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South Africa

Nambiti Private Game Reserve

A novel, fun and exciting family safari provides an ideal opportunity to develop and promote your child’s love of the wild, says Cara Mullin, founder and owner of the go-to guide on things to do in South Africa with kids, www.kidzworld.co.za.If you’re coming from Johannesburg or Durban, Nambiti Private Game Reserve is a great option for a family adventure holiday destination and an excellent place to embark on an African safari with kids. It boasts all the Big 5, an impressive variety of landscapes and will inspire you and your kids to help conserve and protect our natural world.

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Durban Insider

It may not be South Africa’s most famous city, but Durban still has a lot to offer says local Cara Mullin. The founder of www.kidzworld.co.za, the go-to guide for parents in South Africa, and mother of two kids aged 9 and 11 says if you want to stunning beaches, amazing coastlines and to go on safari with kids, Durban has it all. She tells suitcases&strollers her insider tips for a family-friendly way to experience South Africa with kids. 


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Living In A Safari Park

Brian Munashe Chaonwa is experiencing every kid’s dream – to live on an African safari reserve. He, his parents and his sister, Anna, live inside the property of River Bend Lodge in Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa where his father, Darlington Chaonwa, works as a guide. Yes, lions live there too. The 7-year-old tells suitcases&strollers what it’s like to wake up to zebras right in your front garden and elephants drinking from your water tanks and why you should do an African safari with kids too.

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Top 5 Destinations 2013

What are the hottest family holiday destinations among suitcases&strollers readers? Where are people going, what are they doing and where do the kids want to go on family vacation? This month suitcases&strollers turns one and and in the last year we've covered kid-friendly destinations from the Peruvian Amazon to Iceland, theme parks to beach resorts. To celebrate our first anniversary, suitcases&strollers brings you the round up of the most popular of these kid-friendly places to travel, as chosen by you. It's been an amazing journey taking you on these virtual trips around the world. We can't wait to see what the next year brings, but for now, here's the round up for 2013. 

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The Permanent Travellers, Part 4

For some people, traveling with kids is not a family holiday; it is a way of life. In 2000 Pampa Zapp’s parents (Herman and Candelaria) started out on their dream to travel permanently around the globe. Pampa was born on their long journey between Argentina and Alaska. He is now 11 years old and has 3 younger siblings including his brother Tehue (8), born in Argentina. The family has traversed the world almost non-stop in their vintage Graham-Paige 1928 car from New Zealand to Asia, all over Australia and now in Zimbabwe, Africa on their way to Mozambique. Pampa and Tehue tell suitcases&strollers the best places to travel round the globe…from a kid’s perspective.  


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The Permanent Travellers, Part 3

Herman Zapp and his wife Candelaria are fulfilling their lifelong dream to explore the world and have been travelling since 2000. Apart from a few months here and there, they have been on the road in their 7-seater Graham-Paige 1928 from Alaska to Argentina, all around Australia and around 13 countries in Asia. Their four children are truly global citizens and were born in the course of their parents’ travels – Pampa (11 in the USA), Tehue (8 in Argentina), Paloma (6 in Canada) and Wallaby (4 in Australia). Herman (currently in Zimbabwe) tells suitcases&strollers about the joys of permanently traveling with kids and why their life is so much more than just an extended family holiday.


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The Garden Route

One of the most picturesque drives through South Africa with kids is known as the Garden Route. From Cape Town, over Sir Lowry Pass, the Houw Hoek Pass and surrounded by the Outeniqua and Tasitsikamma mountains are white beaches, seaside townships and inspiring scenery making the area the perfect beach family holiday destination. If you’re traveling with the kids to South Africa and need a little bit of sea and sand, this is it. 


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Family Friendly Accommodation Booking Websites

Most villa and hotel booking websites are great pre-kids, but after that they somehow fail to deliver all those little details you need to know as a parent travelling with children. “Kid-friendly” can mean anything from a mere tolerance of children to step stools in the bathroom and a fully accredited kids club. So the best way to find the type of accommodation that works for your family – no matter the kids’ ages – is to go to the sites that specialise in helping parents find the right fit in accommodation when planning family holidays. Here are some of the best accommodation websites for families for vacations primarily in Europe. 

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Cape Town

Cape Town is South Africa’s least intimidating major city and absolutely the easiest and safest to travel to with children. With its glorious waterfront location and close proximity to stunning beaches, it offers everything one would expect from a cosmopolitan, thriving metropolis and is (in the tourist areas) happily without too much danger or visible poverty. If you're going to South Africa with kids, Cape Town should definitely be on your family holiday destination list. 

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The World’s Most Travelled Toddler?

Noah Davies just might be the most travelled toddler we’ve met so far. After being born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, at the age of 2 he has already been to 29 cities from Miami to Melbourne, Koh Samui to St Juan. (His father works in the tourism industry.) The longest he has ever stayed in one destination is 2 months (Germany and Orlando, Florida, USA). His mother, Yolade, tells us the story of this frequent flier. (And we want to meet your little frequent fliers too. To win a Gooie backpack go to the bottom of this story for details. *THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED*)


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Madikwe Game Reserve

A safari is one of the most amazing memories to share with children. The excitement of bouncing around on a game drive or stopping to get close to a dazzle of zebra is simply magic for kids. Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa is a family-friendly park that offers the opportunity to give your children that experience, while allowing for adults-only time as well. Here's a great way to do an African safari with kids. 


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Travel Books (For Kids)

Sometimes learning about other cultures doesn’t even require you to open the front door. Whether it’s to prep for an upcoming holiday or just to encourage a desire to see the world, books can be an excellent inspiration for children and adults. Here are some fun travel-themed books for kids.

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Stellenbosch & Franschhoek

If the prospect of visiting Africa seems too unlikely and daunting, a family holiday in South Africa’s wine region will dispel any fears. Don’t be intimidated – this is the perfect beginner’s trip to the larger continent. Not only is the landscape almost ridiculously picturesque, it’s so refined, colonial and quaint that at times it’s hard to believe you are not in Germany, the French countryside or even the Adelaide Hills. Which all means it is a safe, friendly, pleasant little family holiday destination and a great introduction to South Africa with kids.

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Addo Elephant National Park

There is really something magical about an authentic safari experience and Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa makes that particularly accessible to families with young children. The park is famed for its elephants that will come right up close to your vehicle – as well as a large population of antelope and zebra. It is big enough to host a sizeable variety of wildlife, but small enough to ensure you will always spot animals. For one of the best family holiday destinations to do a safari with kids, this is it. 

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African Tours

Deciding whether to go to Africa with kids is both a thrilling and frightening prospect. No matter how ambitious a jetsetter you aspire to be, it’s hard not to let words such as “malaria”, “car-jacking” and “racial tensions” put you off. Sometimes the best way to set your mind at ease – and save yourself a lot of time and hassle – is to engage a reliable and efficient travel agent who knows the area well and can plan safe but memorable destinations for your family holiday. 


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