The city of Cape Town, South Africa’s most popular city, is not short of family friendly attractions including the Two Oceans Aquarium, Butterfly World and the Planetarium. Parents will love the bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront which boasts a vast array of shopping, entertainment and culinary options for visitors; make sure you don’t miss the trip up to the top of the iconic Table Mountain via cable car with the whole family.
The One&Only Cape Town is a luxury hotel situated in the heart of the action on the V&A Waterfront and has fantastic facilities for both children and parents. The KidsOnly programme (4-11 years old) offers fun and educational activities built around the different daily themes – Safari, Ocean, Green-wise Environment and Birds and Bugs. Children can get involved with puppet shows, sing-alongs, folk tales, jewellery making, African dancing, ostrich egg painting and much more. The club runs excursions to a number of attractions in Cape Town including the penguin colony and World of Birds. Teenagers can play on the latest consoles, take trips to the nearby City Rock or relax with teen treatments at the spa.
Family fun at Sun City
Sun City is the ultimate family resort located in South Africa’s North West Province nestled beneath the Pilanesberg mountains. A plethora of facilities is on offer at this popular resort; at Kamp Kwena children can take part in a range of activities from mini golf to trampolining; youngsters can search for hidden treasures in the sand pit at ‘Finders Keepers’; at Animal World and Aviary guests can view feeding time and pet the farm animals; while under 18s night club Club Chirp is open at weekends and during high season. The amazing pool complex boasts the wave pool ‘Roaring Lagoon’ fringed by a palm shaded beach, five flume rides, a lazy river and a shallow children’s pool with slides and spouting water fountains. Watersports are provided at Sun City’s Water World, a man-made lake where you can waterski, canoe, windsurf or relax on a thirty minute cruise.
In search of the Big 5
The Shamwari Game Reserve is one on the biggest of its kind on the Eastern Cape and is home to the famed Big Five – the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros – as well as other popular African wildlife. Born Free have two Big Cat Sanctuaries within the game reserve where they strive to educate visitors on the importance of species conservation – surely a vital message to receive from an early age. For further information on family safaris please see our dedicated page.
The reserve’s Riverdene Lodge or Sarili Lodge are the perfect spot for a family’s first safari experience; upon arrival the children’s co-ordinator or lodge manager will consult with you on the best activities for your family whilst taking into account the number and age of your children. Kids will receive a special gift pack and when staying at the Riverdene Lodge they can enjoy arts, cultural and sporting activities and visit the Born Free Sanctuary, Shamwari Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Shamwari Film Studio. For that special keepsake a member of the Safari Cam crew will film your child’s safari and produce a brilliant DVD to document this once-in-a-lifetime experience.