South Africa has the key elements for a great family holiday - excellent weather, great scenery, accommodation to suit all budgets, good road infrastructure for self-drives, and superb wildlife. Packed with endless attractions and activities aimed at both adults and children, a family safari in South Africa is the ideal way to spend a family vacation.
Below are some of the places that truly WELCOME CHILDREN, and not merely tolerate them. Our journey specialists will be able to design a routing/itinerary to suit your guest's specific family needs.
Wilderness Safaris and Safari Adventure Company
This company have put together a variety of activities for kids at selected family camps. Their "Bush Buddies" will be kept busy, being entertained as well as learning about the wonderful African wildlife and environment. At the same time, they can enjoy a little fun time away from mom and dad. All Bush Buddies that are 12 years and under will receive a complimentary backpack filled with selected safari essentials.
Rocktail Beach Camp / Safari Adventure Company(northern KwaZulu-Natal)
Rocktail Beach Camp on South Africa's northern coast has its secluded 40km stretch of beach and forested dune belt to play in; there are intertidal nature walks, shell collecting, snorkelling, fishing and dune boarding, to name but a few. The camp consists of 17 rooms of which 7 are family units with two bedrooms each. A playroom, complete with board games, and child minders can also keep kids entertained while parents relax.
The Oyster Box Hotel & Spa
(Umhlanga / KwaZulu-Natal)
This is a luxury family beach destination. Family Suites have a master bedroom along with an additional single room or loft for the children. Beach gear is provided - sun umbrellas, beach bags, balls, bats and suntan lotion. Kids received gift bags on arrival. There are children's bathrobes, prams and cots. Children's films are screened in the hotel's 24 seat
private cinema every afternoon. A fully equipped, supervised Children's Club with a range of games and activities is ideal for kids.
(Sabi Sands Reserve)
Londolozi offers the Londolozi Cubs programme. The Cub's Den is equipped with fish ponds to splash around in, Land Rovers to "drive", campout tents and an educational centre where wildlife takes centre stage. Activities include, amongst others: Spoor identification, Bug catching, African dance, drumming. Varty and Founders camp both accommodate children between the ages of 4 and 16 years. Game drives accommodate children of 6 years and older.
Jaci's Safari Lodge
(Madikwe Game Reserve)
Families with children aged 5 - 12 yrs can go together in the family safari vehicles on game drives. Then there are also the "jungle drives" during the day for the very young children 4 yrs and under. Parents are welcome to join, but they must behave like children! Children can sleep in the same room with their parents. Camp beds/stretchers are made up at the foot of the parents' bed for each child (up to 3 children).
(North West Province)
Besides swimming pools at the 4 hotels, there is also the Valley of the Waves, Kamp Kwena, Waterworld and more! Kamp Kwena is situated at the Cabanas children's activities park and offers a daily supervised children's programme. Facilities include a huge selection of books, puzzles, toys, cartoon network channel, playgrounds. Then there is Mini Golf, Trampolines, Bumper Cars and the Finders Keepers Scratch Patch. And, at Waterworld experience the thrill of Jet skiing, Water skiing and Parasailing.
Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa
(Knysna / Garden Route)
Located on the Eastern Head of Knysna this resort offers a vast choice of activities: archery, fishing, beach volleyball, petanque, canoeing, field of dreams, driving range, hike/walking trails, canoe, horse-riding, swimming and tennis. Family picnics can be had at Noetzie Beach. Nightly en-suite child minding is provided.
(close to Hermanus / Western Cape)
Here children can get totally involved, from collecting their own breakfast eggs to
helping in the kitchen with their pizza preparation. The Play Ground is a kiddie's paradise, located next to the horse stables, children can explore their natural surroundings while playing with fluffy bunnies, a domestic pig "Emma" or the ducks. Specialised guides supervise children at the playground, and accompany children during exciting treasure hunts through the Milkwood Forest.
(Plettenberg Bay / Garden Route)
This luxury family hotel (Relais & Chateaux) is situated on a world famous polo venue. Kurland arranges imaginative activities specifically tailored to children of all ages. Lofts have been created above the main suites, and are fitted with 2 or 3 or, if required, 4 beds. Each has its own play area, toys and en suite bathrooms. Children can dine in a variety of venues including their own Children's Dining Conservatory. Experienced nannies available.
Situated in the heart of Cape Town, this leading family friendly 5 star hotel offers complimentary second room for up to two children under 17 years old travelling with their
parents. Nine acres of garden, swimming pools, the Nellie & Nelson Children Activity centre and even children's yoga classes are available. Kids receive welcome amenities, and child-size robes and slippers. An exciting annual programme which includes cricket matches, face painting, story-telling, swimming, games and treasure hunts are organised.
With thanks to Wilderness Safaris
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