From its game-rich parks, to its relaxing white-sand beaches, there’s truly something for every member of the family here. South Africa’s outdoor adventure opportunities, interesting cities, and culturally diverse itineraries, makes it great for families of all ages and interests.
Our experts know the best places to stay and the most exceptional things for your family to do while in South Africa. They’ve travelled the land, met the people, and immersed themselves in the culture. No matter if you’re travelling with your toddler, grandparents or every generation in between, we’ve got you covered.
South Africa is known for its luxurious yet family-friendly lodges that offer adapted game drives for shorter attention spans and interactive experiences to enthuse and inspire younger travellers. These properties can also be rented out exclusively, which allows for maximum family bonding time. Many of us have taken our own families here, so you know that these lodges and camps are safe, comfortable and trustworthy.
South Africa’s wildlife parks and reserves like Kruger and Kalahari National Park are home to unbelievable wildlife, boasting the “Big Five.” You’ll have the opportunity to get an up close and personal expertly guided view of elephants, leopards, lions, rhino and Cape Buffalos. Many standard games drives offer special activities that are geared toward kids, so the entire family can participate in the fun.
There are also safe, predator-free Nature Reserves where your family can go on exhilarating horseback rides, mysterious cave walks, and take in some of the world’s best whale watching.
For multi-generational families, the Winelands are an excellent escape. Sometimes it’s nice to have some time just for the adults. Here you can experience a private guided vineyard tour. If older family members want to relax, and treat themselves to a glass (or three) of refreshing, fruit-forward and savoury wines, it can be done guilt-free, as these properties have welcoming and trusted nannies on hand to care for your children.
Cape Town is the perfect stop for every family. It has surfing lessons, paddle boarding with penguins, and a multitude of fascinating museums. You can plan to spend your days as a whole family, or break off and do some solo exploring.
Cities like Cape Town offer Michelin starred restaurants, shopping for fresh produce at open air markets, craft cocktails, and authentic South African dishes, sure to please even the most adventurous eater. But don’t worry if you have a picky eater on your hands, guest-houses offer meals tailored to your dietary restrictions and preferences.
For those gastronomically inclined, we can arrange special cooking classes for you. Your family can learn South African braai (barbeque) techniques or how to cook a coursed meal with African spices in the Winelands. These skills are a memento you can carry with you even after your trip ends. It’s a good way to be able to share the joy of South Africa with your family and friends once you return home.