The Best Family Adventure in South Africa

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The best family adventure in South Africa

The best family adventure in South Africa would be quite a claim, and one would need to be able to defend such a claim, and highlight why it is just that.

I’m sure going to give it a try and am always more than happy to be brought straight back down to earth. And before we get into the details, lets establish a reference point; and head along to wikepedia for a definition;

 An adventure is an exciting or unusual experience. It may also be a bold, usually risky undertaking, with an uncertain outcome. Adventures may be activities with some potential for physical danger such as exploring, skydiving, mountain climbing, river rafting or participating in extreme sports…

I think in order to be the best adventure holiday in South Africa it would need to include;

  1. A wilderness area, far from crowds, lights and noise.
  2. Somewhere where there is no internet connection.
  3. A geographically diverse environment.
  4. Water, and lots of it, they type you can swim in.
  5. Wildlife.
  6. Activities, they type that get the adrenalin flowing a bit.
  7. Loads of fun for the whole family.
  8. Somewhere safe and clean to put your heads down for the night.
  9. Somewhere close to a major access point.

Having discovered the Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve, and after establishing a luxury mobile tented camp, set up for just a short time, it seemed to tick all the boxes;

  1. The largest wilderness area in the South Africa.
  2. No internet connection.
  3. 7 of South Africa’s 8 biomes occur here; Fynbos, Forest, Grassland, Succulent Karoo, Nama-Karoo, Subtropical Thicket and Savanna.
  4. The crystal clear and very clean Groot Rivier runs through the heart of the kloof.
  5. 50 mammal, and over 300 bird species, and 18 plant species found nowhere else in the world.
  6. Swimming, game drives, hikes, kayaking, cycling, and just sitting in rock pools.
  7. Take away the internet, get the family active, and it is amazing how much fun is had by all.
  8. Hearty meals, hot showers, comfortable beds, what else could one want after long days in the sun.
  9. Just 90 minutes from Port Elizabeth and adjacent to the garden route, puts this adventure very close to a well-worn tourist highway.

I think we are fairly close to this being the best family adventure in South Africa.

The best family adventure in South Africa

 

 

Wayne Pritchard

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