The wildlife in South Africa is plentiful with lions, springbok, rhinos, elephants, cheetahs, wild dogs, storks, zebra, giraffes, and vultures to name just a few. Thankfully there are numerous national parks to help protect the many and often endangered species that thrive here. Kruger National Park is one of the largest and best known, and a safari here will enthral your children and make you feel like a child again at the thrill of such a remarkable experience.
The Garden Route runs from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town with many attractions and activities along the way. At Cape Point people flock to see where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet, with the dark waves of the Atlantic seemingly stitched into the warmer and lighter waters of the Indian Ocean.
Known as the Rainbow Nation, there’s a mix of people from different places and cultures and 11 official languages spoken. Although in the past this has caused tension, South Africa is now rightly proud of the things that make it different.
South African history (good and bad) is there to be explored and learnt from. Soweto is the largest township and was in the spotlight during the anti-apartheid movement. Now you can visit Freedom Struggle sites and experience the lives of the people who still live here. The Boer War battlefield sites are another popular historical tour highlight.
With such diverse culture you’d expect an exciting variety of cuisine, and you won’t be disappointed. South African food is often meat based and Biltong and Bobotie are popular dishes, and wine of course can be enjoyed by mum and dad after a day of adventure with the kids. The Cape Dutch Winelands including Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are well worth a visit and taking a vineyard tour.
Families travelling to South Africa from Europe have the advantage of avoiding jetlag, making it easy for the children to adapt and start to feel at home in their new surroundings. Whatever you choose to do during your stay, it will stay with you forever and the long sunny summer days should help you get the most out of every day.