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 through to the exquisite mountain and seascapes of the Western Cape, with the vast stretches of rugged Karoo wilderness and pristine Garden Route in between, 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.
South Africa has very moderate weather compared to the rest of the world so can be visited all year round but March and April are particularly beautiful and mild months to visit the Western Cape.
Our recommended 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, for abundant game viewing.
* Visit an exquisite nature reserve along the Garden Route.
* Hike one of Cape Town’s many hiking trails on Table Mountain or take the cablecar up if you have smaller children.
* Spend a night or two in Hermanus, the whale-watching capital of South Africa.
* Take a scenic trip along the Cape Peninsula and stop in at Boulders Beach to encounter a 3000 strong penguin colony.
* Book a guided tour of Soweto, just outside of Johannesburg, and learn about South Africa’s rich history.
* Take the kids to the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront, one of Cape Town’s top tourists destinations. It is also home to Zeitz MOCAA, the largest museum of contemporary African art on the continent.
* Visit the magnificent Western Cape Winelands and try some of the most delicious wines in the world.
* Explore the Cango Caves, 20-million-year-old caves close to Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo.
* Spend a fun few days at the waterpark at Sun City, it’s also close to the abundantly game-rich Pilanesberg National Park.