South Africa is a country that offers something for everyone from stunning beaches, breath-taking mountains, barren deserts, cosmopolitan cities to, of course, its wildlife. There is something for all members of the family to enjoy.
Here is Natural World Safaris top 5 reasons why South Africa is perfect for families:
1. Malaria free
As opposed to other southern African countries, many of the top game viewing areas in South Africa are malaria free, such as the Eastern Cape and Waterberg regions. This means that there’s no need to worry about the side-effects of anti-malarial medication, which is great news for families travelling with younger children. For anyone that is squeamish about creepy crawlies, head over in winter (June to September) and you are unlikely to have any scary encounters.
2. You can see the Big Five
While creepy crawlies may be absent, this doesn’t compromise your chance of spotting big game, and the famous Big Five can be found on many game reserves in South Africa. This makes South Africa ideal for first time safari-goers wishing to tick lion, elephants, buffalo, rhino and leopard sightings off their bucket list.
3. World-class accommodation
The quality of accommodation in South Africa is unrivalled with many fantastic lodges ranging in style from classic colonial to a more contemporary feel.
4. Tailored children’s programmes
The hospitality in South Africa is such that many lodges have set up special programmes for children on safari.
Parents can rest assured that children will be kept occupied with many activities from creating plaster casts of animal tracks to baking animal shaped cookies for everyone to enjoy.
Natural World Safaris offers a fabulous family option in Madikwe Game Reserve, where there is a special conservation programme where children are allowed to get hands on experience with the running of the reserve.
All of the staff are fantastic with children from the guides who are adept at creating entertaining and informative game drives to the chef who is out to make sure even the fussiest of little eaters has a clean plate.
5. Plenty of attractions and activities beyond your safari
It’s easy to see that wildlife is not all that is on offer in South Africa. Tourists can combine a safari with a trip to Cape Town where there is plenty to do for all ages. For the more adventurous teens there is the opportunity to abseil down Table Mountain, see great white sharks or try their hand at surfing. Meanwhile the younger children can have the chance to meet the penguins at Boulders Beach and the adults can enjoy a wine tasting trip around the stunning Cape winelands.
South Africa is the perfect destination for a family safari so don’t let the new rules entering the country with children put you off. Since the beginning of June you are required to show the child’s full unabridged birth certificate, and where only one parent is travelling with the child, proof of parental or legal authority to travel with the child is required. Although this means more paperwork initially, it will definitely be well worth it.