The Big Walk is an historical, long standing event in Cape Town in the interests of fundraising for charity. The Big walk attracts entrants not only from Cape Town, but also from other provinces in South Africa including Kwazulu Natal and Gauteng. For many this is an opportunity to take some time off work and take the family on a holiday to Cape Town – killing two birds with one stone ! Ashanti Lodge is one of the most established and top quality backpackers Cape Town. The lodge provides safe and quality accommodation for the whole family. Holidays and traveling without kids mean, pack your bags and let’s go. It’s a whole other story when it comes to family trips. Taking the kids on holiday means a lot more planning is needed to enjoy your vacation experience. This is especially true if you are venturing out for the first time with your new baby. Going to the store alone is like taking a weekend worth of luggage with you. A little bit of thought has to go into this.
I think the first part of the plan should involve location. Where do you want to go on holiday? I’m sure most of the time the idea is not to travel too far, this is because we would like to avoid the kids saying the popular phrase of, ‘are we there yet.’ The second item on the list should be to make sure the accommodation you have booked is child-friendly. Are there activities and things to do for the little ones? Even if you go camping you need to make sure the basic amenities are available. The packing and preparing for departure can now commence.
So let’s have a look at some the child-friendly travel and accommodation options available.
Wavecrest Beach Hotel and Spa
Wavecrest is a wonderful destination for the whole family with a selection of exciting activities for the kids. The Hotel is located in the Eastern Cape on the Wild Coast. Overlooking the Nxaxo River and ocean, your view from the hotel will provide you with beautiful sunset views.
There is plenty to do with the kids:
- The beaches are safe to enjoy. Relax and read a book while the kids build sand castles.
- The kids will love swimming.
- Boat cruises, always an enjoyable experience.
- Walks and trails, both for the novice and experienced hiker.
Wyndford Holiday Farm, Fouriesburg
The Wynford Holiday farm is an affordable and great family destination. Located in the Eastern Free State and nestled in the Rooberge mountains, this Farm offers fun and excitement in summer and winter seasons. This is a real family getaway, providing a caring atmosphere and plenty of entertainment.
- The kids will enjoy tubing down the Caledon River, that is located only a few Kilometres from the farm.
- There is a Swimming pool, always a winner with the kids.
- Horse Riding and walking trails
- Pet the farm animals
- Zip lining adventures and tree houses the kids can play in
- Build snowmen in winter
However if you do want to be close to the hustle and bustle of the city, centrally positioned and not far from the starting point of the Big Walk, Ashanti Lodge has come on board and offered discounted rates for entrants at their backpackers in Cape Town.
Old Mac Daddy, Elgin
Old mac Daddy sounds like the best place to visit if you are a kid or an adult. The whole experience seems to be a little different than normal, fun, quirky, adventurous and one of a kind. They offer uniquely decorated and themed trailer units. This is a new way to experience your living space while on holiday. Meals are provided in a spacious barn environment where everybody can relax and enjoy their food. They also offer glamping style tents as well as larger self-catering units for larger groups and families.
There is plenty of adventure to be had at Old Mac Daddy’s:
- Mountain Bike riding, don’t worry you can rent a bike.
- Paddle boarding and kayaking
- Tractor Rides
- An Indoor and outdoor playground for the kids
Beaverlac Resort, Porterville
A natural Heritage site found up on the Olifants River Mountains, above the town of Porterville. Beaverlac is a great place for the whole family including your dog. The site offers a very affordable option with camping sites as well as cabins/cottages. The experience is back to nature, relaxed and quiet. The only real disadvantage is, there is no electricity, but that is a good thing. How else can you view the spectacular night sky, like you’ve never seen it before!
- Swimming in the rock pools. There are many of these along the different trails some including beautiful waterfalls.
- Hiking and walking trails