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Top 5 South Africa Family Holiday Destinations

A long time ago, South Africa don’t usually make it to the top choices of families to go on a holiday too. Today, it’s becoming an increasingly popular choice. In fact, it is the most visited country on the continent. And why wouldn’t it be? It has year-round sunshine, fabulous beaches, fascinating food scene, great cultural opportunities, diversity in activities and, of course, a bevy of iconic animals. Where else in the world can you kids experience the wild, pet a lion cub, ride an elephant, meet a dolphin and swim with penguins all in one trip? Plus, South Africa offers advanced infrastructure as opposed to other African countries. It also offers a more positive stigma when it comes to security, thanks to its developed metropolitan and low risk of violent crime, especially in tourist routes. Well, if you’re eyeing for an extraordinary family adventure, here are the top 5 South Africa family holiday destinations:

GARDEN ROUTE

Kudus in Kruger National Park

Garden Route is a dream-like family destination situated on the coast and dotted with fantastic beaches, picturesque lagoons, placid lakes, dense forests and a masterfully landscaped range of mountains.
Famous for its natural beauty and a wide range of outdoor activities, many travelers to South Africa opt to take this “route” – whether they’re solo adventurers, groups, families or even companies on a team-building trip! The exciting things you can do in Garden Route is endless. You can surf, dive to shipwrecks, cruise on a yacht, spot great white sharks, leap into water-filled canyons, go paragliding, try mountain biking, enjoy bird watching, and so much more!


Garden Route also hosts countless picnic spots, viewpoint, and attractions. The best attractions they have are as follows:

  • Table Mountain: One of the most iconic landmarks of South Africa, Table Mountain features a flat-topped mountain which provides an excellent vantage point to look over the city of Cape Town. Visitors can enjoy a cable ride to this mountain, weather permitting.
  • Boulders Beach: Do you want to meet penguins and swim with them? Boulders Beach provides an ideal swimming spot especially for kids because its large boulders protect the area from large waves. The beach is also under Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area so it’s regularly maintained.
  • Mossel Bay: A small harbor town in Garden Route that’s surrounded by a sun-drenched peninsula and the beautiful Indian Ocean. The coastal town offers plenty of accommodation options, restaurants, and activities like skydiving!
  • Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Center: Perhaps the wildest attraction in Garden Route, Tenikwa is more than just a sanctuary for wildlife such as leopards and meerkats, it is also a rehabilitation center for rescued animals including endangered African penguins.

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

elephants in a watering hole in Addo Elephnt National Park

High on the must-see lists of most visitors to South Africa in Kruger National Park. It is the largest game reserve in Africa, and South Africa’s most popular safari park. One of the best things about Kruger is that it is only about 3 to 4.5 hours drive from the city and your entire family could easily spot animals such as waterbucks, giraffes, antelopes, hippos, spotted hyenas, black rhinos, elephants, leopards and many more.
With 147 mammal species and 517 bird species, Kruger National Park indeed guarantees a world-class safari that both kids and adults will enjoy and remember for a lifetime.
Ready to experience the wildest ride of your life?

ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK

Sitting on the Eastern Cape, Addo Elephant National Park boasts 164,000 hectares of varied landscapes. It is particularly known for its enormous elephant population, hosting over 600 of them along with several lions, black rhinos, hyenas, antelopes and some unique dung beetles that are exclusively found in Addo. It is also the only park in the world to claim the Big 7, over 400 Cape buffalos and a healthy rhino population.


But beyond the great wilderness experience, did you know Addo’s best-kept secret? The park stretches out from its coastal forests down to the sea where it protects large colonies of African penguins as well as the largest colonies of Cape gannets in the world. If you come to visit the area, you can also see whales and even great white sharks.


The great thing about Addo Elephant National Park is that it is not overcrowded and it is a perfect destination any time of the year.

SUN CITY

Hermanus Coast

One of the hidden treasures of South Africa is Sun City in the northwest region. If compared to a state in the US, it would probably be somehow like Florida. Many adults come to gamble and golf, but more and more families visit for a holiday.
Sun City offers top-of-the-class facilities that are enjoyable for all ages. They have a petting zoo, water park, children’s games arcade, man-made beach, pools, hotels and even a game park called Pilanesberg National Park for authentic wildlife viewing! Visitors can also enjoy hot air balloon rides, 4×4 quad biking, elephant-back safaris, zip-slide experiences, and many more. It is truly a family holiday paradise!

HERMANUS

A seaside town in Western Cape, Hermanus is a must-visit for all families across the world. It offers stunning beaches and wonderful lagoons, lovely weather, picturesque farm fields, a wide range of accommodations and a bevy of thrilling activities that each family member can enjoy!

Hermanus also hosts a lot of festivals, markets, fairs, shows, etc. depending on the season. One of the most coveted is the Whale Festival in Spring (September-November). Another highlight is the shark cage viewing in Gansbaai, a truly once-in-a-lifetime adventure that would blow your mind in awe (or suspense).
Wine tasting, whale sighting, open-air concerts, horse riding, hiking, paragliding and boat trips are also abundant.

GOOD REASONS WHY FAMILIES HEAD TO SOUTH AFRICA

✔️ Availability and affordability of flights from many points in the world

✔️ A diversity of activities that do not only limit to wildlife experiences or holidays in the city

✔️ Surreal landscapes and unforgettable family activities

✔️ Almost no time difference from the UK

✔️ Robust food scene that will satisfy both adults’ and kids’ palates

✔️ Child-friendly accommodations, parks, etc.

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