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.
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?
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Elephant calves can weigh around 260 pounds at birth; hopefully your own offspring aren't quite as heavy as you tote them through this 10-day trip. After three days in Cape Town, hit the road to enjoy working farm experiences, road trips, lagoons, and more before you end on safari in the Shamwari Game Reserve.
Cape Town may be known as the "Mother City," but every member of the family can enjoy this 13-day trip. You'll scope out the scenery of Cape Point, enjoy extreme sports in Elgin, road trip through small towns and sparkling lagoons, and safari on both land and sea.
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.
Take a week to wheel your wee ones through South Africa's family attractions. Lounge on the beach, rotate your way up the cable car of Table Mountain, and frolic through Franschhoek before spending three days finding the animals of the Shamwari Game Reserve.
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.
Skip through a South Africa sojourn on this family adventure. You'll sail out of Cape Town on a pirate cruise, meet the famous Boulders Beach penguins, make friends on the farms of Franschoek, and more.
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.
Sample some of South Africa's favorite family spots over the course of 12 days. You'll start with three nights in Cape Town to settle in and explore the city before you hop on the road toward farms in Franschhoek, extreme sports in Elgin, animal encounters in Oudtshoorn, and more, all topped off with a safari.
Female lions in a pride will often all give birth around the same time, providing a collective parenting arrangement and plenty of play companions. Take your whole pride to South Africa with this nine-day itinerary that will take you from a pirate ship off the coast to Cape Town, to a big cat sanctuary, strawberry farm, and safari amidst other outings.
Eight days of excellent await your family on this South Africa excursion. Whether you're strolling and sailing around Cape Town, adventuring in Elgin, or wildlife-spotting in Shamwari, you're sure to find something to enjoy.
Take your small humans to meet some small (and large) animals on this 11-day outing. Whether you're visiting the penguin colonies of Boulders Beach, big cats at the Panthera Sanctuary, meerkats and ostriches in Oudtshoorn, or wide range of creatures on safari, there's a potential new friend around every corner.
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.