What makes a great family vacation? If the first things that come to mind are fascinating educational experiences, exploring new places and doing it all in comfort, then a trip to South Africa with your clan might be right for you. An African adventure to this beautiful and diverse part of the world can be tailored to suit the needs and interests of your family, with possibilities including jaw-dropping wildlife sightings, trips to the beach and, of course, relaxation time for busy parents.
These three fantastic South Africa activities are suitable for the whole family to enjoy and are sure to provide great memories for years to come.
Explore Cape Town
A beautiful coastal city steeped in history, Cape Town is full of potential for exciting family activities. If you're a family of wildlife lovers, don't miss a visit to Boulders Beach in Table Mountain National Park, where you can visit a colony of over 2,000 adorable and endangered African penguins. Continuing the marine life theme, kids will love a visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium, where they can wow at sea turtles and ragged-tooth sharks. For breathtaking views of the city and coastline, be sure to book a trip up the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, which takes you an impressive 1,089 metres above sea level.
Enjoy farm and wine country
As any oenophile knows, South Africa is world famous for its excellent wine. According to Wines of South Africa (WOSA), in 2014, the country had 3,314 primary wine producers, which produced an incredible 958.8 million litres of wine. While heading for a wine-tasting may not immediately shout family-friendly, the staff at Spier Wine Farm would heartily disagree. This picturesque wine farm, in operation since 1692, provides a plethora of activities for children including grape-juice tastings, pizza-making and playing at the on-site playground. Located outside Stellenbosch, just a short drive from Cape Town, the Spier Wine Farm is a great choice for a family excursion into South Africa's wine country.
See amazing wildlife
A family trip to South Africa simply wouldn't be complete without a safari experience. Thankfully, many luxury safari accommodation options welcome children, so you can give them the educational African wildlife encounter of a lifetime without sacrificing comfort or safety. Just one example of what's available, Riverdene Family Lodge at Shamwari Game Reserve has a Kids on Safari program to ensure that children have an enriching and fun-filled adventure.
To learn more about planning a South African trip for the whole family, contact the Africa travel specialists at Bench Africa today.