Planning a family vacation in South Africa can be a little stressful. Not only because you want it to go well, but trying to figure it all out can take forever. Well, we’re here to ease that stress. A lot of people visit South Africa every year and I think it’s time to show you how easy and fun planning your next trip down the Mother City can be! Check out these tips below!
There’s no escaping the fact that family vacations are expensive. However, with a bit of thought, planning and a little luck, you can get more for your hard-earned dollars. That was certainly the case for our family just recently on a camping safari in South Africa! We were able to do everything we wanted to do and more for about the same price as it would have cost us to visit one of those prominent amusement parks in Florida. Here’s how:
Family Vacation In South Africa
There’s no better place to take your family on vacation than South Africa. It’s a dream destination for travelers of all ages, and it offers some of the world’s greatest sights to see, especially if you are going to adventure parks. USA, South Africa, Namibia, Australia, New Zealand – a large number of tourists travel to these countries cashing in on their attractive holiday destinations. Undoubtedly, they are greatly attractive as every year they top the charts of foreign tourist arrivals though not all of these tourists simply click through the travel catalogs to get information about different travel destinations and then make their vacation plans accordingly.
South Africa is child-friendly and one of the best choices for a family holiday. It is a country that upholds family values and many resorts offer excellent facilities for children.
South Africa has the key elements for a great family holiday – excellent weather; scenery that will take your breath away, accommodation to suit your
budget; a variety of activities, excellent road infrastructure for self-drives and wildlife.
Going on holiday to a family resort is an excellent way to offer the kids something special.
A variety of resorts are found – Forever Group offers you Self Catering Resorts, Sun City Resort is the World-renowned Kingdom of Pleasure, and then you get individual resorts such as Cape St Francis Resort (Eastern Cape) and Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens & Golf & Spa Resort (Drakensberg), Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort (KwaZulu) and Maselspoort Resort; to name a few.
Family hotels welcome children of all ages and usually offer a sizeable discount on accommodation for children – if they do not stay for free.
Experienced and trained babysitters are available and many have specific kids programmes in place. Popular family hotels include The Golden Gate Hotel near Clarens in the Free State and the Windsor Hotel in Hermanus (Western Cape).
Family Safari Holidays
National and provincial parks offer unique wildlife attractions with world-class facilities and first-world infrastructure.
Tsitsikamma National Park (Eastern Cape), Pilanesberg Game Reserve (North West), Kruger Park (Mpumalanga) , Karoo National Park, Table Mountain National Park & Bontebok National Park (Western Cape), Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park & Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve (KwaZulu-Natal) and the Golden Gate Highlands National Park (Free State) are popular amongst families.
There’s an excellent change of spotting the Big Five, as well as hippo, cheetah, crocodile and a plethora of antelope and birdlife.
There are also many private game lodges set in unfenced areas adjoining the national parks offering family safari holidays.
South Africa is blessed with excellent weather and superb beaches, making the coastal holiday the ultimate vacation for families in need of some serious rest, relaxation and fun in the sun. Explore the beaches of the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.
A number of South African coastal towns that offer your perfect beach holiday.
– Hermanus & Langebaan in the Western Cape
– Plettenberg Bay & Knysna on the Garden Route
– Umhlanga Rocks & St Lucia on the KwaZulu north coast
– Margate on the KwaZulu south coast
– Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape
South Africa’s warm and temperate climate lends itself to enjoyment of the outdoors with many walks suitable for families in and around the cities.
The Drakensberg, a mountain range and World Heritage Sit , is green in summer and boasts snowy peaks in winter. There are many excellent lodges in the mountains and clearly marked trails from sedate to energetic.
South Africa abounds with outdoor picnic areas that are safe and well maintained. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, on the slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town, is listed as one of the world’s seven most beautiful gardens.
Visit South Africa’s Cities
Gold Reef City is a theme park set just outside Johannesburg, where children can experience interactive games and rides. Pretoria, a mere half-hour’s drive from Johannesburg where you can take your children to the renowned Pretoria Zoo and reptile park.
To the west of Johannesburg you’ll come across Hartebeespoort Dam, offering water sports, hot-air ballooning and an array of craft shops. A little further is Sun City, a unique pleasure resort, and the adjoining Pilanesberg game reserve – home to several endangered species.
Durban, on the east coast of the country, is a tropical paradise. Take a rickshaw ride along its famous beachfront and you’ll see the amusement park. Durban is for family and fun with beaches among the world’s best. The uShaka Marine World is an aquarium and amusement park combined.
Cape Town, where the international jet set loves to relax, is frequently listed as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Take your children in the glass-sided revolving cable car to the top of Table Mountain, treat them to an ice cream in the Table Mountain National Park and spend at least a day at the city’s pride and joy: the V&A Waterfront.
The Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront is also one of the best in the world, and arranges special entertainment packages for children. There are many other family attractions – such as to wander through the local craft market and enjoy a pleasant hour choosing pretty gems from the bins of the Scratch Patch.
In Hout Bay, one of the city’s most appealing harbour areas, visit the World of Birds wildlife sanctuary and monkey park, with over 3 000 birds, monkeys and animals in walk-through enclosures.