No Need for Theme Parks: Plenty of Other Ways to Keep Kids Interested

Meerkat Tswalu

Kids need no convincing when it comes to theme parks. It’s the reason why water and fun parks are populated with youth and smiles. When it comes to a more exotic and obscure trip, such as one to South Africa, kids need more convincing. Here’s what to do with the kids in South Africa aside from seeking the all-too-common theme park kind of entertainment.

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

The reserve is the largest on the continent. Kid programs feature counselor-led walks through trails where children learn how to track animals, spot remains, and make bows to shoot arrows. This is a chance to see actual wildlife including black rhino and black-maned lion.

The Ant Collection

Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill comprise the collection. It’s a family area with heated swimming pools and horse-riding safaris. There’s plenty for kids to do; pony rides, bug walks, and drives in 4×4 jeeps are some of the most popular kid-centered activities. It’s nice to know there are plush accommodations awaiting those who book rooms at the Protea Durban Edward by Marriott.

Fugitives Drift Lodge

The retelling of a war at the actual battlefield is something older kids can get excited about. Here, battlefield history blends with visits to Zulu villages. Natives take kids on walks through the area to see wild game and study tracks. Additionally, children are exposed to the secrets behind Zulu medicine.

Storms_River_MouthStormsriver Adventures

Two forest-themed tours last hours apiece. See the forest from cable platforms suspended 100 feet in the air. If you are not a fan of heights, maneuver through the forest in an off-road vehicle, whizzing by giant yellowwoods. See how many different kinds of animals and birds kids can spot within just one hour!

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Kids love the petting farm that features ducks, chickens, pigs, and tortoises. Explore nearby caves, fish in the sea, and take guided treasure hunts through the forest. From July to November, you’ll be in the top spot to see whales off of the coast!

Sun City

This is the destination for those who may be going with the grandparents or a babysitter. If you can budget adult time to enjoy the casino and golf courses, it makes for a nice balance with the family-friendly activities Sun City offers. See wildlife at adjacent Pilanesberg National Park, where you’ll have the option of seeing the countryside from a hot air balloon.

Addo Elephant Park

It’s the third-largest national park in South Africa. See wild game from 4×4 vehicles, take marine eco tours, and choose between a variety of hiking and horse trails. Do tour-based activities and then enjoy family time among the one-hour to three-hour trails.

Apartheid MuseumApartheid Museum

The museum is open each day of the week with revolving as well as permanent exhibitions. Visit the museum website for present prices and opportunity to see current features. The museum is a first of its kind and chronicles the rise and fall of apartheid.

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