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Family vacations give you the opportunity to bond, increase familiarity and intimacy, and create incredible memories.

They’re also slightly harder to plan – especially when it comes to deciding where to go or what to do.

Sometimes you don’t have too much of a choice when it comes to where, as many of us head to where the rest of our family lives. What we can help you with, though, is plenty of choice when it comes to family entertainment wherever you travel to.

Take a look at our top family activities across South Africa, complete with a brief rundown on why you should go there.

WESTERN CAPE

Slippery, summer slides

Adventure Land in Plettenberg Bay includes a variety of exciting rides, whether you want something more adventurous or less strenuous for the rest. You can enjoy a 75metre super tube, a raging rapid tube, a 12metre free fall slide, and mini versions for the kids.

Not only that, but there’s also trampolines, jungle gyms, waterslides, a 3.5km cross-country trail on a semi-automatic quad bike, a smaller track for the younger kids, and braai facilities and a take-out kiosk.

KWAZULU-NATAL

Take the Train

If ever there was a fun way to transport your family across KZN, then an authentic historic steam train it is. The Umgeni Steam Train is one of the oldest railway tracks in South Africa, having been built in 1908.

A 45-minute journey will take you up some of the steepest railway gradients in the country, through one of the oldest running tunnels, and give you a view of the spectacular Valley of a Thousand Hills.

Watch out for sharks

The Natal Sharks Board is truly unique. Not only does it service 320km of KZN coastline with shark nets and drumlines, but it also conducts research into sharks and offers a public education programme.

Their Umhlanga headquarters offers displays of lifelike replicas of sharks, fish, and rays, an audiovisual presentation, and even a dissection of a real shark!

GAUTENG

Yeesh! Fun For Kids

Designed by a qualified child psychologist, Yeesh challenges children and improves their development while they’re having fun.

This is a great (supervised) place for children aged four to 12, and includes pottery, T-shirt painting, sand art, and a double-storey obstacle course with slides, trampolines, a jumping castle, and multiple soft play obstacles.

Wondering what to do with children under four? There’s also a mini version for them!

Tree top adventures

Acrobranch offers fun for all ages, including the Yellow course where littles ones can have fun on the exciting monkey bridge and four different ziplines. The older kids will enjoy the more challenging and speedy Sprinting Cheetahs, located 3metres above the ground with 37 different challenges and an exciting 20metre zipline.

There are more advanced courses, like the Stalking Leopards where balance is tested on the Tarzan Swing, and the challenging Hunting Lion, which offers 47 obstacles 9metres above the ground and long ziplines.

NORTHERN CAPE

Klein-Pella

Klein-Pella is a great guest farm, set between Springbok and Pofadder, ideal for your family getaway. This spot provides you with peace in the deep Boesmanland and sample some tasty dates from the surrounding farms.

You can even take advantage of the fact that Pella is also a point of departure for epic Namakwa 4x4 routes.

EASTERN CAPE

Wild Coast fun

The Areena Riverside Resort, along the scenic Wild Coast area, offers a variety of accommodation options. While you’re there, you can enjoy a two-hour zipline tour with guides within the game reserve, canoeing, paintball, pellet gun target shooting, quad bike safaris, game drives, and an entire children’s play area with pool, playground and touch farmyard.

A natural experience

The Kragga Kamma Game Park near Port Elizabeth allows your family to see wild animals in their natural habitat, including white rhino, cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, and other animals all roaming freely.

If you’ve chosen to stay longer than a day, you can choose from fully-equipped, self-catering thatched lodges and luxury tents.

Tea in the trees

Cintsa is home to Tea in the Trees, an idyllic thatched cottage located in a shady setting next to the farmhouse and workshop.

Treat the family to a delicious breakfast, lunch or brunch, full of home-made delicacies, and enjoy forest walks and cycling along the paths. There’s even a playground for the kids to explore while you wander through the craft and produce market.

FREE STATE

Berry picking delight

Bon-Af Berry Farm is a delicious experience, with a guided tour of the orchard and the chance to pick a variety of berries. You’ll get to stock your special container with blackberries, gooseberries, elderberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, and Black Nightshade, and then stop for a rest at the tea garden. There’s even a petting zoo and a nearby museum!

Driving around the country with your family can be a source of wonderful memories, especially when your trip is peppered with amazing activities. Amidst the fun, though, don’t forget to have your car checked out before each trip.

We want you to return home as you left it: in one piece. Lastly, don’t forget to make sure that you have the right car insurance policy. Get an insurance quote from Auto & General today, so that we can make sure that your risk is responsibly managed. 

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