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Traveling to South Africa with Kids

Boasting world-class infrastructure and national parks with game viewing destinations for just about every budget, South Africa is one of the world’s best safari destinations for families. What’s more, most of the country’s game parks and reserves are free from malaria and other tropical diseases. Want to go on a safari adventure with your kids? Check out some top family-friendly spots to include in your travel itinerary:

TABLE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

atop the mountain at table mountain park in south africa

Table Mountain National Park is a breathtaking urban nature reserve. It stretches from Signal Hill to dramatic cape points and encompassing some really amazing valleys, bays, and beaches. It has been recognized as one of the world’s most remarkable attractions due to the prominent flat-topped mountain, which overlooks the city of Cape Town. Table Mountain National Park boasts a blend of rugged mountains, moonlit beaches, ancient forest and much more. A visit to the iconic Table Mountain is a great family outing, presenting a unique outdoor adventure that your kids are sure to cherish. The cableway boasts much excitement for the little ones, and a visit up the beautiful mountains is an absolute experience for the family.

V&A WATERFRONT, CAPE TOWN

Also known as Capetown’s tourist showpiece, V&A Marina waterfront is located at the foot of the Signal Hill and washed by the deep blue water of Table Bay. It is also a place where crowds gather to eat, drink, shop, spend time with family, socialize, and admire breathtaking views of Table Mountain. There are also indoor activity parks with mazes, escape rooms, a ropes course, cruiser style Dutch bicycles, slides, bridges, and so much more.

CAPE TOWN CRUISE

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Beautiful sunny days in Capetown should be celebrated with the whole family. The good news is that parents do not have to break the bank to enjoy the city, sightseeing on a cruise with their kids. Going city sightseeing offers two fun 20-minute cruising options to entertain the whole family. You can either jump on the Harbour cruise that navigates past giant ships and famous attractions in the V&A Waterfront; or choose the canal cruise, which explores four stops along the serene water canals between the V&A waterfront and foreshore business precinct.

MUIZENBERG BEACH

Recently awarded the Blue Flag Beach status, Muizenberg beach is one of the most popular beaches along the False Bay coastline. It offers water slides, kiosks, colorful beach huts dotted along the sand, a swimming pool, putt-putt course, and also holds a high appeal due to its warm waters and friendly atmosphere. Muizenberg beach has been a choice destination for families over the years. Enjoy yourselves, relax, and have fun, while the kids build sun castles. There’s also Planet Kids, a play center with both indoor and outdoor facilities for children to participate in some really fun activities.

THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

elephants in kruger national park

Popularly known as one of the biggest national parks in Africa, the Kruger National Park is situated at the North-Eastern tip of South Africa and spans over the Mpumalanga and Limpopo province. It is one of the most accessible parks in South Africa and within the park itself are a number of tar roads and like all of South Africa National Parks. Kruger is open to self-drives where you can spot the big 5. More exclusive are the safari lodges with excellent accommodation options for the young where families can go on their own private game drives, and rangers facilitate child-friendly activities like spoor casting.

PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK

Pilanesberg National Park is known as the most accessible of the family-friendly safaris on the whole African continent. With its range of very affordable accommodations inside the park, self-catering chalets that accommodates up to five people and even the cheapest lodges and camps have swimming pools and playgrounds for kids. Most of the accommodations are fenced in so you can explore without worry. If you want to see the big five as quickly and painless as possible, look no further.

MADIKWE GAME RESERVE

Known as the best private game reserve in South Africa’s North-West province and great for a family-friendly safari, Madikwe game reserve is approximately a 4-hour drive from Johannesburg and a 2-hour drive from Gaborone, across the border in Botswana. It is close to Pilanesberg National Park and Sun City. Madikwe caters to children of all ages, providing special “Jungle Drives” for kids under four years old. There is also the children safari for slightly older kids where the children are taught valuable lessons about the bush, including survival techniques, tracking, and bush medicine.

BOULDERS BEACH

penguins in boulder beach south africa

One of the most visited beaches in Cape Town, Boulders Beach is the only place in the world where you can get close to African penguins. It isn’t just a place for penguins, but also a famous family-friendly swimming beach. It’s where kids can climb over the boulders, explore the rock pools, or swim in the cool, clear False Bay water. It is also a great place for a leisurely family picnic.

South Africa is undoubtedly your best bet for traveling with kids. It generally has good roads, infrastructure, and transport links. Are you ready to hit the road and embark on a fun-filled family adventure of a lifetime? Let us help you create some fun memories you won’t forget. Contact us today to discuss your travel ideas.

A family holiday is a great way to make beautiful memories with your kids, and spend quality time together.

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August 8, 2023
Asante Gosheni and espacially Hassan Nous tenons à recommander Hassan car nous venons de passer un séjour mémorable avec lui. Grâce à son expérience, sa connaissance parfaite du monde animal et des parcs, Hassan nous a permis de voir de nombreux animaux en étant extrêmement bien placé.
Bien évidemment les big five (même le rhinocéros!), la traversée de la rivière par les gnous et bien d'autres animaux.
En faisant un safari avec Hassan vous trouverez tout ce que vous êtes venus chercher.
A l'avenir si nous décidons de refaire un safari, nous voudrions repartir avec Hassan.
Myriam D
Myriam D
August 8, 2023
Hassan is the best guide !!!! Nous avons eu la chance de faire un safari de 8 jours dans les parcs nationaux du nord de la Tanzanie avec Hassan comme guide. Hassan est un guide très expérimenté.
Grâce à lui et sa grande expérience nous avons découvert et appris énormément de choses sur la Tanzanie, les animaux, les végétaux etc. Hassan est un véritable passionné qui aime transmettre son savoir.
En plus de ses connaissances, Hassan a un véritable œil de lynx et sais débusquer le moindre animal caché.
Grâce à Hassan nous avons eu la chance de voir beaucoup d’animaux et tous ceux du « Big Five ».
Parmi tous les véhicules présents lors des safaris, Hassan sait se frayer un chemin pour nous permettre d’avoir toujours le meilleur point de vue.
Hassan sait où se placer pour nous permettre d’avoir une vue sans égal sur les animaux, en les observant de très près.
Hassan est également un excellent conducteur. La route n’a aucun secret pour lui.
C’est également un guide très attentionné, toujours aux petits soins pour nous et d’une extrême gentillesse.
Nous recommandons Hassan les yeux fermés et si nous devions refaire un safari, nous demanderons d’être guidés par Hassan sans hésitation.
Merci encore à Hassan pour ces merveilleux moments qui resterons gravés dans notre mémoire !!
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bonny l
August 6, 2023
amazing Safari experience wiz gosheni nice trip wiz our amazing guide Samir We saw all the wild animals during Safari
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FENG Y
August 6, 2023
愉快的非洲之旅 幸运的选择了gosheni Safari,我们的向导samir服务非常好,小朋友们都很喜欢他,非洲五霸除了犀牛没有看到外,其他都替我们找到了,寻找动物经验丰富,在超远的地方就能看到目标。可以在众多的车子中抢到一个很好的观赏位,办事灵活。
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Vladimir T
August 6, 2023
Great experience! Great experience! Starting from the trip planning the communications were very clear and smooth to organize the tour and select itinerary. In the end we opted for 5 days/4 nights route including the Tarangire, Serengeti and Lake Manyara nations parks as well as a visit to the Ngorongoro crater. The tour itself was excellent and very punctual, here kudos to our guide Wilson who is very experienced and knowledgeable about his job and also went well beyond his duty and gave us a nice summary of country’s history. It was really a pleasure to spend time with him and we managed to see the big 5:) Accommodations were superb: great camps, an amazing farmhouse close to Ngorongoro, meals were also good and picnic lunches well organized.
In summary the experience was highly satisfying, I sincerely recommend Gosheni Safaris and to ask for Wilson as a guide.
Allison B
Allison B
August 5, 2023
Great Taste of Tanzania Had a great 5-day tour. Our guide James was very dedicated to making sure we saw amazing sights. He asked us our favorite animals to see and made it his mission to help us spot them. The food was good, the lodging was very pleasant, and enjoying a glass of wine on lunches was a nice touch. Favorite lodging was definitely the Farmhouse by Ngorongoro. Beautiful landscapes along the entire tour, covered a lot of ground and got a great introduction to Tanzania.
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Sukhraj S
August 5, 2023
Gosheni number 1 What an unforgettable 6 days, courtesy of Gosheni Safari and our guide/driver Zadock!!!
I booked this holiday back in 2020 but then had to cancel due to Covid. That was after a lot of research of tour companies and finally picking Ghosheni. The time was right to get this once in a lifetime trip set up again, so working via email with William at Gosheni we compiled the agenda…he was so helpful and we settled on one day in Tarangire, one day in Lake Manyara, three days in Serengeti and one day in Ngorongoro Crater…I’m now on the way to Zanzibar after an amazing experience, Gosheni took care of the whole package for my wife, three teenage sons and I.

Our guide and driver was Zadock, a humble, honest, genuine, proud and generous man. He did absolutely everything for us, answered every question and took us to all the places to see the big five up close, hunts and more.

The food was served every lunch time as a picnic, with plates, blanket, wtc whilst others had lunch boxes. The Jeep was cleaned daily, and was extremely comfortable along the difficult rough terrain…a credit to Zadock.

Zadock had so much knowledge not only of the animal kingdom’s hundreds of species but also the history of Tanzania, Africa, politics, and social customs, we felt as though he was part of our family.

Thankyou Zadock and Gosheni, I very rarely write reviews after holidays and I have travelled extensively around the world, but these guys are special and have made this so memorable for my family and I….I recommend to everyone if you are unsure about who, how, what, these guys will sort out the whole trip and at a very reasonable price.

Well done William, Gosheni and Zadock, and I really hope you get to be recognised as the number one tour company in Tanzania!
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Eric W
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Extraordinary Safari with Gosheni I am so glad to have Gosheni as our tour operator. They provide excellent service starting from arranging the tour till the end of our safari.
As our city had quarantine arrangement due to COVID-19, we were so worry about our trip. Luckily, Gosheni is so considerate and try their best endeavors to rearrange our scedule. With their assistance, everything is set and we feel comfortable for all of their kind arrangements.

During the safari, we have a terrific tour guide, Edward! He takes care of all the stuff and administration including liaison with hotels, lunch packing, other add-on safaris so that we can fully enjoy the trip.

Not only Edward spots a lot a lot of animals and birds for us, including the top 5 in the trip, he also introduces us the habitat and features of the animals and birds. We are very impressed by his rich knowledge and do enjoy listening the "stories" of the animals.

Edwward is definitely experienced and propose the best programme during the safari, e.g. he tries to maximise our time for the game drive in different locations and tribe visit. We fully trust his expertise and professionalism.

We are very happy with Edward and Gosheni. We will absolutely consider them in our next Africam safari.
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Priyank S
August 4, 2023
Amazing Safari with Gosheni and Ombeni Our guide, Ombeni, was the best part of our trip. He is really knowledgeable, friendly, and we trusted his expertise for the whole 9 days across Tarangire, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro. We were lucky to see some amazing things on our game drives. Having grown up in Kenya, I have been lucky to go on many safaris, and this is one of the best I've been on.
The food was excellent, and even on the all-day game drives we had a cooked, sit-down meal for lunch which was a big plus point. All the accommodation was excellent as well.

We had a bespoke itinerary which we planned in advance with William from Gosheni, and he was extremely helpful in answering our questions and accommodating our requests.

I would highly recommend Gosheni and especially Ombeni for future travels.
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August 4, 2023
Dreams come true!!! Thanks to best guide Hassani I have been dreaming Serengeti Safari tour for a long time and Gosheni Safaris made my dreams come true. We completed our 5 days safari at the end of July and it was wonderful. We visited Central Serengeti, North Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
The company is very professional from beginning to end. Peter the owner of Gosheni Safaris helped us a lot about planning our itinary. I asked too many questions and he replied all of them everytime. Sometimes he can be in the bush and has no internet connection but be sure he always will reply your questions. Just be sure that you are in safe hands and Hakuna Matata☺️

Our guide was Hassani who is a perfect guide, safari driver, friend and everything. He always did his best to show us as much as possible. We always felt safe and witnessed lots of amazing moments by help of Hassani. Beside being a perfect safari guide, he prepared very nice lunch tables every afternoon. He is very funny person and makes lots of jokes during the safari. I higly recommend Gosheni Safaris which is best one and Hassani who is a very good guide. I want to thank Hassani in person for making our safari perfect and looking forward to meet again🙏🏻

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