Family South Africa

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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 luxury 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.

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Planning a successful family holiday takes a similar amount of organisation and fortitude as a small scale military operation. But fear not, our team of specialists (many of whom are parents themselves) are here to take the stress out of the planning process so those toddler tantrums and teenage meltdowns are kept to a minimum.

From our carefully curated Sharky & George fun packs, which keep children entertained on those long journeys, to knowing the most family-friendly hotels and holding client focus groups, we pride ourselves on making sure that you have the best family holiday imaginable because there's no more important time together.

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Isabel is our 'Family South Africa ' expert and as a seasoned traveller has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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