South africa with children: 5 tips for a pleasant journey

Important tips & Information for a South Africa trip with children – so it will be a successful trip for young and old!

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A trip with the whole family takes a lot of planning. Our local experts explain why South Africa is particularly suitable as a travel destination with children and how this trip will be a complete success for the whole family. Because in addition to an exciting wildlife and unique landscape, there is a lot to see in South Africa.

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Why go to South Africa with the family?

  • If at us winter is prevail in South Africa enjoyable warm temperatures
  • It exists hardly any time difference and therefore no jet lag
  • South Africa has one excellent tourist infrastructure and makes traveling easy
  • Wildlife close up experience on a safari
  • Beautiful beaches & landscapes
  • The official language in South Africa is English, this greatly simplifies communication in pharmacies, doctors or drugstores

Which regions are best suited for a family trip?

There are areas at risk of malaria in South Africa, so you should use regions with children that are free of malaria. For this reason, the Garden Route especially good for a family vacation. Not only that the Garden Routes is a malaria-free area, the distances that you have to cover are not too far and are therefore ideal for planning a 2-week road trip along the Garden Route with the children.

Especially in South African summer from October to May should be the following Regions better avoided because at this time there is a increased risk of malaria:

  • Northern Province
  • East of Mpumalanga province including Kruger and neighboring parks
  • North and northeast of Limpopo province
  • KwaZulu-Natal including Tembe and Ndumu game reserves

child-friendly lodges with playground & children’s program

The Kruger National Park has, as already mentioned above, especially from October to May an increased risk of malaria, if you absolutely want to go to the Kruger, then we definitely recommend that you do this in the winter of South Africa.

Are you wondering what a game reserve is? Here you will find all information about the difference between a national park and game reserve.

What else can you do with children in South Africa??

If you are traveling with older children, there are countless along the Garden Route Surf Spots. Here the kids and you can ride the perfect wave and surfing, Windsurfing or kitesurfing erlenen. In addition to surfing, there are also numerous on the coast diving courses to get to know the underwater world or with one Kayak to explore the surroundings.

South Africa offers countless opportunities to explore the landscape on foot. The are particularly suitable for this Drakensberg, Because here you can expect numerous hiking tours, other outdoor activities and a breathtaking landscape. Another highlight is the Ascent of the table mountain. From the summit you have a unique experience Panorama over Cape Town and if you don’t want to walk, a train will take you to Table Mountain.

A truly unique experience is sighting a whale. Especially between July and October the chances are in Hermanus good to meet whales. Here you can either by boat get closer to the animals or from the coast marvel at the largest mammal in the world.

Boulders Beach – penguin colony

Boulders Beach is only approx. 45 minutes drive from Cape Town. Watching the little tailcoat wearers is a great experience for the whole family and has brought a smile to everyone’s face. Tip: The baby penguins are born in January!

Hout Bay – seal colony

Hout Bay is also not far from Cape Town. numerous seals gather on the island – marvel at how the seals warm themselves in the sun and roam the cool water elegantly.


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