Although there has been a lot of criticism on South Africa’s stringent new requirements for travelling to South Africa with children, it has to be said that it is a bold move, and perhaps a wise one, in an attempt to prevent international child trafficking – which is sadly, a real threat.
The new law, which came into effect on June 1st, 2015, states that all children under the age of 18 – both local and foreigners – must travel with a valid passport and an unabridged (full) birth certificate, stating both parents’ names. If the child is travelling alone or with only one parent, then they must also carry an affidavit filled out by the missing parent or parents.
This may sound a bit daunting, but in reality it is easy to comply with and should not pose as a deterrent for travelling to South Africa as a family.
Goway has some phenomenal child-friendly options available in South Africa, and with the dollar continuing to remain strong against the South African Rand, it means not only are these packages exceptional value for money, but once in destination, you get so much additional bang for your buck, that you may just need to purchase an additional suitcase for all the shopping you do!
Our 7-Day Adventures in Nature package, which is available as first class and deluxe, incorporates a junior ranger workshop, multiple activities to keep the kids busy, and complete peace of mind for the parents.
Similarly, our 8-Day South African Summer Expedition combines Cape Town with the Madikwe Game Reserve, which is ideal for children, being that it is malaria-free. In addition, Goway clients get to enjoy a 30-minute complimentary massage at Madikwe Hills.
There are also a number of lodges in our portfolio that offer fabulous children’s programs! Lion Sands River and Ivory lodges keep children busy with activities, such as bush survival, orientation, arts and crafts, cooking, beading, and treasure hunts… not only lots of fun, but educational as well!
With so much offered for families, including all the memories being made, a little bit of extra paperwork to travel to South Africa is so well worth it!