Activity filled or just relaxing, an African family holiday has something for everyone
From a pride of lions to a herd of elephants and a crash of rhinos, Africa is the perfect place for the family to witness some of the world’s wildest animals.
Experience it as one by spending quality time together on safari with a sole-use vehicle, taking to Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater to spot the ‘Big Five’ and visiting Kenya’s famous Masai Mara where the family can meet the Massai people and learn of their semi-nomadic heritage.
For those who want a hands-on experience (and don’t mind a bit of mud), try a frogging safari in South Africa’s Kruger Park as an introduction to the continent’s wildlife. Kit out the kids with a net, headlamp and wellington boots and follow the guide as they help you catch, identify and release some colourful croakers.
Make sure to choose activity-filled accommodation too, many of the resorts offer swimming pools, games and traditional African shows, but the more adventurous might enjoy a seaside destination where catamaran rides, wind surfing and other water sports keep the family entertained.
For those looking to really relax, try Mombasa where Travellers Club offer a kids’ club for the little ones, and Jacuzzi, steam rooms and saunas for the adults. Or consider South Africa’s Sarili Lodge whose ‘Kids of Safari’ programme delights with a visit to both the Born Free Foundation and Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. If that’s not enough, a trip to the forever-memorable Giraffe Manor near Nairobi, is where giraffes wander freely around the grounds of the hotel – something the family will remember for a lifetime.