Want to holiday with the whole family? These destinations are great for family gatherings, from small groups to extended clans. Best of all, you’ll have the great outdoors all to yourselves.

Round up your relatives, it’s time for a family gathering in nature. Away from the city’s distractions, it’s easier to make a meaningful connection. And there’s nothing better than sitting around a campfire and recalling family quirks and customs. These destinations are great for making new memories with your loved ones:

Whiskey Creek, Keurbooms River Nature Reserve

If adventure runs in your genes, you’ll love this idea for a family getaway. The Whiskey Creek canoe trail is an easy 7km paddle past forested banks and peaceful riverside beaches. Your destination is a log cabin on the forest edge accessible only by canoe.

The cabin, which sleeps 10 people on bunk beds, is rustic but has a fully equipped kitchen. The setting is sublime. In the evening you can sit around the stone braai on the deck and swap family tales.

Rates: R1470 per night (off-peak season) or R2400 (peak season) for 1 to 6 people.
Additional guests R230 pp/night to a maximum of 10.

0861-CAPENATURE (+27 (0)861 227 362 8873)

Roodewal Bush Lodge, Kruger National Park

For many of us, trips to Kruger are a family tradition. So why not gather all the generations and relive your favourite memories?

Situated in a secluded spot north of Satara, Roodewal lodge sleeps 18 people in three bungalows and a family cottage. There is a communal kitchen and dining room where you can sit down to a family feast. A massive deck overlooks the Timbavati River and the surrounding area is excellent for game viewing.

Prices differ according to date, as outlined below:

1 Nov to 11 Dec 2018: R7,924* base rate
12 Dec 2018 to 14 Jan 2019: R8,731* base rate
15 Jan to 14 Mar 2019: R7,924* base rate
15 Mar to 31 Oct 2019: R8,731* base rate

*Based on 1 to 10 people; R777 additional adult, R389 additional child

Contact: Central Reservations +27 (0)12 428 9111

Mhlangeni Bush Camp, Ithala Game Reserve

You’ll love the sense of space at this secluded camp in the wilderness section of Ithala. Set on a rocky hill, the camp overlooks a wide valley where black and white rhino roam. A central lounge is great for catching up with family, while five separate two-bed units mean you can also unwind on your own.

From the deck you can scan for giraffe and large antelope that come to drink in the river below. The services of a field ranger can be booked for private guided walks.

Off-peak season: R3,480 base rate (1 to 7 people), R490 additional person
Peak season: R4,130 base rate (1 to 7 people), R590 additional person

Central Reservations +27 (0)33 845 1000

Mofele Centre, Mokala National Park

Does your family tree have as many branches as the iconic camel thorn? Then book this farm-style centre that can house up to 60 guests. With a large fully equipped kitchen, lapa and communal lounge, Mofele has all you need for a clan get-together.

Accommodation is in nine rooms with bunk beds and there are lawns outside where kids can play. Mokala is known for rare antelope like roan, tsessebe and sable. Why not see which family member can notch up the most ticks?

Rates: R2,775 base rate (1 to 10 people), R263 additional person. Pre-book to have group meals catered.

 Book with the park on +27 (0)53 204 8000.