A family holiday needs to provide a little bit of everything. There needs to be entertainment for the kids, fun for the adults, and the chance to relax apart from one another too. It has to be adventurous enough to keep everyone satisfied, without trying the little ones out. We’ve rounded up the best choices for a family holiday in South Africa – and you may be surprised to find out how many varied options are available!
Cape Town City Break
Cape Town is one of the most thriving hubs in South Africa, and as such it makes for a great city break. Come here with the kids to get everything you would from any city, such as great restaurants, interesting streets to wander down, shopping opportunities, and culture. And that’s not all, as it also brings unique adventures for you and your kids to try. Older kids can go abseiling from the edge of Table Mountain – or paragliding, or on a helicopter ride. You can go on a catamaran cruise, swim with penguins, or visit the aquarium. On top of all of that, there’s also a gorgeous white sandy beach waiting for you at the edge of the city, along with deep blue waters. While it might not be the safari tour that you picture when you think of South Africa, it can be just as exciting – and you can also go into the bush for a day trip to spot the Big Five if you want to.
Safari Lodge Relaxation
Talking of the Big Five, you can find them on many of the game reserves throughout South Africa. There’s nothing in the world that can compare to South Africa safari holidays. You will spend the day going out on game tours with a ranger who knows the area like the back of their hand. You will see all the game you want, then head back to the lodge for lunch before going back out to the bush. Finally, you’ll come back for dinner in the evening and time for a spa break or a dip in an exotic pool. Then it’s a night under the stars, or in a luxury lodge, depending on how adventurous you feel. Many of the lodges also have kid’s activities and clubs to keep them occupied while you relax, so everyone is happy.
Traditional Seaside Resort
Why not go down to the coast for more of a conventional seaside break? South Africa can offer all of the joys of staying by the sea, with the added advantage of exotic wildlife and hot temperatures. The little ones will love building sandcastles, splashing in the water, and spotting exotic birds and fish all around them. You can relax and sunbathe on the beach, or go for a bit more action.
Adventure Tour Package
If you can’t decide what you want to do, then why not do it all? An adventure tour package will take you around all of the highlights of South Africa. You can start with cultural tours of cities and sites of historic importance, such as the Apartheid Museum. Then you can go on to game drives in different National Parks or reserves, as well as taking the scenic route through the grand landscapes. You can even see conservation efforts in action, and go on short cruises to tour certain areas. You can also spend time in Cape Town and at the coast. It’s a bit of everything all wrapped into one, and the best part about booking onto a tour is that you don’t have to do anything yourself. All of the transport and organisation is taken care of, so you can focus on taking care of the kids and keeping everyone happy. It’s the perfect way to see it all without any hassle – and there will be different activities suitable for everyone along the way.
A family holiday to South Africa could be the most unforgettable trip of your life. Just make sure that you do it right by choosing one of these top suggestions! You won’t regret it when you look back on some of the best memories that you have ever made as a family.