Family-friendly Holiday Resorts in and around Gauteng

Family-friendly Holiday Resorts in and around Gauteng

Holiday Resorts Gauteng

Being based in Gauteng, it often feels to me as if we are somewhat cut off from all the amazing holiday destinations and resorts this beautiful country has to offer. Everything just seems so far away and travelling in the car with 2 kids under four years of age for anything longer than two hours seems like a daunting task!

This year, however, I decided that I really want to explore our province more! There are some super cool holiday resorts to choose from nearby after all, plus, if they are a bit further away, I will just have to start getting more creative with in-car entertainment (maybe I can dress up as a clown halfway there?).

Here are some holiday resorts which look absolutely amazing (and worth the drive for the potential family fun and laughter). Plus, these resorts often also offer team-building and conferencing facilities which make them the ideal venues for corporate team-building weekends which include staff families.

Don't miss out on these Family-friendly holiday resorts in KwaZulu-Natal, as well as these Family-friendly Holiday Resorts in the Western Cape.

Things to do with Kids: Family-friendly Holiday & Team-building Resorts near Gauteng 2019

ATKV Buffelspoort, Rustenburg

Holiday Resorts | Things to do with Kids | Gauteng

Located in Magaliesberg, this resort is a mere 1-hour drive from both Pretoria and Johannesburg, offering beautiful scenery, a wide range of accommodation options and lots of exploring opportunities in the area.

Activities and Excursions included:

  • Beauty salon
  • Restaurant, take away facilities and sports bar
  • Conference rooms
  • Swimming Pool (cold and heated, outdoor and indoor)
  • Braai Area
  • Jacuzzis
  • Golf and adventure mini golf
  • Horse rides
  • Snooker
  • Pottery
  • Volleyball, squash, and tennis
  • Water slides
  • Trampolines

Accommodation: Self Catering, Glamping, Camping, Bungalows, Flat, Villas

Contact: ATKV Buffelspoort

ATKV Klein Kariba, Bela Bela

Holiday Resorts | Things to do with Kids | Gauteng

Situated a mere 90min drive from Johannesburg, the ATKV Klein Kariba resort offers a beautiful family reprieve into the bushveld in one of the Waterberg’s kloofs. As this resort is located along the Bushveld tourist route, families can explore a number of tourist attractions nearby.

Activities and Excursions include:

  • Restaurant with takeaway facilities
  • Shop
  • Swimming pool
  • Hiking
  • Games room
  • Two warm swimming pools and a heated indoor pool
  • Cold-water outdoor swimming and splash pool
  • Water slide
  • Nine-hole short and miniature golf course
  • Volleyball and rugby
  • Horse riding
  • Game viewing
  • Hiking trails
  • Cycling
  • Pedal and rowing boats (weekends and school holidays)
  • Fishing
  • Electronic games (weekends and school holidays)
  • Four-wheel motorcycle rides

Accommodation: Self Catering, Glamping, Camping

Contact: ATKV Klein Kariba

ATKV Eiland Spa, Hans Merensky Nature Reserve

Holiday Resorts | Things to do with Kids | Gauteng

This resort and spa is well-known for its warm water springs and beautiful surroundings. It is situated in the heart of the Hans Merensky Nature Reserve, on the southern banks of the Letaba River, only 68 km east of Tzaneen in the Limpopo province. Expect year-round warm, sunny weather and natural beauty.

Activities and Excursions include:

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hiking
  • Braai area
  • Games room
  • Hydro spa, sauna, steam bath and hot-water mineral bath
  • Cold-water swimming pool and splash pool
  • Super-tube
  • Gymnasium
  • Putt-putt
  • Hiking and cycling routes
  • Birdwatching
  • Angling
  • Riding
  • Tennis, bowls and volleyball
  • Pool table
  • Foosball
  • Trampoline
  • Big chess board
  • Table tennis

Accommodation: Self Catering, Camping, Youth hostels

Contact: ATKV Eiland Spa

Koppisol Klub Holiday Resort, Vereeniging

Holiday Resorts | Things to do with Kids | Gauteng

This holiday resort offers a peaceful country setting with tree-lined open spaces; promising an escape from the city into the great outdoors.

Activities and Excursions include:

  • Hot water pool (only open on weekends from September to April)
  • Waterslides (open on weekends and school holidays)
  • Swimming pool
  • Jungle Gym
  • Putt-putt
  • Boeremusiek (on weekends)

Accommodation: Camping, Chalets

Contact: 016 556 1155

Emerald Resort and Casino, Vanderbijlpark

Holiday Resorts | Things to do with Kids | Gauteng

Situated a mere 45-minute drive from Johannesburg, on the banks of the Vaal dam, this elegant resort caters for everyone’s needs, offering a variety of accommodation options, restaurants, shops, a spa and entertainment facilities.

Activities & Excursions:

  • Beauty center
  • Game drives
  • Riverboat cruises
  • Casino
  • Water sports such as jet skiing, parasailing and towboat skiing
  • Quizzes, comedy nights and dancing
  • Aquadome
  • Animal World
  • Swimming pool
  • Hiking
  • Kids Program
  • Braai area
  • Games Room

Accommodation: Hotel, Self-catering, Camping, Lodges, Chalets

Contact: 016 982 8000

Seasons Golf, Leisure and Spa, Brits

Holiday Resorts | Things to do with Kids | Gauteng

This upscale, yet family-friendly, hotel is situated near the Elephant Sanctuary on 121 hectares of bushveld. It offers a fantastic base from which to explore the many tourist attractions around Hartbeespoort Dam.

Activities and Excursions included:

  • Restaurant and bar
  • Two outdoor swimming pools
  • 18-hole golf course
  • Spa
  • Kids’ playground
  • Hiking trails
  • Horse riding
  • Hot air balloon rides
  • Birdwatching
  • Putt-putt
  • Supersize chess

Accommodation: Lodge Room, Villas

Contact: 087 150 1888



A wife and mom, Alexa is an avid traveler always on the lookout for a new adventure. She is a high energy, natural influencer and inspiration to those around her. Although she has based her career on sales and marketing, she studied politics, philosophy and economics. A passion for writing has led her to blog on Things to do with Kids and on her personal blog called ‘Sleepless in Jozi”, which is focused on life as a mommy, travelling and generally being a busy body. In her free time Alexa loves spending quality time with her family, the outdoors, reading a good book and exploring new restaurants, markets and activities.

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