As the days grow longer and the temperature rises, parents are on the lookout for ways to keep their kids engaged and entertained during the summer break. What better way to do so than by immersing them in the beauty of nature? This summer, consider taking your little ones to some fantastic places that not only offer a breath of fresh air but also foster a deep appreciation for the great outdoors. 

National Parks

Explore the wonders of your country’s national parks. From the Grand Canyon to Yellowstone, these protected areas offer stunning landscapes and an opportunity to observe wildlife in their natural habitats.

  • Table Mountain National Park
  • West Coast National Park
  • Addo Elephant National Park
  • Karoo National Park
  • Kruger National Park

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Botanical Gardens

Take a stroll through lush, fragrant gardens. Many botanical gardens have dedicated children’s areas where young ones can learn about different plant species and enjoy interactive exhibits.

  • Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Durban Botanical Gardens 
  • Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
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Whether it’s building sandcastles, collecting seashells, or swimming in the sea, the beach is a timeless summer destination for families. Don’t forget sunscreen and buckets and spades!

Zoos and Wildlife Sanctuaries

Kids can get up close and personal with animals from around the world. Many facilities also offer educational programs and interactive animal encounters.

  • The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance, Plettenberg Bay – Western Cape
  • Lory Park Animal and Owl Sanctuary, Midrand – Gauteng
  • World of Birds, Hout Bay – Western Cape
  • Daniell Cheetah Project, Kirkwood – Eastern Cape
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Farm Visits

Connect your kids with agriculture by visiting a local farm. They can learn about where food comes from, interact with farm animals, and even try their hand at milking cows or gathering eggs.

  • Vredenheim Playgroud & Animal Farm, Stellenbosch
  • Farm Sanctuary SA, Franschhoek
  • Giraffe House, Muldersvlei

Nature Reserves

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Discover local nature reserves or conservation areas. These places often have well-maintained trails for hiking and opportunities for bird-watching.

Hiking Trails

Get those legs moving by exploring kid-friendly hiking trails. Encourage your children to observe and learn about the flora and fauna along the way.

When planning your summer adventures in nature, be sure to consider the age and interests of your children. Some might prefer the excitement of a zoo, while others may be more interested in the tranquility of a garden or nature reserve. Whatever your family’s preference, spending time in nature this summer can create lasting memories, encourage a sense of wonder, and instill an enduring love for the great outdoors in your children.


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