Travel to South Africa with young kids – What to consider

Baby elephant in Addo National Park, South Africa

There are a lot of questions on any parents list when planning a trip to South Africa. There is one for sure on the very top!

Is it safe? Yes it is!

We have been to South Africa 3 times and will go back this November (2018) for the 1st time with the children. And believe me I would not take my kids anywhere if I had just the slightest of doubts whether it is safe. This time  we have chosen to stay all the way south on the Garden Route.

South Africa is beautiful and there is lots to do and to see. To mention just a few.

  • Beaches
  • Animals
  • Mountains
  • Cities
  • Small Towns
  • Sand dunes

And all of this can be experienced along the Garden Route in South Africa. I will write an itinerary for a 2-3 week holiday, don't miss it!

What to consider when travelling with children in South Africa.

Driving distances

South Africa is very large, and the distances from the north to the south, or west coast to the east coast are large.
From Cape Town along the famous Garden Route to Port Elizabeth is  664km.

I believe a good itinerary should include your points of interests plus interesting and fun things for the children.

Car hire is a must

The Garden Route is along the bottom part of South Africa. You can chose for example to go from west to east on the beach road and back more inland. This way you will cover most of the attractions. I recommend to have a minimum of 2-3 different accommodations for a 2 week trip and more if you want to go all the way to Port Elizabeth.


I would not recommend to go to the north of South Africa with younger kids, i.e Krüger National Park. They do have Malaria cases, and why would you want to take the risk? Save this trip for later on.

Believe me the south has also great Game viewing to offer.

Have I inspired you? Another great point is that South Africa is quite cheap compared to other countries.

If you have any questions please do get in touch and if you liked this post, I would greatly appreciate if you share it.

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Thank you Corina

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Hi, my name is Corina, a mum of twins, a wife and founder of Packed Again – a Family Travel & Adventure Blog. We live in the most amazing mountain valley in Switzerland, the Valais.

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