While South Africa offers numerous theme parks and other manmade attractions such as swimming pools and skating parks, it offers an abundance of opportunities to discover nature and follow animal trails. You will find wildlife parks and safaris that welcome children, allowing them the chance to see wild animals in their natural surroundings.
Monkey Town is a primate centre which can be found just outside Somerset West. The aim of the sanctuary is to provide shelter for displaced primates and rehabilitate them. This centre offers much needed help for many monkeys and chimpanzees. You will find over 25 exotic species roaming freely over and around the covered walkways. Many of the monkeys are endangered and are fascinating and fun to watch. Guided tours are offered, as are talks at feeding time and interaction with tame monkeys. For the children, there is a touching farmyard, jungle gym and birthday party facilities.
With such a long and stunning coastline, South Africa offers some of the best beaches in the world, many of which are full of attractions guaranteed to keep the children busy for hours at a time. The Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape is especially popular with both national and international holidaymakers, with a number of the hotels offering children’s playgrounds and dining areas and babysitting services.
There are many theme parks located across the country, but two of the best and most popular include Ratanga Junction and Gold Reef City. Ratanga Junction is located just outside Cape Town and is home to over 30 attractions including children’s, family and white knuckle rides as well as train and boat rides and snake and bird shows.
Gold Reef City can be found in Johannesburg and is an extremely popular complex, as it is home to a giant casino, theme park and a fascinating apartheid museum. The complex is open 24 hours and while the casino might be out of bounds for the little ones, the theme park certainly isn’t and they are guaranteed to have hours of fun here.