Today's teenagers are rarely seen without earphones resolutely docked in their ears, fingers deftly generating more text messages per minute than Reuters issues global news updates. Their constant connectivity with friends in cyberspace often disconnects them from the people around them, their parents and even their siblings.
Africa is fast becoming an exclusive destination for families and groups, with exquisite private-use villas springing up around the continent’s most beautiful regions. Remote safari destinations are now much more accessible to multi-generational families and groups with children who are welcomed to Africa with state-of-the-art facilities, specialised children’s programmes, private chefs, butlers, childminders and guides. All that’s required from you is to kick back and enjoy your safari as you like, and when you like.And what better way to start or end your family or group safari than with a few nights in Africa’s most beautiful city? Here’s our top pick of exclusive-use safari villas in Africa, including some beautiful Cape Town villas.
Namibia is a land of endless blue skies, vast horizons and crisp mornings: pure joy for photography enthusiasts. It is also safe, clean and organized with an excellent infrastructure, making it a favourite destination for family vacations, especially self-drive safaris (that’s travel lingo for independant road tripping - an ideal way to vacation with teenagers).
There is something special about long-distance train travel. The gentle clackety-clack of the passing train track, the soft rocking that lulls you to sleep, and the ability to read, nap and lounge about in perfect comfort while glorious scenery passes you by all make for a very relaxing journey. Trips on Rovos Rail may be as short as 2-day jaunt from Cape Town to Pretoria in South Africa or an epic sojourn from Cape Town to Dar es Salaam but they all have one thing in common: the feeling that you’ve returned to a less harried age, to a time of good manners and graciousness.To create this atmosphere, Rovos Rail has a set of guidelines in place for passengers. Please use our expert infographic before you board the train or to decide if a Rovos Rail trip is right for you.
Visiting the Kruger in summer means lots of water and flowing rivers, as well as loads of vegetation, game and birdlife! In February Go2Africa managing director Maija de Rijk-Uys and I went on a 4-day journey to South Africa’s famous Kruger region. In addition to the Kruger National Park, we visited two private reserves that share unfenced borders with the park - Timbavati and Simbavati.
When it’s summer in Cape Town (about November to April), the best place to be is on the beach, especially if you are travelling with your kids. While you soak up the sun, read a book or sip on a (non-alcoholic) sundowner, your children can run and play to their hearts’ content. For more adventurous families, it's a chance to bond and try something new together - learn to surf or even kite board! We’ve selected our favourite family beach moments to inspire your vacation planning.
Spending time with a family of mountain or lowland gorillas can be a life-changing experience. Tourism in the remote rainforest areas of Congo, Uganda and Rwanda in East Africa contribute directly to protecting these critically endangered species and the conservation of their habitat.
April is when Africa’s great summer starts winding down and the year catches its breath before winter. Down in the sun-baked Western Cape, the city of Cape Town welcomes its first autumnal showers. Further north, safari destinations like the Kruger, Botswana and Zimbabwe emerge after months of heavy rain. Cloaked in green, they offer lovely scenery and birding but big game is often hard to find because water and grazing are so plentiful that they wander great distances.
Contrary to popular belief, bucket lists aren’t only for retired folk. Today, youngsters are more switched on than ever before and after spending hours watching BBC or Lost Planet documentaries, many can’t wait to come to Africa and experience the thrill of seeing a leopard in the wild or elephant family at play for themselves.
The Masai Mara National Reserve is undisputedly Kenya’s most famous wildlife destination. Its rock-solid reputation as a must-see for every safari goer has been built up over decades and rests on two chief elements: the ease of spotting game and the Great Wildebeest Migration.The game is easy to find here not only because its numbers are rising thanks to successful conservation measures but also because the landscape is flat and open, allowing you to scan the horizon for a tell-tale ‘lump’ or shadow that turns out to be anything from a topi to a cheetah. This open flatness is also why two million ungulates, primarily made up of blue wildebeest with a smattering of plains zebra, pass through every year in search of fresh grazing, making up what is called ‘the greatest show on earth’.