A family safari holiday is one of the most exciting holidays a child can have...

Family Safari Holidays

The opportunity to see animals in their natural habitat, to watch a herd of elephant walk past their vehicle, to spot a cheetah with its cubs, or listen to a pride of lions roaring at night. It is a magical experience that they will never forget.

The majority of our family trips are designed around the age of the children travelling on the trip:

Under 5 years old

If travelling with very young children, the main priority is to travel to areas that have no malaria. As virtually all of Africa lies within the Malaria belt, the only destination we would recommend for families with very young children is South Africa.

There are a number of malarial-free holiday reserves in South Africa which can easily be combined with Cape Town and the Garden Route, or even the beach destination of Mauritius – Africa’s most family-friendly beach destination.

5 – 10 years old

For families with children between the ages of 5 and 10, we would recommend a safari holiday to either South Africa or Kenya.

South Africa’s parks (both non-malarial, and also malarial areas such as the Kruger) are well set up for children, with a number of lodges offering excellent children's programmes that occupy the middle of the day during safaris.

Kenya is also an extremely good destination for family safari holidays. The Masai Mara offers superb big-game viewing, while the Laikipia and Lewa area offers a large range of activities, and also interaction with local cultures.

Northern Tanzania, specifically the Serengeti and Ngorongoro region, is also excellent for families of this age.

Read our blog on 'Things for kids to do on safari' to get an idea of the activities on offer throughout Africa.

10-20 years old

The whole of Africa opens up for families with older children, especially as children of this age do not necessarily need the range of non-safari activities offered in the destinations we recommend for younger families.

One of our favourite destinations for families with older children is Tanzania, especially the north of the country where the Serengeti and Ngorongoro region have the perfect balance of big game and great lodges, as well as authenticity and adventure. Trips to Tanzania can also include a cultural element, as the Masai tribe live throughout the region. The beaches of the Zanzibar Archipelago are also a superb place to finish.

Botswana is also a wonderful destination, but it is expensive – you have to expect to pay Africa’s highest safari prices if you go there.

Adventurous Families

If you think your children are able to handle the kind of wild experiences Africa can offer, we really recommend that families with children over 10 consider a more adventurous trip.

Southern Tanzania is particularly ideal for adventurous families, as it has many small camps where the focus is on adventurous activities such as boating, fly camping and walking. Climbing Kilimanjaro is also an option for a family wishing to do something different during their safari-focused holiday.

Zambia is our other recommendation. It is home to the most adventurous safari in Africa. Walking is the highlight here, whilst there are also a number of canoe safari options on the Zambezi river.

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