Traveling to South Africa with Kids

A mother and child in a park in south africa
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


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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.

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Written by: Branded Africa