Family-friendly holidays can be quite hard to come by – it’s tricky catering to the needs of your kids who ‘just want to have fun’ while you’re looking to laze around a sparkling pool. To save you from a getaway where utterances of ‘I’m bored’ are plentiful, we have compiled a list of South African resorts, farms and guest houses that will keep your kids busy so that you can have a blissful break.
If you can envision sleeping in amongst an indigenous forest canopy – then a trip to Sedgefield’s Teniqua Treetops should be on the cards for the December holidays.
Geared toward nature-loving families and persons with a spirit of adventure, guests can enjoy an array of activities while also being able to kick back and enjoy the tranquil setting.
Explore the inner-depths of forests on the woodland trails or enjoy hours of fun at the interactive games room. For a bit of rest and relaxation, laze around the swimming pool and cool off by taking a refreshing dip in the water.
For the smaller kids, there is a designated play section with a jungle gym and a trampoline. These activities encourage your kids to be outside in the sunshine and zap their untapped energy supplies too!
If you’re looking to take the family on a rustic, rural getaway far from the city lights, what is a better way of doing so than by visiting a farm?
Thabametsi Farm in Magaliesburg is the real deal. It takes you back to the basics and gets your kids accustomed to farm living. You’ll be in the company of ducks, chickens, a turkey or two, and a cheeky, pot-bellied pig.
There is a kids pool to while away those hot, summer days as well as pony rides for the younger tots.
A fully-equipped braai area allows for guests to throw a couple of steaks on the skottle, while enjoying an evening under the stars.
While the farm mostly consists of domesticated animals, those with a good eye can spot a variety of small game, including bushbuck, scrub hares, mongoose, and squirrels.
A visit to Madi A Thavha Mountain Lodge in Soutpansberg is primarily a learning experience for your offspring. A range of interactive activities will teach them about the African culture and the daily lives of the local villagers.
Children with an artistic flair can make various arts and crafts with the Madi A Thavha Design Team. Alternatively, kids who enjoy the spotlight can don traditional African fabrics, before putting on self-directed play for their families and other guests.
For some mindless fun, a range of water-based activities can be arranged at the pool – think water volleyball and other high-spirited games.
Teens and parents who are looking for an extreme thrill can opt for a 4×4 adventure tour. This tour sees you driving steep descents, through muddy terrain and over rocky outcrops. If you’re looking for smooth sailing, then this activity isn’t for you! Lunch over a fire is included in the package as well a swim in the mountain lake.
A vacation to Legend Golf and Safari Resort in Waterberg is all-encompassing, providing an array of activity to all members of the family.
If you’re a golfing enthusiast looking to play a few rounds with the guys, you’ll be able to do so on the resort’s world-class golfing course. The estate is located on a ‘Big Five Reserve‘, providing the ultimate ‘African Safari’ for international travelers as well as avid game enthusiasts.
A Wildlife Centre housing white lions and other endangered creatures aims to teach children the importance of wildlife conversation.
The Little Legends Program is catered toward smaller kids whose parents are looking for some down time – take a nap or read a book while knowing that your kids are being entertained by professional babysitters.
Located in the Drakensberg, Cathedral Peak Hotel ranks high in child friendliness, with expert babysitters and childminders working around the clock. Kids aren’t plonked in front of the TV for mindless hours of cartoon-watching, but are entertained with unique, customized activities.
Meals are served buffet-style to satisfy both fussy eaters and those with adventurous taste buds. Parents who are looking to have a dining experience to themselves can make use of the children’s eating room. Your tots will be able to mingle with kids of their own age, and after eating, can enjoy some playtime at the playground.
Does this ring a bell? You’re looking to treat yourself to a five-star holiday but are worried about how your mini me’s will turn your lavish room into a pigsty?
If this concern plagues your mind, a visit to Camps Bay’s prestigious 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa will put you at ease. Your kids will be treated like esteemed guests, despite their untidy ways. Upon arrival, they’ll be pampered with mini gowns, be given a range of child-appropriate toiletries and will receive a glass of milk before bedtime.
If you’re looking for an intimate date night at the award-winning Azure Restaurant sans kids, drop them off at the private cinema. Here, they’ll watch a child-friendly movie and snack on some complimentary popcorn.
Sani Pass Hotel provides the quintessential family getaway. There are spectacular views of the South Drakensburg Mountain Range and a treasure trove of delights for the whole family.
A visit to the hotel is all about non-stop fun and relaxation. Forget about the stressful rigors of work life through various nature trails or by simply laying in the sun with a good book.
The sporty types can participate in a myriad of activities – think volleyball, tennis, squash or a game of bowls.
If you’re looking to do some exploring in nearby areas, we suggest you take a tour up to the famous Sani Pass on 4×4 vehicles or quad bikes.
The rooms are airy and comfortable, complete with satellite – so don’t worry you won’t miss out on your soapies or morning cartoons for the kids.
Located in the heart of the Wild Coast, holidaymakers can be rest assured that they’ll be visiting an untouched paradise. Due to its secluded location where privacy is guaranteed, Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa is a cozy, family seaside holiday destination.
Stressed-out moms can get a well-deserved pampering session at the spa or relax in the thatched bungalows that overlook the sea. Kids can spend their days on the beach, basking in the sun, frolicking in the waves and building sandcastles. The mangrove swamps lining the beach are worth exploring too, here you’ll find an abundance of vegetation. Alternatively, canoe up the river on a lazy afternoon.