Multi-Sport Holidays: A Challenge for the Whole Family

Multi-Sport Holidays: A Challenge for the Whole Family How often does your family get out into nature? The average child spends around seven hours a day glued to a screen. If you’re stuck for ideas for your next family vacation, why not think about a multi-sport holiday? South Africa is the perfect destination to get away from technology and throw the whole family into a host of new and fun outdoor activities. Burn off your kids’ energy, learn a new skill, and give them a new passion for outdoor recreation! Great for First-Timers Multi-sport holidays are a brilliant choice if you’re new to outdoor sports, as you get a taste of everything. South Africa is a fantastic choice of location, as the varied landscape means you get to try all these sports at their best. The varied schedule keeps you outside, active, and interested throughout the whole week, and you don’t get stuck with something you don’t enjoy. If you’re introducing your kids to these sports for the first time, make sure they don’t get overstretched and overwhelmed; you want them to catch the bug, not be put off it for life. Your travel company will be able to advise on how strenuous or long the activities are and what are suitable for kids or first-timers. Something for Everyone There’s a whole host of activities you can try, but some good ones to start with are:
  • Mountain biking: the thrill of speeding down a dirt track and negotiating rocky corners is a completely different experience to cycling on the pavement at home - try the winding passes of the East Cape Highlands for some of South Africa's best views.
  • White-water rafting: an adrenalin rush for those who love being on the water. Work as a team to steer your raft through the rapids on the mighty Tugela river.
  • Canoeing: if you’re after a more sedate pace with opportunities to spot some local wildlife, try heading out on the Pongola river armed with your binoculars.
  • Hiking: a great way to get lost in the wilderness - although hopefully only metaphorically! Choose a trail suited to your family’s ability, and set your pace so everyone can enjoy it. Pick up a guide book and teach your kids about wildlife and plant species or map reading and wayfinding while you go. As with most outdoor activities, even your four-legged friends can come hiking, and the bravery and endurance dogs possess makes them ideal adventure companions.
The Secret Benefits Outdoor sports are great for challenging comfort zones and overcoming adversity - valuable life skills to encourage in your kids. They’re also great bonding experiences for families, especially when you’re working together to negotiate a particular problem. It’s been proven that people are happier when they spend money on experiences rather than physical objects, so what better way is there to create some great family memories than to go experience the outdoors together?