South Africa ticks all the boxes of a great kid-friendly vacation: rugged mountains, wildlife, thriving cities and beautiful beaches. It truly offers the best of all of these, especially for children who enjoy variety and can’t handle a weeklong safari. Rest assured, though, the quality safari options are endless here, even if only for a few days. As you move toward the coast, kids can dip their toes in the cool water as you relax on the beach, or perhaps you’ll even visit a penguin colony. For a city break and cultural experiences galore, we love Cape Town. Make time to visit to Robben Island — families can tour the jail where Nelson Mandela spent decades, sure to be a moving experience. Like the continent as a whole, South Africa offers lots of kid-friendly accommodation options, including luxury safari-based lodges and camps, beach resorts and city hotels sure to impress the whole family.

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