Family-Friendly Tips for a Trip to South Africa
If you are considering a family vacation and want to check out somewhere new and exciting, consider South Africa for your next trip. Many people are unsure about the suitability of the country for children but travel experts are unanimous – South Africa makes a great family destination. It is a long trip from North America and Europe but the benefits are so much greater. Here’s how to enjoy a family vacation in South Africa – in style.
Benefits of South Africa for Families
South Africa benefits from a great climate and plenty of excellent beaches to keep kids happy outdoors. If you’re looking for a beach break with added activities, this country is a great option. The addition of the wildlife is a bonus. There aren’t many places where your kids can see so many animals up close. Plus, with plenty of family resorts, South Africa is child-friendly.(image by Brian Burger)
Planning a Family Trip
The most important thing to remember, which will save your sanity, is that South Africa is a huge country. If you try to see everything – particularly with small children – you won’t succeed. It is much better to focus on one or two regions so you don’t have to do much travelling and risk the kids getting bored in the car. A vacation staying in Cape Town with a week’s safari is an ideal way to spend the time as you get the benefits of a lively city as well as seeing the wildlife in the bush – and you can also enjoy the beaches.
Hiring a car is easy and is the best way to transport your family around South Africa, although you will need to fly between regions if you don’t want to spend hours in the car. In South Africa you drive on the left. Make sure you order child booster seats if you are hiring a car, and choose a sturdy model if you are planning to go into the bush.
Not all hotels accept children under the age of 10 so make sure you check before you turn up. However, there are so many resorts and hotels that are child-friendly; you shouldn’t have a problem finding somewhere to stay. You could also hire a lodge or an apartment for part of your vacation.(Image by flamingosnest)
South Africa is generally safe for families, with the usual precautions. You should definitely take your kids on safari but there are safety considerations to be aware of – as you would expect. If you have a baby it may not be the best idea to have them cooped up in a van all day but children over the age of seven should be fine. You can do a self-drive safari or you can sign up with a trip provider that specifically caters for children, to maximize the chances of everyone having a good time and keeping safe. You’ll need plenty of sunscreen and hats, but the water is safe for little ones, as is the food. Keep to malaria-free areas if you don’t want to worry about malaria tablets and protection for you and the children.
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