Africa

Family Holidays

Inken Scharpwinkel-Smith
Inken Scharpwinkel-Smith Travel Specialist
"Cape Town, the Garden Route, Kruger and KwaZulu Natal… where else in the world offers so many iconic holiday experiences?"

Africa Family holidays

Children love Africa – almost as much as their parents do. They love sleeping under canvas in small tented camps or living it up in world-class hotels or hanging out at a family-run beach lodge when their safari is over; they love the many properties that go that extra mile to make things perfect for the whole family – with special activities, flexible meal-times, child-focused game drives, family suites. Most of all, we all love the way that children learn so much from just being in Africa, without even realising it.

So take the kids and head off for an adventure in the bush and combine a safari with a fabulous tropical beach for a perfect African family holiday. Below we've highlighted holidays that are particularly family-friendly, but we have many itineraries that include lodges and beach hotels that make children especially welcome, so do ask us for first-hand advice on the very best family holidays in Africa.

Family holidays to Africa

Mike Unwin is a travel writer, parent and passionate advocate of Africa family holidays. He writes:

“ The African bush is surely the world’s most riveting classroom. And often it is the little things – the dung beetle rolling away its precious cargo; the oxpecker probing the ear of a disgruntled buffalo; the chameleon negotiating the lodge verandah – that captivate younger eyes and minds. While we adults come on safari with a prescribed agenda – Big-Five, Great Migration and so on – children select their own delights from Africa’s spectacular wildlife smorgasbord. Often they open parental eyes a little wider in the process.

For older children, with energy to burn, safaris offer no end of thrills and spills. Today’s adventure-thirsty teenagers can enjoy the likes of white-water rafting the Zambezi, balloon-rides over the Serengeti, rhino tracking in Kenya’s Lewa conservancy or surfing the sand dunes of the Namib Desert. Meanwhile, the older generation may prefer to put their feet up in the comfort of a lodge – or even, in some cases, retrace the steps of an African past. There is surely no better way in which to enjoy the holiday of a lifetime than surrounded by your grandchildren, as they delight in the world’s greatest natural playground. “

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Culture, Wildlife & Wilderness in the North - Self Drive
  • Culture & History
  • Family
  • Responsible
  • Safari
  • Fly-Drive
From £2469 per person
13 day holiday
Flights included
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South Africa
When you’ve seen all the well-known sights of South Africa and think there’s nothing left to know, it’s time to visit the...
KwaZulu Natal Action-Packed Family Holiday
  • Family
  • Safari
  • Fly-Drive
From £2570 per person
11 day holiday
Flights included
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South Africa
This action packed holiday is a perfect to involve and absorb kids and young people in environmental awareness. Take part in an action packed programme such as tracking, orientation, bush survival skills, anti-poaching methods and spear-fishing.
Reunion Touring & Beach Holiday
  • Beach
  • Family
  • Fly-Drive
From £2695 per person
13 day holiday
Flights included
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Reunion
If you enjoy spectacular scenery, outdoor pursuits or adrenaline activities, tropical beaches or walking and hiking you'll love this Reunion Island holiday. There are excellent family-friendly places to stay too, and with so many different activities on offer we can tailor-make a holiday to suit all tastes and interests.
Madagascar and Mauritius Made Easy
  • Beach
  • Family
  • Honeymoons
  • Wildlife
From £2745 per person
14 day holiday
Flights included
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Madagascar     Mauritius
Walk in the wildlife rich rainforests of Madagascar searching for lemurs and other endemic species, before enjoying some rest and relaxation on the beautiful island of Mauritius.
KwaZulu Natal - Self Drive
  • Culture & History
  • Family
  • Fly-Drive
From £2799 per person
12 day holiday
Flights included
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South Africa
If a 'sun-lounger' holiday is not your thing, this exciting two-week tour of South Africa's KwaZulu Natal, packed with outdoor...
Namibia Private Camping Safari
  • Family
  • Safari
  • Small Group Tours
From £3435 per person
14 day holiday
Flights included
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Namibia
A new privately guided camping tour that visits Sossusvlei, Etosha National Park, Okonjima and Swakopmund. Suits a group or family of four.
Kruger Safari, Swaziland & KwaZulu Natal Coast - Self Drive
  • Family
  • Safari
  • Fly-Drive
From £3499 per person
14 day holiday
Flights included
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South Africa
Two week self drive of Kruger National Park, Kingdom of Swaziland and endless coastline of KwaZulu Natal.
Classic Madagascar Overland: the RN7 Route
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Responsible
  • Wildlife
From £3675 per person
15 day holiday
Flights included
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Madagascar
This tailor-made individual tour follows the scenic RN7 road, long praised as a journey through diverse landscapes and including many wildlife hotspots and sites of cultural interest.
Serengeti Safari & Beach Family Holiday
  • Beach
  • Family
  • Safari
From £3795 per person
15 day holiday
Flights included
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Tanzania     Zanzibar
Activities on this outstanding safari and beach family holiday in Tanzania are tailored to inspire and interest children and young people of all ages. Your own private guide and safari vehicle gives the flexibility every family needs for a relaxing holiday.
Botswana & Victoria Falls Family Safari
  • Family
  • Safari
From £3840 per person
10 day holiday
Flights included
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Botswana     Zambia
Fly around family safari to the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park and the Victoria Falls in Zambia
Madagascar Made Easy Deluxe
  • Beach
  • Family
  • Responsible
  • Wildlife
From £4150 per person
12 day holiday
Flights included
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Madagascar
A private, tailor-made tour, taking in the protected lemur-rich rainforests of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park and on the opposite side of the country, the incomparable Anjajavy Le Lodge, set on a lovely secluded beach, surrounded by a dry baobab forest reserve packed with rare wildlife.
Cedarberg, Kalahari & Cape Town
  • Family
  • Responsible
  • Safari
From £4915 per person
14 day holiday
Flights included
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South Africa
This luxury holiday is a real treat that works well for both families and couples wanting an exclusive escape. Tswalu Kalahari, Bushmans Kloof and the Cape Grace are some of the very best properties in South Africa, offering a world-class service.
Trunks & Turtles - Kenya Family Safari & Beach
  • Family
  • Safari
From £7980 per person
11 day holiday
Flights included
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Kenya
This is the ideal safari and beach break if you are looking for an active family adventure that suits a wide age range. The holiday takes in the game-rich Masai Mara and the wide sandy beaches of Watamu, north of Mombasa.
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