Rietvlei Zoo Farm
This petting zoo, situated between Mulbarton and Alberton in Gauteng, is the perfect outdoor venue for a family braai or picnic. Relax under the shady trees or challenge the family to a game of putt-putt. Younger kids will love the Zak Tractor cart rides, feeding the farmyard animals and the pony rides.
Opening times: Mon – Sun 8am to 5:30pm.
Entrance fees (Picnic/braai area): Adults – R25, Children under 12 – R15. Entrance to the picnic area is R30 per vehicle or you can park your vehicle at the entrance at no charge.
Visit www.rietvleilifestylecentre.co.za or call 011 024 1512/4.
Pot & Kettle
Pot & Kettle in KwaZulu-Natal is renound for their special kiddies menu and play area complete with an awesome jungle gym. Sundays are the best time to visit for live melodies, a scrumptious buffet and to take in the views of the Valley of 1000 Hills.
Opening times: Mon – Sat 8:30am to 4:30pm.
Visit www.potandkettle.co.za or call 031 777 1312 for more information.
There’s never a dull moment at Imhoff farm in Kommetjie in the Western Cape. Sit back and enjoy the stunning views, first-rate food, and unique shops. From a play park and kiddies activities to animal rides, there’s plenty for little ones to do at the farm. The Higgeldy Piggeldy farmyard is a firm favourite with kids, as they can run around petting and feeding the many animals that roam freely around the farm.
Opening times: Mon – Sun 9am to 5pm.
Cost: R10 per person
Visit www.imhofffarm.co.za or call 021 783 5054 for more information.
Sudwala Dinosaur Park
If your child is fascinated by dinosaurs, don’t miss the chance to take them to the Sudwala Dinosaur Park in Mpumalanga. Stroll through the park with your family or book a guided tour to learn more about pre-historic life and evolution. The Sudwala Caves are just as great. Don’t forget the pram along for littlies!
Opening times (Dinosaur Park): Mon – Sun 8:30am to 5pm.
Opening times (Sudwala caves): Mon – Sun 8:30am to 4:30pm.
Cost (Dinosaur Park): Adults – R50, Children – R30, Children under five – free.
Cost (Sudwala caves): Adults – R70, Children under 16 – R40, Children under five– free.
Visit www.dinosaurpark.co.za or call 013 733 5268/7 for more information.
Wildthingz in Polokwane is a bird, reptile, butterfly park and insectarium in one! Read up before you go and be prepared for a lot of questions from your kids. Regardless of what time you go, it’ll be a super day out for the whole family.
Opening times: Tues – Sun (Bird show at 10am, 11am and 3pm. Snake demonstration at 4pm).
Call 015 292 0906 for more information.
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