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IIn South Africa, December is synonymous with fun, festivity and family. It’s a time spent in the dazzling Summer sun and a holiday period so filled with celebration that it has been renamed ‘Dezemba’ by locals. Our country offers incredible natural beauty, wildlife, and cultural experiences, making it an ideal Summer family vacation destination. Whether you're looking for scenic landscapes, adventure, or relaxation, South Africa has it all.

HHere's a guide to unforgettable family road trips through the country, highlighting must-visit places and activities across four provinces. Whether you choose to visit the Free State, Mpumalanga, North West, and KZN South Coast, you will make lasting memories with your loved ones in these incredible destinations. As you hit the open road, prepare to be enchanted by the natural beauty, rich history, and unique experiences this diverse country has in store.

FFree State | Spotlight

The Free State Province is just a 3-hour drive from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, known for its vast open spaces, golden fields, and unique geological formations. It's a serene province that is often referred to as the "Golden Heartland" due to its stunning fields of maize and sunflowers. From the iconic flatlands of the Highveld to the rugged hills of the Drakensberg Mountains in the east, the province is a diverse playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you're exploring the charming towns, admiring art, or engaging in heartfelt conversations with the locals, you'll feel the warmth of its people throughout your journey.


Nestled in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains, Clarens is an artist's haven with charming sandstone buildings, a vibrant arts scene, quaint shops and stunning surroundings. Explore the natural surroundings, try out some adventure sports, or simply stroll through its art-filled streets.

Clarens Brewery is a hidden gem for beer enthusiasts and travellers alike. This small, independent brewery creates unique, handcrafted brews that reflect the charm of the town. Expect a warm and inviting atmosphere where locals and tourists come together to enjoy the finest craft beers.

Known for its golden cliffs and range of family-friendly activities such as hiking, bird-watching, and game-viewing. Enjoy lunch at the Vulture Restaurant for a close-up view of these magnificent birds. Stay in mountainside eco-cabins with stunning views of the escarpment and summer thunderstorms.

Kiara Lodge is a family-friendly resort nestled within stunning natural surroundings. The lodge provides self-catering chalets and apartments that are set on the picturesque farm. Activities include horse riding, fishing & a children’s entertainment area making it an excellent choice for families.

MMpumalanga | Spotlight

Mpumalanga directly translates to "the place where the sun rises", the perfect name for a province that is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, waterfalls, and wildlife experiences. This captivating region is a traveller’s dream, offering an array of outdoor adventures, wildlife encounters, and cultural gems for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you're exploring the charming towns, learning about the local traditions, or savouring regional cuisine, Mpumalanga's variety of experiences will leave you enchanted by its storybook setting – as a place where the sun truly rises on nature's splendid beauty and a family-friendly wonderland.

Mpumalanga Spotlight

The area is a haven of natural beauty and an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Go on scenic hikes, take a dip in the numerous waterfalls, explore the surrounding forests and don't miss the Big Swing at Graskop – which offers a heart-pounding adventure for the thrill-seeking family.

Perched on the Drakensberg escarpment, this vantage point offers vistas of forests, canyons, and the Lowveld below – offering a great place to take in the beauty of the surrounding landscapes. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture these awe-inspiring selfies.

Experience the geological marvel of Bourke's Luck Potholes, where centuries of water erosion have created incredible cylindrical rock formations that offer a unique natural spectacle. There are walkways and viewing platforms for safe exploration for the whole family.

The highlight of your road trip awaits at Kruger National Park. No trip to Mpumalanga is complete without a visit to one of Africa's largest game reserves – home to the "Big Five" and exciting game drives. Kids will love the thrill of spotting lions, elephants, and zebras in their natural habitat.

NNorth West | Spotlight

Nestled in the heart of South Africa, the North West is known for its unique mix of wildlife, culture, and entertainment. This province is home to a variety of family-friendly attractions, from wildlife encounters in game reserves to thrilling water parks, making it a versatile destination that caters to all interests. Whether you're seeking adventure in the great outdoors, immersing yourselves in the cultural tapestry of the province, or simply enjoying quality time together, the North West has something to offer every family member.

North West Spotlight

Sun City is a family-friendly resort that offers everything from a fun-filled water park to world-class golf courses and wildlife sanctuaries. The Valley of Waves, a man-made water park – inspired by the myth of the Lost City – is a hit with the kids. This is family fun at its best.

A serene body of water nestled in the Magaliesberg Mountains and perfect for boating, jet skiing and picnicking. Enjoy a cable car ride with breathtaking views or embark on a boat tour. The Hartbeespoort Dam area is also dotted with charming restaurants and cafes.

Located in a biologically diverse area between the Kalahari and the Lowveld, the park offers exciting opportunities to view big game animals in an environment that is free from malaria. There is a wide range of accommodations available to meet your specific needs.

KKwaZulu-Natal South Coast | Spotlight

The South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal is a sun-kissed haven known for its warm beaches, lush landscapes and relaxed atmosphere. It’s one of South Africa’s favourite places to vacation as the weather gets warmer. With its golden beaches, warm Indian Ocean waters, and a wealth of family-friendly activities, the destination embodies the essence of summer. For families, this coastal wonderland is a treasure trove of excitement.

KwaZulu-Natal South Coast Spotlight

Margate is a vibrant coastal town with beautiful beaches, beachfront cafes, and a lively atmosphere. Its Blue Flag beach is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and sandcastle-building. Don't miss the popular Waffle House or a stroll along the Margate Pier.

This gorge is known as the "Grand Canyon of South Africa." You can hike, zip-line, raft, picnic, and more here. This awe-inspiring gorge’s iconic feature is its striking cliffs, which dramatically plunge to depths of over 400 metres – earning it the name "Grand Canyon of South Africa."

Explore Scottburgh - a charming coastal town perfect for a family vacation. Enjoy delicious pizza at Enzo’s, play golf at Scottburgh Golf Club, or relax on the beautiful beach. It's the perfect escape from city living.

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