Best Bushveld Spots for Family Holidays

While camping may not be everyone’s cup of tea, a bushveld holiday is the ideal getaway for families that follow busy schedules, and it’s possible to embark on a bushveld adventure without pitching a tent or hauling an air matrass across the country. Thanks to a number of affordable flight specials, families can now enjoy bushveld holidays from the Eastern Cape to north-eastern South Africa.

With a variety of lodges, hotels and small country cottages from which to choose, families are able to book their flights with the knowledge that there is something that is guaranteed to meet their needs and budget. Whether you hope to enjoy luxury safaris, self-drive game viewing, relax by the pool or enjoy long walks through the bush, there are a number of hotspots that are suited to families who wish to experience everything and anything to their heart’s content. If you’re wondering about where to start looking, take a peek at the following bushveld spots that are ideal for family holidays:

Addo Elephant Park

With the big five, great white shark and sperm whale as the most popular attractions, Addo Elephant Park is a must-see for families. Not only are there a number of lodges from which to choose but there are also a number of activities that are ideal for families with children of all ages. Whether you’re looking for a safari or time to relax on the beach, this reserve is the ideal spot in which to keep children entertained while still being able to kick up your feet and let your hair down. The mix of coastal scenery and bushveld tranquillity is enough to lure the busiest families to the calm and serene park. Simply book a flight into Port Elisabeth, hire a car and, before you know it, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of this untouched park.

Pilanesburg National Park

A brief flight from Johannesburg, the Pilanesburg National Park offers families an exciting mix of accommodation and activities. Whether you choose to camp, book into a family resort or arrange accommodation in a luxury bush lodge, Pilanesburg boasts a variety of options. With Sun City only minutes away, Pilanesburg National Park is the ideal bushveld hotspot for families – from a water world to kids-only camp, you can be sure that your little ones will be keep this holiday close to their hearts.

Kruger National Park

Close to the hearts of all South Africans, the Kruger National Park is the ultimate bushveld destination for individuals, couples, groups and families. With many of the tented camps equipped with restaurants and swimming pools, the Kruger National Park allows families to tour and relax at their own pace. Enjoy a drive through the park, relax on the lawns of the camps or simply enjoy a sundowner game drive with a qualified ranger. The Kruger National Park also caters for families who are looking for a balance of adventure and comfort – perhaps your little ones would like to camp for a few nights and then move into a bungalow or chalet? Whatever your preferences, you will be able to access the Kruger National Park by drive or flight.

Imfolozi National Park

Situated in Kwa Zulu Natal, Imfolozi National Park is the perfect getaway for families who are looking for undisturbed tranquillity. A hop, skip and brief flight from Johannesburg to Durban, visitors will be able to check into the park without much effort. Take your pick of accommodation – camping or chalets – and lose yourself in the silence and tranquillity of the surrounding bushveld. Many of the brick and mortar camps are not fenced in, which is something to consider for families with young children.

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