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South Africa & Botswana Family Breakaway Multisport Tour
South Africa & Botswana Family Breakaway Multisport Tour

There is no other Africa trip like this. And you know it when you first see baboons cross your path and get close enough to look a giraffe in the eye - on foot, from the seat of a bicycle, as well as from open-topped 4x4s. This southern Africa adventure promises more than you can imagine and everything you expect: the premiere lodges, untamed landscapes and once-in-a-lifetime cycling and hiking through wild game reserves with the continent's best rangers - all connected by our private charter flights that seamlessly link dramatically distinct regions.

Days 1-2 Exclusive insight into traditional and contemporary culture from our local friends, including one who served on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela Hike along Table Mountain's base to world-renowned Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden Bike from Cape Point to Chapman's Peak, possibly spotting ostrich, baboons, rare Cape Mountain zebras and elands.

Days 3-4 Relax, rejuvenate, walk and mountain bike at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Retreat, where ancient Bushman rock art and red hartebeest antelope embellish the scenery In the mood to taste local vintages, indulge at the spa or go canoeing? It's up to you.

Day 5 Private charter flights smoothly connect diverse African landscapes  In remote Mashatu, learn to track classic African animals on a guided mountain bike ride teeming with wildlife, including giraffes and the big cats Tonight dinner is served under the African sky around a blazing fire.

Days 6-8 Bike in Botswana among elephants on their ancient paths  Open-topped Land Rovers make for great game viewing Hike the dramatic but rarely visited Great Escarpment, offering wild views of the bush  Browse handicrafts in a charming Afrikaner pioneer town that's home to a thriving artist community.

Days 9-11 Spot the Big Five and other fascinating creatures like dung beetles and lilac-breasted rollers at Londolozi during exhilarating bush excursions on foot and in "Landies"  Join our friend Lotus in his traditional Shangaan village.

Trip Highlights
  • Bike among elephants in Botswana, zebras in the Cederbergs, and penguins on the Cape
  • Chances to spot the Big Five
  • Hike the dramatic and rarely visited Great Escarpment
  • Private charter flights smoothly connect diverse African landscapes
  • Relax and rejuvenate at some of Africa's top lodges
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Premiere Inns

The Cellars-Hohenort (2 nights): A historic manor house in the Cape Winelands with stunning views of Table Mountain. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa, tennis)

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Retreat (2 nights): This wilderness retreat features a gorgeous landscape, and is home to a wide variety of antelope and birds. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

Mashatu Main Camp (2 nights): A spectacularly remote luxury camp built around a water hole where one of southern Africa's largest elephant herds congregates. (pool)

Summerfields Rose Retreat & Spa (2 nights): These luxurious tented lodge suites are nestled in a secluded valley along the Sabie River, where hippos sometimes bathe at dusk. (pool, spa)

Londolozi Private Game Reserve (2 nights): An elegant game lodge on the Sand River offering chalets with balconies for observing elephants and hippos in the wild. A Relais & Châteaux member. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool)

Routes For All Abilities

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Walking/Hiking 1* 0 6 500
Walking/Hiking 2* 0
Walking/Hiking 3 300
2 Biking 17* 700 25* 700 38* 700 46 1500
Walking/Hiking 1 0
3 Biking 9 0
Other Evening Game Drive (2 Hours)
4 Walking/Hiking 3 100
Walking/Hiking 4 300
Other Evening Walk and Game Drive (2 Hours)
5 Other Afternoon Game Walk (1 Hour)
Other Evening Game Drive (2 Hours)
6 Other Morning Biking and Game Drive (3.5 Hours)
Other Afternoon Bush Walk (1 Hour)
Other Evening Game Drive (2 Hours)
7 Walking/Hiking 4 400
Other Morning Biking and Game Drive (3.5 Hours)
8 Walking/Hiking 4 0
Walking/Hiking 4 400
9 Walking/Hiking 4 400
Other Evening Game Drive (2 Hours)
10 Walking/Hiking 3 0
Other Morning and Evening Game Drives (2 Hours Each)
11 Other Morning Walk and Game Drive (1–2 Hours)

On this trip, we'll be using titanium mountain bikes that are just right for the non-technical dirt road riding as well as the paved riding. (approximately 50% dirt and 50% paved).

* Includes a shuttle

2015 Dates & Pricing*

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

2016 Dates & Pricing*

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)


8 - 9 guests from $9,498 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $7,698 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $8,498 pp dbl. occ.
Internal flights from $2,900.

All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.

Guest Trip Reviews

Wildlife viewing opportunities are excellent on this trip. The reserves we visit have managed their ecosystems so well that wildlife can be seen everywhere all year-round. Animals in these reserves rarely feel threatened, so we're able to get very close. Seeing a leopard, for instance, in a national park is extremely rare. Seeing one or more at Mashatu or Londolozi is quite common. We look forward to helping your family spot leopards - and the rest of the Big Five - on our South Africa & Botswana Multisport trip!
Christian Chumbley- Regional Manager, South Africa