Explore Cape Town and the beautiful Winelands. Head down to the beaches of the Garden Route and then on to a safari in the Eastern Cape. This is a great area for all families and is malaria free.
Situated just outside Plettenberg in the heart of the Crags this hotel is surrounded but fantastic activities for the whole family including some of this areas best beaches. If the 5* hotels are too expensive then this 4* hotel makes a great alternative with a fantastic pool, good family rooms and stunning views.Read more about this Hotel
Just 2 hours outside Port Elizabeth this wonderful hotel is set on the high dunes overlooking seven kilometres of stunning deserted beaches. Oceana has only 10 rooms and is best described as a luxury beach hideaway which is located in its own 1000 hectare estate. This is an ideal spot for families wanting a wonderful beach but with an equally fantastic and very exclusive lodge.Read more about this Hotel
Kwandwe Ecca Lodge specialises in families and for us is the best safari lodge on the South Coast. 22,000 hectares of pristine reserve is the home to all the Big Five. With just two main lodges you don’t see other vehicles when you are out and about. And back at camp the huge suites with their separate sitting rooms means you can have children in your cottage but you still have your own privacy.
Suitable for: Ideal for families with children aged 6+ (the age children are allowed on game drives) however children younger than this age are well looked after with separate shorter game drives.Read more about this Hotel
Without a doubt the best family safari lodge in the Eastern Cape. This beautifully renovated original settlers homestead is just ideal for families and set on 22,000 hectares of the most fantastic game reserve in this area. The house is exclusive use and comes with its own ranger. It is also securely fenced and has plenty of lawn for children to play around on. This is our top option for families in the malaria free south coast.
Suitable for: Families with children of all ages, all ages are allowed on game drives.Read more about this Hotel
South Africa has three main climatic zones with their seasons opposite to ours so their winter is our summer.
The High and Lowveld areas around the Kruger and up to Madikwe and the Waterberg have hot summers which are famous for spectacular electric storms. The rains come in November, December and January. October in the Kruger can be very hot and dry just waiting for the first rains. And in their winter months (April – September) the weather is warm during the day with lovely cool nights – ideal for sitting around a camp fire. We personally love September in the Highveld which can have hot days with not a cloud in the sky and warmer nights.
Cape Town and the Garden route have a climate which is very similar to the south of France. Summers for them are lovely and hot (running from October to April) with the chance of occasional rain. And at this time there is a strong wind through Cape Town which can help keep the temperatures pleasant. Late summers are dry and warm with less wind. And their winter between May and September can be cool and wet.
The east of the country, in KwaZulu-Natal, has a sub-tropical climate which ensures hot, humid summers along the coast with more rain than in the winter. Winters are pleasantly warm during the day and cooler at night.
Flights: Overnight direct flights with Virgin, British Airways and South African Airways to Johannesburg and Cape Town. From where you catch connecting internal flights to the Kruger (45 minutes) Durban (1 ½ hrs) and George Airport (45 minutes from Cape Town) on the Garden route.
South Africa doesn't really have a national cuisine, and most of what you eat will be international dishes, but cooked with local produce, which is excellent. You will notice a lot of meat on the menu including game meats such as Kudu and springbok. The South Africans are great meat eaters and you will find their tradition ‘brai’ is the most elaborate BBQ you will ever go to. They even build their own outside bomas for such occasions with a huge fire in the centre and lanterns hanging from every tree.
And the beer isn’t bad either (I would say that as my great grandfather started South African breweries) The wine is also delicious and wins world wide praise. You will note when you are there that the smaller vineyards don’t allow their wine to be sold out of the country so the best SA wines are often only to be found there.
Children wont struggle finding things they love to eat.
Please find below a range of activities available in South Africa: South & East Coast.
We know it is often difficult, with the huge number of hotels out there, to know which one to go for, which combines with which and what sort of costs they are going to be. Here we have put together a few of our favourite options to give you a starting point. Any of these options can be changed, tweeked or added to so please do ask. The prices are per person and include international flights and private transfers. As the rates at all hotels change a great deal from their High Seasons (i.e the most popular times of the year to be there) to their Low Seasons (they often have great discounts at this time) we have based the 'From' costs on a good time of year to be in the country, the dates are included in the text at the bottom. Please do call us for a quote based on your dates.