Winter has settled in and the school holidays are looming. The prospect of hibernating through the chill may be appealing. For others it’s a hair raising, frustrating cacophony of what-to-do’s and where-to-go’s. Since we love all things fun, sporty and active, it’s about braving the mercury and heading outdoors.

We’ve rounded up a few family-friendly events and adventure ideas guaranteed to get the heart rate up and have your family enjoying the African winter.   

Family Fun In and around Gauteng

There are plenty MTB offerings for riding enthusiasts of varying skills that include shorter distance races geared for children to make it an all-round family affair. Pump up your rubber wheels and get off the tar roads.
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Hit the trails: 

For those of you wanting to test yourself against pristine Highveld trails we have no doubt your entries are already submitted to the various events. There are however, plenty of family fun day events in and around Johannesburg that are well worth participating in. The Jolly July Charity Fair promises fun and entertainment for the whole family.

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Fly fishing: 

Pursue the ultimate catch. Dotted across the country are premier fly-fishing destinations. Whether you’re a beginner learning to tie a Royal Coachman or a pro, it’s the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors and family down time. Don’t forget the bikes and walking shoes.

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Visit the cradle of humankind: 

Get out of the city and head to the Cradle of Humankind in Maropeng for a family trip that promises to be as fun as it will be educational. The Learner Centre is interactive and informative and will be a hit with both young and old. The main attraction, however, is the underwater boat ride that guides you through the history of earth’s creation. If the fossil display piques your interest, take a tour through the Sterkfontein caves – the home of the historic “Mrs Ples.” (Please note, the caves are sometimes closed to the public – best to call them beforehand to check). 

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Go quad biking: 

Escape the urban jungle and hit the Segwati quad trails on the slopes of the Witwatersberg mountain range overlooking the Cradle of Humankind. Combine your quad-biking trip with a picnic, a braai or maybe even some game-viewing or bird-watching. There’s also a paintball range. You can do this by foot as well, as they have lovely hiking and walking trails. Segwati also has cottages and a bush camp if you plan on turning your quad-biking trip into a weekend away.

In and around Cape Town


Scootours is an exhilarating downhill adventure for adrenaline junkies and fun-seekers. It’s a must try for the whole family. Scootours offers a unique way to experience Table Mountain and its breathtaking views. Tours are also available in the Franschhoek Valley and Knysna.

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The ultimate way to enjoy the fresh air, delight in the views and rejuvenate – without the fuss and heavy backpacks. Slackpacker SA offers multi-day trails and overnight stops set in beautiful surroundings. Little beats ending a fun active day out, than drinking cold, showering hot and comfortable serviced accommodation.

Sleep on Table Mountain:

This overnight hike, which begins at Kirstenbosch, offers plenty of fresh mountain air and stunning panoramic views from different vantage points on the mountain. Make stops at the historic Waterworks Museum, the old reservoir, and a rock formation called “the diving board” that’s popular for impromptu photoshoots. Spend the night at the comfortable Overseers Cottage, and wake up feeling invigorated and ready to conquer the world.

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Kayak with the penguins in Simon's Town:

The penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach is always worth a visit but why watch from afar when you can see these wacky water birds up close? The Simon’s Town kayak tours will let you meet them on their home turf, and you can even join them in the water if the tide is right. No previous rowing experience is needed, though bear in mind, kayaking does require some physical stamina.

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