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Ten Great Family Adventures in Africa

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
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by Jacqueline Freer

Family time opens the door of opportunity to explore the world on an adventure together and spend as much quality time together as possible before the kids grow up and have kids of their own. Africa is a playground of discovery with its diverse cultures and hidden treasures; perfect for a real family adventure.


Above: fun in the Namib Desert, Namibia.

1. Namibia

Swakopmund Namibia is one of Africa's most beautiful countries and is famous for its gorgeous beaches, the incredible orange dusted desert dunes of the Namib Desert and of course the great town of Swakopmund steeped in a deep German heritage fused with African influence and culture. With a reputation of being the adventure capital of Namibia, Swakopmund presents a world of extreme sports and outdoor family adventures. Activities range from quad biking to game viewing, hot air ballooning to hang gliding and sandboarding. African family adventures at their best.

2. South Africa

The Kruger National Park The Kruger National Park is one of the world’s most famous game reserves, offering visitors the opportunity to see the Big Five, getting close to nature. Fantastic rest camps, private lodges and bush camps provide guests with a range of accommodation options. Rich game viewing ensures that you get your wildlife fix while rest camps allow visitors the creature comforts of shops, pools, restaurants, laundry services, phones and postal services. The Kruger Park is a great option for a family adventure holiday in Africa.

3. Kenya

Maasai Mara National Reserve Kenya is known for its national parks and natural wonders, including the world famous Maasai Mara National Reserve. Game viewing includes some of the world’s best, presenting the opportunity to see the big five. A country so rich in culture it offers visitors the opportunity to experience Africa at its very best. With a deeply rooted history telling stories of Maasai warriors, sunrises and sunsets, the Maasai Mara National Reserve continues to attract visitors and guests from around the world. Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve presents another perfect family adventure holiday idea.


Above: Whale shark safari in Mozambique

4. Mozambique

Bazaruto Mozambique with its pristine white beaches and beautiful blue waters, friendly people and fantastic food, combined with a multitude of outdoor adventuring options makes it a worthwhile place to visit for an adventurous family getaway in Africa. Snorkelling, scuba diving and wakeboarding make it a fantastic holiday option for the family. Mozambique is to the brim with things to do making it the ideal family adventure holiday destination.

5. Tanzania

Serengeti National Park The Serengeti region is made up of the Serengeti National Park along with the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Loliondo, the Maswa Game Reserve, Grumeti and Ikorongo and the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Tanzania is another incredible country that attracts nature lovers from around the world for some of the best game viewing and outdoor adventuring on offer. The park receives over 90,000 visitors a year attracting people from every corner of the globe making it a great option for that family adventure.

6. Uganda

Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda is home to the rare Mountain Gorilla and some of the world's most beautiful rain forests which attract visitors from around the world to this small corner of the planet. The Queen Elizabeth National Park is rich in wildlife with plenty of opportunities to get close to the rare Mountain Gorilla, on a tour to see these awesome primates. Queen Elizabeth National Park offers guests a range of options for things to do, making it a brilliant choice when choosing your next family adventure holiday destination.


Above: A fun camel ride through the Moroccan desert

7. Morocco

Casablanca The Moroccan city of Casablanca is a great budget travel destination with plenty to keep the whole family occupied during your vacation.  There are about eighteen endangered mammal species in the country. The conservation department is fighting to combat this issue and it has become a huge focus for this area which continues to attract tourists to local national parks and to this famous holiday destination. Morocco is a lovely option for a family adventure if you're looking for something that offers a cultural experience.

8. Malawi

Lake Malawi Malawi is a culture rich country filled with friendly people and loads of  great things to do. Lake Malawi is one of the largest lakes in Africa and attracts thousands of visitors year after year. A visit to Lake Malawi makes for a fun adventure for the whole family with loads of activities to enjoy, which include snorkelling, scuba diving, game viewing and fishing. Part of the Lake at Cape Maclear, down south, is the world's first freshwater game reserve. Malawi is cost effective and makes for a brilliant family adventure holiday.

9. Swaziland

Hlane Royal National Situated between South Africa and Southern Mozambique, Swaziland is a magical slice of paradise offering visitors an affordable and relaxing family vacation destination. Spend some time at the Hlane Royal National Park, settled between 1000 year old hardwood vegetation, managed by Big Game Parks and owned by His Majesty King Mswati lll. For a more down to earth, bundu-bashing experience, Swaziland’s Hlane Royal National is absolutely beautiful and a great option for an African family adventure.

10. Botswana

Okavango Delta Botswana, north of the South African border, has a strong sense of conservation and some fantastic game viewing, outdoor adventures and extreme sports options providing a vacation spot to spoil the whole family with plenty of sun, fun, sand and wildlife which are the key ingredients to any fantastic family vacation in Africa. Botswana is home to some great outdoor spaces, including the world famous Okavango Delta. The lush ecosystem of the Okavango Delta means your kids will have the opportunity to experience a different ecosystem than the one they know at home. It's a great educational trip indeed. Excited to explore a stretch of Africa with your family? Browse through a list of great family adventures in Africa.

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5 Tips for the Perfect Africa Family Safari

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
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Africa Family Safari

Parents planning the holiday of a lifetime may struggle to decide where to go and what to do - consider an Africa family safari - one of the most popular and worthwhile holiday options by far. Blending all the benefits of an enriching experience in Africa’s leading game reserves and natural landscapes with education, cultural interaction and of course, plenty of fun, family holidays in Africa have it all, ensuring a memorable experience for the whole family – from the youngest member to the oldest. When planning your dream safari with the family, consider these expert tips from Africa travel specialists:

Plan ahead – right down to the very last detail As any parent knows, when it comes to travel with small children, preparation is essential. This is why planning your Africa family safari is the most important step of all. This means that every last detail, from passports and visas, all the way through to connecting flights, transfers, overland agency bookings, vaccinations, packing, activity planning and any other thing that you may need to bear in mind for the safari needs to be planned beforehand, so that you are free to enjoy the trip without the worry of missing a crucial step. Children need to be kept busy, without unnecessary delays or issues with lost papers, missed flights or other travel dramas thrown into the works.

Choose a shorter safari to get the most from the trip While you may be dreaming of a month long safari in the deepest darkest depths of Namibia, Kenya or Mozambique, realistically speaking, children generally fare better on shorter, more rewarding trips. Unlike adults, who crave the peace and quiet that safaris in the bush offer, children need to be kept busy and entertained at all times. This means ensuring plenty to do each day – something that can get challenging when you are on day 21 in the remote wilderness of Africa.

Consider your activities carefully Make the most from your family holidays in Africa with activities that aim to entertain, educate and enrich. This means choosing things that your children can benefit from, rather than things that purely keep them out of your hair for a few hours. Plan fun activities such as game drives (keeping safety in mind at all times, and following your guide’s advice on age limits), bird watching, horse trails, visits to cultural villages, nature walks, hikes, fishing, snorkeling (again, keeping safety in mind – only strong swimmers should be allowed to snorkel), visits to nature and game reserves and environmental organizations and other landmarks to teach your children about the countries you visit.

Choose the best season and destination for your safari The best season for all safari experiences depends on what you are aiming to enjoy – game viewing is generally best in the dry season, however this is also the hottest season. Birding is often best during the wet season, which also means heavy rains. Speak to your travel guide to learn more about which season will suit your needs, and which destination offers the most for what you would like to see on your Africa family safari – game, culture, fun or education.

Make sure the safari is fun for the whole family At the end of the day, this holiday is meant to be fun for the whole family – from the little ones who are able to enjoy some activities, but not the game drives and other options that are best for older children, to teenagers who may not be thrilled at the idea of spending time with the parents. Speak to your travel adviser to learn more about child-friendly family holidays in Africa.

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