How to travel South Africa with the kids and make for a magical experience 2 years ago

How to travel South Africa with the kids and make for a magical experience

Brought to you by South African Tourism. 

We promise wide eyes and smiling faces all-round.

When we think of South Africa, we think adventure, wildlife, hiking, trekking, watersports, a diverse culture and more.

It's a place that requires a lot of time and energy, yes. But it's also true that South Africa makes for an incredible holiday for the entire family, one that can be easily catered to for kids.

You can do a huge amount in two weeks without having to travel great and tiring distances. Plus, South Africa is within the same time zone as Europe, so it won't take a lot out of the family to begin with.

Here are just a few spots entirely worth getting to, suitable for all, and sure to provide you with a holiday of a lifetime:

Western Cape

Table Mountain

Simply stunning. Reach the top of Table Mountain for spectacular views and a yoga class at sunrise. Although hiking to the top is a lot of fun, it takes time and it’s not suitable for very young children.

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Thankfully, there’s a cable car that can bring you speedily to the top. Although beautiful at any time of day, the evening sunset and the beautiful colour it paints the city is remarkable.

Cape Winelands

Although devoted to continuing its success as a world-renowned wine region, this gorgeous spot makes for a perfect playground too thanks to its rustic beauty. Regions include Stellenbosch, Wellington and Franschhoek. Restaurants boast mouthwatering food too, taking inspiration from the different cultures that make up South Africa

Don't forget to book a wine tour!

Boulder's Beach

We usually think of penguins huddled together in the Antarctica, sheltering from the cold, like something from David Attenborough’s Planet Earth.

Not these lads.

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Nestling on a sun-drenched beach on the Western Cape, you’ll spot the endangered African penguin on the sand. Go for a splash and see how many you can count paddling past you. The kids will adore!

South Africa is most definitely famous for its wildlife. But be sure not to miss out on the fascinating ocean life.

Head for a cruise around the Dyer Island system in Ganbaai. You'll have the chance to see the Marine Big Five - that’s the great white, the African penguin (above), the southern right whale (their peak season is October/November, although they start arriving from May), the cape fur seal and the dolphin.

It’s out of this world.

Garden Route (From Western Cape to Eastern Cape)

If you think the south of France or California’s Big Sur is something to talk about, you haven’t seen anything like South Africa’s Garden Route.

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You can drive the safe 300km stretch from Mossel Bay to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape.

The national treasure will bring you to Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Mossel Bay, Little Brak River, Nature’s Valley and George, with plenty of activity in these places for kids. It’s also one of UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

Eastern Cape

Coffee Bay

Take the time to chill out with the kids, hop in the water for a swim and have a surfing lesson (provided by one of the nearby surf schools). It’s also home to the Hole in the Wall - a striking natural fissure in the sea.

Addo Elephant National Park

Founded in 1931, to protect 11 of the areas remaining elephants, we’re happy to say the park is now home to 600 of these majestic beings.

Get close to them, take it all in and join the stomping party.

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Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga/Limpopo

Last, but certainly not least, it’s South Africa’s most famous wildlife hub and it spans two provinces.

It's where you'll find the Big Five - that's the leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant and rhino. Of course there's plenty more roaming about, like cheetahs, giraffes and hippos.

Kruger is a true gem at sunset. Get out in the open, learn how to track animals and see these beautiful beings roam around this incredible land that is home.

Now, we simply can't wait to pack the bags and jet off on an adventure of a lifetime.

The question isn't if we're going, but rather, when.

Happy travels all!

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