Let your kids get up-close and personal with the great outdoors during the December school holidays! Wild shares an exciting mix of interactive animal shows, scavenger hunts and kid-friendly events — perfect for young nature lovers.

Kids animal talks

Wild has teamed up with Cape Union Mart to offer FREE, informative and entertaining kids events in December. Even if you’re enjoying a staycation, your children can still have a wild time.

Rehabilitation centres will bring their animal ambassadors so kids can learn first-hand what makes these animals special and why they belong in the wild. There will be a chance to get up close and personal with snakes, crocs and other reptiles, as well as a chance to visit with feathered friends like owls and vultures. Book now to enjoy photo opportunities and giveaways galore!

8 December 2018:
Cape Town (bird show 10:00 & 11:30, climbing wall opens after 11:30 show) – RSVP for Cape Town bird shows
Johannesburg (reptiles 10:00, bouldering wall open 11:00-12:00) – RSVP for JHB event
Durban (reptiles 10:00) – RSVP for Durban event

15 December 2018:
Cape Town (reptile show 10:00 & 11:30, climbing wall opens after 11:30 show) – RSVP for Cape Town reptile shows

Entry is free of charge and includes snack packs for the kids and discounted shopping at Cape Union Mart.

Addo Elephant National Park

Every weekday from Monday 3 December until Friday 14 December 2018, the park will be running a holiday programme for youngsters. Good news for parents is that the activities are offered at no cost, apart from the guided game drives.

What could be more exciting than heading out into the bush on an open safari vehicle? The kids game drives will take place every morning between 09:00 and 11:00, and are exclusively for children between the ages of 5 and 13. Minimum 4 kids, maximum 22.

Afternoon activities (13:30-15:30)
Mondays: Walking trail and medicinal plants
Tuesdays: Wildlife crafts
Wednesdays: Meet the Small Five
Thursdays: Snakes
Fridays: Movie corner

To register for the programme, contact [email protected].

Mountain Zebra National Park

The park’s Zebra Holiday Programme offers free entertainment between 3 and 14 December for children of primary school age. As part of the programme the park is also offering special game drives for kids, which do carry a charge.

3 December 2018 (11:00-14:30) Face painting
4 December 2018 (11:00-14:30) Storytelling: How did the zebra get its stripes?
5 December 2018 (11:00-14:30) Game drive: Spot the mammals
6 December 2018 (11:00-14:30) Scavenger hunt
7 December 2018 (11:00-14:30) Nature films on the big screen
8 December 2018 (11:00-14:00) Arts ’n crafts: Making a dreamcatcher
10 December 2018 (11:00-14:00) Exploring rock art
11 December 2018 (11:00-14:00) Game drive: Carnivore hunt
13 December 2018 (11:00-14:00) Game drive: Birding
12 December 2018 (11:00-14:00) Cycle of Life
14 December 2018 (11:00-14:00) Arts ’n crafts: Making animals with playdough

Kids game drives are for ages 5-13, minimum four kids, maximum 12. R60 a child.

To register for the programme, contact the park on +27 (0)48 881 5722.

DIY animal tracks

Turn your kids into animal detectives by creating your own inexpensive, highly-detailed and accurate copy of animal tracks! This crafty activity works for soft paws, hooves, or the tracks of larger birds – and will keep your kids occupied for hours. Click here for a fun how-to.