Turn their frowns upside down

Travelling with teens? It’s no secret that holidaying with kids can be a challenge at times, whether toddlers or teenagers there will always be bumps in the road. Teenagers are tricky ones, where parents may feel like they can ‘never win’. To help you out a little, here are a few fail-proof activities to consider the next time you plan a holiday in any of these regions…

DURBAN

Ushaka Marine WorldWet ‘n Wild Ushaka Marine World
When the sun shines in Durban (when does it not though?) the best place to be is Wet ‘n Wild waterpark at Ushaka Marine World.

Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Track
Head up the hill to Hillcrest and explore the natural beauty of Giba Gorge on the many trails– ranging from beginners to experienced biking and hiking trails.

Big Rush, Big Swing
Officially named the world’s tallest swing by the Guinness Book of Records in 2011, the Big Rush, Big Swing at Moses Mabhida Stadium is sure to banish any bad mood!

WESTERN CAPE

Cape TownTobogganing
Head to Cool Runnings in Tygervalley, Cape Town, and take to Africa’s only toboggan track for an exhilarating day on the slopes for the whole family.

Cape Town Science Centre
Cape Town Science Centre in Observatory is a great place to indulge your teen’s inner nerd. The centre’s exhibits are both mind-bogglingly cool and informative.

Artjamming
Perfect for arty teens -create a masterpiece (or mess) on a blank canvas, all while listening to funky music. Artjammers are provided with a menu of 12 different size canvases, easels and a selection of non-toxic acrylic paints, brushes and tools – banish that bad mood!

EASTERN CAPE

ZipliningEast London Lion Park
See one of Africa’s greatest predators in close range at the Lion Park, just five minutes outside of East London.

Strawberry Picking
In the summer months this a lovely day spent outdoors for everyone to enjoy strawberry picking and munching at Lavender Blue in Beacon Bay.

Zip-lining at Adrenaline Addo
Take to the trees for a thrill while you zipline your way through the Sundays River Valley, found just 50 minutes from Port Elizabeth.

MPUMALANGA

ReptileJane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary
For both an educational and special family treat when holidaying in Mpumalanga, head to Chimpanzee Eden for insight into how this beautiful species is being conserved.

Geckoing on the Sabie River
Sabie River Adventures offers an exciting day on the rapids of the upper Sabie River, though not suited to children younger than 12 years old, this is an excellent family activity to do on a warm summer’s day!

Perry’s Bridge Reptile Park
Located in Hazyview, the Perry Bridge reptile park offers interactive demonstrations to enthral brave teens and adults alike!

MAGALIESBERG

Hot Air BallooningHot Air Ballooning
For the ultimate treat a ride in a hot air balloon over the lowveld is sure to never be forgotten – see how many animals you can spot from your bird’s eye view.

The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre
Spend some time exploring the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre. This world-renowned breeding and conservation centre offers various tours conducted by knowledgeable tour guides.

Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway
Take a ride up the iconic cable way for breath taking views over the Hartbeespoort Dam and surrounding landscape of the Magaliesberg.

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