Can you imagine anything that could be possibly more exciting when you were a little one than the thought of heading out to Africa on safari? Africa is the perfect family holiday destination for adventurous little ones, with a huge amount of great family options, from child friendly camps to tailored safari experiences like animal tracking which are not only fun but (ssshhh) educational too.
Below are our best bespoke family holidays in Africa, perfect whether you are travelling with children of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers...
Make it Malaria Free
There are hundreds of safari options perfect for children throughout Africa, but if you want to make it really easy (and pill free) then heading to the malaria free region is your best bet.
Kenya is super family friendly and a great introduction for any first time safari goer, with a wide range of activities, brilliant game viewing and fantastic family friendly accommodation throughout the country. Children can learn how to track animals, spend the day with Maasai guides and even meet baby elephants - plus, it is all perfectly combinable with a beach holiday on Kenya's Indian Coast.
A riding safari is a wonderfully unique and memorable way of experiencing a safari, be you a novice or experienced rider. We recommend South Africa for its diverse variety of riding experiences: be it riding with game, cattle mustering, polo crosse, cross country jumping, swimming with horses, western games or riding on long stretches of deserted beaches you're after.
An excellent option for families with restless teenagers (children must be over 16yrs), a Canoe Safari on the Zambezi is a three night trip, moving every day to a different riverside camp and seeing incredible game along the way. Combine as part of a larger safari trip in Zimbabwe or with an adrenalin pumping few days at the Victoria Falls for bungee jumping, white water rafting, and river boarding and gorge swinging.
An exclusive private retreat on the white sand shores of the San Sebastian Peninsula, in Southern Mozambique, Pambele is the perfect resort for families who want their own private hideaway. It feels like to you are staying on a deserted island and the perfect safe haven for kids to run around on their own (there are no other hotels or lodges nearby). Fully equipped the lodge is jammed packed full of activities from dive boats and kayaks, a traditional sailing dhow and an inflatable rib for snorkelling trips plus a small nature reserve for nature walks, horse riding, game drives and turtle nesting expeditions.