Original Travel has selected the best family-friendly lodges in South Africa’s prime game reserves, on the malaria free Eastern Cape, and along the Cape coast.

Original Travel has selected the best family-friendly lodges in South Africa's prime game reserves, on the malaria free Eastern Cape, and along the Cape coast.

The malaria-free Madikwe Reserve and Waterberg plateau areas are perfect for family safari holidays and the best lodges there offer several excellent child-friendly activities.

Some of the safari lodges in the private concessions to the west of the Kruger National Park will also give children a wonderful introduction to the African bush, with all its extraordinary animal and plant life.

Further south and on the coast, there are hotels offering pony rides, tennis and mountain biking and near fine sandy beaches, or marine safaris to see whales, dolphins, seals and African penguins.

On the Eastern Cape, a couple of hours' drive from East London, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein is Thala, a private game reserve with a property that we are the exclusive UK representatives of, and which is ideal for exclusive hire for gatherings of extended family and friends.

Perfect for families

Family activity

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Where to go

Aerial View of Cape Town

Cape Town

Surely the ultimate 'winter sun' city break from the UK; endless appeal, and minimal time difference.

Vineyards of South Africa

The Winelands and Cape

Sample the many delights accessible via scenic drives from Cape Town, from wine tasting to whale watching, and countryside retreats.

Rhinos in cloudy skies

Eastern Cape

The second largest of South Africa’s nine provinces is a region of exceptional natural beauty and has so much to offer, particularly for families.

Lion in Kruger

Kruger National Park & Sabi Sands

The Kruger is South Africa’s oldest and largest nature reserve, covering an area of 7,700 square miles, roughly the same size as Wales.

Mountain Ridges


Often overlooked but offering a fascinating combination of game reserves, mountains, coastline and Zulu heritage.


South Africa

The 'Rainbow Nation' has it all.

What to do

Riding South Africa

Riding South Africa

The appeal of South Africa’s horseback safaris is that everyone from the tiniest tot to the deeply experienced riding traveller will find something here.

Where to stay

The beach at POD hotel, luxury hotel in Cape Town, South Africa


Camps Bay is without doubt Cape Town’s best beachfront district, packed with restaurants, bars, bodies beautiful and now – finally – a funky boutique hotel.

The main lodge at Singita Boulders, luxury safari camp in South Africa

Singita Boulders

On the banks of the Sand River in the Singita Private Game Reserve, Boulders Lodge takes contemporary African style - inspired by the striking boulders on site - to new levels.

Singita Lebombo

Singita Lebombo

Singita Lebombo is arguably South Africa’s most luxurious safari camp.

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Camel, Oman

Family Oman

Oman may not immediately spring to mind when thinking of good family-friendly destinations, but it certainly deserves to.

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Eleanor and Ra are our 'Family South Africa ' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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