Family travel South Africa


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Family travel to South Africa is full of exciting things to see and do. Many hotels offer free accommodation for children under 3 years of age and only a small supplement for children between 3 and 12 years of age when sharing a room with their parents. This makes South Africa a very cost effective destination for families.

Some of the worries parents have about traveling with small children include health (such as malaria), equipment requirements (such as bringing a cot) and of course if their children will be bored whilst they see all the things they have on their bucket list. But we assure you that these are not things you have to worry about when booking through Southey Travel. We are here to make your experience as easy and seamless as possible.

95% of hotels and lodges throughout the country offer cots or extra roll out beds for children and these are either free or carry a small cost. Restaurants generally offer a kiddies menu which include items such as chicken nuggets, steamed vegetables, pizza or smoothies which means that parents can still eat at great restaurants and children will also have a great meal. For those wanting to leave the kids at “home” while they have some adult time many hotels have excellent nanny services upon request.

Many activities throughout the country are geared towards families. Some activities in Cape Town include the penguins at Boulder Beach, goats at Fairview, the ostrich farm near Cape Point and Kirstenbosch Gardens just to name a few.

Along the Garden Route there’s a wide variety of wonderful family friendly activities as well. The Plettenberg Bay area is filled with excitement for the whole family! Horse trails, the Primate Sanctuary, Elephant Sanctuary, a wildlife sanctuary and forest adventures. You can read more about this exciting area here.

Safari’s are an important inclusion on any South Africa itinerary and this is no less important when traveling with the family. There are a wide variety of excellent, malaria free game reserves that are suitable for children of all ages. A few of our favourites are Kariega Private Game Reserve, Shamwari Private Game Reserve and Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. These are just a few of the options you can choose from and they all offer wonderful ‘kids on safari’ activities for the younger members of the family.

We generally recommend that, when traveling as a family, you try not move around too much as this can be hard on both the children and the parents. Our suggestion is to base yourself in an area for a good few days and explore from there before moving on to your next stop.

Travel time is family time!