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13 Easy-to-book family holiday ideas across SA

(Cover image: Londolozi Game Reserve)

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Cape Town – The school holidays are just around the corner, making it the ideal time to reboot and enjoy some quality, family time between 2 and 12 October.

But where to go, right? Searching for the right spot, inquiring about availability and special offers can be time-consuming – which is why Traveller24 has done some of the ground-work to help you along. Here are 13 family Discount Holidays © holiday ideas across SA, ranging in price and star-rating, that shouldn’t be too difficult to check-out. Or should we say, to check-in to. Enjoy!

Don’t forget to share your experience with us by tagging us on Instagram2 or chatting to us on Facebook3, and Twitter4.

1. Arabella Hotel and Spa, Kleinmond5

You’ll find this lovely retreat in the heart of the Kogelberg Biosphere. Short road trips out of Cape Town don’t come more scenic than this. Within an 1-hour-and-15 minutes you’ll find yourself at this rather unique hotel with ample available at the resort to keep the family happy. Also, there are a number of day-trips to unspoiled beaches in the area. Don’t forget, it’s whale season!

Rate: Starting at R3 100 per suite – they allow up to two children, under 12 to stay for free per suite.

Especially for the kids: The resort has a fully-equipped children’s program running during the Discount Holidays © holiday period and the spa pool facilities will keep them entertained and busy for most of the day.

Contact: +27 28 284 0000 or

READ: Cape Town’s hidden beaches
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2. Finchley Guesthouse, Camps Bay8

Finchley Guesthouse offers you superb luxury accommodation in trendy Camps Bay. This is a boutique guesthouse with 6 en-suite sunny bedrooms to choose from. A stay here puts you close to one of the most sought-after beach-fronts in the world.

Rate: From R1 750 per double room rate. Especially for the kids: Besides having their own sparkling pool on offer you and the family can hit the beach or opt to do a red bus tour, stopping in at the Two Oceans Aquarium9; Castle of Good Hope10 and Cape Point11.

Contact: 021 437 0116 or

READ: 7 Delightful ways for locals to spoil themselves in Cape Town
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Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort – Western Cape14

Nestled among the Cederberg Mountains amidst citrus orchards, fields of rooibos, buchu and wildflowers this quaint hillside lodge captures the breathtaking scenery of the natural landscape. Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort boasts an onsite restaurant and offers guests a relaxed atmosphere, personalised service and simple elegance.

Rate: R1 200 per room per night.

Especially for the kids: The older kids can enjoy some quad biking, rock climbing and exploring along the various mountain bike trails. Contact details: 011 267 8500 or 15

4. The Whale Coast All Suite Hotel – Hermanus16

The Whale Coast Hotel in Hermanus is a lovely self-catering spot to get away from it all, especially during whale season. Conveniently situated close to all the facilities of central Hermanus, you are well positioned to make the most of this town. Take a stroll along the legendary Cliff Path in Hermanus with its 12 km long viewing platform promising some of the best whale watching on the planet.

Rate: A three-bedroom suite would usually cost you R2 899 per day on its long-stay rate of 10-days or more R1 630 per day.

Especially for the kids: Walkerbay and its unique coastline offers a number of fun activities to enjoy with the family such as sea kayaking or head to Shark Alley in Gansbaai for some spectacular shark cage diving.

Contact: 028 312 3096 or 17

5. Pinelake Marina, Sedgefield (Garden Route)18

Located on the smooth waters of the Swartvlei Lake, Pinelake Marina offers old-school water-based fun. Think pedalos, water-slides, pools, fishing, waterballs, kayaking, waterskiing, sailing lessons and sumo tubes… Trampolines, mini-golf, a play park and an indoor jungle gym will help burn excess energy. During holidays and over weekends there are children activity programs and if it rains, there are indoor games such as table tennis, pool table and squash. Accommodation options range from lake view cabanas and 10-bed units to dog-friendly chalets. There is a convenience store, sport bar, gym, internet facilities and small library.

Rate: Starting at R2 100 per night to R2 440 per night

Especially for the kids: There is a special games room for children, while activities include put-put, watersports They will be running a special Discount Holidays © holiday programme including a-slip-and-slide, water walking balls and a street soccer tournament hosted on the tennis courts.

Contact details: +27 44 349 2200 or info@pinelakemarina.co.za

READ: 8 things to love about the Explorer’s Garden Route19

6. Kurland Hotel – Plettenberg Bay20

The family-owned and operated 5-star Kurland Hotel just outside Plettenberg Bay and Nature s Valley in the heart of the Garden Route has put a lot of thought and care into its offerings for families, especially children. So much so that children can dine in a variety of venues including their own Children s Dining Conservatory. Give your kids that fun in the sun beach Discount Holidays © holiday they deserve

Rate: R8 500 for two people in their top of the range suites or R5 950 for two people in their luxury suites. Children between the ages of 5 and 12 years pay and additional R990 each. Kids under five stay free.

Especially for the kids: A private playroom as well as the opportunity for imaginative activities specifically tailored to children of all ages to be arranged. The clever design of the facilities makes the young visitors to Kurland feel like they have access to their very own space.

Contact details: 044 534 8082 or 21

7. Sodwana Bay Lodge – Sodwana22

This boating and fishing resort is for the family that loves all things marine life. If you’re in the mood to go exploring take a day trip to HluHluwe Game Reserve and Tembe Elephant Park are great options for day outings.

Rate: R768 per person per night dinner bed, breakfast. Children aged 2 to 12 page half-price.

Especially for the kids: Facilities include a jungle gym and swimming pool. Whale watching, snorkelling and boat riding as well as the opportunity to take a micro-light can be arranged on request.

Contact: 035 571 6000 or email: 23

8. Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel – Johannesburg
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Escape to an age of elegance and grandeur at the Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel. Located within Africa’s biggest theme park in the South of Johannesburg, this uniquely different Tsogo Sun hotel is reminiscent of an authentic turn-of-the-century mining town. In addition to enjoying a full range of amenities as a guest, you are also given free access to a multitude of fun-filled attractions and entertainment in the theme park, which is open Wednesday to Sunday.

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Especially for the kids:

Contact details: 011 248 5000 or 25

9. Londolozi Game Reserve, near Skukuza (Kruger National Park)26

Londolozi Game Reserve on the Sand River has 5 camps within walking distance of each other but Varty and Founders camp are suitable for families – children over 6 only. The set-up is ultra luxurious, but relaxed.

Varty Camp’s rooms are elevated, each with a private pool on a timber deck, while Founders’ chalets are next to the Sand River under ebony trees. So when the kids are out catching bugs, bird watching, singing, drumming and even dung spitting, parents can relax with a massage, attend a yoga class, join a game walk or doze off to the sounds of the bush. Game drives are suitable for children older than 6.

Rate: Chalets starting at R8 950 per person per night (Kids pay 50% of the rate)

Especially for the kids: The Cubs program at Londolozi involves children in activities that teach about conservation and cultures.

Contact details: 011 280 6655 or 27

10. Warmbaths a Forever resort, Bela Bela (North of Johannesburg)28

The Warmbaths Forever Resort is a huge enterprise focused on family entertainment. There are two restaurants, 4 pools, a spa and a private game reserve. Parents can relax in the mineral-rich waters of the hot springs, try cable skiing or join a game drive, while the halflings will enjoy mini-golf, the play park and water slides. Accommodation range from hotel rooms, self-catering chalets to a caravan park and the Ramoshwe Lodge.

Rate: hotel rates start at R2 860 per night. Day visitors pay R150 per adult and children between3- to 13 years pay R120.

Especially for the kids: Imagine a thermal pool, a river, go karting, quad bikes, zip lining, game drives, outdoor chess, a wave pool and a Spur restaurant? Welcome to family paradise…

Contact details: 014 736 8500 or 29

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Bakubung Bush Lodge – Pilanesberg National Park30

Bakubung Bush Lodge is only a two-hour drive from central Johannesburg. Once there you find yourself cocooned in the beauty of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park. Give the family the opportunity to bushwhack and take in the wonders of the Big 5 in the around of the People of the Hippo .

Rate: Family rates per room starts at R4 810. Kids under 18 stay free.

Especially for the kids: The resort has a Junior Rangers Programme on offer to teach the young ones about the bush and conservation during their stay. It also offers activities such as volley ball, a trampoline playground as well as art and painting programmes. These are subject to a special fee.

Contact: 014 552 6000 or 31

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References

  1. ^ Londolozi Game Reserve (www.facebook.com)
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  5. ^ 1. Arabella Hotel and Spa, Kleinmond (www.africanpridehotels.com)
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