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Choosing the Perfect Family Holiday: Wildlife Spotting in South Africa

Every year, the task of finding a holiday destination that caters to everyone’s preferences can be daunting. Some may prefer relaxing under the setting sun with a cocktail, while others might be more inclined towards sports activities and staying connected. If you’ve decided on wildlife spotting for your next family adventure, the question arises: The Beekse Bergen or South Africa? Fortunately, South Africa offers an abundance of sightseeing opportunities for families.

The travel experts at Zuid-AfrikaKids have curated a list of five top tourist attractions in South Africa. This way, you can strike a balance between action, adventure, and relaxation. It’s highly likely that this will become your family’s favorite holiday activity.

Top 5 Family-Friendly Sightseeing Spots in South Africa

1. Unforgettable Kids Safari

Once you’ve decided on a family trip to South Africa, a safari is undoubtedly a must-do. There are various ways to experience a safari. You can park by the roadside and wait quietly for the wild animals to pass by, or you can venture out at night in search of nocturnal creatures. If you prefer to spot animals at your own pace, rent a car and drive through Kruger Park, the ultimate place to spot the Big 5. Remember to pack appropriately for your safari!

2. Whale Watching in Hermanus

Hermanus is a popular holiday destination, boasting a plethora of charming beach cottages. It’s also a must-visit spot on a trip through South Africa due to its renowned whale spotting opportunities. From the mainland, you can see these majestic creatures leaping out of the water or watch them spout water. For a closer look, take a boat trip with your kids to see whales, dolphins, sharks, sea lions, and if you’re lucky, even penguins. It’s an experience that outshines any aquarium visit!

3. Exploring the Grape Valley of Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch, South Africa’s most famous wine region, is a must-visit. Wine tasting is a given here, and the best way to explore is by cycling from winery to winery. You’ll learn all about the winemaking process and taste the region’s renowned wines. But what about the kids? At the Spier winery, there’s a center for birds of prey, and at Vredenheim winery, you’ll find zebras, gazelles, and antelopes. It’s a win-win for everyone!

4. Adventures in the Drakensberg

The Drakensberg offers green mountains with capricious peaks, grassland slopes, and wild rivers. The most thrilling way to explore the area? Zip-lining through the treetops. It can be a bit scary at times, so don’t forget to take in the breathtaking views and spot wildlife along the way. With the help of an experienced guide, you’ll be securely harnessed and instructed on what to do. The adrenaline rush will last long after the day ends.

5. Saddle Up for a Safari in Swaziland

South Africa is synonymous with safari. These adventures are often enjoyed from the comfort of your own car or jeep, but in Swaziland, you and your kids can spot wildlife from a horse. With helmets on, you’ll venture into the saddle and follow paths of red sand, through grasslands and small creeks. Along the way, you’ll see impalas, boars, and zebras. In the creeks and alongside the lakes, you might spot hippos and crocodiles lounging in the sun. Any saddle ache will quickly be forgotten once you’re relaxing by the pool again.

If your kids are a bit older and you’re up for some adventure, consider backpacking Africa overland from South Africa to Tanzania!

This article, “Top 5 Sightseeing in South Africa with Kids, Fun for Everyone?” is written by the travelling mothers of Riksjakids.


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