Finding a family friendly BnB to rest the kids isn’t always easy. Here are our favourites from around the country.
South Africa is a beautiful country with many unique, memorable spots for a family holiday. Where to stay is a little trickier, with a loud and messy brood, but we’ve narrowed down our five favourite places.
Knysna, Garden Route
Image from Trip Advisor
This getaway is tucked away in an indigenous forest on a working farm, and luxury tents are enveloped in fynbos. There are two private tents in the shade of the forest, looking down on the Homtini river valley and over the Outeniqua Mountains (both with large wooden decks with views and en-suite bathrooms). The two family lodge tents sleep four. All come with kitchenettes with fridges, gas Weber braais and kettles, but the family tents all share a kitchen area.
And more: Sauna, massages, swimming, walking and cycling trails, cricket sets and a play area for the kids
2. Mtentu Lodge
Wild Coast, Eastern Cape
This off-the-beaten-track eco-lodge offers six cute little wooden A-frame cabins with canvas entrances (two of them with sliding doors) and communal ablutions – the perfect tent/cabin combination. Marvel at untouched beaches, waterfalls, friendly locals, starry skies and the turtles in the estuary. Cook your own food or go for their catered packages and sit around the communal bonfire while the staff cook up everything from seafood dinners to stews.
And more: Hiking, canoeing, horse riding, fishing, cycling and the chance to attend a sangoma healing ceremony
3. Stone Hill
West Rand, Gauteng
Self-catering timber cottages (sleeping two to six) with fully fenced gardens for Fluffy to frolic in. Each comes with a large patio, braai area, inside fireplace, DStv and hot outside shower for dogs and humans. Sociable, house-trained pets of all sizes are welcome here. With a five-kilometre walking/mountain bike trail and a small riverine area where kids can enjoy splashing about.
And more: Take in views from the splash pool, and pre-order picnic baskets, meals or fresh farm bread
4. Die Groenhuis Guest House
Philippolis, Free State
Three lovingly restored Karoo town houses on the outskirts of the very pretty Philippolis. Take a relaxed stroll through the village with its tree-lined streets and old buildings, or kick back and rest on a bench outside your room and soak in the peaceful Karoo scenery.
And more: Take a drive to neighbouring ghost town Waterkloof (just five kilometres away), bird watch (the area is home to more than 200 species) or even make a stop at the tiger farm that is situated nearby.
5. La Bastide
Magaliesburg, North West
Image from Safari Now
Make a stop at this charming establishment, offering three well-appointed self-catering cottages and five guest rooms, all tastefully decorated with French country flair. Treat yourself to their breakfast baskets with tasty eats such as fresh fruit kebabs, muesli, croissants and cold meats.
And more: Pool and communal boma with outstanding views of the mountain
5. Dolphin Point Bed & Breakfast
Amanzimtoti, Kwa-Zulu Natal
The whole family will love the beautiful views of Dolphin Point Bed & Breakfast, with its comforting atmosphere and closeness to the sea and a range of activities. The BnB overlooks the warm Indian Ocean and is a mere half hour from the airport.
And more: A bird park, golf course, ten pin bowling and more are all around the corner from the BnB.
Information from Highbury Safika Media
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