Family holidays in South Africa

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  • South Africa Family holidays

    The main appeal of cheap family holidays in South Africa is probably the geography of the country, and especially of the Cape of Good Hope. Off the coast are some of the most powerful ocean currents in the world, while on the landward side of the Cape, the iconic silhouette of Table Mountain sits on the horizon. Its plateau serves almost as an artificial horizon, and is just one example of how this country is so distinctively shaped by its geology - even on a much larger scale than the imposing mass of the mountain.

    Along the Escarpment

    Even bigger than Table Mountain is the Great Escarpment, a rocky ridge that marks the boundary of several of South Africa's interior regions. Better known to locals as the Drakensberg, it will soon become a familiar aspect of family holidays to South Africa if you are visiting any of the areas nearby to it. It is also used to delineate the land border with the Kingdom of Lesotho, marking just one more way in which the contours of the country have shaped South Africa's present-day existence. The Drakensberg also influences the local climates of the surrounding regions, and exploring it is an excellent basis for an epic trip, with or without the family along for the ride.

    East of the Cape

    The Cape of Good Hope - previously called the Cape of Storms, until it was optimistically renamed by the Portuguese - marks the southern extreme of the African continent, and was always recognised as a crucial shipping route. Many vessels came a cropper in its rough currents before it was successfully navigated, eventually providing safe passage to journey onwards to the Indies. These days you're less likely to see a ship in serious trouble around the Cape, but looking out across the water towards the South Pole is still a thought-provoking aspect of a cheap family holiday in South Africa.

    South Africa for the kids

    Exploring the Great Escarpment might be a trip best saved for grown-ups only, but there are plenty of ways to enjoy a family holiday in South Africa. The natural landscape offers lots of activities, from nature walks, to visits to wildlife reserves, and children with a passion for plants or animals would be bound to enjoy any of these as an addition to their summer holiday.

    Why South Africa is so great for families

    South Africans adore children and always make a special effort to make sure that younger visitors are looked after just as well as adults. Family holidays in South Africa offer visitors the chance to experience some of the most astonishing landscapes on Earth, from rugged coastlines to the iconic Table Mountain. There's also a range of brilliant family-focused attractions to discover in this unique destination. All of this, combined with South Africans' hospitable, fun-loving outlook, means that exhausted families can rediscover the benefits of relaxation once again.

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