South Africa Family Travel

Families looking for adventurous activities and wildlife spotting will love South Africa. A mixture of fun and education are at the heart of these family-friendly itineraries. Both adults and kids will be entertained on safari in the Eastern Cape Game Reserve to spot elephants, giraffes, and more. The whole family will learn a lot about these animals and their ecosystems from your local guide. In Cape Town, there are views to please everyone, from hiking to the top of Table Mountain, to sailing aboard a pirate ship to Cape Point where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. For families looking for a 2-week adventure in South Africa, how about ziplining, kayaking on the Stormsriver Gorge, and sandboarding? 

All activities are put together by kimkim's local specialists with the unique needs of families in mind, as we know safety and security are top priorities for parents. Take a look at our family-focused itineraries and start planning your trip to South Africa with a local expert today.

How many days should you spend in South Africa?

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How Many Days Should You Spend in South Africa?

With one week in South Africa, you can explore Cape Town and take a quick roadtrip to one of the surrounding towns, or spend a day or two exploring the city of Johannesburg. Two weeks is the ideal time for a trip to South Africa and visitors can venture further outside of Cape Town, spend time in the magnificent winelands, experience the West Coast and dedicate some time to the gorgeous Garden Route.

Ostrich family
Map of South Africa Family Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route, Safari, & More - 14 Days
South Africa Family Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route, Safari, & More - 14 Days

Sharks can give birth to up to 100 pups at once, so if your child asks to pet the pups on this itinerary, make sure you know what kind they're referring to. Learn about all sorts of small fry on this two-week trip through South Africa as you go from atop Table Mountain and pirate ship rigging in Cape Town to the farms and vineyards of the Winelands, followed by marine tours, cave excursions, swinging bridges, and safaris.

We have got to stop meeting like this
Map of South Africa Family Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route, Safari, & More - 16 Days
South Africa Family Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route, Safari, & More - 16 Days

Despite their dramatic size difference, the elephant's closest living relative is the hyrax. See if you can spot both elephants and their cousins as you take your own family on this 16-day adventure that will take you from up in the trees of Kirstenbosch Garden, onto the cliffs of Cape Point, out to sea for marine wildlife sightings, down into caves, and into safari grasslands, just to name a few, to take in landscapes as varied as your family.

Declare yourself king of the rock
Map of South Africa Family Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route, Safari, & More - 15 Days
South Africa Family Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route, Safari, & More - 15 Days

While parenting can feel like an extreme sport at times, you can really get your adrenaline up on this 15-day itinerary. Warm up with a hike or cable car ride up Table Mountain and some beach time in Cape Town before you get on the road and follow the Garden Route to adventures like ziplines, a shark encounter, sandboard rides down one of the world's largest dunes, and safari drives.

Penguins at Boulders Beach
Map of South Africa Family Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, & More - 6 Days
South Africa Family Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, & More - 6 Days

Take your children to meet the chicks of Boulders Bay's penguin colony and many more on this six-day trip. You'll divide your time between colorful Cape Town and its surrounding areas of Elgin and Franschhoek as you make your way through vineyard mazes, pirate cruises, and more.