Family Africa

From the Atlas Mountains to the African bush, there are countless family holiday options throughout Africa, offering experiences completely unlike those of home, sure to have the children’s minds boggling from the minute you step off the plane.

Does the thought of planning a family safari holiday fill your mind with anxious questions - how young is too young to take them on safari? Will it be safe? Will we have to force malaria tablets down them every day? Thankfully, this is where we come in. Our regional experts know exactly where is (and isn't) suitable for children, no matter what their ages. Lovers of the Lion King will watch wide-eyed with wonder while on safari as animals they've only seen on screen stand within metres of your safari vehicle, or stroll past your lodge as you're having breakfast.

South Africa is the perfect example of a country that ticks every family holiday box - it has vast reserves that are completely malaria free, so no need for pesky tablets; it is a direct flight away from London with very little time difference; and it's home to some of the best family-friendly hotels in Africa.

In terms of age, we'd recommend a family safari to somewhere such as Madikwe in South Africa for children as young as five. For those with teenagers in tow looking for an intrepid African adventure, you could head to Tanzania to experience the Great Migration in the Serengeti or to Namibia to learn about rhino conservation. What better way to leave screens and social media behind than to bring your teens deep into the African bush?

If it's a big, multi-generational holiday you're after, then we can point you in the direction of some beautiful properties available for private hire throughout the continent. Enjoy barefoot luxury in a private villa on the beaches of Mozambique, a whole family safari in South Africa, or combine bush and beach with a '3G' holiday in Kenya.

Those in search of culture, look no further than the souqs of Marrakech for a shopping experience that couldn't be further from the weekly food shop at home, where the sights, sounds and smells will blow your brood's minds. Add some adventure by combining Marrakech with walking in the Atlas Mountains.

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Planning a successful family holiday takes a similar amount of organisation and fortitude as a small scale military operation. But fear not, our team of specialists (many of whom are parents themselves) are here to take the stress out of the planning process so those toddler tantrums and teenage meltdowns are kept to a minimum.

From our carefully curated Sharky & George fun packs, which keep children entertained on those long journeys, to knowing the most family-friendly hotels and holding client focus groups, we pride ourselves on making sure that you have the best family holiday imaginable because there's no more important time together.


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Isabel is our 'Family Africa' expert and as a seasoned traveller has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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