If we must vote for the number 1 family destination, it would be South Africa. There are so many reasons why; from the amazing climate to the friendly people, the diversity in experience and finding the Big 5 both in the water and in the bush. Introduce your kids to a wildernis they have only seen in the movie Jungle Book and teach them to respect nature in all it’s ways. From traveling with a baby to traveling with teenagers, South Africa is a destination for all ages.
The mom says
× Such an enjoyable destination for everyone! From the surfy vibe in Cape Town to the remote nature reserves where you can fall asleep with the sounds of the bush as a background music….
× It’s a destination filled with cultural & natural experiences and life lessons, so important for kids to learn. Even adults come back with a new perspective on life, how can that not affect the little ones!
× The level of quality in accommodation and restaurants here is amazing. You get a superb service and there are so many amazing places to stay where your kids are welcomed like they are royal.
The dad says
× Beaches, mountains, bush, cities and nature everywhere. South Africa is the world in one country, and that is not a cliche.
× Every child in the world grows up learning about lions, elephants and giraffes. There is no better place to see these giants in the wild then in South Africa.
× Amazing climbing trees, not comparable to the weeping willows at home!
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Top 5 Family Friendly Accommodations in South Africa
♥ Grootbos Private Nature Reserve – Garden Lodge. In Grootbos Private Nature Reserve you’ll find two different lodges; Garden Lodge and Forest Lodge. Where Forest Lodge is catering for romantic, couples travel the Garden Lodge is the ideal place to stay with kids of all ages. A kids club, babysitters, and a lot (a lot!) of activities are readily available. The meals are out of this world and the suites have recently been redone; a luxury family stay in the middle of nature. Tip: travel during the whale season (July-November) to catch a glimpse or two of these giants! And do you have a bit more $$$ to spend? Stay at the luxury private villa. Privacy and exclusivity guaranteed!!
♥ Kwandwe Ecca Lodge – great family accommodations offer an adult luxury with kids facilities. Kwandwe Ecca Lodge is a great example of such a stay. This safari lodge in the malaria free Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape aims to involve both parents and kids in Eco-nect activities. Get ready for some fun and adventure while tracking big and small animals! Come home after every wildlife experience to a comfortable suite, amazing food and childminders who will look after your mini’s while you enjoy a wining & dining experience under the stars.
♥ Ant’s Hill Family Cottage – the luxury family cottage at Ant’s Hill is the perfect base to explore the diversity in wildernis surrounding you. Big enough for a family of 6, with all the comfort and luxury you can wish for. Ant’s Hill is located in the malaria-free Waterberg area, at an easy driving distance from Johannesburg. Explore the bush by foot, horseback, bicycle or 4×4. The choice is yours!
♥ Babylonstoren – While mum and dad are enjoying a wine-tasting, the little ones can run and play in the endless vineyards or have a splash in the pool. Babylonstoren is not a family hotel per se but offers two-bedroom cottages and an amazing Cape wine experience so should definitely be included in your route when you travel the (Western) Cape. Stay here for just one or two nights and enjoy fabulous stay in the heart of the Cape Winelands.
♥ Alkantmooi – Plettenberg/Knysna. Perched high on a hill you will find a few amazing apartments. This area is famous for the rough and pristine coastal area, the Bloukrans bungee jump (highest bungee jump in the world) and beautiful hikes you can make. Explore the unspoiled beaches of Plettenberg Bay (and spot whales and dolphins), hike, cycle or canoe in the nature reserve around you and come back to your hideaway to prepare a typical South African braai….
Amazing family itinerary South Africa
- You can choose to fly in and out from Cape Town, or fly in to Cape Town and out of Johannesburg in order to do a Kruger Park safari or stay at one of the magnificent places in the north of the country.
- In Cape Town, the options for a stay with the family are enormous. The Cape Grace Hotel in the V&A Waterfront offers an amazing and welcoming family stay but doesn’t come cheap. Check AirBNB for houses and apartments on the oceanside (Camps Bay).
- From Cape Town, it’s an easy drive into the Cape Winelands. Babylonstoren is a true gem, a working wine farm in the middle of the best vineyards in the Cape region. Stay in a 2-bedroom cottage, an exclusive retreat!
- Drive from Babylonstoren onwards to Grootbos. A stay here in the whale season (July -November) is very recommendable. For the older kids and daredevils; Gansbaai is located close to Grootbos and well known for the White Shark Cage diving activities. Make sure to book this with a sustainable operator though. Grootbos can help you with that.
- From Grootbos you drive onwards to Plettenberg/ Knysna where you’ll find many options for a great family stay. Alkantmooi is a self-catering apartment. Rather some more luxury? Phantom Forest Eco Lodge is a great hideaway when traveling with kids!
- Kwandwe Ecca Lodge is offering you a real wildlife experience, in the Eastern Cape. Kids are learning how to respect nature and activities that are enjoyable for both kids & parents are undertaken every day. A true family safari!
- From Kwandwe you can drive to Port Elizabeth where you hand in the car and fly back to Cape Town to board your flight home.
Instead of Kwandwe, you can also decide to experience a family safari in the northern part of South Africa. The bush is just a bit more wild here, the game reserves slightly bigger and the wildlife more abundant. Ant’s Hill is a great example, but so is Jaci’s or one of the many self catering options in the Kruger Park should you feel adventurous and wish to self drive your safari.