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Starting in Cape Town, you will spend 5 days exploring the city and its surroundings with the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel as your base. Next up, travel to the heart of the Cape Winelands to Babylonstoren, one of the oldest Cape Dutch fruit and vegetable farms. A paradise for kids, spend 3 days exploring the organic gardens and soaking up all that the Winelands have to offer. Head north to Samara Private Game Reserve located in the Great Karoo. Home to the Big 5, Samara is dedicated to conservation and offers a safari with a difference. Enjoy daily game drives through the reserve’s unique landscape as well as cheetah tracking on foot and a unique sleep-out experience under the stars.
The Belmond Mount Nelson is dedicated to reducing its impact on the environment and implements recycling, makes organic compost and uses spring water to irrigate the estate.
Babylonstoren is a member of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative which supports sustainable farming initiatives in South Africa. Babylonstoren uses solar power and organic matter is recycled for compost to use in the gardens.
Samara Private Game Reserve is dedicated to conservation and has reintroduced of cheetah, elephant, lion and black rhinoceros to the area. Samara invites guests to get involved and partake in cheetah, rhino and elephant monitoring, land rehabilitation, alien vegetation control and community outreach programmes.
Belmond Mount Nelson is ideal for families traveling with children. The hotel offers a dedicated children’s centre with child-friendly activities and professional child-minding, a kids’ welcome pack with snacks and in-room kiddies amenities.
Babylonstoren invites little ones to get their hands dirty and get involved in harvest activities, partake in scavenger hunts and join the bakers in the bakery to make fresh farm bread.
Samara offers baby-sitting and has a dedicated children’s programme teaching little ones the importance of caring for our environment and wildlife.
A retreat for the whole family, the Mount Nelson is located in the heart of the city under the shadows of Table Mountain.
Stay in one of Babylonstoren’s traditional farm cottages amidst one of the most loved gardens in the Western Cape.
Located in a natural amphitheater of the Karoo mountains, the charming Karoo Lodge is geared towards families. With homely suites, the Karoo Lodge is a wonderful place to relax after days out partaking in conservation activities on the reserve.
Day 12 marks the final day of your Big 5 Family Conservation Safari.
Touch down in Cape Town, where a Jumbari Family Safari representative will be ready to accompany you into the heart of the city, a mere 20 minute drive away. Your base for the next 4 days is the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, a colourful hideaway at the foot of Table Mountain.
The Mount Nelson is a retreat for the whole family. While you check-in, your little ones will be taken care of with a kiddies welcome pack and a selection of treats. Make your way to your family suite which will be kitted out with amenities for the whole family, including kiddies gowns and slippers and themed bathroom amenities.
The hotel features a Kids Club Area for children aged 3 to 12, where your little ones can enjoy a range of educational games and toys. Professional child-minders will organize activities, from games to storytelling, to keep your children entertained throughout the day.
Located in the suburb of Gardens, this historical, blush hotel offers easy access to the sites of the city. On day 3, you will have the opportunity to explore the city on a private morning tour where you can view the sights of Cape Town with your family. Spend your days exploring Cape Town’s family-friendly beaches and museums. Venture further afield to witness the penguin colony at Boulders Beach or enjoy the luxuries of the Mount Nelson with a family-themed spa treatment and interactive Chef’s Table experience.
Wake up and enjoy a final hearty breakfast under the shadow of Table Mountain. After check-out, your driver will meet you and accompany on a scenic drive into the heart of the Cape Winelands. Winds through mountain passes towards the rolling vineyards of Franschhoek to Babylonstorn, your base for the next 2 nights. Located on one of the oldest Cape Dutch fruit and vegetable farms, Babylonstoren is home to one of the most well-loved gardens in the Western Cape.
Your family will stay in a luxury 2-bedroom cottage with easy access to the gardens. For all members of the family, there is full access to the gardens at all times, a private guided garden tour, mountain drives, farm walk and harvest tour. Families will have access to bicycles to discover the 3,5 hectare fruit and vegetable garden at their own pace. If you’re feeling creative, you and your family can join the bakers in the bakery to learn how to make fresh farm bread.
For the little ones, Babylonstoren invites them to get their hands dirty and get involved in harvest activities as well as partake in scavenger hunts. While they’re out exploring alongside child-minding professionals, you can enjoy a little time to yourself with a guided tour of the cellar where you can sample some of Babylonstoren’s state-of-the-art wines or with treatment at the exclusive on site spa.
After a healthy breakfast and simple checkout, your driver will meet you to transfer to the Cape Town International Airport, a 45 minutes’ drive away. At the airport, you will take a scheduled flight from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, on the east coast of South Africa for the start of your safari experience. Once in Port Elizabeth, your driver will meet you and accompany you to the Great Karoo, a 2 and a half hour drive away. Your base for the next 5 nights is the Karoo Lodge in the private Samara Private Game Reserve.
Located in a natural amphitheater of the Karoo mountains, the charming Karoo Lodge is geared towards families. With homely suites, the Karoo Lodge is a wonderful place to relax after days out on the reserve. The lodge features a swimming pool, wide verandahs and cosy fireplaces.
The lodge offers families private game vehicles with a guide and tracker as well as a children’s programme dedicated to educating even the youngest guests about conservation. Samara is committed to conservation and your 5 nights here include daily game drives with educational conservation activities such as guided walks, cheetah tracking on foot, rhino tracking, wildlife monitoring, planting indigenous plants and wilderness picnics. Enjoy a night under the Karoo sky on an unparalleled sleep-out experience at Samara’s Milky Way Star Bed, a once-in-a-life-time experience you and your family will never forget.
Day 12 marks the end of your Conservation Safari. After a hearty breakfast and seamless checkout, your driver will be waiting to transfer you to Port Elizabeth International Airport for onward journey home.