Family-friendly destinations in South Africa

11 April 2018

There’s a reason that South Africa is known as the Rainbow Nation. It is an incredibly diverse country with a mix of cultures, 11 official languages and a whole host of adventures that are perfect for adults and children alike.

From coming face-to-face with some of the world’s greatest wildlife to adrenaline-inducing experiences, South Africa is a destination that the whole family can enjoy.

Cape Town

One of Cape Town’s main attractions is the incredible Table Mountain, which rises high above the city and offers superb, sweeping views over False Bay and the surrounding region. Get to the summit by cable car, which builds suspense and adds to the excitement the higher it gets.

If it’s both fun and education you are after, you’re in luck as Cape Town is home to the Iziko Planetarium, World of Birds and Imhoff Farm, where there’s so much to enjoy; from great food and fun activities to animal encounters and shopping.

Eastern Cape

This province is home to the incredible Addo Elephant National Park, where you can embark on a safari in search of these beautiful creatures. With family accommodation and extras including a play area and horse riding available, kids both big and small are catered for.

Eastern Cape is also where Areena Riverside resort can be found, with its popular Adventure Village offering a range of exciting activities. They include a two-hour zipline tour with guides in the game reserve, canoeing, paintball, quad bike safaris and an entire children’s play area complete with pool, playground and touch farmyard.


Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city, so it’s no surprise that it has plenty to pack an itinerary with. Gold Reef City theme park is one of its most popular attractions with over 30 thrilling rides to enjoy. Visitors can also see traditional African music, dance and history found throughout the entertainment complex, as well as a comprehensive and colourful depiction of mining life at the turn of the 19th century, after which the park is themed.

Zoo Lake is another cool spot to spend an afternoon. Located across from the famous Zoo Lake, this pretty oasis in the middle of the city is a great place to relax, feed the ducks, row a boat or enjoy a picnic. The lake is also a popular concert venue and on the first weekend of every month, visitors can also enjoy the Artists Under the Sun art market.


Known as South Africa’s garden province, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) stretches along the east coast to the border with Mozambique and is jam-packed full of family-friendly options. Hop aboard the Umgeni Steam Railway and explore this scenic region with its lush valleys, subtropical coastline and dramatic mountains along one of the oldest functioning railway tracks in the country.

Durban is KZN’s biggest city and is where you’ll find one of South Africa’s most popular beachfront attractions - Mini Durban - a replica of the city in miniature form. Youngsters will also love the Wave House in Umhlanga where they can surf and skate to the sound of live bands and against a backdrop of spectacular events.


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