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Trip Report

Travelling to South Africa with an infant and toddler.

10 days in South Africa exploring Cape Town, driving through the Garden Route and spending a couple nights at the Kuzuko Lodge.

by lifewith2cubsAbout Me:I am a Registered Nurse by profession but truly a traveller and blogger by passion. I knew it was time to kick start my passion and turn myself into a travel influencer. What really got me started was our two girls - our 2 cubs! During our... read more

South Africa, Australia10 days / November 2019

Highs & Lows

Do not miss out on an open jeep safari experiencing the beautiful wildlife of South Africa

The water was a bit chilly and we could not swim in the beautiful beaches of Cape Town.

Itinerary Overview

We arrived in Cape Town well past midnight and had booked a hotel right at the airport. We picked up our car, spend a night at the hotel and the next morning started our drive on the scenic Garden Route. 

The Garden Route is one of the most scenic drives in the world and we had a total blast driving on it. We stopped midway in a small coastal town called Knysna and it was one of the best towns we have visited. The food was delicious, the sights spectacular and we really had a fun time here. The accommodation we had here was one of the best ones! We payed 95$ CAD and had an entire log house to ourselves!

We left from Knysna and did a self drive through the Kragga Kamma Game Reserve. This was a fun experience for our older daughter because we got to see animals at our own pace and took our time going through the park. She also got to see a Cheetah up-close which was definitely her favourite animal at the time. 

We then drove to the Kuzuko Lodge for two nights. This place is pure paradise and it was worth splurging on this experience. Because we went during the shoulder season, we snagged a really great deal on this as well. We had a baby sitter look after the baby when we went on game drives and it was extremely safe and reliable. This lodge was so luxurious and beautiful in every which way and the game drives were amazing!

We then flew from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town to save time and avoid driving back. We spend 6 days in Cape Town and explored around the city before flying back to Toronto. 

  • 6 Nights: Cape Town
    South Africa was extremely safe to travel with an infant.
  • 2 Nights: Knysna
    It was midway on the Garden Route and we wanted to try the world famous Oysters here!
  • 2 Nights: Addo Elephant National Park
    Open jeep safaris and living in a luxurious lodge right in the middle of the jungle.

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    With kids, we spend the perfect amount of time in South Africa. We were there for a total of 10 days and wouldn't have changed that. We would have definitely skipped the Cape of Good Hope though and taken a day trip to Hermanus instead for some whale watching. We decided to travel there in November because it was the shoulder season and we got some really great deals. If you are looking for ways to save, definitely visit during this month. If you are planning to visit South Africa for the beautiful beaches, then maybe consider going at a later time when the water is not too cold.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    We were prepared to be flexible because it was the first time we were travelling with both our girls. We had under planned our days and were looking for things to add during the day based on how the girls were. We made sure to give them enough down time to rest and sleep in the car. One thing we regretted big time was taking less formula for the baby. We ran out on the last day and could not find the same brand we use in Canada and had to settle with a different one for the day. Another thing was the accommodation in Cape Town. We had paid 50% while booking and had booked an apartment style place. We had double checked with the owner that there was a king bed in the room as all 4 of us would fit on it. When we reached there, it was a double bed and the owner refused to refund us the money or even put in an extra mattress. We had to leave and find a different accommodation and we lost 50% of our money. This was booked through Expedia and all communication was on Expedia as well but unfortunately, Expedia could not help us either because the owner had changed his Ad by the time we reported this issue....Read More

  • How was the food?

    We mostly cooked our own breakfast in the room and prepared a light lunch to take with us. It is quite difficult to sit and eat in a restaurant with little kids so we did a lot of take outs to our room. Some of the best food we had at was the East Head Cafe in Knysna and the Oysters at Freshline Fisheries.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Definitely visit Hermanus if you have the chance and if its whale watching season! Also, if you are a wine lover, check our their amazing wine regions - they have some of the best in the world. Two great ones are Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.

  • Packing tips?

    Due to the location of this town, it can get quite windy so make sure you take a wind jacket even when visiting in the summer month.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Rent a car! This gives you the freedom to see the place at your own pace. There is a hop on and hop off bus there but we loved having our own car and the comfort of planning our own days at our own pace.

  • Any surprises?

    Be extremely sure of what accommodations you pick and double and triple check with them before the trip.

  • Booking details?

    We primarily used Expedia to book our entire trip. We booked Kuzuko Lodge and domestic airfare from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town directly from their website.

Lodging

  • We stayed at the Icon Luxury Apartments in the heart of Cape Town right by the V&A Waterfront. We prefer this kind of accommodation with kids because they have a kitchen and laundry in the rooms which is a lifesaver for us!

  • We stayed at the Big Tree House Lodge in Knysna. This lodge is located on a hill and had the most spectacular sights of the city and the Knysna Head.

  • We stayed at the luxurious Kuzuko Lodge right in the middle of the jungle with views of the water hole where we saw a herd of elephants drinking water. Each chalet had a private balcony and viewing these magnificent animals right from your chalet was an experience I will never forget.