South Africa for Families

South Africa Family Holidays

South Africa is one of our most popular family holiday destinations and it is not hard to see why. South Africa has majestic mountains, beautiful beaches, wonderful wildlife and fantastic family-friendly lodges. It is also probably the best place in Africa to take your family on safari.

We are a ABTA & ATOL bonded tour operator specialising in family holidays and we know South Africa inside out. Our team have travelled extensively in South Africa and have tried and tested our itineraries with our own children, from babies to teenagers.

We know every family is unique, so get in touch and we'll work with you to organise a trip that will blow everyone in your family's socks off!

Don't just take our word for it

Our South Africa Family Holidays are rated 5 out of 5

South Africa was fab! We loved it! Amazing all round - Thankyou. Best family holiday ever!!!

Accommodation was great at both Rhino Ridge and Thonga Beach Lodge, guides lovely, staff great. We saw more animals than ever expected: giraffes, lion, elephants, water hog, wilder beast, impala, white rhino, crocodiles, hippos in Lake Sybia and monkeys in trees at Thonga Beach Lodge

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Highlights of South Africa For Families

Cape Town and the Garden Route

The Garden Route is a perennial favourite for families.

In a pitch-perfect two week holiday you can enjoy one of the world's most beautiful cities, explore beautiful national parks and beaches and see penguins, elephants and lion in their natural habitat.

We have value, classic and luxury garden route family itineraries:

Fabulous Family Safaris

South Africa is arguably the best place in Africa to take your family on safari.

There are family friendly safari camps, children's safari programs and the malaria free reserves of the Eastern Cape and Madikwe.

South Africa also happens to offer the best value safari in Africa.

We recommend combining safari with a relaxing beach holiday either on the KwaZulu Natal Coast or the tropical Island of Mauritius:

And More Besides

However, there is more to South Africa than just Cape Town, the Garden Route and Safari. There is the Karoo, The Drakensberg Mountains, Battlefields, the wilds of the iSimisalango Wetlands and the stunning Waterberg. And you can easily combine South Africa with the thundering Victoria Falls, a great combination for families with older teenagers.

If you are just getting started see all our recommended South Africa itineraries for families, and read some of our personal tips for travelling in South Africa with kids.

But to make life easy for you, why not get in touch with us. It doesn't cost anything to have a quick chat and we are genuinely happy to prepare a tailor-made itinerary for your family with absolutely no obligations.

Itineraries

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Fantastic value safari & beach combination in KwaZulu-Natal. Enjoy big 5 safari and relaxed beach time.

Tailor-made Classic 1 week

Adults from $2,045 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,052 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,340 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,052 per person economy class from London

A holiday of a lifetime. Spend 4 days exploring the best of Cape Town, before heading to Kruger for world class safari.

Tailor-made Luxury 8 days

Families from $2,505 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,447 per person economy class from London

Designed by Locals & Experts

We know our onions. Our specialists have vast experience of their destinations.

Sensible prices guaranteed

Our prices are often better than booking direct. We'll match any quote from a UK or US Tour operator.

Safe & Secure

As a comprehensively bonded ATOL and ABTA tour operator with 24/7 emergency support we've got your back.

Accommodation

Sanbona Gondwana Lodge

Sanbona Game Reserve

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Big Five Safari Lodge
- Family Friendly
- Interconnecting Rooms
- Kids on Safari program

Tilney Manor

Sanbona Game Reserve

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Historic Luxury Lodge
- 6 Luxury Suites
- Breathtaking Karoo Views
- Big Five Safari

La Cle des Montagnes

Cape Winelands

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Set on a working vineyard
- Short walk from town centre
- Beautifully presented property
- Intimate, welcoming atmosphere
- Great for wine enthusiasts

The Plettenberg

Plettenberg Bay

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Deluxe hotel with panoramic ocean views
- Superb ‘Garden Route’ location
- Two pools, spa, fine dining
- Short walk to beaches and activities

Cape Grace

Cape Town

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- High-end luxury hotel
- Amazing room views
- Central but secluded location
- Great service for all ages

Mount Anderson Ranch

Greater Kruger

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Exclusive-use
- Designed for families
- Horse riding and fly-fishing
- Incredible location in Mt. Anderson

Tswalu - The Motse

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Huge private game-viewing reserve
- Outstanding services
- Spectacular views of savannah
- Family friendly

Tswalu - Tarkuni

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Family Friendly
- Incredible location
- Hot air balloon safari
- Great game to spot nearby

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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