Family holidays in Africa

Family holidays in Africa

Family safari holidays in Africa can be an amazing way for children to learn about nature, and many trips will also include encounters with completely different cultures.

To get the best out of a family safari to Africa, we’d use our experience to tailor the trip to your family. As well as your interests and your budget, we’ll consider the age and individual maturity of your children, and any safety concerns.

We know that many ‘standard’ safaris will end up being boring for children, who are expected to sit quietly whilst entertainment isn’t guaranteed. Finding good, child-friendly lodges may seem the obvious choice – but only a few live up to their marketing promises. We discuss private guides with you who have a track record of guiding children. These are often included at our private villas and safari houses, along with your own private chef.

For more Africa-savvy travellers, especially those on a more limited budget, we arrange self-drive family safari holidays in South Africa’s Cape and Namibia. We’ve had great success with our own children on safaris which include some stops at self-catering restcamps, where we can cook your own dinner over our own campfire – it can be magical!

Do discuss any safety concerns with us – we’ll give you candid views on everything from malaria to animal dangers, unsuitable camp designs and even questions around sensitive children witnessing a kill.

We’ve on-the-ground experience of taking young children on Africa family holidays – so click on the pictures below for an overview of our family holidays in Africa’s different countries – and then give us a call to discuss your wishes in detail!

Family holidays in Botswana

Family holidays in Botswana

What was regarded unusual ten years ago, is now becoming more and more popular: at a suitable camp, family safari holidays in Botswana can provide you and your children with an outstanding wildlife experience. Consider booking a private guide to get the most out of your family safari holidays in Botswana!

Ideas for family holidays in Botswana

Family holidays in Kenya

Family holidays in Kenya

With fun activities and the fascinating culture of the Maasai, Kenya offers great family safari holidays for older and fairly active children - who will often find the Maasai people particularly interesting to meet. At the beginning or end of your family safari head for the Kenya coast for some of the loveliest family beach holidays in Africa!

Ideas for family holidays in Kenya

Family holidays in Mozambique

Family holidays in Mozambique

Mozambique impresses with pristine beaches and excellent marine wildlife. Therefore it's a worthwhile destination for family beach holidays with older children who can enjoy water-based activities and experience the Mozambican culture. However, parents with small children should bear in mind that the country is malarial.

Ideas for family holidays in Mozambique

Family holidays in Namibia

Family holidays in Namibia

Namibia offers fantastic self-driving family safari holidays. However, as stunning as the country's scenery is, it's unlikely to keep your youngest entertained for hours. Therefore, family holidays here are best for families with older children, who are fine with longer drives - they'll love the freedom and the sheer variety of a family holiday to Namibia.

Ideas for family holidays in Namibia

Family holidays in Seychelles

Family holidays in Seychelles

Being free of malaria and large predators, the beautiful tropical islands of the Seychelles should be top of your list for family beach holidays, especially with small children. You'll find generally very friendly people here and simple, good-value lodges as well as the better-known luxurious retreats. Many of these places welcome children of all ages!

Ideas for family holidays in Seychelles

Family holidays in South Africa

Family holidays in South Africa

The Cape's excellent, malaria-free parks are a great destination for family safari holidays in South Africa. Choose between private villas and good-value places - many have facilities for self-catering that appeal especially to families on a tight budget. Moreover, the Cape is well-suited for self-drives, allowing you to explore at your own pace.

Ideas for family holidays in South Africa

Family holidays in Tanzania

Family holidays in Tanzania

With excellent wildlife, lovely, white sandy island beaches and good transport links between them, Tanzania has huge potential for family safari and beach holidays. In reality, only a handful of safari camps and beach holiday lodges are suitable for family holidays in Tanzania; we've highlighted the best below.

Ideas for family holidays in Tanzania

Family holidays in Zambia

Family holidays in Zambia

Zambia's private safari houses are definitely among our favourites for family safari holidays with older children who like a bit of adventure. Then they provide great flexibility, much private space and a relaxed atmosphere to a group of ideally eight travellers. Plus, Zambia offers very good wildlife and arguably the best guiding in Africa!

Ideas for family holidays in Zambia

Family holidays in Zanzibar

Family holidays in Zanzibar

On family holidays in Zanzibar, you can join watersports or simply relax on stunning tropical beaches. Come for powdery white sand framed by shady palm trees and the sparkling turquoise water of shallow lagoons! For older children, it can be an educating and fun experience to explore the islands' pristine marine wildlife and coral reefs.

Ideas for family holidays in Zanzibar