If you have young children and would like to go on safari, you will want to choose a national park or reserve that is non-malarial. South Africa is ideal as it can offer safaris in several malarial-free areas. These include Madikwe in the north of the country, Tswalu in the Kalahari, Addo Elephant Park and a cluster of private game reserves (such as Shamwari) in the Port Elizabeth area. (Reserves near Port Elizabeth fit particularly well with a trip up the Garden Route.)
If your children are a little older and you don't mind them taking anti-malaria tablets, there is far more choice, but it very much depends on your budget. There are some fabulous private reserves around Kruger National Park (Sabi Sand particularly), which are extremely good for children.
These are just a few suggestions for your family holiday, but there are many other possibilities, ranging from the old Boer War battlefields near the Drakensberg Mountains, to the glitz of Sun City, followed by a safari at the neighbouring Pilanesberg Reserve.
Looking for something special for the kids? Find out more about the different types of things for kids to do on a safari on our blog.