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;
- A wilderness area, far from crowds, lights and noise.
- Somewhere where there is no internet connection.
- A geographically diverse environment.
- Water, and lots of it, they type you can swim in.
- Activities, they type that get the adrenalin flowing a bit.
- Loads of fun for the whole family.
- Somewhere safe and clean to put your heads down for the night.
- 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;
- The largest wilderness area in the South Africa.
- No internet connection.
- 7 of South Africa’s 8 biomes occur here; Fynbos, Forest, Grassland, Succulent Karoo, Nama-Karoo, Subtropical Thicket and Savanna.
- The crystal clear and very clean Groot Rivier runs through the heart of the kloof.
- 50 mammal, and over 300 bird species, and 18 plant species found nowhere else in the world.
- Swimming, game drives, hikes, kayaking, cycling, and just sitting in rock pools.
- Take away the internet, get the family active, and it is amazing how much fun is had by all.
- Hearty meals, hot showers, comfortable beds, what else could one want after long days in the sun.
- 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.