South Africa is a sterling choice for a family holiday, offering countless family accommodation options and child-friendly activities. The country spills over with natural treasures and wide open spaces, with enough space for everyone to play.
Many luxury safari lodges cater exceptionally well for children, providing supervised age-appropriate fun and an unforgettable first-time orientation in the wilderness.
Lukimbi Safari Lodge offers a blue-chip family safari deep in the Kruger National Park. Children from two years and upwards are welcome, and everyone will be superbly catered for. A well-designed kiddies’ programme ensures that the children enjoy themselves as much as the adults. Read More.
To eliminate any risk of malaria, the Madikwe Game Reserve in North-West is a good bet. An upscale lodge there that welcomes children is Tau. The Cubz Club Kiddies’ Programme provides each participant with a backpack containing activity booklets and checklists. Tau guides lead various bush-oriented activities such as treasure hunts and shortened safari excursions. While the kids are busily exploring the bush, parents are free to indulge in a spa treatment or two.
At Tuningi Safari Lodge, also in the Madikwe, children of all ages are welcome and staff ensure that their needs are well catered for. Child-minders are at hand to take care of those who are too young to participate in game drives or the popular ‘field trips’ and treasure hunts with Tuningi’s rangers.
South Africa’s sun-splashed summers and exquisite beaches are a recipe for amazing beach holidays. Numerous coastal towns come up trumps here. Two hours away from Cape Town, Arniston is a great family holiday destination, luring beach-lovers to a long beach, coastal caves, a quaint fishing village, and several beautiful nature reserves nearby. Stay at Arniston Spa Hotel.
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is situated amid milkwood forests and fynbos above Walker Bay. This situates the lodge within easy reach of popular Hermanus and Gansbaai.
The Garden Route includes one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline dotted with milk-white beaches and sheltered bays.The region is also packed with animal sanctuaries that make wonderful family outings. Garden Route accommodation.
On the East Coast at Jeffery’s Bay, Diaz 15 House on the Bay provides ultra-spacious beachfront self-catering suites equipped with modern kitchens, patios and balconies. This is a traditional holiday home experience where you can enjoy a barbeque while watching whales and dolphins at play or take dip in a rim-flow pool overlooking the beach.
False Bay on the Cape Peninsula is a very popular family holiday destination. The seaside town of Muizenberg is aburst with life in season, when holiday-makers throng on one of Cape Town’s best swimming and surfing beaches. The waters of False Bay are much warmer than the Atlantic Seaboard, and this is very much part of Muizenberg’s appeal. A little further along the False Bay Coast, Fish Hoek is another of Cape Town’s prime family beaches. Luxury accommodation on the False Bay Coast is offered at Colona Castle, a small private mansion overlooking a pretty string of lakes.
Cape Town is a holiday playground jam-packed with possibilities. Get atop Table Mountain via high-tech cable car, shop and play at the V&A Waterfront, where the Two Oceans Aquarium is an absolute must. The Mouille Point beachfront has plenty of fun for children, including a mini train ride and putt-putt course.
For an educational family holiday in South Africa, the De Hoop Nature Reserve is an ecological treasure of marine reserve, dunes, vlei, and rare fauna and flora. There are nature activities galore and direct access to beautiful sandy beaches.
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