Family Activities in South Africa
Why plan a family holiday to South Africa
South Africa is one of Africa’s top destinations for good reason. From the substantial flora and fauna and exceptional game viewing on offer in the Kruger National Park to the exquisite mountain and seascapes of the Western Cape, vast stretches of rugged Karoo wilderness and pristine Garden Route, there is something for every kind of traveller, regardless of age, budget and interest. South Africa is very accessible via three major cities (Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg) and serves as a gateway to the rest of Africa. Several game reserves are malaria-free, which is ideal for travelling with children.
Family-friendly activities in South Africa
Head to one of South Africa’s many parks, including the Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, Madikwe Game Reserve, Addo National Park and Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park, to spot Africa’s legendary Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. The country’s malaria-free parks are perfect for families traveling with children and nothing quite compares to the excitement of spotting your little ones spotting their first lion.
Two Ocean’s Aquarium
Discover Cape Town’s underwater world at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Located in the V&A Waterfront, the Two Oceans Aquarium is home to over 8000 marine creatures including ragged-sharks, rays and a colony of African penguins. Spend the day exploring the marine exhibits, catch an informative feeding show presented by in-house experts or take your little ones to the I&J Play Centre where they can enjoy educational puppet shows, as well as games and arts and crafts activities.
Spend a fun few days at South Africa’s premier family resort, Sun City. Located a two and a half hours drive from Johannesburg, the resort is a playground for the family traveler with world-class accommodation, two championship golf courses and an endless range of activities on offer. A highlight for little ones will be spending the day tearing down the resort’s endless water slides and swimming in the wave pool, Valley of the Waves.
Summit one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World on foot or from the comfort of the Table Mountain Cableway. Perfect for families traveling with little ones, the journey to the summit is a mere 5 minutes and promises spectacular views of the city, mountain and ocean below. Alternatively, your seat at the head of the Table with a hike up Lion’s Head. The summit is located 669 meters above sea level with prime 360-degree views over the city.
A scenic drive via Chapman’s Peak takes you to the renowned Boulders Beach, home to a famous colony of African Penguins. Located in South Africa’s quaint naval base town of Simonstown, Boulder’s Beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park and derives its name from the inlets of giant granite boulders sheltering the landscape.
Head out of Cape Town to discover South Africa’s famed Winelands. The Constantia Wine Route is a quick 20-minute drive from the city and home to Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest wine estate. Further afield, you’ll find the popular wine-making towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. Dubbed the food and wine capital of South Africa, Franschhoek boasts several award-winning restaurants and wineries.
High on South Africa’s must-see list, the Garden Route is a scenic 200km coastal stretch that runs from Mossel Bay to Storms River. The route takes you through a range of topography, from incredible coastal views, secluded beaches and lagoons to rolling hills, evergreen forests and impressive mountain ranges.
Home to at least 37 species of whales and dolphins, South Africa has been named one of the best land-based whale watching destination in the world. Each year from the month of June to November, the southern coastline plays host to countless shallow bays filled with pods of calving whales waving their tails and breaching playfully.
South Africa’s Little Karoo boasts miles upon miles of small farm towns, remarkable semi-arid landscapes and some of the best stargazing in the country. Oudtshoorn is the anchor town here and is renowned for being the ostrich capital of the world. Families will love exploring the Cango Caves, a 20-million-year-old cave system situated at the foot of the Swartberg Hills.
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Our expert consultants have taken the hassle out of your holiday with our collection of eco-friendly South Africa family safaris and trips that include lodges with specialised children’s programmes, as well as kiddy-friendly menus and activities. Start planning your responsible South Africa family vacation today.