South Africa with children: Tips for a Safari with Grandchildren

Seeing elephants, giraffes and lions in the great outdoors is a unique experience. How much more intense will this experience be if you can do it with children in South Africa – and see the (animal) world through the eyes of the children.

Especially South Africa is made for a safari of grandparents and grandchildren. Many national parks and private game reserves are located in malaria-free areas. Lodges offer child-friendly safaris and activities. The country is easy to reach, there is little or no time difference and the climate, especially around Cape Town, is pleasant all year round.

Africa travel expert Daniela Köster from Genuss Touren has given us some helpful and useful tips for a safari with your grandchildren.

Experiences for grandchildren & grandparents

  • Safaris in malaria-free national parks and game reserves with trained rangers
  • Mini-Ranger programs in selected private game reserves
  • Whale watching in Hermanus: Whale watching directly from the coast
  • Penguins at Boulders Beach to Cape Town
  • Watching ostriches and meerkats in the Little Karoo
  • Long beaches near Cape Town and on the Garden Route
  • Cape Town (Table Mountain, V&A Watefront)

Children’s program in the Shamwari Game Reserve

What vaccinations are required?

  • no vaccinations required for South Africa
  • Malaria prophylaxis is necessary for the Kruger National Park region, among others.

What is the climate like in South Africa?

  • Mediterranean in Cape Town and along the Garden Route
  • tropical in the surroundings of the Kruger National Park

Which regions/routes are recommended for travelling with children?

  • Cape Town and surroundings: Cape Town – Little Karoo (safari, meerkat, ostrich) – Whale Coast near Hermanus
  • From Port Elizabeth to Cape Town: Addo Elephant National Park – Garden Route – Cape Town
  • Intensive safari experience in the malaria-free game reserves Madikwe/ Marakele National Park north of Johannesburg

Africa Expert Daniela Köster

She has travelled to over 60 countries on four continents – but the heart belongs to Africa and the Indian Ocean. Every year she travels there two to three times – to find new accommodations, but also to enjoy the country and its people.

By the way, Daniela Köster inherited her passion for travelling from her grandmother, as she told us some time ago. Read Daniela Köster’s story about her grandmother’s love of travel, which was turned into a profession.

How to get to South Africa

South Africa is served by numerous airlines.

  • South African Airways has the largest route network in South Africa. Direct flight Munich/ Frankfurt Johannesburg, then onward flight to Cape Town or Port Elizabeth.
  • Condor with direct flights to Cape Town
  • Lufthansa with direct flights to Johannesburg
  • Emirates flies to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban via Dubai
  • Other airlines e.g. KLM, Turkish Airlines.

On the road

There are three possibilities for a round trip in South Africa

  • individually and flexibly with the rental car on the way. Guests receive a detailed route description. Please note – left-hand traffic.
  • With private, German speaking guide
  • Very exclusive – fly in safaris to the national parks

travel time

South Africa is a year-round destination. Our winter months from October to March are particularly popular. It is then summer in South Africa and accordingly summery warm in the whole country. But also the months of the German long summer holidays are very suitable for a trip to South Africa. Here you only have to pay attention to the right region.

  • Whale season in Hermanus between June and October
  • Spring bloom on the west coast from July to September
  • Best safari possibilities in the parks in the north (Kruger, Madikwe, etc.) from June to October

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