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South Africa is regarded as the most child-friendly country in Africa, with plenty of family accommodations options, well-stocked shops, sunshine, safe beaches, high hygiene standards, wild animals, babysitters, and burgers on tap. Hotels and guest lodges usually provide discounts for children under 12, and children under age 2 sharing with parents are usually allowed to stay for free. Ages and discounts vary considerably, however, so it's best to check beforehand. South Africa also has a large number of excellent self-catering cottages, increasingly referred to in the trade as "villas" -- often the cheapest and most comfortable luxury accommodation option for families, with space and privacy (and a concierge service to arrange chef, chauffer, au pair, and so on, if you so wish). Bear in mind that many operators in private game reserves are loathe to accept children under 12. Because prophylactics are not recommended for those under 5, choose a malaria-free area, or visit during a dry winter. Again, nothing beats renting your own space, be it a self-drive budget safari in the Kruger or staying and having your own vehicle and guide for a flexible safari that the entire family will enjoy.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.