South Africa & Botswana Family Active Safari

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

Best for ages 9+ (Ages 4+ ok) | Min. age to ride own bike: 12+

From $10,299 - $12,449 /person

+$4,400   internal air

11 days

10 nights

Activity Levels 1-3

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

South Africa & Botswana Family Active Safari

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

Best for ages 9+ (Ages 4+ ok) | Min. age to ride own bike: 12+

11 days

10 nights

Activity Levels 1-3

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

2023: Dec 2024: Jun-Jul, Dec

From $10,299 - $12,449 /person

( +$4,400  internal air )

Biking, the Big Five & Luxury Game Lodges

There's no other Africa trip like this. And you and your family will know it when you're eye to eye with a giraffe—from your bike, on foot or in an open-top 4x4. This active safari journey 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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Walk/Hike
Safari
Bike

Highlights

  • Discover the wonders of singularly beautiful Cape Town, a captivating place to start your adventure vacation
  • Bike with your family among elephants in Botswana, antelope in the Cederbergs and penguins on the Cape
  • Safari in open-topped Land Rovers with our expert local guides and spot the legendary Big Five
  • Enjoy the views on private charter flights that smoothly connect diverse African landscapes and top-notch lodges

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South Africa & Botswana Family Active Safari map

South Africa & Botswana

Start Cape Town

End Johannesburg

Airports & Travel details*

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

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Itinerary

Days 1-2

Description

Gain insight into traditional and contemporary South African culture from our local friends • Hike along Table Mountain's slopes to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden • Bike from Cape Point to Chapman's Peak, possibly spotting ostriches, baboons, zebras and elands • Kids learn a local township craft.

Accommodations

Nights 1-2

Cellars-Hohenort
Constantia
Premiere Hotel

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

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 3-4

Description

Mountain bike and walk with family through Bushmans Kloof game reserve • Ancient Bushman rock art and red hartebeest embellish the scenery • Relax and play at one of Africa's top lodges.

Accommodations

Nights 3-4

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. (pool, spa)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 5-6

Description

Board a private flight to remote Mashatu • Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, learn to track classic African animals on a mountain bike route teeming with wildlife, including giraffes and the big cats • Bike in Botswana among elephants on their ancient paths.

Accommodations

Nights 5-6

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)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

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 dramatic Great Escarpment, offering wild vistas of the bush • Browse the handicrafts in a vibrant artisan community.

Accommodations

Nights 7-8

Summerfields Rose Retreat & Spa
Hazyview
Premiere Hotel

These luxurious tented suites are nestled on a rose and macadamia farm along the Sabie River, where hippos sometimes bathe. (pool, spa)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

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 • Raise a toast to a once-in-a-lifetime family adventure.

Accommodations

Nights 9-10

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)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the trip that's right for you. 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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From $10,299 - $12,449 /person

+$4,400   internal air

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Hotels

World-Class Hotels

Our hand-selected Premiere hotels offer exceptional hospitality and experiences as special as the regions we explore.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Nights 1-2

Cellars-Hohenort
Constantia

Premiere Hotel

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

Nights 3-4

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. (pool, spa)

Nights 5-6

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)

Nights 7-8

Summerfields Rose Retreat & Spa
Hazyview

Premiere Hotel

These luxurious tented suites are nestled on a rose and macadamia farm along the Sabie River, where hippos sometimes bathe. (pool, spa)

Nights 9-10

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)

From $10,299 - $12,449 /person

+$4,400   internal air

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Bikes

Ready to Ride

On this trip where Backroads custom titanium bikes are not available, we offer local bikes of comparable quality that are well suited for the terrain on our routes.

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Local Bike

Included in your trip price

Child's Bike
Kids' Bikes

Included in your trip price

  • Backroads is the only travel company to manufacture it's own line of kid's bikes.
  • Features smaller wheels -- the perfect choice for kids.
  • On our Family Trips, you'll find 20"" and 24"" bikes.
Burley Kazoo Trailer Bike
Backroads Trailer Bike

Included in your trip price

  • For children up to 85 pounds
  • Attaches to an adult bike with your child providing some of the pedal power for a real team effort!
  • Ideal for kids who aren't yet ready for bike touring.
  • Cannot be pulled by an e-bike.

From $10,299 - $12,449 /person

+$4,400   internal air

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