Things To Do In South Africa With Kids

Family Days Out In South Africa

South Africa offers an opportunity like no other for children and families to experience some of the wonders of the world, up close and personal.

From the food and culture, to the landscapes and wildlife. There’s simply something magical and unforgettable about South Africa.


  • South Africa is known for its high crime rate. However, hundreds of thousands of families visit South Africa each year with no issues at all. Read up on best practices and areas to avoid before you go, and South Africa will be a wonderful experience.

Best Things To Do With Kids

8. Horse About Trails

Take your family on an adventure on horseback through the South African landscape.
Horse About Trails. Ride through the South African countryside.

Just one hour outside of the wonderful City of Cape Town, you can have an amazing family day out at Horse About Trails.

With unbeatable views, healthy and cared for horses, they cater to riders of all abilities, making this an amazing experience for both the novice and expert.


  • Riders are typically age 4+ and should be able to sit unaided.
  • Card is not accepted, so make sure you don’t travel all that way without cash available.

7. uShaka Marine World & Wet ‘n Wild

Visit uShaka Marine World, Wet 'n Wild or Kids Worlds for a fantastic days out with the family in South Africa.
uShaka Marine World dolphin show.

Not quite the vastness and variety of Sea World Orlando, but definitely a fun all round experience for families with kids in South Africa.

uShaka Marine World has dolphin shows, seal shows, parades and Zulu dancers. So you get all of your usual water shows, mixed with the culture of South Africa.

But it doesn’t stop there, with opportunities to meet a dolphin, snorkel in the lagoon, feed the stingray, cage dive with sharks and more!

uShaka Wet ‘n Wild is a water park for the whole family, with rides and pools to suit all aged, it really is a park for every age.

uShaka Kids World is designed specifically for your little ones. With indoor activities, outdoor splash activities, and even a spa for kids, they’ll be hooked.


  • Marine World & Wet ‘n Wild – kids under 3 go free.
  • Kids World – kids under 2 go free.

6. Blyde River Canyon

Blythe River Canyon offers one of the best views your kids will ever see.
One of the best views in the whole world!

The third largest canyon in the world, and the largest ‘green’ canyon, thanks to its subtropical foliage.

For the best experience, follow the Panorama Route, starting at the town of Graskop, follow the route the through God’s Window, The Pinnacle, and Bourke’s Luck Potholes.

5. Boulders Beach

The best beach to visit with kids if you want to see African penguins up close.
A unique beach in South Africa, with extremely rare African penguins.

A gorgeous beach on its own, but made even more special with the added benefit of being able to see these extremely rare African penguins.

Not typically an activity you associate with South Africa, which kind of adds to the excitement and uniqueness of the opportunity.


  • Although the beach is protected and doesn’t allow human access, visit the fantastic Windmill Beach, or Waters Edge Beach on either side to make for a fantastic day out.

4. Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

Table mountain can be tricky for kids, but the Aerial Cableway makes it much easier to navigate.
Take the Aerial Cableway to the top of Table Mountain for panoramic views of the African countryside, gorgeous Cape Town and the fantastic blue ocean.

Table Mountain is one of the most iconic mountains in Africa, with it’s stunning views over the African landscape, the city of Cape Town, and the ocean, you’ll struggle finding a better viewpoint of all the things that make South Africa special.

For an even more enjoyable (and less intense) experience, take the Aerial Cableway for great views, and an easier climb.


  • Tickets are cheaper in the afternoon, when it is quieter.
  • Free parking on Tafelberg Road.
  • Children under 4 go free.

3. Ukutula Conservation Center

Kids can play and interact with mini predators at the Ukutula Conservation Center.
Interact with lion cubs at the Ukutula Conservation Center.

Ever wondered what it would be like to ‘walk with lions’?

Well, stop wondering, and visit Ukutula so get up close and personal with these kings of beasts. For kids aged 12+ you can take part in the walk, and for those with younger children, you can have an interactive experience with young predators.

So whether you want to walk with lions (12+), or play with lions (any age), there is something special here for families with kids of all ages.


  • Walking with lions for ages 12+
  • Interaction with young predators for all ages.
  • children under 5 years go free.

2. Adventures With Elephants

Adventure With Elephants one of our favourite things to do in South Africa with kids.
Don’t miss the chance to play with elephants at Adventure With Elephants.

Enjoy a close, personal and safe encounter with gentle giants. For families with children of all ages, Adventures with Elephants offers a more personal experience with some of South Africa’s most loved animals.

Rather than simply petting and feeding these elephants, there is a huge emphasis on having fun with them, giving you a greater insight into their personalities and playfulness.


  • No age restriction for playing with the elephants.
  • 12+ only for the ‘Elephant Spa’ experience.

1. Kruger National Park

A park trip to South Africa isn't complete without a visit to Kruger National Park. A kids dream.
Kruger National Park. One of the most well-known Game Reserves in the World.

You can’t mention South Africa without thinking of Kruger National Park.

Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s largest Game Reserves at more than 19,000 km², and is home to The Big 5 (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos), as well as hundreds of other mammals and bird species.

There are some fantastic Private Game Reserve Lodges, or you can even stay in self-catering properties throughout the park.

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