Family Travel to South Africa Need Not Be Daunting

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.

Family at Lion Sands
Family at Lion Sands

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.

Madikwe Hills
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!

At Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge, the Elefun Centre fosters children’s awareness and appreciation of nature.

EleFun Centre at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge
EleFun Centre at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

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!

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Kirsty Perring

Africa Experts Product Manager – Although British born and now Toronto based, Kirsty grew up in South Africa and is completely passionate about all things Africa. She finds it hard to choose a favourite destination, but lists Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, and Botswana as some of the most special places she has visited, and feels it’s not just about where you go and what you see, but who you get to experience it with. Kirsty is always up for an adventure and will try anything once. As such, she has para-glided in South Africa, zip lined in Mauritius, dived the Red Sea, hot air ballooned in Egypt, and even swam in the Okavango Delta. Next on Kirsty’s bucket list is to climb Kilimanjaro!

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