Family Travel

Family Travel with Viaggi Elite

South Africa is the perfect destinations for families who are looking for memorable experiences in a secure, friendly and beautiful environment. There is no limit to the options available in respect of activities, scenery and type of accommodation. 

Getting around South Africa is simple. Whether self-driving, utilising a private road transfer service or connecting via the countless scheduled regional and national flights available on a daily basis, the choice is largely dependent on your budget and personal preference.

South Africa offers a variety of leisure experiences and extraordinary locations, the most popular of which are listed below.

Family Safaris

Experience wildlife on safari in the Kruger National Park, The Pilanesberg, Madikwe Private Game Reserve and the Eastern Cape reserves. Most private safari lodges offer family accommodations, and keep the kids entertained during specialised children’s programmes (including kiddies’ game drives, storytelling and learning to identify animals by their sounds).

Reserves in The Pilanesberg, Madikwe and Eastern Cape are situated in non-Malaria areas, and are therefore suitable for children of all ages.

Cape Town and its surrounds 

This is the perfect complement to a South African safari, especially during the whale-watching season. Visit Boulders Beach to watch its playful penguins, and take a journey in the cable car up Table Mountain – one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. Not only are the Cape Winelands breathtakingly beautiful, with some of the world’s best food and wine, they also offer a range of accommodation options as well as outdoor activities (such as mountain biking, horse riding and quad biking). Many wine estates also have sprawling lawns – the perfect place for a scrumptious picnic.

The Garden Route

Just a few hours’ drive from Cape Town, and featuring a sunny stretch of southern Cape coastline with the perfect combination of open beaches, lagoons and characteristic seaside towns – many of which pride themselves on their fresh and delicious seafood.  Adventure activities are a-plenty, including elephant-back rides, forest canopy tours, and the world’s highest bungee bridge at Storm’s River.

The Garden Route boasts its own wildlife, but of the aquatic kind. Dolphins are often seen swimming, jumping and frolicking offshore, and whales are viewed during whale watching season. Some of the country’s best golf courses are also found in this area.


Ticks off pretty much everything on a traveller’s wish list with its expansive beaches, wildlife, friendly and hospitable people, and a sunny sub-tropical climate. Popular activities include battlefield tours, horse riding in the Drakensburg and scuba diving.


This is heaven for those who appreciate animal watching, hiking, horse-riding and fishing – or simply absorbing some of the earth’s most magnificent views. Popular activities include Big 5 safaris, elephant-back safaris, a visit to the Sudwala Caves & Dinosaur Park,  hiking, and a stop at Harrie’s Pancakes who are legendary in the art of pancake making!

Sun City

South Africa’s ultimate family resort, offering entertainment and activities for every age and disposition. Golf enthusiasts have two Gary Player courses from which to tee off; The Valley of the Waves promises hours of fun for everyone, whether frolicking in the waves, or lying languidly on the beach; Spot the Big 5 in the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park conveniently located just minutes away.  Accommodations range from family-friendly hotels to the ultimate spoil of the 5-Star Palace of the Lost City.

Sun City also combines well with nearby malaria-free Madikwe Private Game Reserve.


The quintessential Indian Ocean Island beach resort experience, this balmy paradise is an easy 4 hour flight away. Its extraordinary beaches, variety of water sports (including kayaking, snorkelling and water skiing), first-class spa and wellness facilities, professional golf courses and exceptional kids’ club facilities make this the perfect family destination.

Babysitting services are also available for infants and toddlers.

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Effective from 01 June 2015 the new regulation for parents travelling with children under the age of 18 years of age, arriving, transiting and/or departing from South Africa are required to present an unabridged birth certificate indicating the biological parents of the minor.

When the regulation comes into effect, if both parents named on the unabridged birth certificate are not travelling with the child, the following additional requirements will apply:

In the event of children travelling with only one parent, consent from the other parent is required. An unabridged birth certificate must be presented as well as one of the following:

  • A court order granting full parental rights and responsibilities or legal guardianship in respect of the child, if he or she is the parent or legal guardian of the child,
  • An affidavit from the other parent granting permission for the child to leave the country.
  • A court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child.
  • If applicable, the death certificate of the other parent registered on the birth certificate.