South Africa Family Safari

Lots of Ideas for family safari holidays & vacations to South Africa.

Overview

Unlike other African countries, family holidays to South Africa are not just about a safari. You can explore diverse parts of the country and perhaps have some time on the beach as well.

Family Holidays in South Africa

Most families choose South Africa because they want to combine a safari with other highlights. And the fact that it's mostly malaria-free is also a plus.

But where to go? There’s no substitute for talking to us over the phone. As a starting point, look at our article on the Best Destinations for Family Holidays in South Africa.  There we summarize some possibilities for you… South Africa familu holidays - Kariega

Malaria & Family Safaris in South Africa

Malaria is only a concern in a small part of South Africa. Mainly around the Kruger National Park.  There are plenty of malaria-free safari areas that offer excellent game-viewing. The three main ones are the Eastern Cape, the Madikwe Game Reserve and the Waterberg.

South Africa familu holidays - Ants Nest

However, before deciding to go down the malaria-free route, remember that in South Africa, mosquitos are not usually a year-round pest. Even the well-known Kruger Park is a seasonal malaria area. There are many months, (May to mid September), when it is too cool at night for mosquitos to survive. Happily, this is also the best game-viewing time. (It's also the time when South African families visit the Kruger National Park.)

So have a look at our recommended Malaria Free Game Reserves.

Talk to our safari consultants about the best months to travel. We also identify child-friendly safari lodges and hotels. The ones which welcome children. And not just merely tolerate them.

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Beach Holidays in South Africa

If you are visiting in July or August, then it’s winter in South Africa. So ideally you need to head to the northern part of South Africa to Coastal Maputaland. If you are coming in the South African summer months of November to March there are great beaches all along the Southern Coast in Cape Town, Hermanus, Arniston, Wilderness, Plettenberg Bay and on the Dolphin Coast in KwaZulu Natal.

South Africa familu holidays - Plettenberg bay

Or click to download our Insiders Guide to Family Safaris full of more helpful tips.

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Highlights

  • South Africa, with its warmth and sunshine, its wildlife and its outdoor culture, offers plenty to please children and their parents.
  • It’s not just about a safari. There are so many family-friendly places to visit: Cape Town, the Garden Route, the Whale Coast and of course all its beaches…
  • Many game-reserves are in malaria-free areas.
  • There are non-stop flights from Europe, and there is no jet lag.

10 out of 10 for everything

"The holiday was exceptionally good and we all enjoyed every moment, especially my son Stephen (10 years old). The fact that Stephen enjoyed it says a lot since he is a seasoned traveller (as are most expat kids) having been to almost 20 countries already in his lifetime. We returned with more than a thousand photos and wonderful memories of what Africa can offer at its best" Family De Waal,

Everything was perfectly organised

"Mari did an incredible job planning our holiday. Not only did Mari communicate extremely well throughout the whole process, but the trip was beyond our expectations" Mr Yeats, USA

The trip was a great success, Thanks Cedarberg

"Thanks again to Cedarberg Africa and you Tash for arranging the bookings and being able to respond when delays in transportation became apparent. Again I have appreciated the significant effort that Cederberg Travel has put into your web information and the extra material on attractions provided with the itinerary." Mr R Brandon, USA
 
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Ginny made excellent suggestions

"Ginny made excellent suggestions for our holiday ensuring we had a good variety of things to do which suited the whole family." Mrs Mary Creayen, UK

Great itenerary

"The service that Cedarberg provided for us was outstanding. The itinerary that they put together worked seamlessly, all the pick ups were as they had stated and whenever we had a query about any aspect of the trip they came back to us quickly and provided all the information that we needed. I cannot recommend them highly enough ." Mr Kevin Wilson

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"Thank you for the most amazing holiday in South Africa. The three lodges were all selected with great care and each had a different atmosphere. All transfers worked entirely smoothly and we were even met on arrival at Johannesburg airport to be escorted the few yards to the airport hotel! Cedarberg really came into their own when BA messed up theoutgoing flight (twice) and Ginny spent her entire Bank Holiday weekend sorting it out for us." Mr Mike Ricks, UK