Our family of three (mom/dad and 16 year old daughter) Is going to South Africa in April for 3 weeks, not on a tour. We always travel independently and have done so all over the world. First time to the African continent. FYI - we are a transracial adoptive family - white parents and black child (young woman).
We are starting with 4 nights in Cape Town (downtown/central), then picking up a rental car (not sure where yet but out of the city- maybe at the airport?), driving to Simon’s Town for 3 nights to explore the Cape. Then we are driving to Stellenbosch for 3 nights in the Wine country. Next, driving to the Cape Town airport, dropping off car and flying to Johannesburg. Picking up a car at the airport and driving 3 hours north for safari at Entabeni Reserve, staying there 3 nights.
Then, that’s all I’ve got so far. We have 7 nights remaining before we fly out of Johannesburg to Atlanta (non-stop!!).
We prefer not to travel to malaria regions, and thus are avoiding Kruger. But we are willing to drive elsewhere after the Safari (Botswana??) or drive back to the Johannesburg airport and fly to another SA location. Thinking of Port Elizabeth and taking the Garden Route & the Addo Elephant Camp. Or maybe Durban?? Ideally, we’d spend our final three night somewhere special - on a houseboat or special resort. Any suggestions?