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Where to Go in South Africa for a Family-Friendly Holiday

05 June 2024
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As school holidays approach, parents across South Africa may be wondering how to fill those weeks with fun and affordable family adventures. Fortunately, South Africa is rich with diverse destinations that promise fun for the kids and relaxation for adults, all without overstretching your holiday budget. From the snowy peaks of the Drakensberg to the wildlife-rich expanses of Kruger National Park, let’s take a tour through some holiday options that are ideal for family getaways

Snowy Peaks and Family Thrills: Discovering the Drakensberg 

Escape to the Drakensberg Mountains where the air is crisp, and the landscapes are mesmerising. This winter wonderland offers a unique snowy experience right here in South Africa. Family-friendly hikes, bird watching, and the joy of the first snowfall await adventurers looking for a cooler kind of holiday. With a range of accommodation options from rustic lodges to affordable self-catering units, the Drakensberg is a top pick for families wanting to swap beach towels for snow boots this holiday. 

Roars and Paws: Family Safari in Kruger National Park 

Imagine waking up to the sound of elephants trumpeting in the distance or watching a pride of lions during the golden hour. Kruger National Park is a world-renowned wildlife sanctuary offering thrilling safari experiences for all ages. Accommodation within the park ranges from tented camps to comfortable lodges, all ensuring that you stay in the heart of nature without straining your finances. It’s an educational and exciting outing for kids, providing them with a firsthand look at wildlife conservation in action. 

Splash Zones and Family Fun: Sun City and Plettenberg Bay 

If your family are water enthusiasts, South Africa has plenty of options. There’s Sun City with its famed Valley of Waves waterpark, where kids can slide and splash while adults enjoy some well-deserved downtime. For those wanting a seaside escape, Plettenberg Bay offers golden beaches and gentle waves perfect for younger swimmers. Whether it’s thrilling water slides or building the biggest sandcastle, these destinations are perfect for water-loving families. 

Thrills and Spills: Conquering Victoria Falls 

Step into a scene from an adventure novel and visit the stunning Victoria Falls. This spectacular natural wonder, located on the Zambezi River at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, is accessible via short flights from major South African cities. It’s an exhilarating destination for families eager to add a dash of adventure to their holidays, with activities ranging from rafting to scenic helicopter rides. There are accommodation options for all budgets, making this a grand yet achievable excursion for your family. 

Hit the Road: Self-Drive Adventures from Cape Town 

Looking for an unforgettable family getaway this June school holidays? Why not hop in the car and set off on a self-drive adventure from Cape Town? There’s something magical about the freedom of the open road, and with so many incredible destinations just a drive away, the possibilities are endless! 

Imagine cruising down to Plettenberg Bay, which could take approximately six hours.   Here, the beaches and the atmosphere are pure holiday bliss, perfect for a family looking to unwind and soak up the sun. If you prefer a shorter drive, consider heading to Franschhoek, just about an hour away. This charming town in the Cape Winelands offers scenic vineyard tram rides and stunning landscapes, ideal for families who appreciate good food and beautiful views. For those up for a bit more adventure, the rugged beauty of the Cederberg is about three hours away. It’s a fantastic spot for family hikes and exploring ancient rock art, offering both physical activities and a cultural experience. 

Let Pentravel Be Your Guide  

With expertly crafted packages to suit every budget, we can make sure your family has a memorable holiday. From snowy retreats to wild safaris and sun-soaked beaches, our knowledgeable agents are here to make your holiday dreams a reality.  

With Pentravel, planning your next adventure is not just easy – it’s exciting!  

So, pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and get ready for a school holiday getaway like no other. 

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