Garden Route Family Holidays

The garden route covers a large stretch of coast between the Western Cape and Port Elizabeth. For convenience, we have stretched the definition to include the nearby Outdshoorn region in the Klein Karoo. Away from the towns and the N2, vast mountains blanketed in dense virgin forest tumble down to the wild Indian Ocean coastline. Where once visitors headed without thinking for Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, it makes more sense nowadays to base yourself at one of the superior inland lodges and use it as a base to explore from.

Our favourite lodges are in the Crags area just East of Plettenberg Bay, with Hog Hollow (boutique) and Moon Shine (mid-range) both offering real character in a back to nature setting. If you really want to be in walking distance of a beach, then Anlin Beach House (Plett Bay) or Under Milkwood (if you have toddlers) are good options (these are best avoided over the peak November – January domestic season). It is worth noting that as with the Cape in general, beaches are not your regular sun-bather & cocktail variety, think beach-combing, rock pools and surf.


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Itineraries

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

The Classic Garden Route with a twist, using our favourite one-off owner operated B&Bs and Self Catering. Book early as availability is limited.

Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks

Families from $1,243 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,047 per person economy class from London

One week holiday combining the best of Cape Town with gorgeous lodges in the Winelands & Whale Coast.

Tailor-made Luxury 8 days

Families from $1,297 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,047 per person economy class from London

A holiday of a lifetime. Spend 4 days exploring the best of Cape Town, before heading to Kruger for world class safari.

Tailor-made Luxury 8 days

Families from $1,475 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,355 per person economy class from London

Classic Garden Route holiday including our trademark Cape Town experience, E Cape Safari and Coast.

Tailor-made 2 weeks

Families from $2,445 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $985 per person economy class from London

Two week family holiday including some of the best family friendly lodges in South Africa & Malaria free safari in Madikwe

Tailor-made Luxury 12 days

Families from $3,369 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,207 per person economy class from London

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Accommodation

Cape Grace

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- High-end luxury hotel
- Amazing room views
- Central but secluded location
- Great service for all ages

The Marine

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Spectacular Ocean Views
- Land Based Whale Watching
- Luxury Hotel
- Spa

Twelve Apostles Hotel

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Stunning views
- Great Facilities
- Part of Table Mountain National Park

Ellerman House

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Incredible location in Cape Town
- Luxury hotel experience
- Amazing facilities
- Family Friendly

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Located in Kwandwe Game reserve
- Great 'kids' activities
- Big Game Walking Safaris
- Luxurious accommodation

Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Located beside Great Fish River
- Big Game and Bush walks
- Rhino Conservation safari
- Luxurious accommodation with views

Kwandwe Uplands Homestead

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Exclusive-use only
- Ideal for families or groups
- Located in Kwandwe Game Reserve
- Private, tailor-made services

Shamwari Long Lee Manor

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Luxury accommodation
- Incredible views of Shamwari
- Located in Shamwari GR
- Great educational centres

Shamwari Riverdene Family Lodge

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Exclusively for families
- Kids on Safari activities
- Great game drives
- Located in Shamwari GR

Shamwari Bayethe Tented Lodge

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Outdoor deck and pool
- Located in Shamwari Game Reserve
- Luxury accommodation
- Great game drives and education centres

Shamwari Eagles Crag Lodge

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Excellent views of Shamwari GR
- Great game drives with Big Five
- Luxury accommodation
- Relaxation Retreat

Shamwai Sarili Family Lodge

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Family-exclusive
- Located in Shamwari GR
- Rooms with views
- Educational centres

Kwandwe Melton Manor

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Exclusive-use
- Tailored experience
- Great for families
- Big Game Walking Safari

Robberg Beach Lodge

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Located in Plettenberg Bay
- Beach location
- Sea Views
- Chic accommodation

The Last Word (Long Beach)

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Isolated location on beach
- Private patios and gardens
- Exploration activities
- Relaxation facilities

More Quarters Apartment Hotel

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Located central Cape Town
- Family-friendly
- Not many activities on-resort
- Spacious apartments

Grootbos

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- pristine wilderness lodge
- beautiful views
- superb service & guides
- family friendly

Hog Hollow

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- High quality forest lodge
- Beautiful forest location
- Swimming Pool
- Base for Garden Route

Emily Moon River Lodge

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Luxury lodge
- Superb restaurant
- Colonial-chic decor

Hillsnek Amakhala

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Tourdust favourite
- Exquisite small camp
- Only three tents
- Stunning views

Babylonstoren

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Boutique farm hotel
- Design-led
- Pool, kayaking & cycling
- Kitchen Gardens

Mount Nelson

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Iconic Hotel
- Large Gardens
- Large Pools
- Family Friendly

Riverbend Lodge

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Very family friendly
- Under 5s allowed on game drives
- Stunning Colonial Style
- Adjoins Addo NP

Lawhill Luxury Apartments

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Location central Cape Town
- Lots of activities nearby
- Family suites
- Rooms with views

Four Rosmead Guesthouse

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Great Location
- Peaceful atmosphere
- Maximum 18 guests

Shamwari Game Reserve

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Big 5 Private Game Reserve.
- Non-Malarial area
- Variety of intimate luxury accommodations
- Family Friendly options

Hunters Country House

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Beautiful Gardens
- Family Friendly Accommodation
- Central Garden Route Location
- Fab for families.

Vineyard Hotel & Spa

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Historic & Contemporary
- Lush Parkland
- Indoor & Outdoor Spa
- Banyan Tree Spa

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Family Friendly
- Choice of luxury accommodations
- Variety of activities

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 601 reviews

(4.93/5)

  • Service rating : This was our second time using Tourdust. Once again we were pleased with the level of customer service (quick responses, lots of knowledge and information) as well as the thoughtful itinerary. We had an unforgettable time in South Africa and recommend to all!
    Product : Very reasonably priced, glad we were able to get the direct flight from LHR to Cape Town.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Best of South Africa for Families on 05 January 2017

  • Service rating : Good engagement and all comments were incorporated in the itinerary proposal. Good availability and plenty of patience to accommodate changes. Clear itinerary and details about accommodations and activities. Could have been improved with SatNav details when places were in more remote places.
    Product : Many of the places we stayed were really exclusive and I would not have been able to find them independently so it was a great service from Tour Dust.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Classic Garden Route For Families on 06 April 2016

  • Service rating : very attentive service, knowledgeable and adaptable to our individual requirements.
    Product : overall wonderful

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Classic Garden Route For Families on 20 February 2016

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