Family holidays in South Africa

Our tips for family safari holidays in South Africa's Cape

The Cape's excellent, malaria-free parks are a great destination for family safari holidays in South Africa. Choose between private villas and good-value places - many have facilities for self-catering that appeal especially to families on a tight budget. Moreover, the Cape is well-suited for self-drives, allowing you to explore at your own pace.

Many lodges in South Africa describe themselves as child-friendly and do accept children. Our on-the-ground experience in family safari holidays with small children enables us to pick those which actively welcome children rather than just accept them. These stand out for activities specifically designed for children; flexibility e.g. concerning meal times and children's dietary requests; child-friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere so that children can run around and let off a bit of steam. Most of the properties we've chosen don't have any age restrictions, yet you might need to book a private vehicle at an extra cost if you want to safari with very young children.

Our list of favourites highlights various accommodation options, including some great-value restcamps, usually booked for self-catering and self-drive trips. These give families the freedom to set their own schedule.

Delivering the same degree of flexibility but on the other end of the price scale are a couple of private villas and houses in South Africa where families can keep to themselves and children may feel at home. These usually come with a private guide, chef and safari vehicle.

Family safari holidays in South Africa's Cape: 22 great camps & lodges