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Family holidays involving adventure have become increasingly popular. Not only are they a great way for families to bond, they also provide a sense of accomplishment when fears are overcome.

Nomonde Ndlangisa, CEO of Bergrivier Tourism, says more parents want to spend quality time with their families without the distraction of screens. This often means involving them in adventure activities that are fun and challenging.

She recommends five key reasons why an adventure family holiday should be on your must-do list this year.

Challenge yourselves

Succeeding at a challenge provides a real sense of accomplishment. This is especially true for children. Adventure holidays present opportunities for challenge, whether it’s conquering a fear of heights or having the confidence to paddle on a river.

Share incredible experiences

Make the most of time together as a family be enjoying fun experiences. This is how memories are made.

Keep fit

Outdoor pursuits are a great way to keep fit. You may try a new activity that you want to pursue at home as a way of keeping fit.

Strengthen family bonds

Adventurous activities foster open communication, encourage solidarity, and create a stronger sense of shared memories. These all help to build a better family dynamic.

For more ideas about what children want from a holiday

It will make you happier

Adventure holidays that involve being outdoors and active can make you feel happier and calmer.

Some adventure destinations in the Western Cape:

The hugely popular West Coast village of Velddrif hugs the banks of the beautiful Berg River. This lovely town is perfectly located to offer a myriad of activities to families who are water-sport enthusiasts. These include canoeing and kayaking, boat trips, sailing, surfing, skiing, kite-boarding and stand-up paddling. The Berg River is also a fishing hotspot and is one of the most popular bird-watching sites in South Africa.

Piketberg, which is nestled at the foot of the Piketberg Mountain range, appeals to adventure-seeking families.  Activities include hiking, mountain biking, camping, canoeing, fishing and 4x4ing.

This quaint village is on the slopes of the Olifant’s River Mountains at the base of the Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area. Porterv

Outdoor enthusiasts are in for a treat as Porterville offers a variety of hiking and mountain biking trails. Twenty two waterfalls dot the waterfall trail at Waterval, which is a popular camping spot. Crystal clear pools, ideal for a cooling dip, intersperse the trails.

Visit Bergrivier Tourism & Accommodation South Africa for a list of things to do.  For a detailed guide on the top mountain biking routes in the area visit: Bergrivier Mountain Bike Guide – Bergrivier Tourism. The Bergrivier region offers a wealth of options for families who love to camp.