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South Africa & Botswana Active Family Safari - Teens & Kids

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. It's 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.

THIS ITINERARY: 11 days, 10 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels

FROM: $8,999 pp dbl occ
Plus $2,800 internal air

Special Kids Prices
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Safari
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South Africa & Botswana

Start Cape Town / End Johannesburg

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

Highlights
  • Discover the wonders of singularly beautiful Cape Town, a captivating place to start your 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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Itinerary
Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
11 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Learn about traditional and contemporary 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 ostrich, baboons, zebras and elands | Kids learn a local township craft.

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 and walk through Bushmans Kloof game reserve | Ancient Bushman rock art and red hartebeest embellish the scenery | Relax and rejuvenate at one of Africa's top lodges.

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

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 | Two-wheel it in Botswana among elephants on their ancient paths.

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

Open-topped Land Rovers make for great game viewing in Mpumalanga, where hippos and vervet monkeys abound | Hike the dramatic Great Escarpment, offering wild vistas of the bush | Browse the crafts in a charming Afrikaner pioneer town.

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

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.

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.

Note: The minimum age required for kids to ride their own bike on this trip is 12+

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 1 mile* | minimal elevation gain
Level 1 | 2 miles* | minimal elevation gain
Level 1 | 3 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles* | 500 ft. gain
Level 4 | 10 miles | 800 ft. gain
Just For Kids
Traditional Wire Arts Class (1 hour)
Day 2
Biking
Level 2 | 17 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Level 3 | 25 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Level 4 | 38 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 1 mile | minimal elevation gain
Day 3
Biking
Level 1 | 9 miles | minimal elevation gain
Other
Evening Game Drive (2 hours)
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 1 | 4 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 7 miles | 400 ft. gain
Other
Evening Walk and Game Drive (2 hours)
Just For Kids
Afternoon Canoeing, Archery, Nature Walk
Day 5
Other
Afternoon Game Walk (1 hour)
Evening Game Drive (2 hours)
Day 6
Other
Morning Biking & Game Drive (3.5 hours)
Bush Walk (1 hour)
Evening Game Drive (2 hours)
Day 7
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 200 ft. gain
Other
Morning Biking & Game Drive (3.5 hours)
Day 8
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | minimal elevation gain
Level 3 | 7 miles | 200 ft. gain
Day 9
Other
Shangaan Community Walk (1.5 hours)
Evening Game Drive (2 hours)
Day 10
Other
Morning Game Drive (2 hours)
Game Walk (1.5 hours)
Evening Game Drive (2 hours)
Just For Kids
Ranger School (1 hour)
Day 11
Other
Morning Walk & Game Drive (1–2 hours)
* Includes shuttle.

Note: 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.

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.

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).

Kids' Bikes

Backroads is the only travel company to manufacture its own line of kid's bikes. While the wheels might be small, the performance is big—it's the perfect choice for kids. On our Family Trips, you'll find 20" and 24" bikes.

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 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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