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Don’t feel like spending Christmas at home this year? Take the family on a trip to on of these child-friendly destinations

When: Christmas Day and Day of Goodwill, 25 and 26 December

Where to go:


Royal Natal National Park in the Northen Drakensberg, within the uKhahlamba/Drakensberg Park, is about 433km from Johannesburg. The main features include the Drakensberg Amphitheatre, a rock wall about 5km long and 500m high, and waterfalls. Hikes can take from one hour to two days for the Montaux-Sources option. Camp at the Mahai, which has 120 sites, or stay at Thendele camp in a selfcontained chalet for two or four people, or a cottage for six. There’s also Thendele Lodge, which has three en-suite bathrooms, not to mention a resident cook on call.

Cost and how to book:

Mahai camp site R180 for two per night. Children pay R45 each. Chalets R875 for two per night per two-bedroomed chalet. Children under 12 stay free. Thendele Lodge R3 300 per night. ☎ 033 845 1000 or visit www.kznwildlife.com.

Cape St Francis

Cape St Francis in the Eastern Cape enjoys long sunny days perfect for surfing (lessons for beginners), windsurfing, canoeing, fishing, hiking, abseiling and long, lazy days on the beautiful beach. The Cape St Francis Nature Reserve between Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay covers 120 hectares, with a three kilometre coastline, including sand dunes with coastal-dune fynbos and coastal-dune thicket. Visit the Penguin Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre as well as the historic Seal Point Lighthouse. Cape St Francis Resort Lifestyle Estate offers accommodation ranging from five-star villas on the beach to camping sites.

Cost and how to book:

Beach villas R6 000 (four bedrooms). Cape Dutch houses R1 700 a day for a two-bedroomed house. Camp site R80 each for the first two people in a group and R40 each for the rest. ☎ 042 298 0054.

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