Trust me, if anyone can talk about family, I am the one. When you have some time, I’ll introduce you to my girls!

I have had many opportunities to travel around Africa in their company. In the car, they replace the radio quite well. And are also the best (or worst?) guinea pigs when it comes to scan a new hotel.

Without hesitation, they inspect each and every corner of the place that welcomes them. From the minibar, to all the shampoos and shower gels that they don’t mind finishing, to the pool temperature and the breakfast menu. They do not leave anything to chance for the management of the hotel, resort or lodge, who might have probably preferred the visit of an inspector from the Michelin guide. I’m telling you, they are restless and take their mission very seriously.

Luckily in South Africa we do have places, lodges or hotels that pass the test with flying colors and feed their needs. Places who know how to please the children as much as the parents.

Herewith, in this 27th newsletter you will discover our TOP 10 best resorts, hotels, activities that we recommend to those who want to travel as a family.

And Trust me, if anyone can talk about family, I am the one!

Click on our top 10 items to discover Southern Africa's best for you and your little ones.

One & Only Cape Town

Urban oasis for the entire family!

At the V&A Waterfront, on Cape Town’s foreshore, the One & Only takes looking after it’s young guests to a whole new level! The “Kids Only Club” (from 4 to 11 years old) offers a variety of activities and has an impressive clubhouse filled with everything from the latest gadgets, a reading area, computer room and an exclusive garden. Relax by the pool on the spa-island surrounded by palm trees while your little explorers take part in a treasure hunt in the harbour.

The club also has cooking classes for your future chefs as well as African dance and singing classes that will keep your children entertained while you’re shopping up a storm at the Waterfront’s luxurious boutiques. On the hotel’s doorstep, come and discover the marine world: from seal watching, to a visit of the aquarium and its sharks, from a cruise on the Pirate Boat to a cultural tour of Robben Island, it is the ideal destination for a fun-filled family holiday!

South Africa

Cape Town



Pezula

Paradise for daddy golfer and his family!

Along the heart of the Garden Route and bordering the Indian Ocean, Pezula offers a wide range of activities for children. While dad is busy improving his swing on one of the most spectacular and picturesque golf courses in the world and mum is relaxing at the spa, the kids are having fun at “The Puppy Club” (from 3 years old). A team of qualified and dedicated child minders encourage children to play outdoors, interact with each other and learn about nature.

Tennis, horse riding, canoeing, mountain biking and water activities will entertain and delight the little ones. The family can gather for a picnic lunch on the beach or for dinner at Zacharry’s restaurant. The chef did not forget about children’s taste buds by creating a special kids menu with all their favourite dishes.

South Africa

Knysna - Garden Route



Canopy Tree Tour

A unique eco-wilderness adventure

An activity for any kid or adult in search of emotions and wishing to monkey in the forest! (with a full security system…). From 7 years old onwards you can go on an original path high up in the trees, jump from one branch or platform to the other and therefore discover the earth from another point of view.

A pure eco experience to learn the indigenous flora (there is a guide) while having fun. The tour last more or less 2h30/3h. Vertigo sickness please avoid.

South Africa

Tsitsikama - Garden Route



Ulusaba Private Game Reserve

Come discover the Big 5 with your mini-rangers!

At the border of the Kruger National Park, Sir Richard Branson’s private reserve takes very special care of the mini-rangers and their parents. On arrival at Rock Lodge, cubs of all ages (until 11 years old) get an explorer backpack filled with games and surprises. Enjoy your safari and feel carefree and relaxed knowing your children are having fun at the “Ulusaba Cub’s Club”. The day starts with a treasure hunt followed by a safari walk around the lodge to spot birds, insects and lizards. The rangers will be more than happy to tell them about the bush and to teach them to identify animals.

The club has a reading and a TV room with Nintendo Wii for your computer addicts. For your little princess, the Cub’s Spa offers special children treatments like “Melman the Giraffe massage” and “Gloria the hippo’s manicure”. On those hot afternoons, your cubs will be invited to the swimming pool for games and ice cream. Share your discoveries around a Boma dinner and after a long day, bedtime stories can be arranged in the lounge complete with milk and cookies to help your children get ready for bed.

South Africa

Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve



Indigo Bay

Sophisticated family holiday

This is the perfect vacation spot for families who appreciate the finer things in life all gathered together on an idyllic island! A center of diving, fishing and water sports, Indigo Bay offers 30 beach Villas and 14 fully equipped two bed roomed Luxury Villa’s, all superbly located! By choosing the Bazaruto Archipelago and Indigo Bay Lodge, your will be able to relax completely in the most beautiful surroundings, knowing that your children will not be bored for one minute.

While your sweethearts will enjoy their first dive supervised by professionals, you can choose to chill at the pool, sip cocktails with your feet in the sand (try caipirinha!), or enjoy pampering at the luxurious spa ... It is also the perfect opportunity to get together with your children and enjoy magic moments between dips in the pool, fishing between father and son, snorkeling excursions, first attempts at water skiing or sunset cruising at the end of the day ... I can already hear the laughter of your children!

Mozambique

Bazaruto Archipelago



Sun City

Great Fun for children & adults!

A colleague recently told me that after visiting almost all of Southern Africa with his family, Sun City remained his children’s favorite vacation destination. Not surprising! Sun City is internationally known as the fun "Mecca" for children and adults. Enter this Aqua resort and let yourself be tempted by skydiving, parasailing, jet skiing, water skiing, and other amazing activities! The youngest ones can splash in the many pools with giant slides, waterfalls and waves.

Once out of the water, the fun continues with Mini cars, Putt – Putt, Trampolines, scenic train Bumper Boats, Play Ground, arcade games and so many other activities to discover. Finally, with daycare, baby sitting, kids clubs and teen clubs, you are guaranteed the best service for your children of all ages.

South Africa

Pilanesberg National Park



Tuningi Safari Lodge

Malaria-free Safaris

Thinking of going on a Safari trip, but hesitant because of the young age of your children? Look no further, we found the perfect place: the Tuningi Safari Lodge, situated in the Madikwe Reserve, offers an impressive Big 5 safari experience for families in a Malaria-free environment.

Tuningi is one of the very few 5-star lodges in South Africa that allows children and in doing so, introduces them to the wonders of nature, wildlife and our delicate eco-system. This property, with a "Colonial African chic” style (no less!) has two family suites designed to accommodate 4 people at once, allowing you to stay all together. The dedicated team there will ensure to entertain your children by offering them a range of activities tailored to different ages.

South Africa

Madikwe Private Game Reserve



Kurland Luxury Hotel

Kiddies Rooms for real!

The biggest attraction and thing to see at Kurland are the fantastic children's bedrooms, decorated with a lot of charm and little extra attentions; for example, you will find a different teddy bear for each child on the beds in the rooms. This 700 hectares estate includes a polo center and welcomes you in luxurious and historic surroundings, offering the whole family big open spaces and quality service. You will find many activities on the estate, such as horse riding, swimming (an extra pool designed especially for younger children), a games room and toddlers can even go into Kurland’s superb kitchen and experiment and make up their own menu as a fun thing to do.

Baby sitting service is also provided at Kurlands. For the curious ones the surroundings offer a lot of unusual visits and excursions to suit all: interact with the elephants of Knysna, do a dolphin cruise in Plettenberg Bay, visit the monkey park "Monkeyland" or have walk or even hike in the surrounding woods...

South Africa

Plettenberg Bay - Garden Route



Zambezi Sun

Family stay on the edge of one of the Seven Wonders of the World!

Zambezi Sun is located in the heart of "The Falls Resort" at the edge of the spectacular Victoria Falls in Zambia. The hotel is welcoming, decorated in a warm style with inspired African village architecture. Once at the falls, you will find that many of the activities are suitable for the whole family. From the classics such as cruises or helicopter flights, to more adventurous activities such as rafting or even crazier, Bungee jumping, there's something for all ages.

The Zambezi Sun Hotel has a children club (2 to 12 years) where your children are safe under the watchful eye of expert nannies, offering you the opportunity to escape.

Zambia

Victoria Falls



Gauteng and Zululand Culture

Sharing in South Africa

South Africa is an ideal destination to expand your children’s minds. Near Johannesburg, the Maropeng Hotel is a great place to start with a visit to the Cradle of Humankind. The museum hosts a fun exhibition of the fantastic archeological discoveries of the area. Once in Johannesburg you can visit Soweto, by bike (why not ?) to meet real local people.

For a complete change of scenery, The Simunye Hotel offers you the great opportunity to spend a night in a Zulu village. From the transfer to the lodge, either by ox wagon or horseback, you will have already gone back in time. During your stay at Simunye, story tellers will show you their ancestral Zulu culture. After diner, your children will be enthralled by traditional dances to rhythmic African drumming. And when their eyes start closing, you will retire to your rondavels, an African thatched chalet.

South Africa

Gauteng and Zulu Land



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Your idea of ultimate luxury ?

Doing what I want to whenever, wherever, however!!!

What calms your stress ?

I simply ignore the thing that’s giving me stress, it works ;)

If you win the roulette 9 times in a row, do you carry on because luck is on your side or do you stop playing because statistically you should now be losing ?

Roulette? What’s that? Lol

Is there a superstition that make you change your behaviour ?

Nope, don’t believe in superstition

If you were sent to a deserted island what book, disc or movie would you take with?

A dozen crossword puzzle books + my entire cd collection

A small pleasure that you consider huge?

Buying shoes!!

Your way to kill time?

Watching re-runs of my favourite movies

What are you totally incompetent in?

Playing sports LOL :-)

To what are you addicted?

To being happy

Your new year’s resolutions?

LOL that ended on the 02 January and I can’t remember what it was

What have you not done yet, but that you will certainly do one day?

Go to Mozambique

To which other part of the world would you move to without any hesitation?

Namibia!!!!!!!

A word or a phrase that you hate?

I don’t know (no, not me not knowing, people saying I don’t know)

If you were to reincarnate into someone from real life who would it be?

Me, myself and I :-)