Going on holiday can be a daunting experience if you have a big family. Questions like where to go, what to pack, how much will it cost, what will we do etc., are always tumbling in your mind. It is not a matter of only going on holiday, but also one of relaxation, quality family time and pleasure. You want to take your family to a place where you can really have a fabulous family holiday. Going from wildlife to beaches we have 5 of the best destinations for your next family holiday listed here.
Cape Town is the ideal city for a family holiday. It is small enough to be personal and not get lost in and at the same time large enough to give you and your family with all the holiday conveniences and comforts of a big city.
Best of all is the beautiful setting: coastlines of white-sand beaches, kilometers of hiking trails and dozens of unbelievable places to explore. You can climb Table Mountain, visit the penguins at Boulders Beach, wander around working harbors or take a day trip to the scenic Cape Winelands for delicious picnics on wide green lawns.
Cape Town has an extensive array of family-friendly accommodation. Stay right in the heart of the city at the V&A Waterfront with its world-class aquarium or opt for your own private villa for a comfortable home-away-from-home feel. Wherever you choose you can be assured of friendly staff along with facilities that keep kids entertained and give parents a chance to relax.
Only a few hours’ away from Johannesburg, the Kruger National Park is one of South Africa’s biggest attractions.
The Kruger Park was created with visitors in mind and is an easy self-drive destination. If you prefer to fly there you can do so from Johannesburg, Cape Town, and even the Mozambican coast.
A network of good roads and numerous lodges are spread throughout the 22 000 square kilometers of the park and the variety of wildlife is unrivaled in the country. The Big 5 are all resident, the bird watching is spectacular and the overall game viewing is non-stop.
Everything is made easier by the fact that many of the Kruger safari lodges have been created for families to experience the incredible beauty and thrill of Africa together. We also recommend the lodges that are set in the various private reserves that adjoin the Kruger Park’s western boundary. You will enjoy exclusivity and pure extravagance in the bush.
Dedicated game drives, escorted nature walks, child-minders, and special activity programmes are just some of the things that are on offer at these lodges.
The Garden Route is studded with bustling towns and holiday resorts like Knysna or Plettenberg Bay, as well as enough outdoor activities to keep everyone entertained. Hiking trails and forest canopy tours, whale watching and water sports, visits to Monkeyland and heart-warming interactions at the elephant sanctuary are just a few of the attractions.
However, it’s the blend of beach and mountains, town and country, excitement and experience that makes holidays on the Garden Route so alluring. It’s the perfect place for multi-generational families, and since the region enjoys a mild climate, you can visit the Garden Route all year round.
Ideal as a self-drive destination and set within a half-day drive from Cape Town, the Garden Route has been looking after South African families for generations with accommodation ranging from the cozy and comfy to the ultra-luxurious.
Just a brief drive from the famous beaches and seaside towns of the Garden Route lies South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, a place of traditional villages, teeming wildlife, and no crowds.
The biggest attraction of the Eastern Cape is its nature reserves. The Eastern Cape has now become a top big game destination in its own rights. Most of its reserves boast the Big 5 in easy-to-see habitats and offer a variety of safari activities such as game drives, river cruises and horseback and walking safaris.
The Eastern Cape is certainly one of the best places for a hassle-free family safari without any malaria dangers. Many of the lodges offer tailor-made activities for children including supervised nature walks and treasure hunts.
An Eastern Cape safari is a pure pleasure with expertly-led game drives in search of big game, diverse and stunning scenery, and the agreeable warm climate.
The Eastern Cape’s best-known reserve is Addo Elephant National Park, most famous for its large elephant herds. For good big cat sightings and luxurious accommodation, you can stay in one of the private reserves: Kwandwe, Shamwari – with its two big cat sanctuaries and Pumba, home to rare white lions.
Kgalagadi Game Reserve
The Kgalagadi, simply put, is immense. At nearly 38 000 km2
it is larger than many countries and one of the largest National Parks in the world. An amalgamation of South Africa’s previous Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park, this park was
officially opened on 12 May 2000. It was the first formally declared transfrontier park in Africa.
Two of the three Kalahari eco-types are found here. The south-western part comprises duneveld, with its unique semi-desert vegetation and the north-eastern part comprises Kalahari plains thornveld. The area also incorporates salt pans which play an important role in the grazing and life patterns of the game.
The large mammals, especially the predators, are always a major drawcard at Kgalagadi, the powerful black-maned Kalahari lions, solitary leopard, sleek cheetah, majestic gemsbok, massive herds of wildebeest, graceful giraffe, hyaena, foxes, springbok and many others.
Self-drive game viewing and relaxing around a camp-fire will always take preference at this Transfrontier Park, however, there are many other activities to enrich your visit.
Experience the Kgalagadi to the full on a guided sunset drive. Depart at dusk and watch the sunset bring the warm Kalahari sands to life and return to camp under the cover of darkness. The radiant star and moonlight contrast spectacularly against the jet-black sky.
Guided Full Day Drives allow you to explore more of the park and its Wildlife. Join in the natural beauty of a Kalahari dawn by going on an early morning hike. An informative field guide will share secrets of this thirsty land with you as the day gently unfolds.
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