Families and Children

Wild Water Run, Gold Reef City, Johannesburg
Wild Water Run, Gold Reef City, Johannesburg

South Africa is a perfect family-friendly holiday destination with much for the kids to see and do - from building sand castles on golden beaches, swimming in the ocean, taking a joy ride in a theme park, spotting wildlife on a game farm or enjoying adventure activities at one of South Africa's many hotel resorts.

Child-friendly facilities are found throughout South Africa.  Hotels offer inter-leading rooms, triple bed arrangements, cots, babysitters, feeding chairs at meal times and children's rates.  Self-catering options are also a good option to consider,  especially establishments that offer multi-roomed cottages and apartments.

In peak holiday time, when South African families take their annual breaks (notably the months of April, July and December), coastal resorts offer children's entertainment programmes, movie theatres screen the latest family-oriented movies and there are special stage shows like the annual pantomime at Joburg Theatre in Johannesburg.

Theme parks such as uShaka Marine World in Durban, Gold Reef City in Johannesburg and Ratanga Junction in Cape Town are great child-friendly facilities in South Africa, as is the Two Oceans Aquarium, also in the Mother City.  Sun City has restyled itself as a family-oriented resort with popular water rides at the Valley of the Waves, as well as animal attractions.  Countrywide there are good zoos, bird parks, crocodile farms and reptile parks.  Some of the private game lodges may not take children under a certain age, but the national parks are great for family-friendly holidays in South Africa.

If your South African sojourn includes a road trip, national routes are well supplied with ‘pit-stop' conveniences incorporating gas stations, restaurant and restroom facilities.  Family-style restaurants in South Africa are good about offering children's menus, and keeping the young ones busy with colouring books and crayons as they wait for their meals.  Baby food, milk and nappies, are of course, plentiful in supermarkets.  Children's car seats are available from car rental companies and airlines will oblige with bassinets - both with advance notice.