Where To Getaway With The Family This December

After a long and busy year, all we want to do is sit back, relax and do absolutely nothing other than explore, have fun and spend quality with our loved ones. So, if you'd like to treat the family to a December holiday to get away from the day-to-day routine and chores, then check out our list of family-friendly destinations below. We have everything from places close to home to Durban and the Cape. Happy travels and keep safe, Pretoria. 


Short Getaways Near The City

African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa – Magaliesburg

Feel like keeping the vacaying a little close to home? Then we have just the spot. Nestled in the Magaliesburg, the African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa is the perfect place for a family escape. To keep the kids entertained, there’s the Kids Club, which caters to children of all ages over weekends (even the long ones) and school holidays. And while the kids are at the club, parents can indulge in a little alone time and get pampered at the award-winning Mount Grace Spa. Don’t forget to spend time as a family fly-fishing, mountain biking, and enjoying a meal at the Twist Restaurant.

Mount Grace Kids Club facility

Gold Reef City – Ormonde

Of all the places in the city, Gold Reef City definitely had to make it on our list of exciting family-friendly holiday getaway spots. This spot is ideal if you're looking to treat the kids to thrilling rides and lots of adventure. Who doesn’t want to enjoy a getaway at The Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel, which is located just metres away from a variety of them park rides including rollercoasters, raging rapids, lazy boat rides, 4D Theatre experiences and a brand-new trampoline park? The theme park is a must for all ages. Kids and the young at heart will have a blast riding over 30 thrilling rides. And for the smaller kids who cannot enjoy the big, thrilling rides just yet, there’s Dr Dolittle's Animal Farmyard, a putt-putt course and a science exploratory area.

Emerald Resort & Casino – Vanderbijlpark

Adventure awaits around every corner at Emerald Resort & Casino, making it a "funtastic" destination for the entire family. There’s so much to do and so much to see, so make the most of it as a family these school holiday. Spend your days visiting Animal World, doing some fishing on the Vaal, reaching new heights while wall climbing, spotting animals on game drives, playing a few rounds of Adventure Golf or going for a strike at Pins Bowling Alley. And don’t forget your cozzies, towels, water wings and towels, as the Aquadome is ready and waiting.

emerald resort and casino

African Pride Irene County Lodge – Irene

Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a country escape at African Pride Irene Country Lodge. We think this spots makes for a lovely and relaxing holiday spots for the whole family. Why you ask? Well, for starters, it’s not too far or too close to home (Pretoria), it offers a variety of outdoor activities to enjoy in the area (everything from angling, camping and game viewing tours to hiking and day or night game drives) and to top it all off, they offer loads of kids' activities and entertainment at the Kids Corner. And to unwind while the kids play, there's the Camdeboo Spa which offers a variety of pampering treatments.

Maropeng – Sterkfontein

For some edutainment during the school holidays, why not head to Maropeng – the birthplace of humanity? Not only does this destination offer a relaxing and exciting getaway but it also has plenty of interesting and educational activities to explore. Book a stay at the Maropeng Hotel and once you’re all settled, head out and take a tour through the interactive and enjoyable Maropeng Exhibition in the Tumulus building. A must-do while you’re in the area, is the Sterkfontein Caves tours. You’ll have the opportunity to go deep into the caves, explore the exhibition filled with interesting information and fossils, and meet Mrs Ples, a skull from a more than 2-million-year-old Australipethecus.


Getaways A Little Further Away

Kiara Lodge  - Clarens

For a country escape like no other, head to Clarens if you want a little outdoor adventure this December. And central to all the awesome outdoor activities, the quaint town and hiking trails is the Kiara Lodge. The chalets are comfy and accommodate for small, medium or large families, there's a hiking trail on the premise, and the kids can blow off some steam on the communal jungle gym and trampolines. Off the property, you can head to Main Street and explore the Clarens Brewery, the art galleries and do a little shopping at the Purple Onion (deli and preserved goodies are delish).

Protea Hotel by Marriott® Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge - Cape Town

For three-star accommodation that won't bust your entertainment budget, why not book a stay at the Protea Hotel by Marriott® Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge which is right next to Cape Town's well-known and fabulous, V&A Waterfront? Being so close to this shopping hub ensures there'll be loads of activities and excitement for the little ones. Enjoy a fun day out and about exploring Cape Town, enjoying the breathtaking panoramic views over the harbour from the Cape Wheel, check out the SA Rugby Museum, and see some marine life the Two Oceans Aquarium. There are loads more in store, just visit www.waterfront.co.za to see what else is in store for you and your family.

Gooderson Tropicana Hotel - Durban

If you feel like a family holiday at the coast, then Durban is the place to be! There are so many different neighbouring locations to visit (Umdloti, Margate, Ramsgate and Umhlanga just to name a few) and of course, there's plenty of attractions you can explore in Durban itself. To be central to everything Durban has to offer, book a stay at the Gooderson Tropicana Hotel, which is one of the beachfront’s most stylish hotels. It's situated close to most of the popular attractions such as the beautiful beaches, uShaka Marine World, the International Convention Centre, Suncoast Casino and the Kingsmead Cricket Ground. And if you'd like to explore a little further, there are the Zululand Game reserves, Zulu cultural experiences and the stunning Drakensberg.

Protea Hotel Kruger Gate - Kruger Gate, Mpumalanga

Escape the rush of the city and reconnect with nature in the bush at the Kruger. This is a great way to get the kids away from all of their electronics and consoles for just a little while. The Protea Hotel Kruger Gate makes for a lovely break from your daily routine. Families will enjoy everything from animal spotting and safari drives at the Kruger National Park to splashing in the pool, fitting in a workout or two at the gym, playing some miniature golf and even volleyball.