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The best luxury family-friendly safari’s in South Africa

When it comes to family holidays, a safari can be an amazing experience. Enabling you and the kids to see spectacular wildlife such as rhino’s, big cats and elephants, a safari experience is one you’ll never forget.

South Africa is undeniably the best place to head to if you want the true safari experience. Here, you’ll discover some of the best family friendly safari’s this beautiful country has to offer.

Pilanesberg National Park

Panorama from Pilanesberg National Park South Africa. Dry grass at twilight. Safari in Africa

If you’re looking for easily accessible safari holidays, the Pilanesberg National Park comes highly recommended. It’s considered the easiest safari park to access in the whole of South Africa. Situated just a couple of hour’s drive from Johannesburg, the accommodation within the park is known for its affordability. The accommodation is also surrounded by fencing so you won’t need to worry about any of the animals wandering in while you’re asleep.

It has all of the Big 5 animals, though it’s worth noting the park does get exceptionally busy in the holidays. However, the fact you’re likely to spot the Big 5 fairly easily does make up for the crowds.

Addo Elephant National Park

Sign of Addo Elephant National Park. Greeting billboard. African wildlife. Sweet memories of travel to Africa and African safari. South Africa, Addo Elephant National Park - January 2, 2013
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Kids love elephants and at the Addo Elephant National Park there’s literally hundreds of them. However, that’s not all that you’ll find here. The park is also home to the Big 5, plus in the right weather conditions you also have the chance to see whales and sharks in the park’s coastal areas.

Madikwe Game Reserve

Picture of 2 giraffes in Madikwe game reserve, South Africa.

The Madikwe Game Reserve is known to be the best private reserve in South Africa. It’s Madikwe Safari Lodge is an especially great place to stay, providing plenty of children’s entertainment. There’s a fantastic junior survivor bush orientation which teaches kids all kinds of survival tips.

The reserve itself is malaria free, and it’s largely filled with big game. It’s worth noting that this reserve is close to the Pilanesberg National Park. So, you could always combine the two for the ultimate African safari holiday.

Kruger National Park

Young elephants playing in water, Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Out of all of the safari parks in South Africa, the Kruger National Park is the most well-known. As well as being able to take a tour around the park, you can also choose the self-drive option. All of the Big 5 live here and are fairly easy to spot. Onsite you’ll find a lot of family-friendly accommodation on offer.

These are some of the best safari parks for families you can head to on your South Africa holiday. When travelling with the kids, it’s worth heading to a malaria free safari park to eliminate the need for medications and injections prior to leaving. Before booking a safari holiday, check to see what activities they have on offer for the kids.