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South Africa & Botswana Family Active Safari - 20s & Beyond

Biking, the Big Five & Luxury Game Lodges

Get set for more natural beauty, wondrous wildlife, rich South African culture and carefree adventure than you can imagine! By bike, on foot and in open-top 4x4, treat your family to once-in-a-lifetime encounters, luxurious game lodges and epic biking and hiking, all seamlessly linked by our private charter flights.

THIS ITINERARY: 11 days, 10 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels

FROM: $8,999 pp dbl occ
Plus $3,740 internal air
($2,700 for sgl occ)

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Start Cape Town / End Johannesburg

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

Highlights
  • Unwind with your family in secluded lodges and luxurious safari camps, savoring local vintages and dining under the stars
  • Safari in open-topped Land Rovers with our expert local guides and enjoy the chance to spot the legendary Big Five
  • Hike in Cape Town​ along iconic Table Mountain to world-renowned Kirstenbosch garden, then discover Constantia's winelands
  • Bike among magnificent wildlife, including elephants in Botswana, antelope in the Cederbergs and penguins on the Cape
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
11 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

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

The Cellars-Hohenort
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

Mountain bike, walk and rejuvenate at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Retreat, where ancient Bushman rock art and red hartebeest embellish the scenery | Savor local vintages or go canoeing.

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

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

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

Families hike the rarely visited Great Escarpment, where wild vistas of the bush await | Open-top Land Rovers make for great game viewing in Mpumalanga, where hippos and vervet monkeys abound.

Summerfields Rose Retreat
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

Join our friends from the Africa Foundation in a traditional Shangaan community to learn about local projects | 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.

Londolozi Private Game Reserve
Londolozi
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

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Activity Level: 1-3

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. LEARN MORE.

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
Level 3 | 7 miles | 600 ft. gain
Other
Evening Walk & Game Drive (2 hours)
Day 5
Other
Game Drive to Mashatu Camp (1 hour)
Mashatu Game Walk (45 minutes)
Evening Game Drive (2 hours)
Day 6
Other
Morning Biking & Game Drive (3½ hours)
Evening Game Drive (2 hours)
Day 7
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 300 ft. gain
Other
Morning Biking & Game Drive (3½ hours)
Day 8
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 400 ft. gain
Day 9
Other
Summerfields Rose & Orchard Walking Tour (1 hour)
Shangaan Community Tour (1½ hours)
Evening Game Drive (2 hours)
Day 10
Other
Morning Game Drive (2 hours)
Game Walk (1½ hours)
Evening Game Drive (2 hours)
Day 11
Other
Morning Walk & Game Drive (1–2 hours)
* Includes shuttle.

Note: 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.

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.

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Graphic of a blue bike
Local Bike

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

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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 occasionally travel by air to reach the exclusive hotels and activities this destination has to offer. We'll be flying by charter with Avalon Aviation and Federal Air aboard turboprop planes that seat 10 passengers.

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