Family-Friendly Holiday Spots Around South Africa


Family holidays are the stuff memories are made of. Whether it’s at the beach, in the bushveld or playing board games around the braai, everyone has that one special family holiday memory. Unfortunately, finding child-friendly accommodation isn’t always an easy feat. To help you out, we’ve rounded up seven of SA’s family-friendliest holiday spots to consider for your next trip. Go make some memories!

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Koro Lodge – 2h30min drive from Cape Town

Koro Lodge sets the benchmark for great family getaways. The lodge consists of a single private villa situated in the lavish Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve in the Cederberg Mountains. This farmhouse-turned-villa boasts the serenity of untamed nature with the comfort of modern luxuries.

The villa has three en-suite double rooms and a loft that sleeps four. It features a wraparound terrace, outdoor shower, infinity pool, fully equipped kitchen, braai facilities and a fireplace. A camp cot and high chair are also readily available, and the villa has a private chef (who happily lets the kids cook along) and guide.

Activities at Koro Lodge include nature drives, treasure hunts, canoeing, picnics and mountain biking. For the mom who deserves a timeout, there is access to the luxurious spa facilities at the main lodge.

Bag End Guesthouse – Midrand

If you’re looking for beautiful country-style family accommodation for your family, then Bag End Guesthouse is for you. Conveniently situated in Midrand, the location allows quick and easy travel to Johannesburg or Pretoria.

Bag End Guesthouse’s family unit has a large and small bedroom, a shared bathroom, fireplace and a 10-seater dining room that opens onto a beautiful courtyard with a fish pond. The lush greenery and modern cottage design are sure to refresh the weariest of travellers.

Bag End Guesthouse offers special rates for families, free uncapped internet and DStv.

Fairmont Zimbali Resort – 30min drive from Durban

The Fairmont Zimbali Resort offers just about everything you need to have a great family vacay: plenty of family-friendly dining options, connecting rooms, sleeper couches, camping cots, a Kid’s Club that is jam-packed with activities and even babysitting services should mom and dad fancy a couples massage at the luxurious Willow Stream Spa.

Located near the popular coastal town of Ballito, the beaches and seafront views are simply superb.

Ibhayi Town Lodge – Port Elizabeth

If you’re looking for a calm family holiday away from the crowds, then Ibhayi Lodge is a great choice. Situated in the heart of the Friendly City, Ibhayi Town Lodge offers family rooms with private patios, wonderful garden views and a swimming pool.

Little ones need a day out? The buzzing Port Elizabeth beachfront, with an array of dining options, is only 10 minutes away. The lodge also assists in arranging day trips to the surrounding game reserves.

A Cherry Lane Self Catering and B&B – Bloemfontein

A Cherry Lane is the perfect stop over for a road-tripping family. It’s situated just south of Bloem on a peaceful small holding with easy access to the N1 and the nearby Windmill Casino. After all those hours in the car, the swimming pool and playground are sure to be a godsend!

The self-catering family unit has a double en-suite bedroom with a king-size bed, a second bedroom with a double and bunk bed, a sleeper couch in the living room and a second bathroom. The unit also features a private terrace and braai area.

Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel – Johannesburg

When it comes to fun family outings, nothing really beats good old Gold Reef City. Keep the fun going and book a stay at the Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel. Free access to the theme park and pools is included in your stay and there are plenty of family-friendly dining options around.

The Farm Inn Country Hotel & Wildlife Sanctuary – Pretoria

True to its name, The Farm Inn Country Hotel and Wildlife Sanctuary is a genuine urban safari. Located on the eastern side of Pretoria, this wildlife sanctuary boasts no less than 23 indigenous species – lion, leopard and cheetah among them.

The Farm Inn, being a longstanding family business, has plenty to offer when it comes to keeping the kids occupied: game drives with optional animal interaction packages, pony rides, a farmyard zoo and a jungle gym surrounded by large playground areas. Accommodation options include family units in the hotel as well as a self-catering unit.

By Jana van der Linde 

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