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South Africa & Botswana Active Safari - For Families with Older Teens & 20s

Biking, the Big Five & Luxury Game Lodges

One or more kids 17+ required (siblings 14+ ok) | Min age to ride e-bike 16+

Family — Older Teens & 20s

11 days 10 nights

Activity Levels 1-3

Premiere Hotels

From: $9,799 pp dbl occ

Plus $4,400 internal air

($2,500 - $2,700 for sgl occ)

There's no other Africa trip like this. And you'll know it when you're eye-to-eye with a giraffe—from the seat of your bike, on foot or in an open-top 4x4. This family adventure vacation is more than you can imagine and everything you expect: premiere lodges, untamed landscapes and once-in-a-lifetime cycling and hiking—all seamlessly connected by our private charter flights.
 

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Safari
Bike
South Africa & Botswana Africa Family Multi-Adventure Tour
South Africa & Botswana Africa Family Multi-Adventure Tour

South Africa & Botswana

Start Cape Town / End Johannesburg

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights

  • Explore sophisticated and strikingly beautiful Cape Town, a captivating place to start your family's active safari
  • Bike among magnificent wildlife, including elephants in Botswana, antelope in the Cederbergs and penguins on the Cape
  • Hike along iconic Table Mountain to world-renowned Kirstenbosch garden, then discover Constantia's winelands
  • Safari with family in open-topped Land Rovers with our expert local guides and spot the legendary Big Five
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Itinerary

Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
11 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2
Description

Gain insight into South Africa's traditional and contemporary culture from our local friends | Hike along Table Mountain's base to extraordinary Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden | Bike from Cape Point to Chapman's Peak, looking for ostrich, baboons, rare Cape Mountain zebras and elands.
 

Accommodations
Cellars-Hohenort Vineyard
Cellars-Hohenort
Constantia
| Premiere Hotel

A historic manor house in the Cape winelands with stunning views of Table Mountain. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

Days 3-4
Description

Vacation, walk and mountain bike at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Retreat, where ancient Bushman rock art and red hartebeest embellish the scenery | Taste local vintages or grab a paddle and go canoeing.
 

Accommodations
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Retreat
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Retreat
Cederberg Mountains
| Premiere Hotel

This wilderness retreat features a gorgeous landscape and is home to a wide variety of antelope and birds. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

Days 5-6
Description

In remote Mashatu, learn to track classic African animals on a guided safari mountain bike ride teeming with wildlife, including giraffes, the big cats and hundreds of bird species | Bike in Botswana among elephants on their ancient paths | Tonight, dinner is served under the African sky around a blazing fire—an unforgettable family meal!

Accommodations
Mashatu Main Camp, Botswana, Africa
Mashatu Main Camp
Mashatu Game Reserve
| Premiere Hotel

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

Days 7-8
Description

Watch for hippos and vervet monkeys from our resort on the river | Venture to the bottom of a deep canyon in a glass elevator to explore the lush and rare Afromontane forest | Hike the seldom visited Great Escarpment, where wild vistas of the bush await. 
 

Accommodations
Interior view of Summerfields Retreat Tent Room
Summerfields Rose Retreat & Spa
Hazyview
| Premiere Hotel

These luxurious tented lodge suites are nestled in a secluded valley along the Sabie River, where hippos sometimes bathe at dusk. (pool, spa)

Days 9-11
Description

In Londolozi, spot the Big Five and other fascinating creatures, like dung beetles and lilac-breasted rollers, during exhilarating bush excursions on foot and in Landies | In a traditional Shangaan community, join our friends from the Africa Foundation to learn about local projects.
 

Accommodations
Londolozi Private Game Reserve
Londolozi Private Game Reserve
Sabi Sands Game Reserve
| Premiere Hotel

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

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.

December 2022
Dec 17 - Dec 27
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Activity Level: 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

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). The walking terrain includes rugged bush trails, with the focus on game viewing. The biking routes on this trip follow narrow rocky paths and dirt and paved roads. All the walks and bike rides in game reserves are optional with game drives as an alternative activity.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 1 mile* | 100 ft. gain
Level 1 | 2 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 1 | 3 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 3 | 6 miles | 900 ft. gain
Day 2
Biking
Level 2 | 19 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 25 miles* | 1400 ft. gain
Level 4 | 38 miles* | 2500 ft. gain
Other
Cape of Good Hope Walk (1 hour)
Day 3
Biking
Level 1 | 9 miles | 100 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 1 | 4 miles | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 500 ft. gain
Active Safari
Evening Walk & Game Drive (2 hours)
Day 5
Active Safari
Game Drive to Mashatu Camp (1 hour)
Mashatu Game Walk (45 minutes)
Evening Game Drive (2 hours)
Day 6
Active Safari
Morning Biking & Game Drive (3½ hours)
Evening Game Drive (2 hours)
Day 7
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles | 400 ft. gain
Other
Morning Biking & Game Drive (3½ hours)
Day 8
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 500 ft. gain
Day 9
Other
Summerfields Rose & Orchard Walking Tour (1 hour)
Shangaan Community Tour (1½ hours)
Active Safari
Evening Game Drive (2 hours)
Day 10
Active Safari
Morning Game Drive (2 hours)
Game Walk (1½ hours)
Evening Game Drive (2 hours)
Day 11
Active Safari
Morning Walk & Game Drive (1–2 hours)

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip. (click the arrow to see all available options)

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Local Bike

Included in your trip price

On this trip we locally source the best bikes we can for the terrain (we’re not able to import our custom titanium bikes to this locale).

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Flights

On this trip we travel by private 8- to 20-passenger turboprop planes to reach the exclusive hotels and activities this destination has to offer while minimizing total travel time.

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