Africa & Middle East
South Africa South Africa Family Private

Vibrant South Africa

This independent adventure weaves together the most colourful facets of South Africa: from personable shopkeepers to encounters with marine life and big game; from the peaks of the Table Mountain to the daily struggle in some of its townships below. This eight-day family journey will open up your mind—as well as your eyes.

B&R’s newest way to travel! This itinerary is one of our new locally supported, private trips. They use the hallmarks that we’re known for: great hotels, friendly and talented local guides plus memorable experiences, but it’s just your group and on the dates that work best for you.

Trip Details

Easygoing to Moderate
Cape Town to Port Elizabeth
9 Days / 8 Nights

Price per person from: $4,795
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Best Time to Visit

  • Jan
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  • May
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  • Nov
  • Dec

Day by Day

Land in historic Cape Town and explore its narrow, restored streets, art galleries, parliament buildings, Company Gardens and abundant activity along Kloof Street.

Take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain for a breathtaking view of the city and peninsula below. Later, come face to face with a domesticated cheetah at the Cheetah Outreach Program.

Visit Simon's Town, a naval hamlet located on the False Bay coast. Try sea kayaking, meet penguins on a private beach and spot right whales off the shore.

Take a half-day tour with representatives from uThando, a South African charity which focuses on community outreach and social development programs in the Cape Town area.

Explore Hermanus: a whaling station that was settled in the 19thC and is now known as the best land-based whale-watching station in the world, then enjoy an oenological adventure in the afternoon.

Head back to Cape Town and board a short flight to Port Elizabeth to explore the Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, situated in the Eastern Cape.

Spend the day today learning about the successful conservation efforts in re-establishing the game that originally populated this area. Explore the large tracts of land surrounding the Addo Elephant National Park which have been converted to private game reserves.

Try your luck spotting some of the frequent visitors to the area: lions, elephants, cheetah, leopard and rhinos – including the rare black rhino which thrives on the nutrient rich spekboom of the area.

Enjoy a farewell breakfast at the hotel before saying your goodbyes and heading back to Port Elizabeth to connect with your onward flight to either Cape Town or Johannesburg.


Cape Cadogan Apartments, Cape Town

An extension of the Cape Cadogan Hotel, the apartments are an innovative collection of restored Cape houses on a quiet street, with a central dining and reception area. The accommodation is a mix of one and two-bedroomed apartments with fully equipped kitchens and the living spaces are furnished in a fresh and modern, holiday atmosphere. View hotel website »

Grootbos Garden Lodge, Grootbos Nature Reserve

Situated on the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in the Gansbaai area, this award-winning reserve is home to the largest Milkwood Forests in the world. The lodge is set within the fynbos and forest-clad hills which overlook the whale-watching haven of Walker Bay.  View hotel website »

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

The Lodge is set into the gently sloping aloe-studded hillside banks of the Great Fish River and is an unusual construction of stone-and-mesh gabion walls, sliding glass doors and corrugated iron roofing. Fresh farm cuisine is prepared in the interactive, open-plan kitchen and the spacious lounge, dining and bar areas are airy and open with almost invisible separations between indoors and the intriguing African bushveld. View hotel website »

Activity Level

Easygoing to Moderate

This trip is rated Easygoing to Moderate and features plenty of uneven footing and dirt trails—but its focus is not on covering distance. Transportation to and from the day’s event is provided in most instances. The activities on this trip are geared for children 6 years old and up. If you will be travelling with smaller children, let us know and we can revise the itinerary to suit your group.


The Bikes

You can't enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip you'll be riding customized Cannondales; there are three models to choose from to ensure you'll have the perfect bike. Click here for a detailed description. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.

What's Included

  • All hotel accommodation
  • Meals as indicated with wine (as selected by B&R)
  • Services of B&R guide and support van
  • Use of a customized Cannondale or Pinarello bicycle and helmet
  • Use of two lightweight, telescoping walking sticks
  • All special events and private tours
  • All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
  • All baggage transportation
  • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service while in Cape Town and Winelands.

At Your Service

We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.Learn more about our guides »


“This was our 11th B&R trip and it ranks as one of the best. The bikes were in excellent condition, the expert tours we had were outstanding, and our guides ranked as the best we’ve ever had!”

— Gary Gerst,
South Africa Biking 2011

South Africa Family Private

Notes from the Road

  • Reunited with Rae RaeWhen six-year-old Emily left Rae Rae, her stuffed bunny, behind while on safari with B&R, she worried he was gone for good. But as Emily’s mom Amy explains, a little magic resulted in a rabbit being pulled out of a… well, a paper bag. By Amy Ramos, B …
  • Q&A with Ralph BousfieldYou could say that Ralph Bousfield knows a thing or two about safaris. I mean, you could say that. But you’d be significantly understating things. Hailing from a family whose history as safari guides dates back five generations(!), Ralph experienced …
  • A Dazzle of ZebrasPublished in Luxury Travel magazine | By Margo Pfeiff “A sounder of warthogs!” someone shouts as we cycle a dirt road through low desert shrubs. “A journey of giraffes!” comes another cry on the shoreline of a white salt plain. Spend enough time amid …

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