South Africa may not be the first destination that pops into your mind when considering your next family holiday. However, it is a fantastic place to consider for a relaxing — and more affordable — vacation; with something for everyone.
The following ten places are perfect for you and your loved ones:
This city is a common point of arrival for those entering South Africa. It is home to three million people and has a raw energy which suggests that anything is possible. Despite the vast concrete jungle it is easy to find your way around this city and experience some of the local cuisine, as well as the buzz of a city which never sleeps.
- Cape Winelands
Just eighty kilometers outside Cape Town sits the Boland Basin which is home to an abundance of vineyards. There are numerous rivers flowing through the area and plenty of different vineyards to visit and wines to sample. The area is also home to several five star hotels and excellent restaurants so you can vacation in style, if you choose! If you’re on a relaxing family vacation, then you should definitely consider the most luxurious rent villas in Cape Town.
- Addo Elephant National Park
Addo Elephant National Park is one of the largest parks in South Africa. Located on the east coast it is famous for having elephants with a brown skin color; a result of the red soil prevalent in the area. The park is also home to lions, ostriches, antelope, warthogs and even spotted hyenas.
Hermanus is one of the best places in South Africa to watch whales; from the beach! The whales return to this spot every year to breed. It is possible to walk along the cliff and watch the whales from one of the many telescopes or benches along the route.
On the Eastern coast of South Africa is the second largest city of Durban. The city has an amazing mix of Christian, Hindu, Islamic and Zulu religious architecture. It also has some of the most beautiful beaches in South Africa and has become a popular destination for South Africans.
- Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
This park is located across the border of South Africa and Botswana; it was created by merging the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana with the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa. It is possible to see cheetahs, leopards, lions, eland, springbok and even wildebeest. Your kids will love this place!
- Garden Route
This stretch of the south eastern coast of South Africa is well known for its diverse vegetation and an abundance of lakes and lagoons. The route goes from the Storms Rover on the Eastern Cape to Mossel Bay on the Western Cape. The Garden Route is truly an amazing experience!
This region is a natural boundary between South Africa and Lesotho. It is a beautiful and stimulating environment unlike anything else you will ever have seen. Lesotho is a mountainous region and creates a stunning backdrop to the open plains, lakes and a variety of wildlife; all of which contribute to the experience of a lifetime!
- Kruger National Park
This park is one of the most well known in all of South Africa. It is situated in the north of the country and borders both Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The stunning Kruger National Park has a huge amount of flora and fauna and is recognized as one of the most populated animal parks in the world. It is seen as the biggest and best of all the South African parks and provides an almost guaranteed opportunity to see a huge range of wildlife in their natural habitat. It also has well maintained roads; making it possible to drive yourself through the park.
- Cape Town
No visit to South Africa would be complete without visiting its premier city, Cape Town. There’s something for everyone here, so you’ll definitely have a blast with the kids. It has a mild, Mediterranean climate and is one of the most popular destinations in South Africa. It is the home of Table Mountain and some stunning views as well as an opportunity to experience the culture and buzz of a friendly, sociable city.