Family Safari in Africa

Family Safaris in Africa- On Safari With Children

Destinations and Things to Do

An African safari is an ultimate holiday for families. Apart from being an extraordinary wildlife destination with various incredible wilderness regions.Lately, most parents have started seeing the importance and value of quality time with their families away from today’s technology-filled lives. A family-friendly oriented safari to Arica offers families a platform to bond with each other, also sharing these “once in a lifetime” experiences. And with these experiences, the memories children get will keep in their minds and will be their talk for a very long time.

A number of African countries offer family holiday packages with accommodation types that vary from basic camping to 6-star luxury lodges. Africa is not rich in neon-lit malls but rich in authentic culture, cuisine, wildlife, scenery and safe adventurous spots. Africa is surely to visit with a family, because unlike playing computer games and alike a safari game drive will fascinate granddad just as it does to a 12 year old!

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There is nothing captivating as watching proud loins hunt down their prey… or watching baby elephants at a waterhole splashing water at each other. How about tracking a cheetah or riding on an ostrich an unforgettable experience… or go for gorilla trekking through the jungle. With this you also can ride on a horse along with a herd of giraffes and later sample various African cuisines and later spend your eveningaround the camp fire!

There are different destinations that suit your family’s interests, happiness, travelling style and age range.

South Africa

You may start your family safari from Cape Town, this is one of South Africa’s spectacular cities with various options for families. In close proximity with Cape Town is the Garden Route which is covered with wonderful beaches, not far from a number of malaria-free game parks found in the Eastern Cape. The Eastern Cape is an ideal place a “Big5 safari”.

You can enjoy activities like; visiting the Boulders Beach where you can watch African Penguins, you can also take a boat ride to the Seal Island. Visit the CapeWinelands where you will learn about and get up close with a wild cheetah. You can also pay a visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium found in Cape Town (named for the Atlantic and Indian Oceans).

A safari in South Africa cannot be counted complete if visitors have not visited Kruger National Park. The accommodation is favorable for families since it ranges from Bushcamps to luxurious lodges. The family private lodges are exclusive as they come with a safari guide, chef, butler and various activities that even bring awareness of nature to children. There are other fun-filled opportunities for learning such as bush walks, game drives (planned for children to), and bushveld games.


Over the years families have appreciated the malaria-free areas in Namibia; the glorious Sossusvlei sand dunes and the Skeleton Coast (it’s a large coastline). Also the transport is also easy since most roads are good.

Activities that will leave your family fascinated are quad biking along the Skeleton coast, visit to private reserves in Etosha where you can enjoy night game drives to look out for nocturnal wildlife species, also cultural interactions such as one with the Himba people found in the North. Also children can have a great time in the Cheetah Research Center where they can have close interactions with cheetahs.

Kenya and Tanzania

These two destinationscan be easily combined for an epic family safari. Areas like the Great Plains of the Maasai Mara in Kenya and the Serengeti in Tanzania have increasingly and continually drawn visitorsfrom all parts of the world. There is nothing as amazing as watching thousands of wildebeests and zebras crossing the Mara River together with your family.

Just near the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania is an area called Karatu which families can visit; there is a children’s school and an orphanagewhere your children can meet new people and interact.


While families are on a visit to Botswana, they can experience the magical Okavango Delta, the remarkable Kalahari Desert landscape and the big numbers of elephants found in Chobe National Park.Thisdestination has the best accommodation from the basic tented/traditionally made to luxurious and exclusiveaccommodations.

Zimbabwe and Zambia

These two destinations are gateways for the world’s most thunderousVictoria Falls, the falls rank among the World’s seven NaturalWonders. Still near this area n Livingstone, here are various sportactivities for your interested family members.

Your family can also enjoy walking safaris in Zambia’s hidden gem;South Luangwa National Park.A canoe ride along the Zambezi River in Lower Zambezi National Park will do you go, sincetogether with your family you can enjoy catching tiger fish.

In Zimbabwe, as a family you can encounter lots of wildlife species including Southern Africa’s last great elephants in Hwange National Park. Also the mythical Mana Pools National Park is one of the best places for family safaris with big populations of hippos, Nile crocodiles and elephants.

Uganda and Rwanda

Most commonly known to be homes of the remaining species of endangered Mountain Gorillas, Uganda and Rwanda are usually visited by various people, and specifically for an unforgettable experience with the gentle giants, children of the age of 15 and above are the ones allowed to trek gorillas. Therefore as a family you good choose a combined gorilla trekking safari betweenUganda and Rwanda.

The parks where Gorillas are trekked include; Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda), Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (Uganda) and Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda). Other National Parks also have camps that favour family holidays.


Being one of Africa’s upcoming great spots for washingaway the dust and dirt after being in the bushes on a safari in Southern Africa. Mozambique is greatly known for its magical offshore islands, amazing snorkeling and scuba diving and also fascinating unspoiled white beaches.

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