Venture to South Africa for an incredible family adventure. Introduce the kids to the African continent and its inviting cities for a holiday rich in majestic landscapes and activities for all the family.
For children over the age of six, a safari holiday with game drives will be a top hit. Stay in a well-equipped lodge= with a range of child-friendly facilities, with dedicated bush school programmes led by experienced guides to teach them all about the natural surrounds. Older children will even get the chance to camp out under the stars and enjoy 24/7 stay amongst the stripped back environment.
Read further to discover our pick of the best locations to take children in South Africa, ensuring you head home with lasting memories of this unique nation.
A prime example of South Africa’s endlessly diverse terrain, the golden sands of the Eastern Cape coastline contrast brilliantly with South Africa's snow-capped mountains. This is a place where you'll find many of the best family-friendly safaris and private game lodges, with a wide range of choice when it comes to types of safari and accommodation. Outside of the safari experience, you can visit the largest city on the Sunshine Coast in Port Elizabeth. Here you'll find great beachside lodgings and connecting routes to all major South African cities.
The temperate winter months of May through to July are the best time to visit KwaZulu-Natal, so you can escape the hot and humid summer. There are many
child-friendly accommodations including hotels, guest houses and holiday homes - all ideal bases for when you're exploring the region. Visit Flag Farm Animal Farm just outside the city of Durban, where children can learn about South African farming first hand whilst feeding chickens and learning to milk a cow. There's also uShaka Marine World, South Africa's number one theme park, plus an assortment of fascinating game reserves.
Gauteng is home to a wealth of fascinating activities based around South Africa's historical significance. Children and teens can head to see exhibits detailing the story of apartheid at the Apartheid Museum, where first-hand experience of segregation is even outlined in the entry classification system when going in to the museum. Further points of interest include the Cradle of Humankind site, where fossils dating back to the dawn of civilisation have been found.
Limpopo and Mpumalanga
Visiting Limpopo and Mpumalanga is home to the world-renowned Kruger National Park. This expansive game reserve is one of the biggest in Africa, and is home to the much lauded Big Five. Families will get the opportunity to seek out lions, elephants, cape buffalos, giraffes, black rhinos, cheetahs, and zebras, all within their natural habitat.
Full-service family lodges are available next to the park, with a choice of either guided or self-drive excursions, depending on the ages of children. Select lodges also offer mini on-site safari treks near the lodge area.