Wondering which national parks are suitable for kids? We’ve rounded up the best kid-friendly game parks in South Africa, from the Western Cape all the way up to Gauteng!
A roundup of SA’s best kid-friendly game parks
Bontebok National Park offers educational holiday programs for kids that includes interpretive walks, learning about spiders and reptiles, and learning about the San and Khoi-Khoi people’s traditional way of life. There’s a picnic spot at Die Stroom that conveniently has a large jungle gym, braai facilities, and seating for family groups.
Although it is situated in a rugged landscape, Kgalagadi prides itself in the fact that it caters for all members of the family, regardless of their ages. You can pick up a kids’ activity book at reception and even go for a family night drive. The great thing about this option is that you have the game viewer to yourself. If the kids get fussy, you can head back at any time. For active families, the marked trail within the camp is perfect.
With guided horse trails in the Zuurberg Mountains and a hop-on guide vehicle, there’s a lot for kids to see and do in Addo. At the Ulwazi Interpretive Centre, kids are treated to an abundance of information with interactive displays. Some fun things to do include the geology puzzle, the fossil dig, and of course the elephant whisper dishes.
With interesting walks for adventurers of all shapes and sizes, Golden Gate is the place where families can look to explore nature as a unit. For the little ones, there are pony rides. For the tweens, the abseiling delivers a safe yet fun adrenalin rush. After you explore the park, be sure to swing by The Golden Gate Hotel for a meal that tastes like it’s straight from heaven!
Garden Route National Park is a haven for kids and the reasons why aren’t too hard to see. The Wilderness Section features a jungle gym and slides. It also has a pool, table tennis and swimming at Wilderness Beach. In the Tsitsikamma Section, kids can enjoy nature walks in the fynbos reserve. They can also check out the kiddies’ forest adventures, nature’s valley camp for kids, and Nature’s Valley Treasure Hunt. In the Knysna Section, there’s the Forest Legends Museum and the Ellie Skellie.