Family-friendly Safari Lodges & Hotels in South Africa
From spectacular wildlife and diverse culture, to bustling cities, tropical coastlines and magnificent scenery, South Africa – the gateway to Africa – is a land of endless discovery.
Lukimbi Safari Lodge
Located in the southern section of Kruger National Park, 5-star Lukimbi Safari Lodge is surrounded by over 15,000 hectares of exclusive wilderness. The lodge is situated in an area that is a haven for wildlife and overlooks the Lwakahle River. The lodge caters for a range of preferences and welcomes children over the age of 2. The lodge boasts a Safari playroom for little ones, as well as a special kids’ menu, and a variety of supervised activities including bush walks and kids movie night. Private safari vehicles and babysitting are available at an additional cost.
Renowned for its unqiue art inspired visage, Raddison Red is a top pick for families traveling to Cape Town. The hotel boasts incredible views of Table Mountain and is ideally located is give families access to an array of the city’s top attractions. The Raddison Hotel Group has been awarded Green Key Status thanks to their commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainable operations. Traveling with your little ones? Children under the age of 12 stay free of charge in a Studio Family Suite.
Hollow on the Square
Located in the heart of Cape Town, Hollow on the Square is a carbon neutral city hotel conveniently situated near some of the Cape Town’s most popular attractions. This modern hotel has an on-site restaurant – Eighty-Ate Squared, and offers complimentary transfers to and from the V&A Waterfront. Children under the age of 12 stay free of charge when sharing with 2 adults.
Jaci’s Safari Lodge
Set in Madikwe Game Reserve, Jaci’s Safari Lodge offers a spectacular Big 5 safari experience for families traveling to South Africa. Awarded by National Geographic as one of their “Unique Lodges of the World”, families can choose to stay in the Nare Suite, Safari Suite or in a Luxury Tented Suite. Jaci’s Safari lodge partakes in a number of conservation and eco-friendly community projects and is dedicated to leaving a light footprint on its surrounding environment. The lodge offers a Pups Club where little ones can enjoy a variety of supervised activities and private game vehicles are available on request.
Sanbona Gondwana Family Lodge
The ideal setting for a eco-friendly family safari getaway, Sanbona Gondwana Family Lodge is a short 3-hour drive from Cape Town. The lodge is the perfect choice for families, offering modern accommodation, indoor and outdoor play areas, a kiddie-friendly swimming pool and an exciting Kids on Safari educational programme. Activites are available for the whole family, including game drives, nature walks, water safaris and stargazing.
Shamwari Game Reserve: Riverdene Lodge
Located in the heart of the Eastern Cape, Shamwari Game Reserve offers a selection of family-friendly lodges. Riverdene Family Lodge features 9 luxury interleading family rooms that overlook the widespread bushveld of the Eastern Cape. Little ones will love the ‘Kids on Safari’ programme where kids and adults alike can learn about the conservation practices at Shamwari. The lodge offers a variety of outdoor and indoor activities at the Kids Adventure Centre which includes arts and crafts as well as games. Kids under the age of 8 stay free at Riverdene Family Lodge.
Kambaku Safari Lodge
Nestled in the heart of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, the eco-friendly Kambaku Safari Lodge welcomes children of all ages. The lodge has eight well-appointed thatched chalets with private verandas overlooking the waterhole. Activities on offer include walking safaris and Big 5 game drives. For the little ones, Kambaku offers a Kubs Programme, as well as a child minding service.
Located in the heart of the Franschoek Winelands, Boschendal Estate offers a luxury farm escape to the modern day traveler. The property offers a variety of eco-friendly cottages and families can enjoy horse riding, hiking and fly-fishing, as well as wine tastings and picnics during their stay. A highlight for little ones will be the Tree House, an edu-play centre where kids can enjoy a range of activites under the supervision of the Tree House team.
Gondwana Game Reserve
The malaria-free Gondwana Game Reserve is located along South Africa’s scenic Garden Route. Covering an area of 11,000 hectares, the private reserve is not only home to the Big 5, but an array of exciting activities from guided bush walks to a golfing safari. Gondwana Game Reserve offers a Junior Ranger program and a babysitting service is available.