paleontological and commercial visits, boasting state-of-the-art museums, rich cultural experiences and fantastic, visitor-friendly landmarks and view sites. The tour offers a selection of the following, Top of Africa (view site), Constitution Hill, the Nelson Mandela Bridge, Newtown and Maboneng Art precincts, city center with its historical buildings, the Mining District, Ghandi Square (and Satyagraha house, subject to interest/ time) and the Faraday street market (cultural point of interest - not a shopping market. Johannesburg offers world class restaurants that cater for many different preferences and palates. To dine in the art precincts is a great experience, though these areas only come alive on Thursdays through to Sundays and most restaurants here are open only on these days. In other areas of the city, top-class restaurants are open every day.

Day 4-6 : Shamwari Game Reserve

You’ll be taken in a private transfer to the airport for a flight to Port Elizabeth where you will be met and transferred to the Shamwari Private Game Reserve for a three night stay. 

The Riverdene Family Lodge is in the Shamwari Game Reserve in the malaria-free Eastern Cape. Safari adventures and luxurious surrounds await at this beautiful African lodge. Riverdene Family Lodge is a family friendly property and has a supervised as well as a jungle gym to keep the little ones entertained. The lodge has a rim-flow swimming pool, a gift boutique and a lounge and bar to while away leisure hours. A boma area overlooks the Bushmans River and is the perfect place to watch African stars and sit by a roaring fire. Riverdene Family Lodge is a safari experience unlike any other.

The Eastern Cape is a vast landscape that boasts a variety of experiences from the semi-arid Karoo to the Tsitsikamma rainforests. The luscious green 800km coastline boasts a spectacular raw beauty, with numerous beaches and cliffs to be encountered along the way. In the midlands, are the glorious Drakensberg (meaning Dragon Mountains), home to some of the best South African views and trails. Home to the surfing favourite, Jeffreys Bay and South Africa’s only ski resort, the Eastern Cape has something for everyone. From amazing safaris at one of the renowned game farms, sandboarding the dunes, bungee jumping into gloriously green ravines, or taking river cruises on one of the Eastern Capes many beautiful rivers, there is no shortage of adventure and travel options in this beautiful section of the world. 


Day 7 : Cape Town

You’ll be transferred to the airport this morning for your flight to cape town. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your luxury hotel for a three night stay.

The Table Bay Hotel is the epitome of a five-star luxury hotel that occupies a prime location within the V&A Waterfront, Africa’s premier shopping destination. The Table Bay Hotel was opened in May 1997 by former South Africa president, Nelson Mandela and today is still setting the finest standards in international service and cuisine and luxury surroundings. The hotel offers a premium selection of establishments where you can enjoy gastronomic genius that has helped the city of Cape Town earn its reputation as a food-lovers destination. Enjoy a famed High Tea in the Lounge against the backdrop of Table Mountain or enjoy a local feast at the Camissa Brassiere or the Atlantic.

Voted as the best place in the world to visit by the prestigious New York Times, Cape Town is one of the most popular destinations in South Africa. This vibrant multicultural city is a healthy mix of city and suburban living, vibey day and night spots, outdoor recreational activities and relaxation. Two oceans with their beautiful white sand beaches embrace this nature-saturated city. Ride the revolving cable car to the sky on Table Mountain; shop at the V&A Waterfront, one of Africas premier shopping destinations; stand on the edge of the world at Cape Point or delve into South Africas past at Robben Island, the prison that once held one of the worlds greatest heroes, Nelson Mandela. The Mother City, the "Green City", the "Tavern of the Seas"...whatever name you give it, this is a bucket list destination to be experienced and enjoyed.

Day 8 : Cape Peninsula private sightseeing

Experience the scenic beauty and natural landscapes of South Africa’s Cape Peninsula on this full-day tour from Cape Town. Enjoy the convenience of guided visits, as well as the independence of solo sightseeing and learn about this dynamic region from your friendly, knowledgeable guide. See seals in Hout Bay (with optional Duiker Island boat trip) and have time to wander the shops. You can explore the Cape Point Nature Reserve at your leisure and check out playful families of African penguins in Simon’s Town.

Day 9 : Full day Winelands private tour

What is the best feature of a Cape Winelands tour? Not only does a Winelands tour take in the crisp white and classic French-style red wines, fantastic cheeses and olives that the area is famous for, but it also gives you a chance to savour a stunning wealth of natural beauty.

Explore vast estates as we take you along the Cape Winelands’ principal route through Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Relax in the shade of giant oak trees and towering mountains overlooking lush valleys. Our Winelands tour is a day filled with fine wines, great food and spectacular scenery.

Day 10-11 : Depart Cape Town - UK

You’ll enjoy a private transfer to Cape Town airport in time for your overnight flight to the UK.

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