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Fun for all the family in the Western Cape

Hout Bay & Gansbaai

This wonderful family vacation starts at Hout Bay Manor in Cape Town and combines effortlessly with the beautiful Grootbos Private Nature Reserve where you'll take in some of the Western Cape's most dramatic scenery.

At a Glance

  • Ask the chef to pack you a delicious picnic lunch and take it down to Hout Bay beach

  • The views of Walker Bay from Grootbos are magnificent

  • Explore the endless miles of sandy beach at both Hout Bay and below Grootbos

  • Hout Bay is a great location, quiet but perfectly placed to easily access all the Cape Town attractions

  • Grootbos is one of the ultimate whale watching locations on the planet, an amazing experience for children and their parents

Adventure, Family, , Wildlife


Fly direct to Cape Town where your family adventure begins. This is a fantastic and exciting city for families; there is so much to do in the area from taking a trip up Table Mountain, heading right down to Cape Point to the (almost) most southern tip of the continent or seeing the penguins at Boulders Beach, it's hard to spend too much time in Cape Town.

You will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel, where your hire car will be delivered later that day. Hout Bay Manor is a fantastic family-friendly hotel just outside the main hub of Cape Town. The rooms are vibrant and colorful and the inter-connecting rooms are perfect for families with younger children. The restaurant, Pure, is excellent but there are plenty of restaurants in and around Hout Bay to explore. There is a small spa offering a variety of treatments and a pool for your children to play in while you sample the massages!

After four nights you will drive to Walker Bay, about an hour's drive from Cape Town, to stay at the incredible Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. The suites at Grootbos are set amongst the fynbos and have stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. The food and service are superb and there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied. The easy highlight is the marine wildlife viewing including cape fur seals, African penguins, dolphins and, of course, great white sharks. If you travel between July and October you will also see the Southern Right whale migration. Horses are available for riding and experienced guides are on hand to show you around the reserve’s floral wonders.

Please see our itinerary below. It is a suggested itinerary and can be tailored to suit your individual needs.

At certain times of the year, children stay free at Hout Bay Manor. Please contact one of our Africa specialists for more information.





Fly to Cape Town
4 nights Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa Hout Bay Manor
3 nights

Gansbaai, South Africa

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
Fly home

Location & Directions

Hout Bay & Gansbaai

Hout Bay Manor is situated in the serene seaside fishing village of Hout Bay, Cape Town. The perfect location to explore the scenic Cape Peninsula area. Only 2 hours from Cape Town en route to Hermanus and the Garden Route, Grootbos is centerd in the heart of the Cape's abundant sea, floral and wild life landscapes. The Garden Route is rightly referred to as the Jewel of South Africa, with lush indigenous forest, free flowing rivers, expansive lagoons, sunkissed beaches and majestic mountains combining to create a symphony of natural beauty.

When to go

Garden Route enjoys a moderate climate all year round. In peak summer season, from December to February, temperatures can climb as high as 34ºC, although winter temperatures can drop to as low as 4ºC. Generally, this season has many sunny days with high wind at times. During the winter months of June, July, and August, expect frequent rains and a couple of chilly evenings. From June to December, the Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) graces Walker Bay with its massive presence.

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