Activities for Children in Southern Africa

Southern Africa is a great place to travel with kids. Two of our kids have been travelling there with us since they were in the womb and all 3 have all been there every couple of years since birth.

Activities younger kids will love

  • All the amazing animals, birds, plants, place and people of southern Africa
    • Read more in a blog about camping in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park by our 14 year old daughter Rhian here
    • Read more in a blog about Kruger birdlife by 12 year old guest blogger Alize here
  • Spending time with the African penguins in Cape Town (all ages)
  • Doing the canopy tour (zip-lining) at Victoria Falls (all ages)
  • Valley of the Waves water park and zip-lining, Sun City (all ages)
    • Read more in a blog written by our kids here
  • Desert animal tours in Namibia (all ages)
  • Sunset drives and night drives in national parks (minimum age 6 years)
    • Read more in a blog by 12 year old guest blogger Nicky here
  • Some luxury lodges have children’s programs, including child care and special game drives (all ages)
  • Playing in the sand at many of the camp sites (our kids judge camp sites by the quality of the sand!) (all ages)
  • Scooter tours of Cape Town and  Table Mountain Mountain (minimum age 4 years) and 
  • Cycling tour of Soweto (all ages)
  • Quad biking in the Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana (all ages)
  • Bike riding tours of townships, e.g. Soweto (all ages)
  • Segway tours of Durban (minimum age 10 years)
  • Pony riding in Lesotho (all ages)
  • Hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains (all ages)
  • Playing on the beaches of the Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal
  • Meerkat tours in South Africa and Botswana (all ages)
  • Kayak and lilo tour, Garden Route (minimum age 5 years)

Activities older kids and teenagers will love

  • White water rafting at Victoria Falls (minimum age 15 years)
    • Read more in a blog written by our 16 year old son here
  • Quad biking and sand boarding in Swakopmund, Namibia (if sharing, no minimum age. Own bike, minimum age 11 years)
    • Read more in a blog written by our son Kai here
  • Walking safaris in the national parks (minimum age 12 years)
  • Mountain biking down Sani Pass
  • Abseiling off Table Mountain (minimum age 10 years)
  • Paragliding in Cape Town
  • Scooter tours of Cape Town and  Table Mountain Mountain (minimum age 4 years)
  • Cycling tour of Soweto (all ages)
  • Quad biking in the Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana (all ages)
  • Bike riding tour of townships, e.g. Soweto (all ages)
  • Segway tours of Durban (minimum age 10 years)
  • Hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains (all ages)
  • Surfing in Jeffrey’s Bay, the Garden Route and Cape Town
  • Cheetah tracking, Mountain Zebra National Park, South Africa (minimum age 12 years)
  • 4 Wheel Driving in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia
  • Mountain bikes trails in Kruger National Park (minimum age 12 years)
  • Horse trails in Addo Elephant National Park (minimum age 16 years)

See our Kids Own page and Travelling with children blogs for more information and Contact Us so we can work with you to tailor-make a great family holiday in southern Africa!

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