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Family City, Winelands & Safari Adventure

South Africa is a playground for families and your time spent in Cape Town and the Winelands will include private tours focused around time spent together and adventure tailored around the ages of your kids. An ideal family destination, you’ll end your trip in the malaria free Madikwe, staying in a private safari house where there are no set safari times and your private guide can introduce your family to the wonders of the bushveld.

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Your adventure starts here

Days

1-3

Days 1-3

Mother city’s natural wonder

Cape Town, South Africa

Scenically beautiful, Cape Town is a compelling mix of trendy modern and old-world elegance. Glamorous hotels, world-class dining and stunning vistas merge seamlessly with dynamic student suburbs and vibrant nightlife. Malay and African heritage is evident in the cuisine, traditions and entertainment while the architecture reveals a strong Dutch, German and English flavour and style. Contemporary art is proudly displayed in a variety of galleries and modern boutique hotels, and wine bars and brandy tasting lounges will appeal to the fashionable set. For the well-heeled the finest in opera, ballet, drama and music can be appreciated in style.

Travel to the top of Table Mountain by cable car, where we move away from the crowds, tracking dassies (local rock rabbits) and sip on hot chocolate enjoying the incredible vistas. Back at sea level, we cycle along the Sea Point Promenade, stopping at art installations en-route and listening to the story of Nelson Mandela as we gaze out towards Robben Island where he was imprisoned. Staying safe and off road, we head into Green Point Park for a fun insight into the unique Cape flora and fauna. After lunch we explore the city’s uplifting urban art projects, District Six and interactive sites – terrific stuff for teens. Families with younger kids can proceed to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens for an afternoon of tree-top canopy walkways, open lawns and prehistoric cycad gardens. We end our first full day with sundowners at the beach while kids make use of our on-board toy box to play beach games with their energetic guide.

Today we head out of the city, enjoying the scenic views and sharing local shark stories. We visit the seals at the working harbour of Kalk Bay, try some fishing and explore the bohemian village. On a local beach, we look for rogue penguins and perhaps try some stand-up paddling to get a closer look at these darlings. Next up is Cape Point, where we explore the rocky beaches, hidden coves, chat about shipwrecks along the coastline, keeping an eye out for hidden treasure. We hunt for the baboons, ostriches and tortoises in the indigenous fynbos and take the funicular, or hike, to the Cape Point Lighthouse for ocean panoramas. On our return trip, homemade ice-cream at a local farm village, and head to the beach, or stop at an old fort look-out for magical views.

Scintilla’s special experience
Scintilla’s special experience

Experience the very best of Cape Town with our Family focused City and Cape Peninsula Scintilla Escapes Tours.

3 Nights

Cape Grace

  • Situated on a private quay on the V & A Waterfront & with magnificent views
  • 120 luxurious rooms & suites are spacious, classically decorated & feature large French windows
  • An elegant five-star boutique hotel in prime waterfront setting
  • Commands dynamic vistas: working harbour, yacht marina & iconic Table Mountain
  • Superb Cape & international cuisine, whisky bar
VIP Meet & Greet: Cape Town International Airport
VIP Meet & Greet: Cape Town International Airport

On arrival you will be met at the door of your aircraft with your name on a paging board.

Transfers
Transfers

Cape Town Airport to V&A Waterfront: Private Transfer

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Days

4-5

Days 4-5

Explore the Cape Winelands

Franschhoek, South Africa

An easy drive from Cape Town, the Winelands dramatic mountains stand guard over a quilt of working vineyards, elegant Cape Dutch estates and quaint towns boasting top restaurants, hotels and spas. Sample some of the regions award-winning wine offerings, stroll through exquisitely maintained gardens or explore art galleries and antique shops in the oak-lined streets of the local towns.

We spend a full day exploring family-friendly estates with lovely gardens, breath-taking outlooks and space to play. First, visit a picturesque wine farm, featuring expansive lawns and a dramatic mountain backdrop. We then explore the charming town of Franschhoek with its French Huguenot origins. Wander along the high street, pop into boutique galleries, shops and cafes, while the little ones enjoy a chocolate tasting. Next up, an enchanting property, boasting internationally recognised wines, traditional cuisine and historic charm. Parents wine taste while kids have their own iced-tea tasting. This afternoon, another old wine estate reveals its secrets to young and old alike. Wander through lush landscapes, view ancient, cobweb-filled cellars and taste the flavours and vintages of the region, while kids soak up ghost stories and revel in magical surrounds and charmed gardens.

Scintilla’s special experience
Scintilla’s special experience

Stay in a kid’s paradise in the Cape Winelands – children can explore the farm gardens, feed the resident donkeys, fetch fresh eggs for breakfast, enjoy a scavenger hunt and help the bakers knead bread.

2 Nights

Babylonstoren Farm House

• A working wine & fruit farm in the glorious Drakenstein Valley

• 9 one-bedroom farmhouse suites/loft: interiors a combination of heritage & modern living

• Historic Cape Dutch buildings, magnificent grounds & extensive formal gardens

• Oak-shaded paths, farm walks & garden tours

• Spa, gym & pool: wholesome family living

• Extensive formal gardens supply fresh, home-grown produce to hotel & restaurants

Transfers
Transfers

V&A Waterfront to Franschhoek: Private Transfer

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Days

6-9

Days 6-9

A Big 5 safari destination

Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Madikwe, one of the country’s top game viewing destinations, encompasses vast tracks of land, endless dirt roads and clear views over big game territory. Blazing sunsets close days coated in the greens and browns of Africa, and the sounds of the bush fall softly in your ears. It’s not uncommon to merge your path with that of the animals traveling in the same direction, follow along behind the wild dog pack as it trots along the road, yipping excitedly as dusk falls, move back to give the elephant bull some space as he crosses before you, his ears flapping a slow beat in the heat. Search for that insistent bird calling out in the midday heat, hidden from sight in the trees. Each morning a new chapter begins and the story of the bush starts again, fresh and clean in the morning air.

Madikwe, is a family-friendly reserve in the north of the country, bordering Botswana. Renowned for its prolific Wild Dog population, the destination is inhabited by numerous bird and game species, and by virtue of its proximity to the Kalahari, is endemic to animals absent in other parks: Springbok, Gemsbok and Tsessebe populate Madikwe and the fearless Etosha lions take down super-size kills.

Your daily game drives provide the opportunity to view the big 5, antelope such as sable, oribi and springbok, as well as rare cheetah and wild dog. Early mornings mean you are up to hear the fresh chattering of birds and view creatures about their business. Spend some time resting after the morning drive, and in the afternoon, hop aboard open safari vehicles and enjoy the change-over as the nocturnal animals become active and the stars come out. Spotlights are used to aid in finding the animals.

Scintilla’s special experience
Scintilla’s special experience

Head out for an early morning game drive in open vehicles, stopping for a refreshing coffee break and a chance to listen to the sounds of the bush whilst admiring the landscape.

3 Nights

Morukuru Owners House

  • Tucked under a leafy canopy on the banks of the Madikwe’s Marico River
  • 2 luxury suites with private salas in this exclusive, private retreat
  • Wood, stone & glass design, contemporary European styling & handpicked African pieces
  • Infinity pool, peaceful decks & balconies
  • Al fresco dining & tranquil spaces to unwind
Transfers
Transfers

Franschhoek to Cape Town Airport: Private Transfer

Flights
Flights

Cape Town to Johannesburg (flight excluded)

Johannesburg to Madikwe return via shuttle flights

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Your Adventure Ends

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  • VIP Meet and Greet on arrival
  • 8 Nights accommodation with selected meals
  • 3 Full days of private touring with Scintilla Escapes
  • Private road transfers
  • Return shuttle flights from Johannesburg to Madikwe
From $7,435 per person (based on family of 4)

Trip Summary

Days 1-3
Mother city’s natural wonder

Cape Town, South Africa

Scenically beautiful, Cape Town is a compelling mix of trendy modern and old-world elegance.

Days 4-6
Explore the Cape Winelands

Franschhoek, South Africa

An easy drive from Cape Town, the Winelands dramatic mountains stand guard over a quilt of working vineyards.

Days 6-9
A Big 5 safari destination

Madikwe, South Africa

Madikwe, one of the country’s top game viewing destinations, encompasses vast tracks of land, endless dirt roads and clear views over big game territory.

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Guest Testimonials

Discover why our guests select Scintilla for their travel to Southern Africa.

Hi Cuan.  Just wanted you to know we have had an amazing time in Namibia!  What an experience!  Yesterday we stopped off at a bar in a very remote village after tracking elephants and had beers and danced with the locals which was fantastic.  Between the orphanage, stops in many villages, the kids we’ve gotten to meet, the Himba village and of course all the animals it has just been incredible.  You organized quite a trip for us!  And now, Botswana!!!

The Soloman Family, USA

My week in Namibia was sensational and went seamlessly. From the welcoming pickup from the airport to the beautiful accommodations and fascinating road-trip across much of the country, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Of particular note, the food at Hoodia Desert Lodge was impeccable and the al fresco lunch prepared by the guide after the visit to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei was simply magical. The sundowners at both Hoodia and Onduli Ridge were top-notch, each offering breathtaking views and fabulous Namibian gin cocktails and bites. What made the entire journey so easily enjoyable was the daily itineraries and maps presented to me upon arrival and the overall organization and attention to detail. My solo sojourn was truly flawless, and I will recommend it widely!

Sarah Scott, ZA

Cuan, everything going to plan so far with stunning weather and excellent service and amazing wildlife in Etosha!! Thanks again for your professionalism. Everything has been magical, and we have definitely brought some luck with us being the first group to find the elephants only after 10 minutes of looking !! Really appreciate your help, and I will be recommending you to our friends back home.

Tom Last, AU

Our guide Charlene was out of this world. She was charming, intelligent, and fun and she showed us the best of Cape Town while also educating us on the journey Cape Town has taken from Apartheid through today. We were fascinated, engaged, and overjoyed to spend our final days in Africa with her. She is truly outstanding.

Paul & Wendy, UK

The trip was FANTASTIC, and our guide Marcus was absolutely superb! We took all of his recommendations for our last free day in the city and can’t thank him enough for the stellar suggestions.

Thomas & Mary Louise, Canada

Please convey my thanks to the Cape Town guiding teams! Without a doubt our most memorable moment of the trip was our visit to the Cape Peninsula with our guide, Chizzy. A major positive, thrilling time. The penguins, picnic and swim at the reservoir, continual birthday celebrations for Jack’s 18th Birthday were all home runs.

Suzanne, Jack & Family, USA

The most important thing for me to tell you is that we had a fabulous time with James exploring the Peninsula of Cape Town! Along with our visit to the Zeitz Museum, our day with James was a highlight of the time we spent in South Africa. He was friendly and open about discussing his experiences growing up with apartheid which I really appreciated. I enjoyed the towns we visited, the restaurant where we had lunch, our visit with the penguins, and our hike out to the shipwreck. Thank you!!

Emma & Lori, USA

Well, we finished up Cape Town this evening, heading to safari tomorrow. We loved the country tour and winery tour, absolutely amazing. Also, our guide for both days, was one of the best we have ever had. We couldn’t imagine a better time and she couldn’t be more flexible. Thank you for setting up this first part of the vacation and setting us up with the tours.

Cory & Heather, USA

It was great! Everything worked out perfectly! We absolutely loved the Sidecar experience – wow, was that fun! We loved our guide in Cape Town, Josh, he was the BEST! He was so fun. We took him for dinners and played golf with him! We just thought Cape Town was fantastic. Wine Country was great. Fantastic.

Joseph, Marsha & Family, USA

On Saturday, we met our guide, Charlene, who was OUTSTANDING. We had missed the Zeitz Museum, and she was happy to let us rearrange our schedule so that we could tour it as well as taking me to a beautiful craft market to buy gifts.  On arriving in the wine country, we enjoyed an amazing lunch at La Motte.  With Charlene's background in wines, she was able to recommend the best wineries to visit on the winetram, as well as several good restaurants in the area.

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Cape Town was so scenic and beautiful.  Had an interesting visit around town and to the houses of parliament with a very accommodating guide James.  James made that whole experience everything it was and deserves a lot of credit. What a great place to visit!  What phenomenal food!  What masters of hospitality they all are in Africa!

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