Africa Family Safari Holidays

Family Safari Holidays in Africa

Family safari holiday planning with the experts

With lodges and camps beginning to focus their attention specifically on families and children, a family safari has never been a better idea than it is today. A safari is the ultimate family holiday – adventurous, personalised, comfortable and exciting – all ages will be captivated by the outstanding African wildlife. In our opinion, safari is the best family holiday for ensuring everyone, big and small, goes home with reluctance and fond memories lasting a lifetime.

East Africa Family Safari Vs Southern Africa

East Africa includes Uganda, Rwanda (both offering amazing gorilla trekking for the older families), Tanzania and Kenya. Our pick of the bunch for a less specialised and safari/beach holiday is Kenya and Tanzania. When compared to Southern Africa itineraries, East Africa is more cost effective. Flights are easier and cheaper to the beach and they are spectacular safari destinations with or without family!

Kenya and Tanzania are old safari hats, so have pretty much perfected the family safari game drives and experiences for youngsters. 10-12 year olds really suit exciting big five game drives in Tanzania and Kenya in The Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Masai Mara Game Reserve. For families who would like a relaxing safari experience – still with amazing wildlife – our favourite family holiday destination is Southern Tanzania, which is so close to the beach.

Saying this, some may prefer Southern Africa combined with either the exciting Cape Town (fabulous for older families) and Victoria Falls instead of a beach extension. Southern Africa is composed of Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia.

South Africa is the best option for families who want to see all the big five without paying a premium; there are numerous luxurious options which are half the price of similar Botswana properties and also some malaria-free reserves for very young children.Similarly, Zimbabwe is exceptional value for money, though it is probably better for teens with a sense of adventure, whereas South Africa safari lodges cater for younger children exceptionally well. Zambia is an unbelievable destination for adventurous older families, though tends to be more expensive than Zimbabwe and the excellent value South Africa options.

For those with deep pockets, a family safari in Botswana offers an unbeatable experience, though you pay a premium for luxury here on top of the already expensive private reserve prices.