No matter what city or country you live in, it’s likely that money is tight right now, and from rising utility bills to the soring cost of living, everyone is looking to save whatever they can, whenever they can! That doesn’t mean that the whole family can’t enjoy a well-deserved break together though, and with South Africa being one of the world’s hottest holiday destinations right now, there’s plenty of destinations experience on a budget. Whether you’re looking for animal safaris, beautiful beaches or vibrant city entertainment, South Africa has it all, so let’s take a look at some of the top family holiday destinations to visit on a budget.

Mvubu Campsite – The Addo Elephant Park

What better why to start your family holiday than to stay in an elephant nature reserve! The campsites here are first class, and there’s plenty of parking available too. Sitting on the banks of the Sundays River, the views across the Elephant landscape is simply spectacular, and the campsite provides a great place to base your family out of while visiting the beautiful elephants! Kids stay free here, and it’s only 100 rand per two adults. Highlights include hot showers and basic communal kitchens.

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Mvubu Campsite – The Addo Elephant Parkrapidtravelchai / Foter / CC BY

Mazhou Campsite – Mapungubwe National Park

One of the most citied camping sites in the country, Mazhou is a very peaceful vacation spot, surrounded by absolute beauty. Not only is this location ideal for small families, but the whole area is also a protected World Heritage Site, meaning there are lots of historical attractions to explore. Sunset drives or morning walks are some of the highlights or Mazhou, and facilities include shared kitchens, power points, and hot showers.

Mapungubwe National Park
Mapungubwe National ParkKelsie DiPerna / Foter / CC BY

The Beach Camp – Cape Columbine Nature Reserve

If you’re looking for some rustic style during your camping tour of South Africa, then Cape Columbine’s Beach Came is the place for you! With stunning lakes, and lush greenery all around, this is the perfect place for the kids to roam and explore. Furthermore, it’s situated on the West Coast, meaning the beach is only minutes away! Highlights include free hammocks, as well as mountain biking trails and horse riding. If you are looking for cheap flights to South Africa be sure to look at this!

Cape Town

There are plenty of other cheap and cheerful places to have a great family holiday in South Africa this year, and Cape Town is one of them! Home to numerous family hotels and resorts, many of which offer all-inclusive deals, there’s so much to see and do in this city that you won’t know where to start.

Cape Town
Cape TownWarren Rohner / Foter / CC BY-SA

Not only are the beaches amazing, with a wealth of sand and sea activities available, but the bars and clubs – and not to mention the restaurants – cook some of the best food in the country! For the kids, there’s everything from cinemas to shopping malls, and to experience some of the true South African culture, be sure to visit some of the pop-up markets and food stalls in the city.