South Africa is a country of natural beauty and diversity. In every part of the country, there are amazing views, heritage sights, game reserves or places of historical significance.These sights and sounds of the rainbow nation are perfect for family exploration and introducing children to the world of travel and tourism. Below are the 10 best places to visit with kids in South Africa.
Kruger National Park – Kruger National Park is South Africa’s quintessential nature reserve. Measuring 19 633 square kilometers and home to the Big 5, children will have a time of their lives watching animals. You can make this fun by making a list of your sightings, have a vote and present the best one with an award. A brunch cook up at one of the many picnic spots is also an absolute must.
Cape Point, Cape Town -This place has been sighted as the place where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. It offers a rare view from the tip of the Cape Peninsula and the game reserve offers an array of unique wildlife sighting opportunities. Apart from watching Elands and Ostritches, there are also a number of walking trails and secluded beaches.You can also capture pictures with the kids at the old lighthouse.
Hall in the Wall, Coffee Bay – Hole-in-the-Wall is located about 8km south of the tiny Wild Coast village of Coffee Bay and about 86km from the city of Mthatha on mostly gravel roads with loads of potholes. Be sure to capture your kids imaginations by telling them a few fascinating historical tales about the wild coasts with its many stories of shipwrecks and the Khosa heritage.
Panorama Route, Mpumalanga – You and your children can count on the Panorama Route to take you along all Mpumalangas most spectacular spots such as Gods Window, Wonder View, the Pinnacle, Bourkes Luck Potholes and Three Rondawels.You wil also get a chance to see an array of waterfalls including Libson Falls, Berlin Falls and Mac Mac Falls as well as the goldrush ton of Pilgrims Rest.You can look forward to having an old fashioned family shot taken at Pilgrims Rest.
Hector Pieterson Memorial -The Hector Pieterson Memorial is one place every child and young person must see.This memoral site embodies the countrys tumultuous history and the atrocities of Apartheid. Children can learn how young people stood up for their rights in 1976.
Union Buildings and Jacaranda Trees – The Union Buildings in Pretoria is the centre of power.The host city of Pretoria also during the Jacaranda season provides a breathtaking purple display over roughly an eight week period in late spring each year.You can start the tour by walking the streets and showing the trees and their delicate flowers off to your kids close up, then take them up to the Union Buildings to enjoy a spectacular panoramic view.
Clarens -Clarens, nicknamed the jewel of the Free State province is a small town situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains.This town is endowed with a unique and outstanding landscape. Once you are in Clarens, you can enjoy arts, crafts, galleries and trendy shopping spots.There are also a number of sports and leisure activities such as hiking, horse riding, flyfishing, golf, tennis, bowls and squash.
The above listed attractions should prove attractive and worthwhile to your children.