Each year on 16 June we celebrate Youth Day! Get your youngster hooked on our national parks with a visit to these stimulating sights. They’ll learn all about our fascinating wild animals, enjoy scenes of great natural beauty and have an absolute ball.

Take your kids on a day excursion to these fascinating national parks and teach them about our wildlife, landscapes and history.

Letaba Elephant Hall, Kruger National Park

Who says national parks are only fun for adults? Letaba Elephant Hall, located about 50km from Phalaborwa Gate in the Kruger National Park, is a great way to teach your kids about one of the majestic creatures of the bush: the elephant.

At this museum you can learn about everything from elephant behaviour and biology to the research conducted into these gentle giants. Best of all, entrance is free! There are various colourful displays that will answer all your questions about Kruger’s big tuskers. Like the ivories of each of the park’s legendary Magnificent Seven tuskers, which SANParks describes as priceless treasures. There is something very special about seeing the massive tusks of these elephants up close.

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Letaba Elephant Hall is especially a treat during school holidays when there are guided tours, story-telling sessions by field rangers, scheduled video screenings, games, orienteering trails and more.

Contact: Letaba Rest Camp at +27 (0)13 735 6636/7 for more information.

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Agulhas Lighthouse, Agulhas National Park

Spend the day where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. The rugged coastline of Agulhas National Park is rich with history and tales of explorers and the shipwrecks they left behind as they tried to sail around the tip of Africa.

A fun experience for kids and teens is a visit to the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and Museum. Climb the 71 steps leading to the top of the second oldest working lighthouse in South Africa for some panoramic views of the coast. The lighthouse museum houses fascinating exhibits that cover the history of the Agulhas lighthouse and the surrounding area. You can also learn about a selection of historical lighthouse and rescue equipment.

To the east of the building you can view and learn about ancient stone fish traps used by the Khoisan people. If you visit the area between June and September you may even spot some southern right whales, so be sure to pack your binoculars.

To enter, adults pay R33 per person, children under 12 go half-price for R16.50.

Contact: Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and Museum at +27 (0)28 435 6078 or visit www.sanparks.org for more information.

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Addo Elephant National Park

With Addo being South Africa’s third largest national park, there is so much to discover! Youngsters will be spoilt with wild activities when they visit the park during the winter school holidays.

Activities offered from 17 to 21 June 2019 range from a movie hour to a treasure hunt and even a game drive specially aimed at kids. Little ones between the ages of 5 and 13 can join a guided safari to explore the natural and cultural heritage of Addo Elephant National Park. Kids will also learn tons about the Big Five as well as other creatures of the bush, both big and small.

Here is the fun-filled holiday programme:

  • 17 June: Bones interaction (all ages welcome)
  • 18 June: Game drive (ages 5 to 13, minimum of 4 kids, maximim of 22 kids, R70 a person)
  • 19 June: Movie hour (all ages welcome)
  • 20 June: Treasure hunt (all ages welcome)
  • 21 June: Movie corner on a big screen

Contact: [email protected] to make a booking.

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