Africa & the Middle East Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Africa & the Middle East activity »
  1. 1 CASABLANCA for 1 Day
  2. 2 15 days Morocco Itinerary Help please
  3. 3 Royal Air Maroc Dreamliner JFK-CMN and maybe connect to RAK
  4. 4 Tanzania Great Migration, when to go
  5. 5 Traditional music + dance in South Africa?
  6. 6 Best African Safari
  7. 7 VISA for Mozambique
  8. 8 December Serengeti Itinerary
  9. 9 Wildbeest migration tour operator
  10. 10 beach visit after safari
  11. 11 Petra Wadi Rum
  12. 12 Questions on Israel/Jordan Border Crossings and Jordan Travel. Need Help!
  13. 13 Trip Report Nine months to Egypt (but you should go now)
  14. 14 Transportation from Tel Aviv Airport to Jerusalem
  15. 15 What is worth seeing in November?
  16. 16 Trip Report Morocco – November, 2015 - Self Drive
  17. 17 Israeli Tour Guides
  18. 18 Trip Report Egypt Quickie Trip
  19. 19 Masai Mara in May
  20. 20 Western Desert Itinerary
  21. 21 Tentative Itinerary - what do you think?
  22. 22 luggage for a weird itinerary
  23. 23 where to spend a night near JRO airport?
  24. 24 Marrakech - Which area to stay?
  25. 25 Middle Atlas or Chefchaouen
View next 25 » Back to the top

South Africa with active teenagers

Jump to last reply

I'm planning a trip for our family of five to visit South Africa late June/early July two weeks. The kids will be 19, 16 and 13. We all like an active vacation (hiking, biking, kayaking, etc.) and to have authentic cultural experiences. I'm thinking that we should start in Capetown for 4 nights. Weather permitting we can hike Table mountain, maybe kayak with some penguins, do a township tour, etc. We also want to include safari in the trip. As I put together the itinerary and do research I have the following questions:

1. It has been suggested that after Cape Town we spend 3 nights at Grootbos Nature reserve. I'm concerned that it may feel a bit resort like. We like beauty and comfort but I worry that it may feel too structured and touristy. Another suggestion In the area is Farm 215. Is this area worth 3 days? My youngest loves whales - but we are lucky to live in New England and have done lots of whale watching. That being said, we haven't seen southern right whales....

2. Does is make sense to split our time between 2 safari locations? I'm thinking about Phinda and Sabi Sands. Is it worth the effort and money to do 3 nights at each? Are they different enough? I do have some concern that my family will get somewhat restless being confined to jeeps for many days at a time. I've been looking into Kirkmans and Phinda Mountain as well as Londolozi Founders Camp.

3. The panorama route also looks amazing. Given the time of year are we better off spending a day or two there rather than Groobos? Or do Groobos, Panorama and Sabi Sands.

I'm overwhelmed by all of the amazing choices that we have. As always I look forward to Fodorite feedback! Thanks.

16 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.