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Adventure holidays for families with kids around South Africa

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Adventure holidays for families with kids around South Africa: South Africa, land of perpetual sunshine, incredible vistas, diverse landscapes and a people who go to the nth degree to make one feel at home, is perfect for families with children, who realise that having kids does not mean the end to adventure. All nine provinces have something to offer …

Learn to surf

Learn to surf

The Western Cape province’s beauty includes the wild Cape Agulhas coast, the Cape Winelands, windswept spaces of the Klein Karoo, Cape Town, and the constant reassuring presence of mountains. The Mother City alone holds a host of activities, like the Two Oceans Aquarium, the Cape Peninsula National Park, the Planetarium, the MTN ScienCentre, and Ratanga Junction.

Abseil Table Mountain, ride horses at sunset on Noordhoek beach, learn to surf at Big Bay, Bloubergstrand, take a helicopter flip over the city, go ostrich riding in Oudtshoorn, mountain biking in Langebaan, paragliding in Porterville, and a wine cruise on the river in Robertson … find Family Entertainment in the Western Cape / Things to Do in Western Cape

The Garden Route, sandwiched between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, draws visitors as a flame entices moths – its indigenous forests, freshwater lakes, wetlands, unknown coves and desolate sandy beaches a draw card for all ages. It’s treated as a province in its own right there is so much to do.

Bloukrans Bungee

Bloukrans Bungee

Bungy jump off Bloukrans bridge, the highest jump in the world, blackwater tube Storms River, quad bike through mountain terrain, paraglide in the wilderness, go caving in the Cango Caves, or get close to whales at Plettenberg Bay … find Family Entertainment in the Garden Route / Things to Do in Garden Route

With its ideal mild climate, some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, and any number of things to do with kids, the Eastern Cape is definitely one of the more favoured regions in South Africa in which to holiday. Combining a safari with self-driving along the coast, stopping at beaches in your own time, is a wonderful way to experience the province.

Ride an elephant through Addo Elephant National Park, find Kenton on Sea’s Shelley Bay, hike the mountains of Hogsback and visit Tiffindell, South Africa’s only ski resort. Skydive in Grahamstown, sandboard in Jeffreys Bay, walk the Woody Cape Hiking Trail, or kayak on the Kromme River … find Family Entertainment in the Eastern Cape / Things to Do in Eastern Cape

Elephant-back safari

Elephant-back safari

The Northern Cape is a collection of treasures. From the challenges of the outdoors with its 4×4 trails, safaris and wide open spaces to the Big Hole of Kimberley, the wonders of the Karoo and the harsh climate of the Namakwaland, this is a part of the world that draws families.

Visit the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies Falls National Park, and the Richtersveld National Park. The astronomical observatory near Sutherland is a treat for children, or drive the Flower Route, the Orange River Wine Route and the Red Dune Route.

Ride the Orange River, do the Gariep 3-in-1 Adventure in the Augrabies, sandboard the roaring dunes of the Kalahari, or dive for crayfish at Port Nolloth … find Family Entertainment in the Northern Cape / Things to Do in Northern Cape

Try sky-diving

Try sky-diving

Don’t let the fact that the Free State is completely landlocked and described with regularity as ‘flat’ deter you from seeking adventure in this hidden treasure. There are days of sunshine, flat wide grassy plains, and imposing mountains that dominate the horizon. But the little towns like Clarens, Fouriesburg, Ficksburg and Villiers are the real showstoppers, and together with locations like the Golden Gate National Park and Willem Pretorius Game Reserve, make a visit to the Free State with kids a real escape.

Skydive outside Bloemfontein, river raft the Orange River, mountain bike the Vredefort Dome, backpack the Rooihaas Trail and quad bike near Clarens … find Family Entertainment in the Free State / Things to Do in Free State

From the towering mountains of the Drakensberg to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean with no fewer than five Blue Flag beaches, KwaZulu Natal is a subtropical, densely vegetated land of hot, humid summers and enviable winters.

Try scuba diving

Try scuba diving

Pedal lagoon boats at Uvongo, water sports and camping at Midmar Dam, swimming with fish at uShaka Marine World, climbing the lighthouses at Port Shepstone, Cape Vidal, St Lucia and Umhlanga, and a boat tour of Durban’s harbour make holidaying with children an absolute pleasure. Do the Dlinza Forest aerial boardwalk, quad bike over Sani Pass, scuba dive at Sodwana Bay Nature Reserve, go surfing in Durban, and kayak at St Lucia … find Family Entertainment in KwaZulu Natal / Things to Do in KwaZulu Natal

Gauteng revolves around its capital – Johannesburg. A concrete jungle it might be but it is also regarded as one of the greenest cities in Africa – a veritable urban forest with around 10 million trees and green spaces, the most popular of which is a real family gem – the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens.

The Cradle of Humankind, the Magalies Meander, lion and nature reserves, beautiful gardens, Zoo Lake, Gillooly’s Farm, Gold Reef City, an elephant sanctuary and two major cities make for a powerful collection of exciting alternatives. Bungee swing from the Orlando Towers in Soweto, bike ride through Soweto, sand board on Mount Mayhem, or abseil into the Wonder Cave … find Family Entertainment in Gauteng / Things to Do in Gauteng

Soweto by Bike

Soweto by Bike

The North West Province, known also as the ‘platinum province’ due the wealth of this underground metal, serves as a place to escape for Gauteng families in search of bushveld, tranquillity, sun and the outdoors. With the Kalahari Desert infringing on its west flank, and Botswana to the north, the country’s fourth smallest province is an oudoor adventure waiting to happen.

The stars of the province are the Magaliesberg and the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. But there are also dams, rivers, cliff faces and plenty of sunshine awaiting discovery. Hot air balloon over the Magaliesberg, ride on the back of elephants in the Pilanesberg, take a tree-top canopy tour, horse ride at Sun City, and paraglide at Hartbeespoort Dam … find Family Entertainment in the North West Province / Things to Do in North West Province

Mpumalanga is often referred to as the ‘adventure capital’ of South Africa. It is not hard to imagine that this paradise of lowveld, spectacular mountains, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests that includes a portion of the Kruger National Park serves as a riveting outdoor activity experience

Go horse riding

Go horse riding

From the CrocRiver Enviro Park on the outskirts of Nelspruit, to the Sudwala caves – the oldest known to mankind – there is something for everyone. Paraglide off the Blyde River Canyon’s cliffs, go caving in the Sudwala caves, go on a rhino walking safari, abseil or rock climb Elands River gorge at Waterval Boven, and river raft on the Sabie River … find Family Entertainment in Mpumalanga / Things to Do in Mpumalanga

Think Limpopo and it brings to mind images of Africa’s true nature – out of reach of civilisation and largely unchanged by man and his needs. Limpopo is the land of baobabs, seething hot days, the mountains of the Waterberg, the Soutpansberg, and bushveld plains peppered with thorn trees. It boasts the less crowded and wilder part of the Kruger National Park, and the Olifants River.

You can horse ride, hot air balloon, mountain and quad bike and paraglide. Walk at least one of the incredible forest trails of the Soutpansberg, go kloofing in George’s Valley gorge, raft the Blyde River Canyon, and drive the 4×4 African Ivory Route trails … find Family Entertainment in Limpopo / Things to Do in Limpopo

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  1. September 9th, 2010 at 16:09
    Dona Meyer says:

    Love Love Love South Africa… every part of it!