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 $1,278 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 $1,112 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 $1,335 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 $1,112 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 $1,518 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 $1,439 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 $2,516 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

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 $3,465 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 $1,282 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 Plettenberg

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Deluxe hotel with panoramic ocean views
- Superb ‘Garden Route’ location
- Two pools, spa, fine dining
- Short walk to beaches and activities

La Cle des Montagnes

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating

- 4 contemporary villas (2, 3 & 4 Bedrooms)
- Uniquely designed: each with private terrace, garden & pool
- Flexibility, privacy & space
- Magnificent mountain & vineyard setting
- Short walk to village centre
- Concierge services: activities on site & in area

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

Lily Pond Country Lodge

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Smart, contemporary lodge on private estate
- Swimming pool, jacuzzi, spa
- Great for Plettenberg Bay and Knysna
- Hiking, mountain biking, fishing, boating

Auberge Clermont

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Top choice for wine lovers
- Peaceful setting with mountainous scenery
- Historic, upmarket and stylish property
- Close to nature reserves

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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  • Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.

    MissingLaura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018

  • We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!

    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

    I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.

    The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.

    The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.

    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

    The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.

    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

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