The Ultimate Mid-Year Holiday? How About a Family Safari in Zululand

The Ultimate Mid-Year Holiday? How About a Family Safari in Zululand

Choose not to hibernate this winter and you could just have one of the best breaks with the kids over the school holidays – a family safari in Zululand.

When it comes to planning family holidays in South Africa, the winter season often evokes thoughts of cozy indoor activities. So a safari might not be the first thing that comes to mind for a winter family holidays in South Africa, but it can be an epic – and affordable – way to spend time together during the mid-year break.

Zululand is a fantastic winter safari destination for several reasons; read on to find out which are the four that our guests enjoy most.

Enjoy mild weather on a family safari in Zululand

In Manyoni, the days start off cool and crisp, but you’ll begin peeling off the layers after the morning game drive and by midday you will be down to shorts and a T-shirt. When the average daytime temperature is around 25°C, taking a a dip in the pool  the kids might even like a dip in the lodge pool.

Our winters are mild and comfortable, and generally don’t get to the levels of cold experienced in reserves and parks in Limpopo and Mpumalanga. In fact, relative to other areas in South Africa, Zululand is considered a winter hotspot. And of course, what we call winter in Zululand would be a good summer season in many places in the world. The cooler temperatures and cloudless skies are great for those that find the heat and humidity of summer uncomfortable.

Get ready for some excellent wildlife viewing

Winter is a prime time for wildlife sightings. This is because they are easier to spot in the sparse vegetation, and the dry weather draws thirsty animals out to waterholes. Manyoni is a playground for South Africa’s most iconic animals, lesser known creatures, and even some of its most endangered wildlife species.

From the mighty Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, both rhino, and Cape buffalo – to a variety of buck, zebra, hippo, giraffe, hyena and a colourful diversity of bird species, the reserve is a paradise for animal lovers. Encountering these incredible creatures in their natural habitat is thrilling for both young and old. Everyone will be kept entertained and engaged throughout game drives as our guides share interesting stories and information tidbits.

Nurture your child’s love for nature and animals

A safari during winter presents an excellent opportunity for children to learn about the natural world first-hand. They can witness the circle of life, observe different animal behaviours, and develop a deeper appreciation for biodiversity.

As a family-focused lodge – and with many of our staff having families of our own – we understand how life-changing being in the bush can be for the whole family, but perhaps more so for little ones. It fosters their curiosity, connection and understanding of the interconnectedness of the natural world and the importance of preserving it. It is an amazing educational experience for them.

Family bonding & adventure

A winter safari provides an unparalleled opportunity for family bonding. From game drives to stargazing and storytelling around a campfire, there are countless activities that families can enjoy together. Disconnecting from technology and immersing yourselves in the wonders of nature allows for quality time spent as a family, creating memories that will last a lifetime. The shared experiences and sense of adventure during a safari will strengthen family bonds and provide a platform for engaging conversations and shared excitement.

While winter may not be the conventional time to embark on a family safari, it offers unique advantages and experiences that are worth considering. From mild weather to incredible game-viewing and fostering a love for nature within your children, a winter safari can be an enriching and unforgettable adventure for the whole family. So, step out of your comfort zone, embrace the magic of nature, and embark on a winter safari with your loved ones, creating memories that will be cherished for years to come.

South African residents, we are offering discounted rates for new bookings for stays until 30 June 2023. Enquire via our online form or contact Reservations directly on and +27 (0) 87 004 4025.

All images by The Jehouligans Travel.

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