South Africa With KidsOur Family Gap Year Destination and Accommodation Guide
South Africa is an extremely family and kid friendly destination!
Cost summary for 34 days in South Africa for a family of 4 including all airfare, car rental, transportation, accommodations, excursions, food, groceries and everything down to a stick of gum:
Total cost for 34 days: $5,221.40
Daily average: $153.57
Transport (including 34-day rental car): $904.71
Insiders Quick tip: Ditch the Lonely Planet Guide Book and pick up a free Alternative Route backpackers accommodations guide book from any hostel. They are everywhere. Call for accommodations from the book and reserve with your name. You do not need to leave a credit card and this will allow you to change accommodations without having to pay a cancellation fee if you book online!
There are plenty of family accommodations options (see the quick tip above), well-stocked shops, sunshine, safe beaches, high hygiene standards, wild animals, babysitters, and burgers on tap.
Hotels and guest lodges usually provide discounts for children under 12, and children under age 2 sharing with parents are usually allowed to stay for free. Ages and discounts vary considerably, however, so it’s best to check beforehand.
South Africa also has a large number of excellent self-catering cottages.
Bear in mind that many operators in private game reserves are loathe to accept children under 12 (although Schotia Safari’s does). Because prophylactics are not recommended for those under 5, choose a malaria-free area (i.e not Kruger Park), or visit during a dry winter.
If you want to have a good time traveling with kids make sure to rent a car.
Family Gap Year Trip to South Africa (Aug 10 – Sept 11) 31 days
I would start out by purchasing well-priced tickets on the city tour bus which will take you everywhere you need to go. Buy a two day ticket to get all the benefits. Visit the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain,
From Cape Town you travel along the coast of flowers to Hermanus.
Hermanus is well known for its whale watching in Whale Season (July – November). Out of Whale Season is Hermanus a nice coastal place to visit and for the adventurous once you can dive with the Great White Sharks.
We decided to stay in Wilderness because of it’s location.
6. Knysna (Township Tours and Home Stays)
Some people recommend staying in Knysna, and this may be a reasonable option as well. We made it a day trip from our hostel in wilderness. Knysna is a tourist hub and there is a lot of shopping and small places to eat. There is also a ferry ride that we only read about.
For us, it was all about the township tour with Emzini Tours.
Plettenberg Bay is a perfect stop for families. It has nice family beaches, a quaint downtown, reasonably price accommodations (on the off season at least) and great activities for adults and kids alike.
Tenikwa and the wild cat experience: Spend time with Cheetahs
Drive to one of the most popular places in the Wild Coast called Coffee Bay.
You drive through a scenic area with very little development and building. This area is the former Transkei, which was the area where the Xhosa’s lived.
As it is quite a drive to get to Coffee Bay you will have one more day to explore the area. At your hotel you can book a day excursion to the natural site, The Hole in the Wall or a cultural tour which will learn you about the live and culture from this area. Overnight in Coffee Bay.
St. Lucia was formed about 60 to 100 million years ago when the Indian Ocean withdrew from the sandy coastal regions of Kwazulu Natal.
The greater St.Lucia Wetlands is one of the world’s great eco-tourism destinations. The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance has listed St.Lucia as having international conservation value. The region also satisfies the criteria for listing as a UNESCO World Heritage area.
The main attractions here are the Hippo, a safari through the St. Lucia Wetlands and as a jumping point for Hluhluwe-iMolozi Park