Local weekend getaways for carefree family holidays

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Published 17 March 2020


South Africa is brimming with weekend getaways perfect for local families, large and small. But, it can be daunting with so many options. Luckily, we've compiled a list of our personal favourites, so you don't have to.

Top-notch weekend getaways for families

Wild Coast Sun, Port Edward, Eastern Cape/KZN

You'll find this gorgeous getaway between the Mtamvuna and Mzamba Rivers. Set on 750 acres of natural bush, this family-friendly resort overlooks the Indian Ocean.

The Wild Coast Sun offers rooms and suites to suit every family need. Choose from a variety of family-friendly experiences, from great restaurants to kids’ water parks, deep-sea fishing, surfing, bodyboarding, and scuba diving. The golf course is renowned for being one of the best championship golf courses in the country. 

Amongst its many attractions, Wild Coast Sun houses a world-class casino. And if lady luck proves in your favour, pop into Aladdin's, a quaint little store filled with trinkets and treasures.

Berg River Resort, Paarl, Western Cape

Situated in the heart of the Winelands, 60km from Cape Town, you'll find one of the most splendid spots for a family holiday.

Take your pick from the Berg River Resort's many accommodation options: cosy, two bedroomed family chalets, to caravans and superb camping spots. With numerous facilities, including an Olympic sized pool, kiddies pool, waterslide and river that invites swimming, the Berg River Resort doesn't disappoint. Hop into one of the canoes for a fun-filled afternoon and quality bonding time with the family. 

As a bonus, the resort is located near some excellent wine estates, golf courses, shops, and restaurants.

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Sun City, North West Province

More than just an international hotspot for golfing tournaments, Sun City prides itself on being a top holiday resort. It's home to the Valley of Waves, guaranteed fun for the whole family.

Practice your swing on both golf courses, designed by golfing legend, Gary Player. Wander through the Maze of the Lost City – a learning experience for young and old.
Embark on a thrilling family adventure and hop aboard a hot air balloon in Pilanesberg. Or keep your eyes peeled for the Big Five on a game drive.

Garden Route

The scenic stretch of the Garden Route winds its way from Mossel Bay to Storms River, a stretch of coastline that has enticed families for years. Tick off Mossel Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay, and Nature's Valley.

Amidst this breath-taking coastline, you'll find some of the top attractions in the country. Don't miss the Robberg Nature Reserve, Knysna Lagoon, Knysna Elephant Park, The Cango Caves, Cango Wildlife Ranch, and whale watching. Many of these highly-rated adventures are ideal for the entire family, sure to produce happy days and lasting memories.

If you're planning one of these weekend getaways, you'll want to check out our top-notch accommodation and local getaways.


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