Growing up in a large Italian family I know what it means when you struggle to keep your children and especially teenagers entertained on a holiday – but luckily for you that is where we come in!
We put together a great adventurous holiday for you and your family that will be just as appetising to your children as a 5 star gourmet menu would be for you.
Whether you have a quiet teenager that just wants to watch animals, or the adrenalin junkie that wishes to bungee jump or maybe a brilliant little mind that wants to submerge in the local culture and history – South Africa has plenty to offer for both parents and teenagers to enjoy together.
So get on board and get ready to be taken on an imaginary adventure ride with us along the Garden Route!
We start off with the International arrival and your Meet & Greet after which you take your national flight to George and pick up your rental car and hit the road.
First stop are three nights in Plettenberg Bay at the Trogon House and Forest Spa. Freshen up, relax after your long trip in this beautiful accommodation nestled within an indigenous forest and have a good meal to get into the swing of things.
The Trogon House and Forest Spa
What better way to spend the day then by leisurely cruising and watching the whales – the gentlest giants that reign over our waters on a cruise. The spectacular sightings you get to enjoy are what makes whale watching a must do activity and will render you speechless.
Make your way to your bungee jumping experience on Bloukrans Bridge.
Not only is bungee jumping part of most people’s bucket lists – in this case it is also recognised as the highest bungee from a bridge worldwide! Situated on Africa’s largest bridge and with views over the majestic Bloukrans valley it ticks many boxes all at once!
Bungee jumping experience on Bloukrans Bridge
Hit the sky again and experience skydiving over the forests of Knysna and the beaches of Plettenberg Bay. Experience the rush of a free fall of half a minute at 200KPH from 10,000 feet.
Skydiving over the forest of Knysna
Make your way to Oudtshoorn and find the caveman within you at the Cango Caves. They offer two different educational tours with expert guides – a heritage tour for the parents and an adventure tour that leads deeper into the cave and will have you even crawling on your knees. Stalagmites and incredible limestone rock formations are to be discovered together with a wall painting.
Enjoy lunch at one of the many safari ostrich farms and make your way to your accommodation.
You will overnight at the La Plume Guesthouse a homestead located on a working ostrich, alfalfa and vine farm with spectacular views of the Swartberg Mountains.
Day 6 – 8
Enjoy time away from civilisation with three fun filled days of authentic safari experience. The Gondwana Game Reserve offers game drives, cycling, exclusive Africology spa treatments and a very popular Junior Ranger program – something for everyone in the family. The family bush villas with expansive decks are the ideal accommodation for you and your children.
The Gondwana Game Reserve
Today you will make your way to the Mother City. After check in get ready to roll: You will enjoy the spectacular sights of the Cape Peninsula while being chauffeured around in a vintage World War Two Motorcycle sidecar!
Your accommodation is the urban sanctuary known as The Four Rosmead Guesthouse.
Sidecar tour of the Cape Peninsula
For the surfing and snowboarding teenagers we suggest the following two activities that Cape Town has to offer: ride the waves Muizenberg or if you prefer not getting wet – how about sand boarding in Atlantis!?
And if riding the waves is not for you – take a day trip and get into the waters with another marine giant – the great white shark! Another experience that can be ticked off your bucket list and that will get the adrenalin rushing.
For some insight into South Africa’s history, culture, art and local living head over to Woodstock. Get an insight into the local Street Art with a local expert. Then have a decadent brunch at the Pot Luck Club whilst enjoying a spectacular view of the city, followed by a walk on the Neighbourgoods Market of the Old Biscuit Mill.
Spend the afternoon learning about the Malay culture in the Bo Kaap and take a cruise to Robben Island where Mandela was held captive for 18 of his 27 prison years and immerse yourself into the history, life and legacy of our beloved Madiba.
Street art in Woodstock neighbourhood
Let’s finish off this holiday with a relaxing day in the city. Visit our Mother City’s landmark the Table Mountain. The afternoon is spent best with a picnic basket in the Kirstenbosch Gardens where in summer you can enjoy concerts under the stars.
Kirstenbosch Garden Canopy Walk
After dropping off your rental car at the airport you will be checking into your flight back home. And we hope you do so with some tired teenagers who are filled with amazing memories of a very unique, adventurous holiday in South Africa!
By Alessendra Klein