When travelling with teenagers in South Africa, choose hotels that offer the kinds of hangout-spaces and pastimes that appeal to young people. Several hotels in South Africa provide separate leisure cocoons and games rooms for teens, and offer the kinds of activities that allow teenagers to spend quality time separately from their parents. We list a few hotels that we think more than make the grade for teens.

Fancourt on the Garden Route is a superb option for teenagers. Outdoors there is stacks of space for young people to hang out, and indoors a dedicated Teen Lounge equipped with just this age group in mind. This space has gaming facilities, table tennis, pool table and foosball. There is also an air hockey table, board games and playstation consoles. The hotel also offers swimming pools, gym, fishing, leisure trails and golf. When it comes to food, Fancourt has four different restaurants. La Cantina has a wood-fired pizza oven that turns out scrumptious pizzas, a never-fail favourite with the young and the not-so-young. Accommodation options at Fancourt include interleading rooms, and one- and two-bedroom suites. Mail us.

The Teen Lounge at Fancourt
Some of the pizzas available at Fancourt’s La Cantina.

Resort Hotels are generally a good bet for family holidays, offering as they do lots of outdoor space and a good variety of activities. Situated on KwaZulu-Natal’s North Coast, Zimbali Coastal Resort is home to the Zimbali Lodge and the Fairmont Zimbali Resort. The Valley of the Pools offers the unique pleasure of enjoying the Indian Ocean from one of several swimming pools inside the estate. The Bushbuck Club serves coffees and light meals, and also features 4 tennis courts and 2 indoor squash courts. If your youngsters are keen to play golf, you’ve come to the right place. Mail us.

The North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal is a holiday playground with plenty for the whole family to enjoy. Zimbali is a great choice in this area.

Champagne Sports Resort in the Central Drakensberg is an excellent all-rounder for family holidays. The setting is spectacular and there are plenty of action activities. Golf, swimming, putt-putt, tennis, bowls, trail running, mountain biking, gym, basket ball, volley ball, badminton and squash are all on the list. There is also a teen / adult venue called Game On! where PSP games, table tennis, pool and air hockey can be enjoyed. Mail us.

Indoor games at Champagne Sports Resort in the Drakensberg
The gym at Champagne Sports Resort

Umngazi Hotel & Spa on the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast is another good bet for families with teenagers. There are fantastic activities, both outdoors and indoors. This is a beautiful part of the world to explore and enjoy whilst hiking, trail running, mountain biking and fishing. There is also gym, a games room, swimming pool and  tennis available. And if that is not enough, there is also kayaking, sandboarding, and sunset cruises along the Umngazi River. Mail us.

For active teenagers who love the outdoors, you could opt for a hands-on wilderness experience. At Samara Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, for example, guests can participate in conservation, and also do cheetah tracking on foot. Wildlife sightings are enjoyed on daily safari adventures. Young people 16 years+ can also participate in overnight fly camping at certain times of the year, and this entails guided walking in Big 5 territory, traditional fire-cooked evening meal, an evening spent around the campfire before retiring to simple tented accommodation, and cooked breakfast the next morning before returning to the lodge. Mail us.

Conservation activities at Samara Private Game Reserve

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