South Africa is a perfect family-friendly holiday destination with much to interest offspring of all ages. There’s beach fun, the thrill of seeing animals in the wild, theme parks, sports facilities and adventure activities.
Children-friendly facilities are found throughout South Africa. Hotels will oblige with inter-leading rooms, triple bed arrangements, cots, babysitters, feeding chairs at meal times And children’s rates. Self-catering options should also be considered, especially establishments which offer multi-roomed cottages and apartments.
In peak holiday time, when South African families take their annual breaks (notably the month of December), coastal resorts offer children’s entertainment programmes, movie theatres screen the latest family-oriented movies and there are special stage treats like the annual pantomime at the Civic 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 children-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 12, 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.