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Experience an Amazing Family Holiday in South Africa

Join our guest bloggers, Ivar, Joan, and their 3-year-old, Lise, as they share their incredible family holiday experience in South Africa.

Exploring Cape Town and Swellendam

After spending five delightful days in Cape Town, the family drove to Knysna, making a pit stop at Swellendam to explore the beautiful nature park, De Hoop. Although Swellendam was not the most kid-friendly location due to limited activities for children, the family enjoyed their stay in a perfect house rented through AirBnB.

Discovering Kid-Friendly Knysna

Knysna, on the other hand, proved to be quite kid-friendly. The family rented a little house on Thesen Island and explored the city centre, finding a playground with a terrace where Lise could play while the adults relaxed in the sun.

Visiting Knysna Elephant Park

The next day, they visited the Knysna Elephant Park, a sanctuary for outcast elephants. Lise found the experience of feeding these magnificent creatures quite exciting.

Exploring a Farmhouse and East Café

Following a recommendation from their AirBnB host, the family visited a farmhouse and ended the day at East Café, a kid-friendly spot with delicious food and a stunning view.

Enjoying the Beaches and a Boat Tour

Despite a cloudy start, their third day in Knysna was filled with a picnic at Brenton’s waterfront, a visit to Buffelsbaai beach, and a boat tour on the lagoon, courtesy of their rental house owner.

Tips & Tricks for a Family Holiday in South Africa with Kids

  • Always carry an extra set of clothes for surprise beach visits.
  • Bring toys in the car to keep the kids entertained.
  • Choose to stay on Thesen Island when visiting Knysna for its kid-friendly environment and walkable distances.


If you love travelling with kids, check out our blogs about Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, and our Top 5 holiday destinations with kids.

Highlights of the Family Holiday in South Africa

  • Hanging Bridges in Knysna
  • Knysna boat tour
  • Spotting elephants

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