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South Africa marine & Big 5 safari

South Africa marine & Big 5 safari

This 9-day South Africa marine & Big 5 safari takes you to the vibrant city of Cape Town, along South Africa’s Whale Coast to the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve for your Big 5 safari.

From ZAR R68,020* pp sharing

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Day by day itinerary

Overview
Discover South Africa Whale Coast with your family on this 9 day marine & Big 5 family safari.

This 9-day South Africa marine & Big 5 safari takes you to the vibrant city of Cape Town, along South Africa’s Whale Coast to the Sanbona Game Reserve for your Big 5 safari. Starting at the One&Only, you spend 2 days exploring one of South Africa’s most spectacular coastal cities. Discover Cape Town’s family-friendly beaches, take in the view of the city from the peak of Table Mountain or venture further afield to meet the penguin colony at Boulders Beach, a highlight for the little ones. Next up, enjoy 3 days discovering Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, one of the country’s premier land-based whale watching destinations. Enjoy scenic walks and hikes along the coastal cliffs of the reserve while Southern Right Whales leap out from the water below. Lastly, you will journey to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve for the start of your Big 5 safari. Enjoy daily game drives, walking safaris and witness the ancient San rock art in this historical reserve.

Eco-friendly:

One&Only is environmentally sensitive with recycling processes in place and has eliminated single-use plastic throughout its grounds.

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve focus on uplifting local communities through a college training programme and support 3 integrated programmes: Green Futures which focuses on conservation, Football Foundation which focuses on utilising sport for development and Siyakhula aims to create sustainable livelihoods. .

Sanbona Gondwana Family Lodge focuses on conserving the environment and by protecting its delicate eco-system. On their team they have wildlife veterinarians, ecologists, conservation managers and field staff that work together to preserve the area.

Child-friendly:

One&Only boasts a fully-supervised Kids Only Programme with a movie and game lounge, reading area, exclusive garden and computer room.

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a family adventure haven, offering a variety of fun and educational activities. 

Sanbona Gondwana Family Lodge offers a Kids on Safari Programme and a offers complimentary child-minding service in the kiddies playroom during game drive hours.

Value Adds:

  • Harbour House Restaurant group: priority seating, signature cocktail, beautifully decorated table with a chilled bottle of wine on table upon arrival
  • Kove Collection Restaurant group: priority seating and bottle of Kove wine
  • Professional child-mining in Cape Town
Day 1 - 2: One&Only, Cape Town
Your trip kicks off in the bustling Cape Town

Starting in Cape Town, you will spend 3 days exploring the city and its rich cultural heritage with your family. Your base will be the One&Only Hotel located in the V&A Waterfront, featuring a dedicated kids clubhouse with movie and game lounge, reading area, exclusive garden and computer room.

Accommodation: One&Only Cape Town
Breakfast included
Day 3 - 5: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, Whale Coast
Continue trip to the start of your marine safari at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, Whale Coast

Discover South Africa’s Whale Coast at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and enjoy some of the country’s best land-based whale watching with your family. 

Accommodation: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
All meals included
Day 6 - 8: Gondwana Family Lodge, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
The Big 5 safari leg of your trip kicks off at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Enjoy a Big 5 safari with your family at Gondwana Family Lodge. The lodge offers a Kids on Safari Programme for the little ones, as well as an interactive kiddies playroom .

Accommodation: Gondwana Family Lodge
All meals included
- Departure -

Day 9 marks the final day of your South Africa marine & Big 5 safari.

Day 1 - 2

One&Only, Cape Town

Touch down in Cape Town International Airport where a Jumbari Family Safaris representative will be ready to accompany you into the heart of the city, a mere 20 minute drive away. Your base for the next two days is the luxurious One&Only Hotel.

Located in the V&A Waterfront the One&Only boasts breathtaking views of the active harbour and Table Mountain. Featuring a private island spa, world class dining experiences, temperature controlled pools and an engaging Kids Only Programme, the One&Only is perfect for the whole family.

In close proximity to a variety of Cape Town attractions, spend your days exploring the city and its surroundings from boat cruises through the harbour to helicopter flights over the city.

Breakfast Included

Day 3 - 5

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, Whale Coast

Start your day off right with a filling breakfast at the One&Only. Your little ones will love the waffle station offering an assortment of delicious toppings. After check-out, your driver will meet you to and take the scenic route along South Africa’s Whale Coast. Your base for the next 3 nights is Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, a mere 2 hour drive away.

Located in a marine eco-reserve, Grootbos Garden Lodge offers 11 environmentally sensitive suites with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Your two-bedroom family suite offers complete privacy for you and your family. 

From the months of July to November you and your family can experience some of the best land-based whale watching in the world as Southern Right whales migrate to the Southern Coast of South Africa to mate, calve and raise their young. Spend your days exploring the  reserve on scenic walks and hikes, botanical 4×4 safaris, horse riding excursions, quad bike adventures as well as marine safaris, scenic flights. 

All Meals Included

Day 6 - 8

Gondwana Family Lodge, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

After a healthy, family breakfast, your driver will meet you to transfer you to Gondwana Family Lodge for the start of your Big 5 safari. Located in the malaria-free Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Gondwana Family Lodge features 12 luxury suites with panoramic views of the surrounding hills and plains of the Little Karoo.

The family suite features two interleading bedrooms and the lodge caters to little ones by offering play areas, a child-friendly swimming pool and a Kids on Safari program which teaches them about the animals on the reserve, tracks and plants.

Spend your days on daily Big 5 safari, guided game and nature walks and on boat safaris where you can spot hippos wallowing in the shallows. Stargazing in this remote area is unparalleled. Join your knowledge guide on a journey through the constellations and in the day, discover the ancient rock art left behind by the San Tribes.

Note: Kids under 4 are not permitted on game drives

All Meals Included

- Departure -

This day marks the end of your 9 day South Africa marine & Big 5 safari. After a final breakfast at Gondwana Family Lodge, your driver will meet you to transfer you to Cape Town International Airport for your onward journey.

  • Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country.
  • This tour must be paid in South African Rands (ZAR).
  • This tour accepts children of all ages. Children under 12 receive a discount.
  • Rates include a fixed budget for flights during this tour. Flights may cost more, depending on travel dates. If so, your quote will reflect this. 

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