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Family-friendly Venues in SA

Family-friendly Venues in SA

The long summer holidays can stretch on for an eternity if children are not entertained and stimulated. South Africans are blessed with great all-year round weather and there are a number of outdoor and indoor family friendly venues all around South Africa, that will eliminate boredom and provide non-stop entertainment for kids and parents alike.



Gold Reef City

This is one of the best known family friendly venues in Johannesburg. Parents and kids alike can spend the day enjoying the themed gold mining village, the casino and the many fun excursions and restaurants. Located a few minutes away from the city center, a day at Gold Reef City is a must for young and old alike. The website, provides information on what families can look forward to, prices and directions.


Ratanga Junction

This party, function and day venue is one of the many gems of the City of Cape Town. The junction offers wild and exciting theme park rides, for kids of all ages. Visitors to Ratanga Junction are in for non-stop thrills and the Ratanga Junction website; gives further information on the cost per person, as well as more details on the rides and activities at Ratanga Junction.


uShaka Marine World

A day at the uShaka Marine World is a day well spent. At this family friendly venue, the fun continues during the day and does not stop when the sun sets on the popular Durban venue. Kids and adults alike can be enthralled by the marine life, enjoy rides and  island activities, or simply spend the day soaking up the warm Kwa-Zulu Natal sunshine. For more on uShaka Marine World, visit the website,

Those who are not quite up to the thrill of theme parks and crowds may opt for the other -relaxed’ family excursions, such as a South African Family Safari. These safaris have been designed to accommodate families with young children and a family can opt for a self-drive safari or a guided safari drive. Families who are hosting overseas visitors will want to find out more this family outing and impress foreign visitors with the immense beauty of the South African countryside.

There are also a large number of outdoor and indoor family friendly venues throughout SA, which offer Ten Pin Bowling, Ice Skating, indoor and outdoor go-carting and for the thrill-seeking family – paintballing.  Spend quality time with the kids these holidays and take advantage of SA’s blue skies and hot sun and look forward to the best family entertainment in Africa.

Please add your favourite venue with a comment below.


– Kathy Baron


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