Travelling with children in South Africa – Travelisto

Cool tips for little fans of big animals

Experience lions, giraffes, elephants in the great outdoors: Which child does not dream of it? With the right tips from insiders, families can experience an unforgettable journey through breathtaking South Africa.

The world-famous Kruger National Park, the beautiful Garden Route, Cape Town at the foot of Table Mountain: such a journey is dreamlike. But is it also possible with children? No question: Well planned and perfectly coordinated, families with children can also go stalking in an all-terrain vehicle and stay in family-friendly accommodation in the evenings. At Fairaway, local specialists provide advice on finding the right destinations. They have been living in the country for many years and love to organise personalised trips. The experienced tour operators have the background knowledge that brings the young travellers safely and age-appropriately to the exciting attractions.

Fairaway also offers a special tour of South Africa with children. On the 21-day tour with the rental car, the big highlights are on the list. And also apart from the tourism routes completely special places can be found, which are not inferior to the well-known objects of interest.

See the Big Five with your own eyes!

In the Kruger National Park not only the Big Five, i.e. lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard can be observed in their natural habitat, but also giraffes, hyenas, antelopes, ostriches and many other animals as well as an incredible variety of wild birds. The Agulhas National Park at the southernmost point of South Africa has yet to be discovered and has a fantastic nature. In the West Coast National Park the variety of water birds is impressive – and especially from August to October an incredible flowering splendour of fantastic flowers.

The life of the Penguin family

Not only for the kids: At Boulders Beach more than 2,500 penguins cavort on the beach between granite rocks. You can watch the funny little animals at close quarters during their activities.

And this is simply irresistible for children and parents: The Tsitsikamma Tree Summit Tour! Here they race with the cable car in 30 meters height by the summits of the trees – and this in the rain forest with its almost unbelievable variety of animals and plants.

Even brave adventurers want a good night’s sleep

After the little ones have passed the travel adventures, it is nice for them – and their parents – to come to a cosy hotel and be spoiled with delicious organic food in African style. Fairaway has suggestions for families with children.

A warm welcome and a big heart for children are a matter of course with the selected accommodations. The Greater Addo regio – Rosedale Organic Farm is a lemon farm where Keith and Nondumiso offer traditional reed houses. The farm is also very close to the Addo Elephant National Park. At sunrise or sunset you can watch the pachyderms drinking.

Close to nature and close to people

If you are a lover of nature and the West Coast National Park, the Duinepos Chalets are recommended: They are in the middle of the bird paradise. And, as with the accommodation recommended by Fairaway, they are at the top of the list in terms of sustainability. Because the small hotels that are selected handle the resources carefully and the local population benefits from tourism, the trip is also a win-win situation for the local people and the local economy.

A night with a host family is also an advantage for everyone. In this way the travellers get to know the African culture and the great hospitality. For example, in 1000 Hills of Kwazulu Natal it is also a special experience for the children to participate in the daily life of the host family.

Great impressions of God’s Window

One of the most popular destinations is the panoramic route. The views are spectacular: God’s Window with a wide view over the subtropical Lowveld, views over gorges, waterfalls … Pinnacle, Blyde River Canyon and Bourke’s Luck Potholes are the fascinating stations.

The travel times should be observed so that the wonderful views are not clouded. So the dry winter months are more suitable for the panorama route. Otherwise it is warm in the southern hemisphere in our summer, but quite cool in the mountains. In our winter months, however, it is quite hot and pleasantly warm at higher altitudes. Large parts of the country are semi-desert, thus much sun, little rain. At the coast, the climate is subtropical.

Those who seek advice from the travel specialists at Fairaway are on the safe side. Because if the region is chosen according to the climate, the whole year is the suitable season in South Africa.

This article was created in cooperation with Fairaway Travel GmbH.

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