Explore Cape Town and the beautiful Winelands. Head down to the beaches of the Garden Route and then on to a safari in the Eastern Cape. This is a great area for all families and is malaria free.
This afro-chic exclusive use villa is part of Hog Hollow. So you get all the benefits of being part of a hotel but with your own private space. The villa has 3 bedrooms and some of the most stunning views you could ever hope for. You also have a huge garden, a wonderful pool, BBQ area and a chef who will cook up a true feast for you every day.Read more about this Hotel
Birkenhead Villa is the family option of the well known and totally fabulous Birkenhead House. It is one of the most luxurious family friendly hotels in the area. Each of the five rooms is beautifully decorated, most with balconies and sea views. The Villa is just a few minutes’ walk from two lovely sandy beaches – both great for sand castle making.
Suitable for: Due to a variety of antiques in the villa we recommend it for less 'boisterous' children.Read more about this Hotel
Set on a 1700 hectares Private Nature Reserve, Grootbos is a wonderful family lodge with hours of outdoor fun to keep children happy. Each suite is free-standing and feels like your own little home with plenty of space for children. There is loads to do at Grootbos - the majority of the activities are nature based so perfect for children who enjoy the great outdoors.
Suitable for: Children of all ages however the activities are geared for children 5yrs+.Read more about this Hotel
This is a beautiful hotel with some of the most stunning gardens on the Garden Route. Rooms and the main house are quite old style elegant and therefore not for everyone. The hotel is in a great location next to Plettenberg and has some wonderful family rooms as well as one of the best children's play areas we have seen in SA.
Suitable for: Best suited to families with younger children who will love the Cubs Corner and all the lawns.Read more about this Hotel
Based on the edge of Walkers Bay, the best place to spot whales in SA, this beautiful safari style lodge is surrounded by countryside and a stunning lagoon that heads out into the bay. For families wanting to see the whales but also have a bit of space, a chance to play on quad bikes, go fishing and generally enjoy a relaxing lodge then this is a very good option.Read more about this Hotel
South Africa has three main climatic zones with their seasons opposite to ours so their winter is our summer.
The High and Lowveld areas around the Kruger and up to Madikwe and the Waterberg have hot summers which are famous for spectacular electric storms. The rains come in November, December and January. October in the Kruger can be very hot and dry just waiting for the first rains. And in their winter months (April – September) the weather is warm during the day with lovely cool nights – ideal for sitting around a camp fire. We personally love September in the Highveld which can have hot days with not a cloud in the sky and warmer nights.
Cape Town and the Garden route have a climate which is very similar to the south of France. Summers for them are lovely and hot (running from October to April) with the chance of occasional rain. And at this time there is a strong wind through Cape Town which can help keep the temperatures pleasant. Late summers are dry and warm with less wind. And their winter between May and September can be cool and wet.
The east of the country, in KwaZulu-Natal, has a sub-tropical climate which ensures hot, humid summers along the coast with more rain than in the winter. Winters are pleasantly warm during the day and cooler at night.
Flights: Overnight direct flights with Virgin, British Airways and South African Airways to Johannesburg and Cape Town. From where you catch connecting internal flights to the Kruger (45 minutes) Durban (1 ½ hrs) and George Airport (45 minutes from Cape Town) on the Garden route.
South Africa doesn't really have a national cuisine, and most of what you eat will be international dishes, but cooked with local produce, which is excellent. You will notice a lot of meat on the menu including game meats such as Kudu and springbok. The South Africans are great meat eaters and you will find their tradition ‘brai’ is the most elaborate BBQ you will ever go to. They even build their own outside bomas for such occasions with a huge fire in the centre and lanterns hanging from every tree.
And the beer isn’t bad either (I would say that as my great grandfather started South African breweries) The wine is also delicious and wins world wide praise. You will note when you are there that the smaller vineyards don’t allow their wine to be sold out of the country so the best SA wines are often only to be found there.
Children wont struggle finding things they love to eat.
Please find below a range of activities available in South Africa: South & East Coast.
We know it is often difficult, with the huge number of hotels out there, to know which one to go for, which combines with which and what sort of costs they are going to be. Here we have put together a few of our favourite options to give you a starting point. Any of these options can be changed, tweeked or added to so please do ask. The prices are per person and include international flights and private transfers. As the rates at all hotels change a great deal from their High Seasons (i.e the most popular times of the year to be there) to their Low Seasons (they often have great discounts at this time) we have based the 'From' costs on a good time of year to be in the country, the dates are included in the text at the bottom. Please do call us for a quote based on your dates.