Local Family-Friendly Getaways for March School Holidays

03 April 2024
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As the school holidays approach, families all around the country are eagerly planning their getaways. Are you one of them? With local gems like Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, and Gqeberha, you have plenty of options to choose from for creating unforgettable memories with your loved ones. Let’s explore some of the highlights and activities each of these main centres has to offer during the upcoming school holidays, from 21 March to 2 April. 

Cape Town: Where Adventure Meets Natural Beauty 

Cape Town, often hailed as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, offers a diverse range of activities for families during the school holidays. Here are three highlights: 

  • Table Mountain: A visit to Cape Town wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the majestic Table Mountain. Families can opt for a scenic cable car ride to the top, where breathtaking views of the city and coastline await. Once atop, there are various hiking trails suitable for families, providing an opportunity to explore the unique flora and fauna of the area. 
  • World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park: This is the largest bird park in Africa and is home to over 3,000 birds and small animals. Kids can stroll through aviaries, feed friendly birds, and learn about conservation efforts to protect endangered species. 
  • Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope: Venture to the southernmost tip of the Cape Peninsula for an unforgettable family adventure. Ascend to the summit of Cape Point via the funicular for panoramic ocean views. Relax on Diaz Beach’s pristine sands or explore the historic Cape of Good Hope, where wildlife sightings and tales of maritime heritage await!  

Durban: Sun, Surf, and Family Fun 

Durban, with its warm climate and pristine beaches, is the perfect spot for families to enjoy some R&R and adventure during the March school holidays. Here are three activities to consider: 

  • uShaka Marine World: Dive into a world of aquatic wonder at uShaka Marine World, where families can explore an array of marine life through captivating exhibits and interactive experiences. From thrilling water slides at Wet ‘n Wild to close encounters with sharks at the aquarium, there’s no shortage of excitement for visitors of all ages. 
  • uMhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve: A stone’s throw from Durban, uMhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve promises families a tranquil retreat into the wild. This sanctuary boasts coastal dunes, wetlands, and a serene lagoon. Families can explore well-marked trails, spotting birds and small mammals along the way. Picnic spots found among lush greenery provide the perfect setting for a leisurely lunch. Adjacent to the reserve, uMhlanga Beach is perfect for a seaside stroll or a refreshing dip in the ocean. 
  • Durban Botanic Gardens: Tucked in the heart of the city, Durban Botanic Gardens offers families a lush oasis brimming with history and biodiversity. Established in 1849, it’s Africa’s oldest surviving botanical garden, a haven for flora and fauna amidst urban hustle. Join knowledgeable guides for a tour, discovering exotic plant species and hidden gems. Kids can monkey around in the dedicated playground, while themed gardens like the orchid house provide a great sensory experience.  

Port Elizabeth, now known as Gqeberha: Coastal Charms and Outdoor Adventures 

Gqeberha is known for its stunning coastline and outdoor activities, offering families a diverse range of adventure, relaxation, and fun. Here are three activities to explore: 

  • Horse Riding on the Beach: Experience the beauty of Gqeberha’s coastline on horseback with a guided beach ride. Cruise along the fynbos trails until you emerge onto the sandy shores with your family, and enjoy the fresh sea breeze and stunning ocean views while bonding with these magnificent animals. 
  • Bayworld Oceanarium: Dive into the wonders of the ocean at Bayworld Oceanarium, where families can marvel at fascinating marine life through informative exhibits and live demonstrations. From mesmerising dolphin shows to interactive touch pools, the oceanarium offers loads of educational experiences that will leave a lasting impression on young and old. 
  • Sailing and Water Sports: Take to the waters of Algoa Bay for a day of sailing and water sports. Families can rent kayaks, and paddleboards, or go sailing on a catamaran to explore the bay and its surrounding islands. With its calm waters and favourable weather conditions, Algoa Bay is ideal for water-based activities suitable for all ages and skill levels. 

Johannesburg: Cultural Riches and Urban Excitement 

Johannesburg, the vibrant heart of South Africa, offers families a dynamic mix of cultural attractions and urban adventures. Here are three activities to consider: 

  • James Hall Museum of Transport: A fascinating collection of vintage vehicles, including cars, bicycles, trains, and trams. Kids can explore the evolution of transportation through the ages and even climb aboard some of the historic vehicles. 
  • Sci-Bono Discovery Centre: A hands-on science museum that offers interactive exhibits, workshops, and demonstrations for children of all ages. From exploring physics and engineering to delving into biology and space science, the centre provides a fun and educational experience for young learners. 
  • Montecasino: Transport the family to the streets of Italy at Montecasino, a Tuscan-inspired entertainment complex that offers something for everyone. From world-class restaurants and cafes to thrilling indoor and outdoor activities, including movies, arcade games, and laser tag, there’s endless fun to be had under one roof. With its vibrant atmosphere and lively entertainment options, Montecasino is a winner for visitors of all ages. 

Book Your Local Escape Now 

Looking for a fun-filled adventure during the upcoming March school holidays? Why not explore the beauty and diversity of South Africa’s landscapes and vibrant cities? With our many family holiday travel packages, you can pack up the family, leave the passports at home, and embark on an unforgettable journey right here in South Africa. Book your local escape now and get ready for a journey filled with surprises and joy for you and your family. 

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