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South Africa self-drive

Our verdict:

Our drive along the Garden Route rates as one of our favourite holidays ever, taking in reef-fringed beaches, waterfalls and, all against the backdrop of the Tsitsikamma Mountains. Whale watching, wine tasting for the grown-ups, big game safaris and abseiling down Table Mountain make South Africa a great place to explore with the family.

Recommended tour operator: Rainbow Tours

Rainbow Tours says

With non-stop overnight flights to Durban and Cape Town plus no jet lag, each of our carefully-crafted holidays in South Africa promises to be one the whole family will never forget, whether it’s a hectic “leave on Friday night, return on Sunday” half-term or a longer trip.

  • half-term options
  • no jet lag
  • safaris for all ages

Here are our four family favourites but don’t forget that our South Africa experts, some of whom have children themselves, can tailor-make the perfect itinerary to suit your available time, budget, special interests and children’s ages.

For families with a sense of adventure, our 11-night Kwa-Zulu Natal holiday is action-packed with Big Five game drives, of course, but also a chance to learn about conservation efforts and anti-poaching methods whilst enjoying spear-fishing, orientation, bush tracking and interaction with elephants and even crocodiles. Accommodation is in two fantastic camps which have a true sense of place – Amangwane Camp and Umkhumbi.

We also offer a longer self-drive option in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Our one-week Cape Town and Eastern Cape holiday works well for half-term, combining the many attractions of Cape Town with thrilling off-road safaris in the malaria-free Kariega Game Reserve.

Another half-term option, with more luxurious accommodation, is this family holiday with three full days in the Madikwe Game Reserve (also malaria-free) and time in Cape Town. This one works for kids of all ages.

If you fancy a longer holiday and the freedom of a self-drive trip, check out our Discover the Wines, Whales & Wildlife trip. It’s two weeks of iconic South Africa experiences – ideal if you’re travelling with teenagers.

Find out more about Cape Town, the Garden Route and the safaris on offer in this enchanting country along with our other family holidays in South Africa by giving us a call today.

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