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Family vacation in South Africa

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South Africa offers a wide range of activities and stunning destinations for the whole family. Experience the peaks of the Drakensberg, go paddling on the Orange River, or see the Big 5 in Kruger National Park.

What makes South Africa a great destination for families?

Family trips in South Africa offer both comfort and convenience, as most people speak English, facilities are modern and generally well-maintained, and most accommodations cater to families. Direct flights to Johannesburg are available from the United States and many European cities. Health risks such as malaria are very low, making it an excellent destination for those with young children.

Best things to do in South Africa with kids

A South African family vacation provides endless wonderful excursion options that everyone can enjoy. Families with young children can take to the beaches, while those with teenagers can enjoy all the adventure activities on the Garden Route or in the Drakensberg. Let Evaneos, with its connections to local English-speaking family travel experts, help you make the right choice.

Be awed by Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the most popular destinations in South Africa for families, combining history, culture, and natural beauty. Take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain, learn about recent South African history on Robben Island, and enjoy a picnic at one of the historic wine estates.

Road trip the Garden Route

The Garden Route is another top choice for your South Africa family vacation. Try the world's highest bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge, discover various local birds and primates at nature reserves, or explore the Cape Region's rural beauty on the famous Otter Trail.

Hit the beach in Durban

A beach getaway awaits you in the city of Durban. Kids can play on the golden beaches, or choose from swimming, surfing, or even scuba diving in the warm Indian Ocean. There's a diverse range of beachside restaurants, including those serving its famous local curries.

Hike the Drakensberg

The Drakensberg peaks are a family-friendly destination, with plenty of resorts with features like swimming pools and playgrounds, backdropped by magnificent rocky formations. Numerous hikes in the region offer varying difficulties and lengths.

Go wild in Kruger National Park

Look for the Big 5 and many other African species in this world-famous national park. You can do a self-drive safari through the park, or go on a guided tour to witness these incredible animals in their natural habitat. There are few better destinations in South Africa for kids.

Tips for planning a family vacation to South Africa

For maximum flexibility with your time in South Africa, a self-drive vacation in a rental car is the best choice to see what you want, when you want. In the summer months from October to February, bring plenty of sunscreen and stay well-hydrated as the days can be very hot. Stay safe by carrying a minimum of cash, and keep valuables out of sight.

When to go in South Africa?

South Africa is marked by two seasons: a hot and humid summer (November to March) and a dry cooler winter (April to October). The Western Cape region has winter rainfall from June to August. The good thing is that South Africa has something to offer for each season. Safari season is from April to October. From November to March, the beaches of the Western Cape are idyllic. If you come between June and September there is a fair chance you will see whales… And then there is the Kwazulu-Natal coast, perfect for bathing all year round.
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