- a group of people related by blood or marriage.
You’re never too old or too young to enjoy Africa. But to ensure a harmonious family trip you need to make the right choices – that’s where we can help.
South Africa & Namibia
Whatever the age of your children you can't go far wrong with South Africa – as well as offering malaria free game parks, there’s no significant time change to worry about, there are regular direct flights, and you have the option to self-drive and self-cater if you want to, which ensures maximum flexibility and is particularly appealing to families with younger children. There are many good hotels and guesthouses, and you can enjoy pools and other facilities. South Africa also offers superb value, with around 17 Rand to the Pound at time of writing. Add to this the chance to see the 'Big Five'(lion, buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard) alongside the 'Marine Big Five' (whales, penguins, seals, dolphins and sharks) and you have a destination that will provide a lifetime of very special memories. In Namibia you can also self-drive although drives tend to be longer (4-6 hours) because of the geography of the country and as such we think it is better suited to older children/teens.
East Africa - Kenya and Tanzania
Try camel trekking, canoeing, hand-feeding a giraffe or visiting local community and conservation projects. Seek out big game in East Africa’s most famous parks or spend time with a tracker and learn about the bush. From around the age of seven, there are all sorts of adventures for your children to enjoy. In Tanzania, our private drive-in safaris ensure your family has their own 4x4 safari vehicle and driver/guide while in Kenya we have private 4x4 and custom pop-top safari microvans to choose from.
As your children grow, you can be even more adventurous with your activities – teenage children love the chance to try out a safari by mokoro, a traditional dug-out canoe, or to experience the suspense of a night drive in private concessions. Being older and more independent means you have more choice when selecting lodges and camps too – you might consider splitting the family up across two tents rather than all sharing one family tent or room for example. Both Ker & Downey Camps and Desert & Delta Camps offer family friendly units where you can be accommodated together if you like. Victoria Falls makes an excellent extension to a safari in Botswana.
Zambia in another good option for families seeking something a bit unusual. We have a selection of private safari houses for exclusive use. These are ideal for friends travelling together (two families) or an extended family group and they combine wonderfully with an extension to Victoria Falls with all its exciting excursions or to Lake Malawi for beach time and watersports.
If you are travelling to Africa as a family, chances are, you will be restricted by school holiday dates. So, in order to find availability at the most suitable camps and lodges, we recommend booking well ahead of departure. Many of our preferred camps are very small and some may only have one family room or unit.
A classic private drive-in safari exploring the northern circuit including Tarangire, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater
An exciting family holiday combining Moremi and the Okavango staying at Desert & Delta camps
Stay on an all inclusive basis at this pretty hotel set in gorgeous gardens and with a lovely pool and beach
A relaxed family friendly beach resort offering great value near Grand Baie
A self drive tour along the stunning Garden Route including Cape Town, the Winelands and a malaria free safari
Enjoy a private safari in the wonderful Ol Pejeta Private Conservancy with its rhino and chimp sanctuaries before heading on to the world famous Masai Mara