South Africa family safari holiday Cape Town

South Africa family holidays

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Overview
South Africa family holidays
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South Africa family holidays have long captured the imagination.

Even those yet to set foot on the continent are likely to be familiar with the iconic names of Cape Town, Table Mountain and the Kruger National Park.

South Africa is rightly famed for its social and ethnic diversity which has earned it the nickname the ‘Rainbow Nation’.

This vivid moniker can equally be applied to its eclectic and colourful landscapes, shaped over millennia by oceans, mountains and deserts.

There are nine provinces to explore, each with its own character. Like us, you will quickly discover that one visit might not be enough.

Overview
South Africa family holidays
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South Africa family safari holiday Cape Town
Where is South Africa?

As the name suggests, South Africa occupies the southernmost expanse of the African continent. It is surrounded on three sides by oceans, boasting the longest coastline in sub-Saharan Africa.

To the north, South Africa shares borders with Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). The nation also entirely encompasses the mountain kingdom of Lesotho.

South Africa regions to visit
South Africa family safari holiday Kruger Sabi Sands
What to do on South Africa family holidays?

The list is long! You’ll probably want to look down over Cape Town from Table Mountain and take in a luxury South Africa safari from a world class lodge. Who wouldn’t? Equally the cetacean charms of Hermanus and the call of a road trip along the Garden Route will be hard to ignore.

Beaches range from wild in the west to palm fringed in the east. In between you might stumble across world-class surfing breaks and a migration of several million sardines. Hike while vultures soar effortlessly overhead in the high Drakensberg or explore the southern border of the Kalahari Desert where meerkats stand guard. At the sites of the Anglo Boer and Anglo Zulu battlefields, be transported back as passionate raconteurs bring South Africa’s oft contested history to life.

South Africa family holidays can include all of the above but will let your children take centre stage.

South Africa experiences
South Africa family safari holiday Cape Town
Where to stay on South Africa family holidays?

South Africans know how to play host. Safari lodges range from opulent to laid back but will consistently offer exceptional guiding, great food and a warm welcome.

In Cape Town you will find larger family friendly hotels rubbing shoulders with contemporary, boutique properties. Look beyond Cape Town and your safari, and you will encounter charming country retreats and breezy coastal escapes.

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Best time to visit

Cape Town and the surrounding areas see warm settled weather during the summer months of November to March. The southern hemisphere’s winter (June to September) brings cooler, unsettled weather but is the best time for whale watching.

For the interior and northeast, summer equates to hot with the potential for rain. However, the rains are seldom disruptive and this season brings new life and returning migratory birds. The winter here is pleasantly warm and reliably dry.

The transitional months of April, May and October are often a good bet if you are keen to explore all corners of the country.

Best time to visit South Africa
South Africa family safari holiday Cape Town
Who should go to South Africa?

Anyone and everyone!

The beauty of South Africa lies in its flexibility. Wherever there is something to see, your hosts will make it accessible and engaging for visitors of all ages.

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Experiences
Our favourite South Africa experiences

Search for the fabled Big Five in the Sabi Sands, snorkel with great white sharks in the Cape, and hit the open road along the Garden Route.

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Why travel with Coral Tree?

We are the specialists in luxury Africa family safari holidays

We are Africa experts and also parents. We understand what makes a memorable family adventure.

Our knowledge and connections are unsurpassed

We have been living and working in African tourism for over two decades.

Every journey is tailored with your specific wishes in mind

No off-the-shelf packages or cookie-cutter itineraries. Unique family safaris.

Each trip funds grassroots conservation and girls education projects

You pay no more for the privilege, we support causes close to our hearts.

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