Wondering where to take the kids over the school holidays in South Africa? Whether you’re planning your annual family getaway or you are looking for ideas on what to do in your part of the country, we have put together a list of the top 5 places in SA to take the kids these holidays. Here are some of our suggestions:
Where to Take the Kids Over the School Holidays in South Africa
Start planning a family getaway to remember with these top ideas for unforgettable school holidays in South Africa.
1. Sci-Bono Discovery Centre
Situated in Newtown, Johannesburg, Sci-Bono is an educational science center offering over 350 interactive maths, science and technology exhibits. It’s open every day (except for Christmas and Good Friday). Holiday programmes are run to keep enquiring minds stimulated – look out for the 2019 June-July programme that offers a wide range of activities. Themed around the periodic table of elements and chemicals, highlights include workshops, shows and activities. The centre also offers daily planetarium shows.
2. Vredenheim Animal Farm
If you’re looking for a fun day out in the heart of the Cape Winelands, Vredenheim Animal Farm in Stellenbosch is sure to be a rewarding outing for kids and adults alike. This farm is home to a variety of animals ranging from cows to goats, rabbits and chickens. There is a great play park, fitted with a jungle gym, sandpit and bicycle track. Party spots are also offered for birthdays and other festivities. Other highlights include a big cat park, tractor rides, and a spot for parents to relax while kids enjoy all that the farm has to offer.
3. Piggly Wiggly
Piggly Wiggly lies in the beautiful KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, on the Midlands Meander. This route itself is rewarding for families but no visit to the Midlands is complete without a day at Piggly Wiggly. Along with a great selection of shops and restaurants, there are also many activities for kids to enjoy. From candle dipping to mini golf, the Piggly Zip Line, the Lions River Railway, a large lawn for running loose and a kids playground, little ones will be able to work off steam while grown-ups relax and unwind.
4. Kruger National Park
Lying between Limpopo and Mpumalanga, Kruger National Park is without a doubt one of the world’s most iconic wildlife destinations. This massive game reserve spans across a staggering 19,485 km², with a number of camps to be found within this massive park. Kruger National Park also offers day trips and various activities for visitors of all ages. This is where you will see the Big 5 in their natural habitat as well as thousands of other mammals, birds, insects and creatures. Accommodation can be found in many parts of the park if you’re planning a longer stay but day trips are also possible.
5. Birds of Eden
A slice of paradise in the heart of the Garden Route, Birds of Eden lies in Plettenberg Bay. This one-of-a-kind two hectare dome contains a natural forest, with free-flying birds of many different species. In total, there are a staggering 3,500 birds found here, from over 220 species. Budding nature-lovers of all ages will be enchanted as they watch birds flying through this covered wonderland. The sanctuary is self-guided and guided tours are also offered for those wanting to learn more about the species of birds found here.
On behalf of the Kidico team, we wish you and your family the most rewarding school holidays in South Africa.