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Africa is made up of a multitude of unique destinations, which are filled with adventure, enlightening cultural interactions and opportunities for bonding and learning as a family. We know that planning your next vacation can be stressful so here are a few quick pointers to help you plan the perfect family vacation in Africa.

The trappings of the modern world make vacations with your family a precious commodity. It can be tough finding a destination, which perfectly blends relaxation with fun activities for your curious kids. Are you currently trying to find the perfect destination for your next family getaway? Well, you need look no further than Africa: A glorious continent brimming with adventure, beauty, culture and wildlife.

Getting started

In Africa you’ll be spoiled for choice. For many, it is a trip of a lifetime. It is home to some of the most spectacular sightseeing destinations in the world.

You will have to choose between places like South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana, Kenya, Zambia, Mozambique and many more. Many people wait till their children are about 12 years old so that they can have a better appreciation of the experience. However, many people travel with younger kids and have exciting and enriching vacations. So when you begin your research keep the following details in mind:

  • The ages of the people in your family
  • Their interests and level of ability
  • The qualifications of potential tour operators, guides and safari experts who work with children

The whole world in one continent

The first thing most people think about when they hear “Africa” is going on safari and with good reason: It is truly a transcendent experience to connect with wildlife in their natural habitat. It is raw, powerful and unforgettable. But there is more to Africa than just going on safari. It is filled with a number of destinations that are sure to pique the interest of your family, regardless of their age.

South Africa

South Africa is a great destination for all age groups. It is home to the world famous Kruger National Park and one of the best places to see The Big 5. It is modern, has amazing weather and a variety of activities and attractions, which makes it easy to plan a vacation for any generation of your family. From the beaches of Cape Town to the Garden Route you are sure to find the perfect activity. To get you started why not check out The Black Rhino Lodge in the Pilansberg National Park. It is close to the Sun City resort and has excellent activities for young kids.


Kenyan safari destinations are perfect if you’re travelling with teens. It is big on adventure and is world-renowned for the Masai Mara Great Wildebeest Migration, its Big 5 game reserves and beach holidays. 


White sand beaches, sprawling game reserves and Masai warriors: This is big game Africa. Check out Karisia Walking Safaris, which is perfect for the more adventurous teens: You are tasked with a camel trek across the Laikipia region, which makes for spectacular game viewing.

Tanzania is perfect for a trip with your adult children. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro or visit unforgettable Big 5 destinations like the Serengeti and Ngorangoro Crater for truly spectacular game viewing. Tanzania’s tropical coastline and its beautiful beaches and coral reefs make this destination a top choice for family vacations.

Be sure to visit Zanzibar, with its palm filled beaches and turquoise waters to make it a truly unforgettable experience. This is just a taste of what Africa has to offer. It is important to try and involve the entire family when planning your trip. Do some research or speak to an expert. With so much to see and do, it would be a shame to miss out on anything.

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