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Cape Family Adventure

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Trip code: 
FAC
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures, Family Group
Activity:
Family
Group size:
8–14
Designed for:
Ages 9-12
Also for:
Ages 13-16

Family adventure through the Cape Region of South Africa, including Hermanus and the fertile Winelands.

From our start point in cosmopolitan Cape Town, we travel along the rugged coastline to Hermanus, the best location in the world for land-based whale watching, and the perfect stop on our trip. From here we venture towards the beautiful town of Stellenbosch, surrounded by mountains on all sides. On this action-packed journey, we begin by taking to the skies and heading for the top of Table Mountain via the Cable Car where you will get your bearings with an incredible view over the city. The kids will be making their own pizza and dessert tonight at a city restaurant.  We visit Cape Point at the tip of the Peninsula, known for it's Rock Hyrax, also known affectionately as "dassies". We will also visit the famously comical population of African penguins which have made their home amongst the huge lumps of granite at Boulders Beach. We make our way to Hermanus via the stunning coastal road, where we can get active with some sea kayaking or fat bike riding on De Kelders Beach. Our final stop is Stellenbosch, in the heart of the Winelands where we will explore the many markets, farms and vineyards and all they have to offer.

Highlights

 

  • Cable car up and down the iconic Table Mountain

  • Penguins, seals and whales along the rugged coastline

  • Markets, farms, gardens and vineyards to explore

  • Pizza cookery class for children
  • Try to find the elusive Rock Hyrax at Cape Point

Key information

  • 7 days land only/ 9 days flight inclusive
  • 6 nights comfortable hotels
  • Group normally 8-14, plus leader. Designed for ages 9 to 12, also for ages 13 to 16
  • Travel by private air-conditioned minibus and with driver guide

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 1 dinner included
  • All accommodation
  • Entrance fees to specified attractions and/or activities
  • Transfers for group flights

 

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's and Vaccinations
  • Single supplement
  • Extra activites or entrance fees
  • Gratuties

 

Call for general departures:
056 631 86 64
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Cape Town

    Arrive Cape Town in the morning. This afternoon, your adventure will begin with a cable car ride to the top of the icon that is Table Mountain. From here you will get your bearings over the city and enjoy an amazing view along the coastline. This evening your guide will collect you in time for dinner, which will be an interactive experience for the children as they get to grips with making their own pizza and dessert at Cafe Paradiso.  After dinner, you will get your briefing the trip and transfer back to your hotel for your first night in Cape Town.

    Premier Hotel Cape Town or similar

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Full day Cape of Good Hope

     

    After a leisurely breakfast, we will head out on for a full day exploring the Cape of Good Hope. It is the rugged and rocky headland on the Atlantic coast of the Cape Peninsula in South Africa. It is a common misconception that this is the most southern tip of Africa, however, this is actually Cape Agulhas, some 150 kilometres to the East and where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The Cape of Good Hope is actually the most south-western point.

    We will enjoy a walk along the cliff path at Cape Point, getting some superb pictures of the lighthouse and the waves below. We will be within the Table Mountain National Park, and have a good chance of spotting some of the local wildlife including the very cute Rock Hyrax, commonly known as a "dassie". You will also learn a little of the diversity of Cape Floral Kingdom, and see some of the "fynbos" plants for which this region is so famous.

    No Cape Peninsula trip would be complete without a visit to the enigmatic African penguin population of Boulders Beach. The beach is littered with huge ancient granite boulders, sheltering it from the winds and waves creating a haven for these creatures, as well as a perfect swimming spot for adults and children alike. Don't miss the opportunity to swim alongside the penguins!

    Continuing our journey along the dramatic coastline, we arrive in Hout Bay. It is a large fishing port, with a wide shallow bay lined by a beach that stretches for miles. A typical seaside resort, it's a great place for a fish supper or an ice cream. From here we take a cruise from the harbour to Duiker Island, famous for its resident colony of wild Cape Fur Seals. Enjoy getting up close and personal with these huge marine mammals before we head back to shore, and return to Cape Town for the evening.

    Premier Hotel Cape Town or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Cape Town to Hermanus via the coastal road

     

    After a final breakfast in Cape Town, we leave the city getting a stunning view of the St Lowry's pass and the Helderberg Mountains before we turn toward to sea. The St Lowry's pass is an ancient mountain pass that crosses the Hottentots-Holland mountain range and now forms part of the main road to the Garden Route of South Africa.

    Our destination for today is Hermanus, only 1.5 hours from Cape Town and so we will take the scenic road passing through some small coastal towns such as Pringle Bay. An opportunity for a different view of the Cape, Pringle Bay is on the opposite side of False Bay from Cape Point. The town and surrounds are part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO Heritage Site in incredibly beautiful surroundings.

    Another of the small towns en-route is Betty's Bay, which hosts another colony of the inquisitive African penguins, at Stony Point Nature Reserve. Here we will pay a visit to the Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens, a great example of flora in the Cape Floral Kingdom and wedged between mountain and the sea. There are lots of trains, waterfalls and pools to explore at leisure.

    When ready, we will complete the short journey to Hermanus and check into our hotel. Situated a stone's throw from Walker Bay, a gentle walk along the famous cliff path is a must. Keep an eye out for whales in the bay!

    Windsor Hotel Hermanus or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Hermanus and De Kelders Beach

    After breakfast in the holiday town of Hermanus, we make our way a little further up the coastline towards De Kelders, where there is a spectacular stretch of beach with sand dunes and caves making a perfect place for some activities.

    Today you have the choice of an included activity, can choose to either venture the length of the beach on a fat bike, or do some sea kayaking along the coast. The fat bike's tyres cut easily through the sand and it is an easy way to cover a lot of ground. You can take it at your own pace, stopping to admire the view, take pictures or look for whales and seals at sea. Equally, sea kayaking along the coastline gives you a very different view and the chance to see some of the sea life up close. The kayaks are very stable and easy to manoeuvre, however, in whale season the minimum age is 12 as you need to be alert and able to paddle effectively. 

    After our busy morning, we make our way back to Hermanus where you can wander around the craft market, walk the cliff path, enjoy another options excursion or simply can relax in the hotel.

    Windsor Hotel Hermanus or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Hermanus to Stellenbosch via the R44

    In the morning, we enjoy a final breakfast in Hermanus before we head toward the Winelands of South Africa, and the leafy town of Stellenbosch. We take the scenic R44 route, which takes us through a variety of farm stalls, markets and vineyards. We will stop at a Strawberry Farm, which is a great treat for the kids packed with lots of activities and the opportunity to pick your own strawberries from October - December). Afterwards, we make our way to Spier, where you can enjoy the expansive manicured grounds with a variety of free self-guided walks. The kids can even take part in a  "grape juice tasting" while the adults enjoy sample some of the regions famous wines, (optional, see extra expenses section) or a visit to Eagle Encounters where they can get up close to some impressive birds of prey (optional, see extra expenses section). 

    After lunch, we make our way to our hotel in Stellenbosch, where you are then free to explore this historical town.

    The Stellenbosch Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Stellenbosch and Franschoek

    This morning we begin to delve further into the heart of the Winelands, and its 2 principle towns - Stellenbosch and Franschoek.

    We will visit Babylonstoren, which is one of the oldest Cape Dutch homesteads in the region. It is home to a vast farm of fruit, vegetables and vines that supplies the hotel and restaurant on site. We will enjoy a guided tour of this huge garden at the heart of the farm, where we can pick, smell and taste our way around, learning some of their expert techniques.

    The highlight of our day will be a visit the charming Indian runner ducks, who form the duck parade at Vergenoegd. You can see this incredible spectacle throughout the day at specific times as the flock is released and they march off to forage for snails and insects in the vineyards, under the watchful eye of their herder. You can also visit the duck pens and the breeding room and see this environmentally friendly pest control process works.

    This afternoon there is the option to visit Jonkershoek Nature Reserve and partake in a "Scootour". Using a non-motorized push bike, this is a really fun and active way to experience the stunning views amongst the majestic mountains with lots of downhill slopes ( optional, see extra expenses).

    The Stellenbosch Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    End Stellenbosch

    End Stellenbosch. Our tour ends after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

British passport holders and most European and Commonwealth Passport holders do not require a visa to travel to South Africa. Please note that all travellers to South Africa who do require a visa are required to have a minimum of 2 blank consecutive pages in their passport i.e. a left-hand page and a right-hand page to enable an entry visa to be issued.

Please note that new regulations from the 1 June 2015 mean that any child under 18 travelling to South Africa needs to be in possession of a full unabridged birth certificate with the names of both parents.

If a child under 18 is only travelling with a single parent, they will also have to have an affidavit, no less than 3 months old, from the absent parent confirming the child can travel with the other parent; a court order granting full legal guardianship of the child; or a death certificate of the deceased parent.

Vaccinations

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations areright-hand Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Malaria prophylaxis is essential if travelling in the greater Kruger area and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. The rest of South Africa, including the Garden Route, has a low risk of Malaria.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, and 1 dinner included.

South African food is on the whole excellent, and very varied. You will find many traditional foods such as barbequed meats, curries and seafood on most menus. Vegetarians are also well catered for, in a country where fresh produce is abundant. Breakfasts usually consist of a variety of breads, spreads, cereals, yoghurt, eggs and juice/coffee/tea.

When eating out, meals are reasonably priced and there is a great variety of restaurants to chose from ranging from burger chains to a la carte. Generally, dinner is likely to cost between £5-10 (approx. US$8-15) without drinks. £15 (approx. US$25) a day for food should be sufficient. Local beers, and in particular wines are fantastic and widespread.  Your hotel, and/or guide will be able to make suitable recommendations for meals during your stay.

Please note that if you have any special dietary requirements you should inform the Exodus office prior to the trip, and if you have a specific medical/dietary need (i.e. coeliac or vegan) you may find it helpful to bring some items of food with you from home. 

 

Weather

Please note this chart denotes the average temperatures in Cape Town.The summer period is from November to March, and during these months the temperatures vary from 20-30+°C, and there is very little rainfall. Winter is from May to September and during these months the average temperatures will be from 10-15°C during the day, and nights getting to single figures. The winter days should be clear and sunny, whereas in the summer the views can be hazy created by the heat.

In recent years, the Cape region has been subject to serious droughts, and the city is still under water restrictions and we urge all our clients who visit this area to use water responsibly. 

Is this trip for you?

Travel to South Africa requires only a few vaccines, there is no risk of Malaria in the Cape Region and if coming from Europe, the time difference is minimal. Our suggested flights are direct, and overnight allowing you to arrive well rested and have a leisurely first day. This trip provides a wonderful opportunity to see the best of South Africa, combining its most iconic city with superb mountain scenery and dramatic coastlines.  We spend quality time in the places that matter, the pace is not rushed and allows for some relaxation along the way. The longest journey is 1.5 hours in air-conditioned vehicles, and this will be broken up with comfort breaks and photo opportunities.

This trip is designed for children from 9-12 years old, but is also suitable for those aged 13-16. Our guides are patient and friendly, and often have families of their own so they naturally know what families are looking for. Our guides are there to make your trip special, and relish the opportunity to engage with our Exodus kids showing them a little of what South Africa has to offer!

Please note that travel to South Africa is safe, and the risk of crime is generally low. There are important steps that can be taken to minimise any chances, and these include leaving valuables in your hotels safe or concealed in the vehicle when not needed. Do not carry more cash than you need, as cards are widely accepted in South Africa. It is not advisable to walk around after dark, particularly in the city of Cape Town where you can easily and inexpensively take an Uber, or ask your hotel to arrange a taxi.

This trip is graded as Level 2, leisurely/moderate. When grading our trips we consider multiple factors; the pace (how busy an itinerary is), the amount of time a family will spend travelling, the level of activity involved and the weather is also an important factor too.  Though there is no strenuous physical activity involved in this trip, you and your family will be doing some short walks in places and the heat can be tiring at certain times of the year. There are a number of short walks, and the much-anticipated fat biking/kayaking interspersed with time to kick back and enjoy the scenery.

Our family activity levels are aimed at children in the primary or ‘Designed for’ age group. We are confident it is also suitable for those in the ‘Also for’ age range, however note if your child is in this secondary category they may find it a little easier. Please see the family activity levels on our website for further information, and review the weather charts on this trip for a better idea of what to expect throughout the year

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
056 631 86 64
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Comfortable family hotels

You will spend 6 nights in comfortable hotels, renowned for being family friendly. They are well located and have good amenities.

 

 

Premier Hotel Cape Town - this hotel is located in the Cape Town suburb of Sea Point, which features the promenade, a favourite with Cape Town's joggers, dog walkers and kids. You can stroll alongside the sea, visit the famous Sea Point pools, or hire a bike and get a great view of Lion's Head and Table Mountain - https://www.premierhotels.co.za/hotels/western-cape/cape-town/sea-point

Windsor Hotel - Hermanus - this hotel is just meters from Walker Bay, and the rugged coastline which is so famous for whale-watching. Walk the cliff path in search of Rock Hyrax, enjoy a local ice cream by the sea or explore the craft market - http://www.windsorhotel.co.za

*NB - in peak season Dec/Jan/Feb our hotel in Hermanus is often fully booked, and we find it very difficult to get anything of a similar standard in this very small town. In some cases, we will then use an alternative in the nearby towns of Pringle or Betty's Bay for those 2 nights.  

Stellenbosch Hotel - this hotel is located centrally in the beautiful town of Stellebosch where the markets, museums, art galleries, restaurants, coffee shops, and curio vendors are all within safe walking distance - https://www.stellenboschhotel.co.za/

Call for general departures:
056 631 86 64
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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