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Getting tired of the holidays before they have even begun? It’s not too early to start planning where you should spend next Christmas and escaping in 2019. Picture this: a holiday on holiday, surrounded by your loved ones, enjoying amazing scenery and experiences, and all of it perfectly planned by a trusted partner. If that sounds like a Christmas dream, we think you should round up the family and head off to South Africa’s Cape region, where you’ll find timeless treasures to captivate all ages.

Big Five Game Drives

Twice a day you will be jumping into a 4×4, heading off on a game drive in search of the Big Five. It’s not uncommon to spot a cheetah’s black dots or an elephant proudly displaying his regal tusks. Smaller feathered friends tweet and chirp in the trees. Your little ones can stretch their legs during Kwandwe Ecca Lodge’s “bugs and bones” ecology walks, their opportunity to look for creepy crawlies and animal tracks. The kids can join rangers casting their line on a fishing adventure or dig into a cooking class, donning a chef’s hat. Giving back is easy too. Small hands get involved in the big task of knitting squares together to make blankets for communities in need. 
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Spa Time

A vacation isn’t really restful unless you get a chance to kick back. And what better place to do so than in the Garden Route’s Kurland Hotel & Spa. Rose gardens and airy verandas evoke a time gone by, and families will feel right at home in the exclusive mansion. While Mom drifts away during a spa massage, the kiddos amp up their energy during a ride on a Shetland pony. The private lofts come complete with toys and books to keep them entertained too. And what’s more therapeutic than sinking your tired feet into the sand? Spend a lazy beach day with the family; you have a full staff to tend to your every need.

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Eco-Friendly Fun

Stretch your desk-bound legs on the nature trails surrounding Grootbos Forest Lodge. Grootbos is a wonderland of ancient Milkwood Forests and wind-whipped views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape of Good Hope. Each time a Ker & Downey client travels to South Africa, a tree is planted in Grootbos, so you can enjoy the lap of luxury knowing you are doing good at the same time. Little ones will love trotting along during a riding lesson. Go on a family boat trip out to sea for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Marine Big Five. Your kids will revel in the close encounters with leaping dolphins, silly seals, and playful penguins. You may even spot one of the ocean’s top predators: the Great White Shark.

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Wine and Dine

Take the scenic route along the Coast Road leading you past bays, granite boulders, and Table Mountain. Charming villages and fishing harbors give way to steeper peaks as you head to the Good Hope Nature Reserve. Grab your binoculars to spot whales on the coastline below. Your children will love the picnic on-board a sunset cruise while parents dig into oysters and drink champagne. Head off to the Western Cape’s Winelands where you will savor crisp white and red wines. It’s a scenic stop; the Wellington and Drakenstein Mountains hover in the distance. Take a wander with the family through the French colonial town of Franschhoek, full of galleries, boutiques, antique shops, and award-winning restaurants. South Africa is a feast for the eyes and your taste buds.

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Where You Should Spend Next Christmas

For family fun and relaxation, we recommend a journey in South Africa in December. Consider customizing our South Africa Family Safari to see the best of the country designed for the whole family.

Let us help you plan a journey to South Africa for next Christmas. Contact your Ker & Downey luxury travel designer to get started.

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