Our Guide to South Africa
Family safari and Cape Town
Kalahari Reserve & Cape Town
- 8 nights
- from $9500 per person
Travel to South Africa with the family and visit Tswalu and its meerkat residents in the remote, magical Kalahari Reserve then spend a few nights in the heart of Cape Town at one of our favorite family-friendly hotels, The Belmond Mount Nelson.
At a Glance
Head out in search of the Kalahari black-maned lions of Tswalu
Spend an afternoon on the Mount Nelson's lush lawns after a morning out exploring the city
Take in the incredible scenery of the Kalahari, a beautiful contrast to the coastal mountains of the cape
Interact with habituated meerkat clans as they move away from the burrows in search of food
The rooms of the Mount Nelson have the best views of Table Mountain in the whole of Cape Town
After an overnight flight to South Africa into Johannesburg you will be met and taken to your charter plane for your flight to the Kalahari Reserve. This is where the fantastic Tswalu is situated, perched just below a low sweeping hill, overlooking the vast, unrelenting plains beyond. The malaria free private reserve in which Tswalu resides is the largest in South Africa and the wildlife is extremely diverse, ranging from Kalahari lion to families of meerkat, which are always a huge hit with children and adults alike.
As well as daily game drives there is plenty to do including horse riding, hot-air balloon trips, children’s programs, a lovely spa and dinners in the dunes. Accommodation at The Motse comprises eight ‘legaes’ (houses), two of which have been designed for families and sleep four people comfortably.
After four nights on safari you fly by shared charter plane directly to Cape Town where you will be transferred to The Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. The Mount Nelson is seen as the ‘grand dame’ of Cape Town. There are nine acres of beautiful gardens, right in the heart of Cape Town (a rare luxury!). Its old-fashioned, excellent service and elegant, classic feel are what guests return for year on year. It is very close to the many excellent restaurants in the surrounding Kloof and Long Streets. The hotel has two large pools, an excellent spa as well as a kids club - The Nellie & Nelson Activity Center for children aged between 3 and 12 and a Teens’ Lounge for older children aged between 12 and 18. Planet Restaurant and Planet Bar has been recently refurbished and is highly regarded throughout Cape Town.
Please see our itinerary below. It is a suggested itinerary and can be tailored to suit your individual needs.
This itinerary includes free accommodation for up to two children aged between 3-11 at both Tswalu and The Mount Nelson.
Location & Directions
Kalahari Reserve & Cape Town
Tswalu is situated near the town of Kuruman in the Kalahari desert, in heart of the Northern Cape Province. The Kalahari desert extends through Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Then onto The Mount Nelson Hotel, located on the edge of downtown Cape Town, and close to Table Mountain at the heart of the action.
When to go
South Africa is a year-round destination with Cape Town at it's best from September to April. The summers are generally warm and dry, while winters tend to be wet and cool, the rains brought on by fierce north westerly gales. Neither season experiences extremes of temperature, thanks to prevailing winds. Summer (Nov-Mar) is the hottest with temperatures 20-40°C. Mid season (Apr, May, Sep, Oct) temps between 10-30°C. Winter (from June- Aug) is the low season with temps 0-25°C. The whale migration takes place between late July and early November.