The Best Attractions For Family Holidays in South Africa

There’s no doubting that South Africa holidays make for a great break abroad. The culture is different, there’s plenty to see and do and the weather is perfect – especially when compared to the wet and cold that UK summers often present! There’s also plenty for families to do on holiday in South Africa, especially if they’re interested in wildlife. Here’s a list of some of the highlights:

Aquariums with a Twist

There are a number of aquariums for South Africa’s holiday makers to visit, but the factor that separates them from their UK counterparts is that some allow visitors to dive in some of the areas to get closer than ever before! It should be pointed out that the aquariums are understandably particular about who they allow to dive (you must have reached a certain level of qualification), but even if you have not reached that level, the sheer number of tropical fish makes the aquariums well worth a visit. The best of them are Two Oceans Aquarium (Cape Town) and Ushaka Marine World (Durban).

Gold Reef City

South Africa holidays may not be the main focus for theme park enthusiasts, but Gold Reef City (located just outside of Johannesburg) is a great choice if your kids have a hankering for rollercoasters during your trip! The rides at the park range from those aimed at smaller children (run-away train, giant wheel) through the water based drenchers (Miner’s revenge, Raging River Rapids, The River Ride) all the way up to The Anaconda – a rollercoaster full of ludicrous loops and twisting turns. Those wanting a real challenge should sample the Tower of Terror – a ninety degree vertical plunge sure to terrify those bold enough to try it…

Wildlife and Fantastic Reserves

With so many exotic animals indigenous to the continent, it’s no surprise that South African game reserves and wildlife sanctuaries are amongst the very best in the world, and have an excellent record for looking after the creatures. In particular, the Kruger National Park will provide an unforgettable experience for any visitors. Covering nearly 20,000 km2, the park contains more species of mammals than any other game reserve on the continent and is unparalleled in sheer numbers too, with over 9,000 giraffes, 3,000 hippos and 32,000 Burchell’s zebras!

If your children love monkeys (and what child doesn’t?) then Monkeyland on the Garden Route is also an absolute must. It’s a sanctuary that allows its wide selection of primates to roam free throughout the facility without cages. The thrill here for visitors therefore is to find the animals without having to rely on a map telling them where each species should be! This should be high on any South Africa family holiday itinerary.

Brilliant Beaches

It’s no surprise that, with its long coast line and excellent weather, beaches in South Africa are excellent. With so many of them to choose from, there’s something for everyone whether you’re looking for sun-soaked solitude, plentiful beach games or active water sports. There’s even whale watching, which is a great way to spend time with your children, and those old enough will doubtless want the opportunity to surf like the pros!

With one of the best climates in the world, South Africa family holidays looking to focus on the golden sands should head directly to the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Even in winter you’ll find warm sea and weather – the perfect thing for escaping those winter blues.

The truth is that a luxury holiday in South Africa can be an amazing experience no matter what your circumstances are. If your family finds wildlife, theme parks and beaches a big draw when visiting a country then South Africa makes for the perfect holiday location.

Robert Santry is a South Africa expert for key2holidays, an online tour operator specialising in luxury South Africa holidays, as well as trips to Australia, Cuba, the Caribbean, Europe, the Far East, the Maldives, Mauritius and the Seychelles, Egypt and the Arabian Gulf.

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