Family Safari Holidays
Family safari holidays create memories to be treasured by the entire family for years to come. An ideal family safari holiday will therefore include experiences that will amuse, educate and entertain the young and old alike.
Activities that abound family safari holidays include Masai necklace making, Swahili mask-making, balloon safaris, cultural visits, game drives, horseback safaris, quad biking, learning to read scat and animal tracks and river-rafting.
Family safari holidays can also be easily combined with a beach holiday for some post safari relaxation. Activities during a beach holiday include swimming, scuba diving, sailing, fishing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and skydiving.
The leading family safari holidays destinations include Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Uganda and Rwanda, both of which are popular for gorilla trekking.
Many game lodges have strict minimum age requirements so check to be sure all of the lodges in your itinerary cater for your children. Also, if your children are under 12 years of age you may be asked to upgrade to a private safari vehicle for the comfort of your kids and that of other guests.
Malaria is probably the most important health risk to be aware of when on a family safari holiday. However, anti-malarial tablets and syrups are available for babies and young children. It’s also a good idea to check with the National Travel Health Network and Centre, which has a lot of useful information including a breakdown of information for every country. Also don’t forget to take out adequate travel insurance for the entire family.
There are tailored family safari holiday packages that can be customised to meet individual requirements.
Leading Family Safari Holidays Destinations
Family Safari Holidays in Kenya
Kenya is the home of the safari tradition and has constantly been voted Africa’s Leading Safari Destination. It has been captured beautifully on classic films like Out of Africa and Born Free and on television shows such as the popular Big Cat Diary.
Kenya offers more than 54 national parks and reserves each with its own uniqueness. Ecosystems range from mountains, river forest, lakes, wooded grassland, deserts, numerous hills, highlands to plains.
Visitors to the Masai Mara can witness the great wildebeest migration between July and October us over 1.5 million ungulates migrate from the Serengeti plans in Tanzania to the Mara and back again in search of water and pasture.
Family Safari Holidays in Tanzania
Tanzania is among the continents most sort after safari destinations. It offers classic safaris in destinations such as Serengeti National Park, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park.
The ease with which a child-friendly Tanzania safari can be combined with a beach experience makes the country popular with families. Holidaymakers can enjoy sun drenched beaches, swimming and watersports at the tropical coast or Zanzibar.
Family safari holidays in Tanzania also offer culture. Visitors can experience the way of life of the Masai people who inhabit northern Tanzania and southern Kenya. Those with the energy can attempt scaling Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain.
Off-the-beaten-track adventure can be had when game viewing in the super-remote Selous Game Reserve or when chimpanzee trekking in the rainforests of Mahale and Gombe.
Family Safari Holidays in South Africa
South Africa offers fun-filled family vacations in destinations such as Kruger National Park, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, Addo Elephant Park and Shamwari Game Park.
The private reserves that border South Africa’s most famous wilderness, the Kruger National Park offer the best luxury safaris. Top safari accommodations here include Singita, Londolozi, Mala Mala and Sabi Sabi.
Family safari holidays in South Africa can be combined with a relaxing beach break in cosmopolitan Cape Town or its beautiful Winelands. Those wanting to take a road trip can do so along the beautiful Garden Route, all the way up to the Eastern Cape’s reserves stopping for some of the world’s best whale watching along the way.
South Africa’s cultural heritage can be witnessed in the Cape’s food and wine tours and on the historic battefields of KwaZulu-Natal. Table Mountain hiking adventures also feature prominently among the attractions of South Africa.
See family safari tours for tailor-made family safari holidays. The tours can be customised to meet individual requirements.