South African Family Vacations

South Africa is the ultimate family vacation destination. Nowhere else would families be able to enjoy such a fine combination of safe swimming beaches, malaria-free safari areas, outdoor adventures, and family-oriented resorts. In this diverse country, you can teach your children about the value of conservation in an authentic yet fun and safe environment. We offer a range of family tours and vacation packages. We will gladly tailor a package based on your requirements if none of these itineraries meet your approval.

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8 Day Southern Cape Trail

Code: FV05 Type: Family Vacation Package Level: Personal 4-Star Destinations Visited:

Cape Town | Overberg

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A fully guided family vacation that begins in Cape Town and overnights in the whale capital of Hermanus before a relaxing stay at the De Hoop Nature Reserve. Highlights include the cable car trip to the top of Table Mountain and fruitful whale watching (if you're visiting between June and October).

From ZAR 29,818 Per Person Sharing
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7 Day Cape Coast Family Beach and Safari

Code: FV04 Type: Family Vacation Package Level: Personal 4-Star Destinations Visited:

Overberg | Little Karoo

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Explore two pristine stretches of Western Cape wilderness on this adventure-rich family vacation in South Africa. First, you'll experience the coastal splendor of the De Hoop Nature Reserve, one of the best spots for whale watching. After that, you'll enjoy a Big Five Safari in Sanbona in the Little Karoo.

From ZAR 38,349 Per Person Sharing
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6 Day Kruger Wildlife Family Safari

Code: FV03 Type: Family Vacation Package Level: Personal 4-Star Destinations Visited:

Kruger National Park | Timbavati

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Experience South Africa's top safari destination - the Greater Kruger National Park - on this varied six-day adventure. You'll experience both the park itself and the Timbavati Private Game Reserve. This family-friendly safari is aimed at families with older children who can take precautions against malaria.

From ZAR 34,380 Per Person Sharing
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5 Day Namibian Skeleton Coast Vacation

Code: FV02 Type: Family Vacation Package Level: Personal 4-Star Destinations Visited:

Swakopmund

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This adventure-rich family vacation on Namibia's desolate coast is inherently memorable. Included is a 'Living Desert' tour, during which you'll discover more about Namib's lesser creatures, and a tour of the Skeleton Coast and Cape Cross - home to one of the world's largest Cape fur seal colonies.

From ZAR 15,698 Per Person Sharing
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4 Day Pilanesberg Family Safari

Code: FV01 Type: Family Vacation Package Level: Personal 4-Star Destinations Visited:

Pilanesberg

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Experience a private corner of the Big Five-bearing and malaria-free wilderness of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. The family-friendly Black Rhino Game Lodge offers a great value, four-star safari adventure. You'll enjoy twice daily game drives in open-air 4x4 vehicles and a visit to the Lion and Safari Park en route.

From ZAR 14,398 Per Person Sharing

Reasons to choose South Africa for your Family Vacation

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Malaria-free safari areas

With its abundance of malaria-free safari areas, South Africa is the ideal destination for a family safari. Private game reserves like Madikwe, Shamwari, Marataba, and Welgevonden offer luxurious lodgings. In contrast, Pilanesberg and Addo offer more affordable yet fruitful and rewarding safari experiences with prime Big 5 game viewing.

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Family-friendly accommodations

Many safari lodges in the mentioned reserves aim specifically at families and offer special programs for children. Elsewhere in the country, many hotels and guest houses in the Garden Route and Cape Town provide family-oriented accommodations. At the same time, Sun City is a veritable paradise for children to have fun and parents to unwind.

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Unforgettable adventures

There are so many adventures to enjoy with your family in South Africa. Observe the wonder on your child's face as they meet an elephant up close, and learn about marine life while exploring the underwater magic of the Two Oceans Aquarium. Wander into the subterranean depths of the Cango Caves, spot dolphins at sea, or learn how to track animals by following their spoor.

Top Family Vacation Destinations

South Africa is a very inviting family destination. The country offers a great diversity of attractions and activities that appeal to kids of all ages. From the wide-eyed toddler to the adventure-seeking teen, we have something that will entertain the curiosities of all young travelers.

Family Friendly Private Tours

10 Days From: ZAR 69,270 pp Luxury Five-Star Code: T17

A private tour of the scenic coastline of the Cape culminating in a safari in the malaria-free Addo Elephant National Park.

14 Days From: ZAR 69,270 pp 4-Star Code: T13

A South African tour designed with families in mind. The tour is private and accompanied by an African Sky guide.

14 Days From: ZAR 69,270 pp 4-Star Code: T07

This luxury family tour visits Sun City, Madikwe Private Game Reserve, the Garden Route, and Cape Town, accompanied by a private guide.

Experiences to Savor

Observing wildlife with your children

Enjoying a safari with your children is not only memorable - it is important. Having the next generation learn to respect and appreciate the value of our wildlife will ensure that it endures for the generations to come. Beyond that, the awe on their faces during these encounters will capture your heart.

Family time spent at the beach

Beach time is one of those occasions that appeals to the entire family. Braving the waves, stretching out on the shore, building sandcastles, and tossing or kicking around a ball; the activities may seem basic, but often it is the simplest, most organic moments that provide the most lasting memories.

Educational endeavors

Most adventures in South Africa will provide unforgettable fun and learning opportunities for your children, for example, wildlife and the environment while on safari, the sea and its mesmerizing creatures at the aquarium, and the geological structures of the earth in the Cango Caves.

Other Destinations

Cape Winelands

The Cape Winelands is also an excellent destination for families who enjoy outdoor adventures. While wine tasting may be limited to the adults in your party, many esteemed wine farms offer grape juice, chocolate, or cheese tastings for the little ones - an acceptable way to foster young connoisseurs! Strawberry picking is also popular in summer, and scenic hiking trails abound.

Sun City

South Africa's 'Kingdom of Pleasure' is a paradise for children - particularly those with wild imaginations! Based on a mythical legend of an ancient lost city. Sun City's unique architecture, waterparks, game arcades, petting zoos, and exhilarating outdoor activities will satisfy every child's entertainment demands and ensure that parents have ample leisure time.

Pilanesberg

The Pilanesberg Game Reserve in South Africa's North West province comprises a malaria-free wilderness ideal for family safaris. In addition, it is but a stone's throw from the Sun City Resort, making it a fine complement to a tour that combines family fun with Big 5 game viewing. Pilanesberg offers both budget-friendly and more luxurious family-appropriate accommodations.

FAQ

Are reduced rates available for children?
Each property and attraction determines its discount for children. Rates are, therefore, subject to fluctuate based on the child's age and the properties included in your itinerary.
Why should families avoid traveling to safari areas where malaria is prevalent?
This recommendation is aimed at families traveling with small children, toddlers, or babies who are still too young to be administered anti-malarial prophylactics. These safari areas still offer incredible safari experiences and plush lodgings.
Are children allowed on game drives?
Most family-friendly lodges will not allow children under six on open-air vehicle game drives. Reasons include the safety of the child and those in the vehicle, as animals may be either disturbed or dangerously intrigued by certain noises or sudden movements. Families with children under a certain age will be required to pay additional rates for a private safari vehicle at some lodges.
Are there family-friendly beaches?
Yes - South Africa currently has 45 beaches with official Blue Flag status, which makes them safe for swimming and family enjoyment.
Are there special programs for children?
Yes, many lodges and specific resort-style accommodations will have programs to keep children entertained while their parents enjoy leisure time.
Are child-minding services available?
Most family-friendly accommodations offer child-minding services at an additional rate. Be sure to check beforehand.
Would children be able to enjoy wildlife encounters?
All wildlife encounters are age-dependent for the safety of the child. Be sure to ask beforehand.
Would our child be able to share a room with us?
Should family rooms not be available or pressure the budget, many accommodations will accommodate one child in the same room as their parents on a cot or sofa-bed.
Are other Southern African countries child-friendly?
South Africa is the most child-friendly travel destination in Southern Africa, particularly for families with very young children. While many lodges and hotels in other countries are happy to accommodate children, remember that travel may often take the form of charter flights, boat transfers, and long overland trips, which may be tiresome for young children. Malaria is also a risk in Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique.
Is there a preferred time to travel with children?
If you have older children and would like to visit areas where malaria is a risk, it is best to stay in the winter months between May and August, when it is drier, and mosquitoes are less prevalent. If you plan to visit the Cape and the Garden Route, aim for summer or spring - while adults may not mind a bit of rain, children may be greatly disappointed if their activities and beach time are affected by the weather.