South Africa Family Safari & Beach Holiday
The ideal South Africa safari choice for families with young children, this itinerary prioritises ease, comfort and fun for little ones and their parents.
From the spirited Cape Town with its spectacular scenery and nearby valleys filled with vineyards, to the Eastern Cape safaris and the world-famous Kruger National Park, South Africa has so much to offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Fly into Durban and explore the remote Elephant Coast on an adventure holiday, with miles of deserted beaches before heading into the historical region of KwaZulu-Natal.
Our local guides will walk you through some of South Africa’s epic battle spots, including the real story behind the film ‘Zulu’, the towering Mountains of Drakensberg and Giant's Castle Game Reserve - offering mountain ranges that put Cape Town's Table Mountain to shame.
No South African safari is complete without seeing the iconic wildlife roaming around the grasslands, and you'll have the chance to experience some incredible game drives and wildlife encounters.
The Kwandwe Game Reserve is 22,000 hectares of understated wilderness with 5-star safari lodges nestled into the land, offering exceptional safari experiences and wildlife holidays.
Madikwe Game Reserve is one of the hidden gems of South Africa, with fewer visitors but an impressive array of animals. Spend a few nights in their ultimate luxury lodges for a romantic escape or a luxury honeymoon, with the sounds of nature to keep you company.
Whether you want to self-drive this diverse country, experience a luxury family holiday, a luxury beach holiday, a honeymoon in South Africa, or embark on a unique, customised holiday, South Africa is one of the most fascinating countries you will ever explore.
Start in the cultural capital of Cape Town and drive through vineyards to Franschhoek, sampling some of the best wine on the Garden Route with our Self Drive Honeymoon Itinerary. Our Family Adventure trip offers a similar route but includes ‘Nature’s Valley’; an open-air bird sanctuary and child-friendly activities. Explore the oldest reserve in Africa, the Hluhluwe Game Reserve, on our KwaZulu Natal Safari and Beach itinerary or fly into Durban and explore the breathtaking area of the ‘Mountains of Dragons’ on our Drakensberg Battlefields and Safari tour.
Being such a big country, there is always somewhere in South Africa with sunshine. The seasons are opposite to Europe's, with our winter being their summer, and vice versa. Cape Town has warmer temperatures year round, with Atlantic winds making the vibrant city the perfect getaway anytime of the year. Their dry winters are the perfect time for safaris’, as animals tend to congregate around watering holes and are easy to spot.
South African summer brings hotter temperatures, humidity and some impressive thunderstorms. The rains tend to last a few hours and are quite predictable so it's still a good time to travel. For a complete month by month guide see our ‘when to travel to South Africa’ article.
Start your holiday in South Africa in the cosmopolitan Cape Town or its more relaxed sister city, Durban; home to amazing surf. In Cape Town, take a day trip to the infamous Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years locked away. Next head to the District Six Museum, a memorial and educational museum about South Africa’s Apartheid era. No trip to Cape Town is complete without venturing up to Table Mountain. Take the cable car up the 1,086 metres or hike up one of the many beautiful routes to get to the top.
From Cape Town drive the Garden Route along the southern coastline: one of the worlds ‘great drives’ through ancient forests, past deep blue lagoons and along vast stretches of white sandy beaches. Fly north away from the coast and into the more sparse bush area. Visit the Greater Kruger Region and witness the successes of conservation efforts in the form of incredible amounts of wildlife.
South Africa is brimming with luxurious hotels and lodges. Thonga Beach Lodge sits right on the shoreline of Maputaland Coast, a wetland national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The thatched suites come with private plunge pools and are discreetly nestled into the natural forest. Kwandwe Private Game Reserve has five different properties and a private airstrip in its 54,000 acres of wilderness. Choose from Melton Manors' 4 bedrooms with large windows overlooking the remote bushveld, or Ecca Lodge's six generous suites, three of which are dedicated to families.
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