5 Best Family Holiday Destinations in Southern Africa


The school holidays are almost here, giving families some much-needed time to recharge.

If you haven’t yet planned a getaway, southern Africa, with all its spectacular regions, offers holiday destinations that are unique – and perfect for a family break.

Here are 5 of the best southern African countries to explore with your family…


Best Family Holiday Destinations in Southern Africa


Taking the scenic route from Johannesburg to Windhoek, Namibia by car would be a 15-hour road trip, while by plane it’s no more than an hour and a half away. The country offers loads of activities and natural scenery to busk and reconnect in. Enjoy quad-biking on endless sand dunes or take it easy with walks through the Klein Windhoek Valley.


For a beautiful coastal destination that a family with older children can enjoy, Mozambique may be the answer, especially at this time of year when the festive season rush has subsided. The rand is also significantly stronger than the Mozambican metical, so there’s more value for money. For older kids, the destination’s coastal region offers many water sports, and the adults can enjoy the view while waiting for fresh prawns sizzling over the fire.


For a wildlife getaway, visit Botswana. Enjoy some of the most memorable game sighting on the continent. This safari-perfect destination has guided tours and game drives – just make sure that game farms are in fact family friendly as some may not accommodate kids younger than 12.

South Africa

For a rich and abundant combination of nature, city life, and coastal destinations, South Africa has you covered. The country has a multitude of activities for all age groups, is largely easy to navigate and offers budget-friendly as well as luxurious accommodation options. Take your pick of any province, with a few definitely worth seeing on a road trip.


Swaziland is an idyllic destination for the adrenaline-seeking family, ready to take on the outdoors. The people of Swaziland are known for their warmth and hospitality, and the natural landscape is beautiful and enchanting. From mountain bike trails and canoeing to horse riding, you can turn your family getaway into an activity-filled experience where nothing but new memories are created.


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