With two weeks in South Africa, you and your family can tick off the highlights of Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Victoria Falls on a best-of itinerary crafted especially with younger ones in mind or opt for a fun and wildlife-filled trip that includes stays at Club Mykonos and Kruger National Park. Active families will enjoy a self-drive adventure along the Garden Route, while families with older children looking for a more relaxing trip can split their time between the beaches of Cape Town and Sun City.

Itinerary #1: Southern Africa Safari for Families: Johannesburg, Kapama, Cape Town & Victoria Falls

Families with younger children will love this safari-focused southern Africa itinerary. With six nights in Cape Town, there's plenty of time to settle into life in South Africa while embarking on day trips to Table Mountain and the African Penguin Sanctuary. Plus, with time in Kapama Game Reserve and Victoria Falls, you'll get a well-rounded taste of what the south of the continent offers.

Take the family on safari!
Every family member will thrill to seeing wildlife on safari in South Africa
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Johannesburg, Bambanani Family Restuarant Johannesburg
Day 2 Drive to Kapama Game Reserve & Explore Kapama Game Reserve
Day 3 Safari at Kapama Game Reserve Kapama Game Reserve
Day 4 Fly to Cape Town, Explore & Clay Cafe Cape Town
Day 5 Cape Point & African Penguin Sanctuary Cape Town
Day 6 Table Mountain & Two Oceans Aquarium Cape Town
Day 7 Jolly Roger Pirate Ship & Green Point Park Cape Town
Day 8 Explore Cape Town, Dinner at Strolla Cape Town
Day 9 Iziko Museum & Planetarium, Traditional African Dinner Cape Town
Day 10 Fly to Victoria Falls,  Boma Dinner & Drum Show Victoria Falls
Day 11 Victoria Falls, Potjie & Cruise Victoria Falls
Day 12 Elephant Encounter, Steam Train Dinner Victoria Falls
Day 13 Ko Mpisi Village, Fly to Johannesburg Johannesburg
Day 14 Bicycle Tour of Soweto, Depart   

Welcome to South Africa! Your family adventure begins in Johannesburg. After a fun evening at Bambanani Family Restaurant, you'll head to Kamapa Game Reserve for two days of seeking out Africa's Big Five (lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffalo) on game drives. Next, fly to Cape Town, your home for the following six nights, and the perfect place to base your family to delight in South African culture and explore the city's surroundings. In Cape Town, you'll visit the African Penguin Sanctuary, explore Table Mountain on non-motorized scooters, and cruise on Jolly Roger, a replica pirate ship.

Before leaving Cape Town, you'll also have a chance to dine at the family-friendly Strolla Restaurant & Bar and learn about the night sky at the Izuko Planetarium and Digital Dome. Next, another flight brings you to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, where you'll spend an evening indulging in a traditional four-course meal and show at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. With just a few days left, check out Rainbow Falls, learn about elephants at the Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary and Orphanage, and immerse your family in Ndebele culture at Mpisi's Village until it's time to catch your flight home. Learn more

Itinerary #2: South African Family Safari: Cape Town, Langebaan & Kruger National Park 

Children and adults alike will delight in South Africa's incredible wildlife and vibrant cities on this family-friendly itinerary. Complete with numerous game drives, a stay at Club Mykonos, and four nights in Cape Town, each day promises new experiences and memorable activities. Parents will especially enjoy the handpicked activities, like a pirate cruise and a day at the Gold Reef City Theme Park, that entertain children while teaching them about South African culture.

Young girl on African safari
Enjoy a private South African safari with your young explorers
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cape Town Cape Town
Day 2 Cape Point, Penguins & Playgrounds Cape Town
Day 3 Mountain Peaks & Pirate Ships Cape Town
Day 4 Family Day in the Winelands Cape Town
Day 5 Drive to Langebaan, Club Mykonos Resort Langebaan
Day 6 Family Fun at Club Mykonos, Explore West Coast National Park Langebaan
Day 7 Sunnypark Fun Park, Dinner at Die Strandloper Restaurant Langebaan
Day 8 Transfer to Kruger National Park, Private Safari  Kruger National Park
Day 9 Kruger National Park Day Safari Kruger National Park
Day 10 Lion Sands Game Reserve, Big Five Sunset Game Drive Kruger National Park
Day 11 Kruger Bush Walk Kruger National Park
Day 12 Transfer to Johannesburg, Guided Tour of Soweto & Storytelling Dinner Johannesburg
Day 13 Gold Reef City Theme Park Johannesburg
Day 14 Depart Johannesburg  

Start your bucket-list-filled South African adventure in Cape Town, where you and your family will have four days to explore the vibrant restaurants and stunning nature in and around the city. Children will especially love making their own pizzas at Strolla Restaurant & Bar and watching penguins play at Boulders Beach. Then, after an afternoon onboard a replica pirate ship and a wine tour crafted especially for families, you'll hit the road to Langebaan. Soak up the sun and enjoy the many activities on offer with a three-night stay at Club Mykonos Resort, including a splashing good time at the Sunnypark Fun Park.

As the second half of your trip begins, you'll hop on a plane and fly to Kruger National Park, famous for its abundance of big game wildlife. Days will fly by as you embark on morning and evening game drives and learn about animal tracking in the park's Lions Sands Game Reserve. Children will also experience nature up close with a guided hike led by rangers from the Inyati Safari Lodge. Then, another short flight brings you to Johannesburg, where children will delight in a day at Gold Reef City, a theme park set in the era of the Gold Rush, before catching your flight home. Learn more

Itinerary #3: Adventure, Safari & Family Fun in South Africa: Cape Town & the Garden Route 

Perfect for active families, this adventure and nature-packed itinerary ticks off the highlights and hidden gems of southern South Africa. Discover the modern-day delights and colored streets of Cape Town, then switch gears and spend nine days traveling along the famous Garden Route. With visits to the Gondwana Private Game Reserve, Featherbed Nature Reserve, and numerous wildlife sanctuaries, children and adults alike will enjoy up-close encounters with South Africa's spectacular wilderness.

A family hike in South Africa
A family hike in South Africa
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cape Town Cape Town
Day 2 Cape Point & Penguins Tour, Botanical Gardens  Cape Town
Day 3 Mountain Peaks & Pirate Ships, Traditional African Dinner Cape Town
Day 4 Family Day in the Winelands Cape Town
Day 5 Free Day in Cape Town: Sand, Surf & Seals  Cape Town
Day 6 Drive to Hermanus & Explore  Hermanus
Day 7 Dyer Island Wildlife Tour Hermanus
Day 8 Transfer to Herbertsdale, Gondwana Private Game Reserve Herbertsdale
Day 9 Gondwana Junior Ranger Program Herbertsdale
Day 10 Explore Gondwana Game Reserve Herbertsdale
Day 11 Transfer to Knysna, Knysna Sunset Cruise Knysna
Day 12 Featherbed Nature Reserve Knysna
Day 13 Wildlife Sanctuaries, Tsitsikamma National Park Knysna
Day 14 Transfer to George, Depart   

After arriving at the Cape Town airport, your family adventure begins with a relaxing day strolling along the V&A Waterfront and dining at Strolla Restaurant & Bar. Then, it's an action-packed four days of touring the city's highlights and surroundings, including a trip to the tip of Cape Peninsula, a ride on the Flying Dutchman, and a pirate-themed cruise, followed by a more relaxing day on a children-friendly wine tour that involves a picnic. Next, your journey along South Africa's famous Garden Route begins with a drive to Hermanus—the whale watching capital of the world.

Spend a day on the water, cruising between Dyer Island and along Shark Alley, where you can play I spy with great whites and whales; then, it's on the road again to Herbertsdale. With three nights in the Southern Cape's only free-roaming private reserve, you'll have plenty of opportunity to see lions, elephants, and buffalo on game drives. Continuing along the Garden Route, you'll arrive at the seaside town of Knysna. As a family, you'll embark on a 4WD driving tour in Featherbed Nature Reserve and tour Monkeyland before it's time to transfer to George to catch your onward flight. Learn more

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Itinerary #4: Family Trip to Cape Town, Pilanesberg National Park & Sun City

Split your time between sandy beaches, fantastic theme parks, and family-oriented safaris on this two-week South Africa trip. Parents will appreciate the mix of authentic cultural experiences and endless fun in Sun City while children are entertained by exciting rides and learn about the country's wildlife on interactive tours. With plenty of opportunities for relaxing, this itinerary is perfect for families who want a taste of South Africa's beauty and nature.

Waterpark fun in Sun City
Spend some time at Sun City waterpark to cool off from the South African heat
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cape Town, Explore Cape Town
Day 2 Table Mountain Cable Car, Cape Town Tour, Escape Room Cape Town
Day 3 Bloemendal Wine Estate Family Day, Pizza Making at Strolla Cape Town
Day 4 Tour Cape Point, Boulders Beach African Penguins Cape Town
Day 5 Two Oceans Aquarium, Traditional African Dinner Cape Town
Day 6 Dyer Island Wildlife Tour Cape Town
Day 7 Fly to Pilanesberg National Park, Big Five Safari Pilanesberg National Park
Day 8 Sunrise Game Drive, Transfer to Sun City Sun City
Day 9 Relaxed Family Day in Sun City Sun City
Days 10-11 Additional Activities at Sun City Sun City
Day 12 Transfer to Johannesburg Johannesburg
Day 13 Soweto Guided Visit & Storytelling Dinner Johannesburg
Day 14 Depart Johannesburg  

Welcome to Cape Town! Settle in for six days of discovering South Africa's Mother City, letting children burn off energy and discover new sights and smells as you explore the V&A Waterfront, Chapman's Peak, Table Mountain, and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. As a family, you'll also visit the Two Oceans Aquarium and have a memorable day watching playful penguins on Dyer Island before trading in the city for Pilanesberg National Park. Located on the remains of an ancient volcanic crater, children and adults will be blown away by the remarkable landscapes that are home to lions, cheetahs, and elephants.

After an early morning game drive in Pilanesberg, you'll switch gears and spend three days enjoying the many activities available at Sun City theme park, including watching feeding time in the Crocodile Village and visiting the twinkling Forest of Lights, captivating all family members' attention. Then, with three days left on your family trip, you'll transfer to Johannesburg. Take a deep dive into South Africa's Apartheid era with a guided visit to the township of Soweto, or for younger children, spend an exciting day at Gold Reef City theme park before ending your trip at the Johannesburg airport. Learn more

Itinerary #5: Relaxing South Africa Family Adventure: Oceans, Wildlife & Safari

Crafted for families with older children and those who enjoy taking things a bit slower, this relaxed adventure focuses on the best of South Africa's nature and beaches. Without ever feeling rushed, you'll have time to play with penguins, search for the Marine Big Five, hang out with elephants, and swim in picturesque lagoons. You'll leave feeling refreshed and connected as a family!

Discover the best of South Africa on this two-week family vacation
Discover the best of South Africa on this two-week family vacation
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cape Town, Optional Activities Cape Town
Day 2 Table Mountain Cable Car, Cape Town Tour, Escape Room Cape Town
Day 3 Tour Cape Point, Boulders Beach African Penguins Cape Town
Day 4 Bloemendal Wine Estate Family Day, Traditional African Dinner Experience Cape Town
Day 5 Drive to Hermanus, Explore Hermanus
Day 6 Dyer Island Wildlife Tour Hermanus
Day 7 Drive to Oudtshoorn via Swellendam Oudtshoorn
Day 8 Explore Cango Caves, Ostrich Farm Tour Oudtshoorn
Day 9 Drive to Knysna, Knysna Sunset Cruise Knysna
Day 10 Featherbed Nature Reserve Excursion Knysna
Day 11 Drive to Addo, Treetop Canopy Tour Addo
Day 12 Elephant National Park Addo
Day 13 Explore Addo, Visit Nomathamsanqa Township Addo
Day 14 Drive to Port Elizabeth & Depart  

Start your family-focused South Africa trip with a relaxing evening in Cape Town, roaming the V&A Waterfront and chatting excitedly about the adventures ahead at Strolla Restaurant & Bar. Then, get ready for three days of exploring the Mother City's highlights, with a Table Mountain cable car ride, a visit to see the adorable penguins at the Boulders Beach African Penguin Sanctuary, a wine tour with families in mind, and traditional dining experience. Next, you'll pick up your rental car and begin your road trip along South Africa's southern coast, starting with a drive to the charming town of Hermanus. 

Spend a day playing peek-a-boo with marine wildlife on and around Dyer Island, then it's back on the road to Oudtshoorn. After arriving at your home for the next two nights, you'll have time to explore as a family and visit the UNESCO-listed Cango Caves until it's back on the road to Knysna. Known as the gateway to Wilderness National Park and Featherbed Nature Reserve, you'll have no problem entertaining kids with beautiful walks through forests and along picturesque beaches. Before catching your flight home from Port Elizabeth, discover the modern-day fun and beautiful animals of Addo Elephant Park. Learn more

Itinerary #6: South Africa Family Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route & Safari 

Active families and those who enjoy staying on the move will love this South Africa itinerary. No two days are alike as you drive from Cape Town, along the Garden Route, to Port Elizabeth, all while taking time to get to know the culture and wildlife of the country. Plus, adults will have plenty of time to sip wine and relax while children burn off energy hiking, ziplining, and paddleboarding.

Relax and reconnect on a family holiday to South Africa
Make lasting memories with your loved ones at the beach on a South African holiday
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cape Town, Relax & Explore Cape Town
Day 2 Mountain Peaks & Pirate Ships Cape Town
Day 3 Peninsula Day: Cape Point, Penguins, & Playgrounds Cape Town
Day 4 Western Cape Vineyard Tour, Drive to Elgin Elgin
Day 5 Elgin Valley: Ziplining, Vineyard Maze & Paddleboarding Elgin
Day 6 Shark Cage Dive, Drive to Stanford, Klein River Cruise Stanford
Day 7 Panthera Big Cat Sanctuary, Drive to Oudtshoorn Oudtshoorn
Day 8 Oudtshoorn: Ostriches & Cango Caves Oudtshoorn
Day 9 Meet the Meerkats, Sandboarding, Drive to Kynsna Knysna
Day 10 Garden Route: Waterways & Wildlife Knysna
Day 11 Drive to Shamwari Game Reserve Eastern Cape Game Reserve
Days 12-13 Shamwari Game Reserve, Relax & Explore Eastern Cape Game Reserve
Day 14 Drive to Port Elizabeth, Depart  

Your action-packed family adventure starts with three days in Cape Town, where you'll dust off any jet lag with a hike up Table Mountain, a pirate-themed cruise on the Jolly Roger, and a full-day tour of Cape Point. Leaving the city behind, you'll drive to Boschendal, the country's oldest winery, for a farm-based learning experience and wine tour and spend two nights in Elgink—known for its exciting Cape Canopy Tour Adventure Park that's sure to be a favorite of the young ones. Continuing along the Garden Route, your next stop brings you to Gansbaai, where those brave enough can thrill to a shark cage dive.

After a stop at the Panthera Big Cat Sanctuary, you'll head to Oudtshoorn, famous for its Cango Caves. Admire the stalactites and enjoy an afternoon at the De Kombys Winery, then a transfer brings you to Knysna. It's all about nature and good food in this seaside town, and everyone will love sampling cheese at the Fynboshoek Cheese Farm and learning about conservation at the Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. With just four days left, you'll want to don your family safari outfits for numerous game drives at the Shamwari Game Reserve before transferring to Port Elizabeth to catch your flight home. Learn more

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Map of 2 Weeks in South Africa - 6 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas
Map of 2 Weeks in South Africa - 6 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas