14 July 2010 by Kate Turkington

Favourite child-friendly bush getaways in South Africa

Looking for a perfect family bush holiday, but want to do it with a bit of luxury? I’ve taken kids from 6 -16 to all these places and they’ve loved the experience.

Galago Camp at Djuma, Mpumalanga

This is in the northeast corner of the private Sabi Sands Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. The accommodation is a big farmhouse with five rooms around a central fireplace, a large, shady verandah and a plunge pool. Bring your own food and do your own cooking or hire the camp’s chef to cook it for you. Game drives and walks are led by your own ranger. www.djuma.com

Pafuri Wilderness Camp

up in the far north of Kruger National Park, and stretches along the banks of the Luvuvhu River. It’s a long, but easy drive from Johannesburg. You can go on game drives while the kids enjoy a special children’s programme. The family accommodation gives privacy to both you and the kids. The camp is operated by Wilderness Safaris. www.wilderness-safaris.co.za

Khoka Moya,

Part of Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps in the Manyaleti Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, is an affordable camp built on facing sides of a riverbed. Kids can make clay footprints, learn about little bugs and critters on his guided walks, play soccer, swim, and then dig into a special kids’ menu. One of the best things? Listening to the lions roaring at night. www.honeyguidecamp.com

Ngala, Timbavati, Mpumalanga

Ngala means “the place of the lion” and you and your family will almost certainly see Simba and most of his friends during your stay (although the hyenas aren’t as scary as the movie ones). Ngala rangers, trackers, and general staff are specially trained to look after children and seem to love their job. After the morning game drive, the kids are whisked away to go on a bug hunt, visit a local village, or bake cookies. www.ngala.co.za

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