Grootbos Nature Reserve
Where? The Garden Route, which runs along the south-eastern coast between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
Why go there? For the lush indigenous forest, free flowing rivers, sun-kissed beaches and majestic mountains. Self-drive routes make this a more affordable way of seeing South Africa.
Children will love... Land-based whale watching from the coastal village of De Kelders, where these astonishing creatures come within touching distance of the shore.
Parents will love... Malaria-free safaris, Fairtrade produce and the opportunity to sample some of the produce from some of the finest wineries on the continent.
Stay at... Grootbos Nature Reserve. Set in the stunning forest clad hills overlooking Walker Bay, this award-winning eco lodge offers 5-star service for families. A wide range of children’s activities are available, including guided nature treasure hunts, cookery lessons and horse riding. Prices start from £980 per night for a family of four, including all meals and activities. For details, Tel: +27 28 384 8000; www.grootbos.com.