If you’re after a mind-blowing family holiday or you want to go somewhere your children (or the children of people you usually travel with) will be kept very busy, then this blog definitely is for you! We’ve searched far and wide to find some of the most kid-friendly resorts in South Africa and the United Kingdom which are so great that everyone will have a magical time. In South Africa’s winter, you’ll be spoilt with sunny days, and in the United Kingdom’s summer too! So, get ready to rediscover your inner child in great sunny weather!
These resorts are very child-friendly and they have loads of kiddies activities on offer to keep the little ones busy all day long – so you can relax unless you are having too much fun by joining in yourself! An added bonus is that the kiddies will also be ready (and keen) for bed at the end of the day after running around so much – giving you a break from babysitting if that’s something you do often. So… here’s our list of places that are great for family fun at any time of the year.
Brockwood Hall – Whicham Valley, Cumbria, United Kingdom
Summer in Cumbria is magical. Think warm sunny days, great forests for exploring, picturesque lakes for paddling on and a whole load of kiddies having incredible holidays in these special surroundings! 😊 Brockwood Hall really is one of the best places to go in Cumbria thanks to its ultra-comfortable accommodation with so much for kiddies to do. Staying in your own private lodge (some even have private hot tubs/Jacuzzis) in this amazing countryside setting, kids can swim in the heated indoor pool, run around the playground, hire bicycles, go on a lake cruise, horse riding or even ziplining! What more could you ask for in such a beautiful valley?!
Magalies Park – Hartbeespoort, North West
Head to beautiful Hartbeespoort in their super sunny winter to discover one of South Africa’s best-kept secrets – Magalies Park. Here, lucky guests get to enjoy the resort’s wonderful splash zone, heated swimming pools, Jacuzzis, amazing staff and take part in canoeing or go on fun barge cruises along the river. If that wasn’t enough there’s also adventure golf, a trampoline, paintball, tennis, great daily entertainment in the amazing Fred First Kid’s Club and much more (PHEW, we need to take a breath!!). Plus, all of this takes place on a lush golfing and nature estate which has great views of nearby mountains and the impressive river – heaven on earth!
Gethlane Lodge – Burgersfort, Mpumalanga
If going to the Bushveld is your thing, get over to Gethlane Lodge to enjoy their amazing game farm and resort which is one of the best children’s attractions in South Africa 😊 In this warm part of the world, kiddies get to enjoy long, sunny days spent floating around any of their many swimming pools or going down the water slides! Other great activities are game walks (you see more game in winter because the grass is shorter and leaves have fallen off the trees), relaxing in a Jacuzzi, having fun family times in their boma or in the amazing games room, and the list goes on. Most of all there is unmissable daily entertainment which will keep the whole family amused for hours. We think this resort is great because it allows you to get away from the city AND kids don’t have to miss out on having fun.
Bushman’s Nek Berg & Trout Resort – Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal
There’s something special for little kiddies about running around in the mountains. Maybe it’s the fresh air, relaxing atmosphere and big spaces that gets them going or it could be the unique things that they can only enjoy when they are there that gets them excited. Well, Bushman’s Nek Berg & Trout Resort offers so much for kids to do (all in the beautiful Southern Drakensberg surroundings) including horse riding, swimming in a rock-hewn pool, taking part in quizzes and competitions, trout fishing and more! This resort must be one of the most peaceful places for adults to unwind too 😉
Midlands Saddle & Trout – Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal
As its name goes, Midlands Saddle & Trout is more than amazing for horse riding and trout fishing 😊 The resort, tucked away in the beautiful Midlands surroundings, has magical rides on offer for guests of any ability. These go from a slow stroll around the peaceful resort to a long outride across the countryside! There’s also so much more for the little ones to enjoy, like adventure golf, a games room, the animal farm, tractor rides and we could go on and on! Great farm stalls, boutique shops, game farms and restaurants nearby also give the kiddies an endless selection of fun things to do – which they will love 😉
La Côte d’Azur – Margate, KwaZulu-Natal
Maybe the most popular family holiday of all is a trip to the beach and La Côte d’Azur is one of the best destinations in South Africa, especially for children. It has stunning sea views, games that kids can play on the Blue Flag beach in front of the resort, an entertainment programme that seems to never end, a beautiful heated swimming pool and loads more! What’s also great about staying at La Côte d’Azur is that the nearby attractions are amazing at all times of the year. The Lake Eland Game Reserve, for example, can’t be missed (it has the longest zipline tour in Africa and a coffee shop with unbeatable views 😊). Spend some restful days lounging around the resort’s pool while you watch a throng of happy kiddies swamping the great entertainment team – just the way holidays should be 😉
We hope you try out some of these great resorts where you can enjoy a balance between fun and relaxing. After all, happy kiddies make for happy parents and grandparents – so going to these family-friendly destinations is a win-win for everyone!
Have enjoyable travels and please remember to share your holiday photos or stories with us on social media – seeing them is the highlight of our work week, every week!