Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition)

The best family resorts to head to for a summer holiday

- ZAMANDOSI CELE zamandosi.cele@inl.co.za

SCHOOL is out and it's time to explore and create memories with the kids. Though this holiday may be brief, the summer holidays are still to come and they provide ample time for the family to travel together.

This summer, let's ditch internatio­nal locations and take the kids closer to home. Mzansi has plenty of fun family destinatio­ns to explore right on our doorstep. The advantage is that we don't have to worry about converting the rand to another currency.

When it comes to choosing the perfect family destinatio­n, resorts are the way to go. The benefit of holidaying at a resort is having access to sports and leisure facilities in a natural environmen­t.

Resorts also provide a one-stop shop in terms of entertainm­ent for the whole family. Mom can go for a relaxing spa date, dad can enjoy a round of golf while the kids play in the sun under supervisio­n.

Some of the best-rated holiday destinatio­ns:

Sun City, North West

Sun City has grown to become one of the most-loved holiday destinatio­ns in South Africa.

It has popular attraction­s, among them the Valley of Waves, The Maze of the Lost City, Break Out, Jump Park and Forest of Lights, to keep the whole family entertaine­d.

The popular destinatio­n sprawls across the border of the Pilanesber­g National Park, making it the only surfand-safari destinatio­n within a 2-hour drive of landlocked Johannesbu­rg.

You can also embark on a historical and cultural tour to learn about the Bakgatla Tribe at Mphebatho Museum in Moruleng or take a Leeto-Kgolo bicycle tour through Tshilong.

Consider a stay at Sun City Hotel from R6 264 a night for the luxury family room.

Avalon Springs, Western Cape

For a quick sho't left out of Cape Town, consider taking the family for some outdoor fun at Avalon Springs in Montagu. A mere 2-hour drive from Cape Town can see you frolicking in this watery wonderland while enjoying the benefits of a resort-style holiday.

The service is efficient, the atmosphere effortless and the accommodat­ion plentiful, ranging from hotel rooms and chalets to self-catering flats and wheelchair-friendly garden suites.

The resort also has naturally warm water springs, “Boomslang” supertube slides and entertainm­ent such as children's and toddlers' pools, a play park and jungle gyms. Various braai locations and picnic sites can be found in and around the pool complex.

Consider a stay at a Luxury Mountain Chalet at the resort from R2 760 a night.

Buhala Lodge, Mpumalanga

Buhala is a five-star lodge on the southern banks of the Crocodile River, overlookin­g the Kruger National Park.

The enchanting family-run lodge is the perfect location to escape your busy everyday life and enjoy all the African bush has to offer.

Guests can sit back and spot the Big Five from the comfort of their luxury room, play a round of golf at the exclusive Leopard Creek Country Club, enjoy a safari in the Kruger National Park with their private guide or take a dip in the pool after a massage at our bush spa.

And the family can also arrange a day trip to the Panorama Route, Elephant Whispers and the Skyway Trails.

Meals are served either al fresco on the lodge's veranda, in its gracious dining room or under the stars.

A stay starts from R6 160 a room

sharing, including breakfast.

Pumula Beach Hotel, KwaZulu-Natal

The Pumula Beach Hotel, at Umzumbe on the KZN South Coast, offers the perfect family getaway, with plenty of facilities and activities right at the sea.

Explore golden beaches, protected

bathing, rock pools, surfing, excellent fishing opportunit­ies and dolphin or whale watching at the Blue Flag status beach.

The hotel is also the perfect place for a home base if you're looking to explore the south coast and do horse and pony riding at Selsdon Park, surf at the Pumula Surf School, splash out at Wild Waves Water Park at Wild Coast

Sun or visit Crocworld Conservati­on Centre.

A stay at Pumula Beach Lodge starts from R1 820 a person a night, including all meals.

Champagne KwaZulu-Natal Sports


For a summer holiday in the mountains, Champagne Sports Resort is the perfect destinatio­n. It's the ideal base to explore activities and offerings in the Drakensber­g Mountains.

When it comes to entertaini­ng the kids, there is Little Explorers, Game On (the teen and adult games room) and a coffee shop with adjoining lounge. Little Explorers has a dining room for younger children wanting to eat earlier.

There is also a wellness centre that features an upmarket spa with a gym and a clubhouse overlookin­g a hidden golfing treasure.

The resort has 152 hotel bedrooms made up of twin rooms, family rooms and various suites, all with well-appointed bedrooms and mountain or garden views. Ninety-one chalets on the estate are used for hotel accommodat­ion.

A stay starts from R2 790 two-bedroom chalet a night.

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Garonga Safari Camp, Limpopo

Garonga, on the Greater Makalali Private Nature Reserve, north of Hoedspruit in Limpopo boasts the Big Five and is also home to cheetahs, wild dogs, hyenas, hippos, crocodiles and an abundance of birdlife.

Garonga is committed to sustainabi­lity, with one of its main contributi­ons being that it runs all its camps on solar power as a primary energy source.

Each of the three camps offers a unique atmosphere while maintainin­g a luxurious safari experience, aligned with its ethos of “Safari for the Soul”.

Little Garonga is the ideal safari to take your family on safari in the greater Kruger National park area. It consists of the Hambleden suite which has an en suite double bed overlookin­g a pool and the bushveld.

The kids' room has two single beds and its own bathroom. Both bedrooms feed into a lounge area.

With full exclusivit­y at little Garonga, your family can enjoy their own safari lodge while being part of all the facilities of the main camp. This includes a private safari vehicle and guide/tracker team.

A stay at the lodge starts from R14 100 a night.

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STAYING at Pumula Beach Hotel is relaxing and peaceful. Guests can sit on the verandah and watched the whales spouting in the bay. | Instagram
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| Instagram EXPERIENCE animal encounters from the luxury of your room at Buhala Lodge.

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