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South Africa for Families

Where Epic Safaris, Ocean Adventures and History Collide

Revel in joy as smiles rise on the faces of your nearest and dearest during a memorable trip through enchantingly diverse South Africa. Parents with younger children will love choosing safaris here because of the many malaria-free parks and private concessions. At Ant’s Nest, the horses live alongside antelope and zebra, allowing you to ride in and amongst the herds of native species, as they just assume you’re one with the horse! Older families will love rhino tracking, horseback swims, and mountain biking while youngsters will love engaging reptile talks, archery and pony rides. Some of our favourite malaria free safaris are among the desert landscapes of Tswalu Kalahari, a private game reserve where you might see herbaceous giraffe and rhino, lounging leopard and lion, elusive caracal and packs of wild dog.
 
During the summer holiday, we suggest eastern South Africa, where you can explore the deserted beaches, diving and snorkelling in the sapphire waters of KwaZulu-Natal. Hike along the natural escarpments of the Drakensberg Mountains where everyone will be astounded as you learn about the brave feats of the Zulu War. With hundreds of kilometres of coast, you may choose to don your captain’s hats as you take to the waves in search of whales and even Great White Sharks.
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Malaria Free Safaris
There are plenty of reasons to consider a malaria free safari, especially if you’re travelling with very young children and babies. South Africa has some superb malaria free reserves in the Eastern Cape and the northwest, including the Madikwe Private Game Reserve, a Big Five reserve.
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Vibrant Cape Town
Cape Town is the most vibrant, engaging city in southern Africa, the perfect place to explore at the beginning or end of your family’s South African adventure. Climb Table Mountain for incredible views, and hang out on the V&A Waterfront before taking a boat trip to Robben Island.
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Nature Reserves of the Garden Route
The Garden Route is arguably the best road trip in Africa, sweeping along South Africa’s Cape past vineyards, mountains, beaches, and coastal towns. It’s also a wonderfully easy place for wildlife spotting, with easily accessible nature reserves perfect for family adventures.
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Hiking and History in KwaZulu Natal
Stretch your legs and your mind, and widen your experiences, when you explore the mountains, battlefields, and coastline of KwaZulu Natal. It’s an adventure destination par excellence for families with slightly older kids, who’ll be enthralled by the heroes and battle sites of the Boer and Anglo ...
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Big Five Safaris
For many families with children, the chance to see the Big Five is their primary reason for going on safari to South Africa. And it makes perfect sense: who would turn down the chance to see familiar picture book characters in the flesh, roaming wild in their natural habitat?
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Whales, Sharks and Turtles
South Africa is a Big Five destination, but its wildlife spotting opportunities don’t stop with these iconic mammals. In fact, some of the most exciting species - the whale, shark, and turtle - are swimming along the shore just off the Cape.
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Tswalu Kalahari
Tswalu is nestled snugly between two mountains in South Africa’s largest private reserve. The luxurious suites and little houses are clustered together, giving the feel of a small village. They’re a haven of calm at the edge of the Kalahari, and a bespoke safari experience awaits every guest.
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Molori
Molori means “to dream”, and there will be moments when you have to pinch yourself to know that it is real. Deep within the Madikwe Game Reserve, it’s a spectacular property where you can see not only the Big Five but also cheetah and African wild dog.
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Kwandwe Ecca Lodge
The Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is in the Eastern Cape, and the impressive Ecca Lodge looks out over an escarpment of steep cliffs. There are just six suites here, making it a quiet escape where you can soak up the natural beauty of the wilderness.
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Leobo Lodge
Leobo Lodge is set up so you can have an action-packed from dawn to dusk and beyond. Activities range from heli-paintballing to sleeping out above the reserve’s hippo family. That said, if you do want to skip the activities and have a siesta or read, there are plenty of peaceful spots to do so.
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Tsala Treetop
Who doesn’t want to stay in a treehouse? Well, Tsala Treetop Lodge is a very upmarket version of your childhood dream. Every tree house should have a plunge or infinity pool like these ones, not to mention such incredible mountain and ocean views!
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Morukuru Family Villas
All three of Morukuru’s properties are gorgeous, but Owner’s House is our favourite. It’s hard to imagine a more perfect spot for a honeymoon, or for an intimate celebration with family or close friends. Treat yourself to an unforgettable stay.
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Three Tree Hill Lodge
You don’t have to be knowledgeable about local and military history to appreciate a stay at Three Tree Hill Lodge in KwaZulu Natal, but if you do show an interest then the guides’ passion will certainly enrich your stay.
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Babylonstoren
Babylonstoren is a property of immense character, shaped over the past four centuries. It’s the perfect retreat after a safari or sightseeing in Cape Town: come here to sit back, relax, and enjoy fine food and wine in elegant surroundings.
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Fugitive's Drift
South Africa’s military history comes alive when you stay at Fugitives’ Drift Lodge on the battlegrounds of the 1879 Zulu War. This fascinating property will appeal to amateur historians, film lovers, and wildlife lovers alike, as a private game reserve is also nearby.
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Royal Malewane
Right in the heart of Kruger National Park is one of South Africa’s finest safari lodges. Royal Malewane is fit for the king of the jungle, and Conde Nast Traveler has rated it as one of the Best 50 Resorts in the World 2017.
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One Above Cape Town
One Above Cape Town is the most exclusive property in the city, a luxury penthouse with 360 degree views of Cape Town. It’s available only to rent in its entirety, and is a fantastic option for families looking to stay for a week or more.
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La Cle De Montagne
La Cle de Montagne is one of the newest and most impressive places to stay in Franschhoek. Creator Jacques Erasmus is both a chef and a designer, so it will come as no surprise that food and aesthetics go hand in hand at this gorgeous property.
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One&Only Cape Town
If you’re looking for luxury in Cape Town, there should be One&Only place on your mind! Staying in the shadow of Table Mountain, you’ll not only have the best location in the city but also five star facilities and impeccable service.
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Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp
The Kruger region boasts some of the best game viewing opportunities in South Africa thanks to its high concentration of wildlife. Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp employs very experienced, knowledgeable guides who’ll help you make the most of your safari.