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South Africa & Botswana Family Safari Multisport Adventure Tour

 
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An Active Adventure from Wilderness to Unrivaled Luxury

  • Bike with your family 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 and top-notch lodges
  • Singularly beautiful Cape Town, a captivating place to start your vacation

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.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Gain 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 slopes 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  Kids create their own wire and bead masterpieces, a local township craft. 

Days 3-4 Mountain bike and walk through Bushmans Kloof game reserve, where ancient Bushman rock art and red hartebeest embellish the scenery  Relax and rejuvenate at some of Africa's top lodges  In the mood to taste local vintages, indulge at the spa or enjoy canoeing or archery? It's up to you!

Day 5 Private flights smoothly connect diverse African landscapes  With a guide in remote Mashatu, learn to track classic African animals on a mountain bike route teeming with wildlife, including giraffes and the big cats.

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 vistas of the bush  Browse the crafts in a charming Afrikaner pioneer town that's home to a thriving artist community  Get up close and personal with pachyderms at an elephant refuge.

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.

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Cape Town, South Africa/Johannesburg, South Africa

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The Cellars-Hohenort

Cellars-Hohenort

Constantia (2 nights)

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

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Retreat

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Retreat

Cederberg Mountains (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

Mashatu Main Camp

Mashatu Game Reserve (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

Summerfields Rose Retreat & Spa

Hazyview (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

Londolozi Private Game Reserve

Sabi Sands 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)

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Amazing trip. So fun. Well organized. Great staff and support

 
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A bucket list trip!

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Definitely a trip of a lifetime. Our guides Travis and Daniel were exceptional!

 
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Another excellent family trip with you! You always deliver the best experiences. Your trip leaders are the best in the business!

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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.

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 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.

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Daily Route Options
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
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 5 400 7* 500 10 800
Walking/Hiking 2* 0
Walking/Hiking 3 300
Kids Traditional Wire Arts Class (1 Hour)
2 Biking 17* 700 25* 700 38* 700
Walking/Hiking 1 0
3 Biking 9 0
Other Evening Game Drive (2 Hours)
4 Walking/Hiking 3 100 7 400
Walking/Hiking 4 300
Other Evening Walk and Game Drive (2 Hours)
Kids Afternoon Canoeing, Archery, Nature Walk
5 Other Afternoon Game Walk (1 Hour)
Other Evening Game Drive (2 Hours)
6 Other Morning Biking & Game Drive (3.5 Hours)
Other Bush Walk (1 Hour)
Other Evening Game Drive (2 Hours)
7 Walking/Hiking 3 200
Other Morning Biking & Game Drive (3.5 Hours)
Other Elephant Sanctuary Visit (45 Minutes)
8 Walking/Hiking 3 200 4 0 7 200
9 Other Shangaan Community Walk (1.5 Hours)
Other Evening Game Drive (2 Hours)
10 Other Morning Game Drive (2 Hours)
Other Game Walk (1.5 Hours)
Other Evening Game Drive (2 Hours)
Kids Ranger School (1 Hour)
11 Other Morning Walk & Game Drive (1 to 2 Hours)
 

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.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our route ratings and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in South Africa and Botswana

This Isn't That Nature Channel

On this trip you don't sit in vehicles viewing elephants – you get on bikes and ride past them. And in private reserves with no fences limiting animals' freedom, you spot game with some of the best rangers anywhere, gaining their expert insights and feeling their passion for the land. Christian Chumbley, our Regional Manager for South Africa, has drawn on a lifetime of first-hand experiences in creating this unique itinerary designed to inspire travelers of all ages.

Get the Most Out of Each Day

Coordinating multiple activities throughout a single day can be tricky, but with Backroads you'll never know it. When you explore South Africa and Botswana with us, you switch activities seamlessly without missing a beat. We invented the multisport concept, and we're constantly adding new dimensions and fine-tuning the experience to make it even more enjoyable.

Only the Best Hotels

On this Premiere Inn trip, you can count on the best lodgings South Africa and Botswana has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

Like You, We're Family Experts

At Backroads we've honed our expertise in active family travel over many years and a lot of trips. We host at least 20 times more family guests than any other active company, so we're constantly gaining new insights that make our trips even better. Detailed planning, behind-the scenes logistics, unrivaled support from three Trip Leaders—all backed by a team that proudly creates the kind of experiences we'd want to share with our own families.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our South Africa and Botswana trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

A Great Trip for Teens

This Family Adventure, with its blend of challenging activities and cool places to explore, is ready to erase the doubtful looks of the toughest travel critics around: teenagers. We're not saying there won't be a single eye-rolling response (or the odd WhatsApp exchange with the gang back home), but this trip has plenty to keep teens in the moment and part of the family.

The Best Leaders in South Africa and Botswana

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in South Africa and Botswana, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

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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 the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $7,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $8,298 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $7,998 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $8,398 pp dbl occ

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