Fun-Filled and Family-Friendly South Africa

This itinerary is designed specially for families travelling with young children. It includes three destinations in different areas of South Africa that are malaria-free, so safe for all ages, and includes staying at accommodations that cater for families. Kids will have fun activities to keep them interested and engaged with the natural world around them, and there are opportunities for parents to make use of child minders should they need some parental support during their stay.

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    It is important to find the right fit when travelling with a young family in tow, so we’ve put special care into knowing which properties are uniquely accommodating for youngsters and which reserves offer a diverse range of activities suited for both parents and children.

    Gondwana Game Reserve, Western Cape

    Gondwana is an exclusive reserve located a four-hour drive from Cape Town, along the country’s scenically beautiful Garden Route. It offers guests a variety of luxury accommodation with inspiring interiors, attentive service, superb cuisine, expert game rangers, exhilarating game drives and an array of other activities including mountain biking, the Junior Ranger program for kids, conservation activities, guided fynbos walks, fishing, and Africology spa treatments. Guests can also fly to George Airport, which is only a 45-minute drive away.

    • Children under six years’ old stay free of charge.
    • Children’s menu available at meal times.
    • Children aged 6-12 join the Junior Ranger program, which includes activities, junior ranger back pack, safari booklet, and a junior ranger badge.
    • Activities for younger children available at lodge where kids can be close to parents.
    • Child minding service on request – parents can relax in peace.

    Riverdene Family Lodge, Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape

    Shamwari Private Game Reserve is a premier safari and holiday destination in South Africa’s ecologically and culturally significant Eastern Cape Province, an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth. It’s a place where guests can exist in harmony with nature, however fleeting the moment, where wildlife roam the landscape under the relentless African sun. Riverdene offers nine inter-leading luxury rooms, a magnificent pool, supervised Kids Club, Toddler Play Area and a popular Kids Adventure Centre to ensure entertainment for the whole family.

    • Kids on Safari programme.
    • Supervised Kids Club, Toddler Play Area, and Kids Adventure Centre.
    • Swimming pool with shallow area for children.
    • Children’s co-ordinator.
    • Child minding service on request – parents can relax in peace.

    Madikwe Safari Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve, North West

    Madikwe Game Reserve is a 75-000 hectare malaria-free reserve located northwest of Johannesburg (an easy four-hour drive). The rich and undulating landscape has unique topography which reveals astonishing wildlife sightings. Lelapa Lodge houses Madikwe Safari Lodge‘s family-friendly accommodation. Four suites give children their own bedroom with a bunkbed, toys, games, books, and fluffy gown and slipper sets. Plus, there are private lounges leading on to a viewing deck, with an outdoor shower and your own plunge pool, providing space to unwind and watch the wildlife crossing the plain.

    • The Eco House at Lelapa is the centre of the action for kids.
    • Mack and Madi’s Kids Adventure Safari Club.
    • Animal spoor tracking, baking, arts and crafts.
    • Children’s rooms with toys and games and bedtime story books.
    • Child minding service on request – parents can relax in peace.

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