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Five of the best family-friendly getaways in South Africa

South Africa is teeming with all kinds of holiday resorts. While these destinations are designed to cater for all kinds of needs, what with the swimming pools, restaurants games rooms, games courts and luxury facilities, there are only a few that were truly designed with whole family needs in mind. They are the places where you can experience fleeting holiday romance, form lifelong friendships and create strong bonds spending quality time in family friendly environments.

The Dolphin Holiday Resort, Ballito


This is a fabulous family camping resort located close to Ballito, just 50km from Durban. It is a restful setting in the midst of a sub-tropical forest next to a beach. From here, you can watch dolphins in their natural habit from the safety of the shoreline. The resort has a relaxed and welcoming feel that will give you that tranquil respite from the hustle and bustle of the City’s silly season. Enjoy meals with friends and family at the Waterberry Coffee Shop, but there is also a tea garden and a store. Guests get to enjoy a variety of activities in the games room, but there are also outdoor activities to enjoy with kids.

Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort



Experience nature’s bounty in this spectacular 860-hectare mountain setting which is also a UNESCO listed World Heritage site. There are lots of family fun activities to enjoy in these outdoors, such as hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, canoeing, trout fishing and swimming. Get fit exercising at the Resort’s fully equipped gym or visit the spa for a relaxing massage. There is a selection of room to fit every taste, from deluxe to standard, all in a superb setting. Hire a car in South Africa to accommodate your travel. 

Wild Coast Sun, Port Edward



Situated on one of South Africa’s most magnificent coastlines, the Wild Coast offers an unrivalled holiday experience. Everyone gets their choice in terms of entertainment options as there is a golf club, a casino, lively bars, great restaurants and an exciting water park called the Wild Waves to amuse the kids. The accommodation is superb, the views sublime. What more could you possibly want considering that there is a private beach and scenic views of the sea?

Forever Resort Gariep Dam, Free State



This scenic resort is located on the border of the Gariep Dam Nature Reserve, which is teeming with beautiful mountain zebra and a variety of antelope species. You can view game by boat and get to see the animals in their natural settings and enjoy a variety of water sports, from canoeing and jet skiing to sailing, windsurfing and rowing. The whole family can stay n the hotel or bring camping gear to spend the nights at the caravan park.

Sun City, North West Province



South Africa’s most famous glamour location is packed with everything you would every wish for if you are looking to enjoy an action-packed holiday. Families absolutely love it here considering that there is a lot to do, including a wave pool, a water park, and a beach. You can choose from any number of hotels that cater for all budgets and enjoy a range of activities, both daytime and night time. These include Vegas-style shows and safaris to the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve.


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