Our Best Family Holiday Destinations

Memories made on family vacations are ones to treasure forever. Family holidays are a special occasion for every brood; it’s a time where you all come together to bond and have new experiences with one another. So, whether you still have a full house or you’re all leading separate lives, an Africa family holiday is the perfect getaway to bring you closer together than ever.

Africa with Kids

1. Africa with Kids

A family travelling with small children will battle to beat Mauritius as a holiday destination. Easy to reach, safe, friendly and usually bathed in sunshine, this Indian Ocean island has hosted happy families for decades. Since it’s free of both malaria and big game, it’s the perfect place for families with little ones to visit. Not only do the resorts on this slice of paradise have picturesque surroundings and perfect swimming beaches, but they also offer extensive entertainment and activity programmes for kids as young as two years old.

Our favourite places to stay with little ones:

Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa

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Highlights:

  • 5-star beachfront located on a protected peninsula
  • Variety of room categories and private villas suited for families
  • Kids’ menu
  • Complimentary baby food, products and facilities available
  • Paradis Kids Club offers a wide range of fun activities to keep tots busy while the parents enjoy the resort (ages 3 to 11 years)

Shanti Maurice Resort & Spa

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Highlights:

  • Explorers Kids Club caters to kids aged four months to 11 years old
  • Activities, including golf, archery, tennis, water sports and yoga, are tailor-made to suit each age group
  • Les Petits Dodos offers a games room, film room, computers, game consoles and a dedicated toddler’s swimming pool
  • Fully trained nannies ensure each child is properly cared for
  • Air-conditioned sleep rooms make nap time a dream
  • The resort’s baby service team is fully equipped to meet all your baby needs
  • Special kids’ menu to delight tots’ taste buds

Belle Mare Plage

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Highlights:

  • Friendly, fully qualified staff at Constance Kids Club ensure that all kids aged four to 11 have an amazing time at the resort
  • Amenities include a kids’ swimming pool, open play areas, computer stations, age-appropriate washrooms, outdoors spaces & a playground
  • Four- to six-year-olds enjoy an imagination space that features playhouses, kitchenettes, tool workshops and age-appropriate four-wheeler rides
  • Activities include tag games, running relays, gaming, themed programmes, arts & crafts, pizza making and other treats
  • Private babysitter service available
  • Dedicated à la carte children’s menu
Travelling with Teens

2. Travelling with Teens

Most teenagers love destinations with off-the-wall activities. Victoria Falls is Africa's Adventure Capital and offers thrilling activities like white-water rafting, bridge swings and bungee jumping. Namibia's Sossusvlei and Swakopmund offer the desert equivalent with sand boarding down monstrous dunes, quad biking (ATVs), hiking and hot-air ballooning.

A little more off the beaten track, Lake Malawi is an enormous freshwater adventure paradise for active teens. Settle back in a hammock, while your teens go kayaking, sailing and snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters or gather together for Big 5 encounters in Liwonde National Park.

Our favourite places to stay with teens:

Chundukwa River Lodge

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Highlights:

  • Located 25 kilometres (15 miles) from Victoria Falls, Africa’s Adventure Capital
  • Families with older kids stay in the Jacana Chalet that overlooks the Zambezi River
  • Sunrise and sunset cruises on the river
  • Heated rock plunge pool for swimming year-round
  • Walking and cycling tracks through the riverine forest surrounding the lodge
  • Horse rides and polo
  • Scenic helicopter flights over the Falls
  • Walking safaris through Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
  • Elephant interactions
  • Swim in Devil’s Pool on the edge of the Falls
  • Adventure activities including canoeing, white-water rafting, bungee jumping, bridge swings and ziplining (age restrictions apply)

Shipwreck Lodge

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Highlights:

  • Stay in a unique family cabin built to look like a shipwreck
  • Explore & learn about the hauntingly beautiful Skeleton Coast
  • Day trips to Möwe Bay seal colony
  • See the Suiderkus Shipwreck, abandoned Westies diamond mine and the remains of the Ventura Bomber
  • Huarusib River exursions
  • Trips to the Clay Castles to spot brown hyena as well as desert-adapted elephant and lion
  • Beach lunches and fishing
  • Quad biking (ATV) from the Namib Desert dunes to the valley
  • Scenic flights over the coastline to spot whale bones and shipwreck remnants

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

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Highlights:

  • The luxury Star Dune Suite keeps the entire family close together while still giving everyone their privacy
  • Perfect scenery and design to capture Instagram-worthy pictures
  • Location near a Dark Sky Reserve provides excellent stargazing, with a resident astronomer and state-of-the-art telescope on hand
  • Star-viewing skylights above every bed
  • Wellness centre offering spa treatments and gym facilities
  • Scenic helicopter and hot-air balloon flights over the dunes and mountains
  • Hiking, e-biking and quad biking (ATV) adventures through the desert
  • Excursions to Sesriem and Deadvleie
  • See oryx, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, springbok, ostrich & leopard

Pumulani Lake Lodge

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Highlights:

  • The only lodge in Malawi National Park
  • Located on the lake’s edge with a private beach, infinity pool, pool bar and shady trees
  • The family villa is closest to the beach and ensures that the entire family is comfortable
  • No WiFi allows the whole family to unplug and enjoy time together
  • Wide range of water-based activities, including water skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, kayaking, snorkelling and diving
  • Dhingy available for experienced sailors
  • Sunrise and sunset cruises on a hand-built dhow
  • Walks, hikes & cycling in the surrounding hills

Kaya Mawa Lodge

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Highlights:

  • Located on the private and secluded Likoma Island
  • The Yofu, Ulissa and Ndomo houses are situated close to the lake for easy access and were constructed specifically to accommodate families of varying sizes
  • Ndomo house comes fully staffed with a house manager, nanny, chefs, housekeepers and watchmen
  • Scuba diving & snorkelling in the lake’s pristine waters
  • In-house PADI-certified diving instructors cater for all skill levels
  • Sail on one of the lodge’s Lasers, either solo or with an instructor
  • Wide variety of water-based activities, including kayaking, paddle boarding, kite surfing, water skiing and wakeboarding
  • Explore the area on a mountain bike or quad bike (ATV)
Adventures with Grown-up Children

3. Adventures with Grown-up Children

Chances are that once they’re out the house, there are only a few occasions when you and the kids spend extended leisure time together. What better way to reconnect than with a life-changing experience? A family safari in Tanzania or Kenya during the Wildebeest Migration will provide plenty of memories and anecdotes to share for years to come. For a more 'hands-on' adventure, a gorilla trek in the pristine rainforests of Uganda or Rwanda is an encounter that is both humbling and exhilarating. Getting close to these great apes in their natural environment is a window into our deepest past.

Our favourite places to stay with adult children:

Sasakwa Lodge

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Highlights:

  • Panoramic views of the Serengeti plains
  • Front-row seats to the Great Migration (May to July)
  • Two-, three- and four-bedroom cottages available to accommodate families of all sizes
  • Each cottage has a private plunge pool
  • State-of-the-art gym and world-class spa treatments
  • Halaal food available on request
  • Tennis court available for parents vs children matches
  • Game drives through the wildlife-rich Serengeti National Park
  • Guided nature walks & local village visits
  • Taste Singita’s Premier Wine Collection            

Cottars Bush Villa

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Highlights:

  • The only exclusive-use luxury private villa in the Masai Mara
  • Up to 12 guests can be accommodated – which means enough room for the entire family
  • Private 25-meter swimming pool
  • Dedicated staff of eight that caters to your every need
  • Private game vehicle and dedicated guide throughout your stay
  • Front-row seats to the Great Migration (July to October)
  • Day and night game drives and guided bush walks through Masai Mara National Park
  • Bush meals and sundowners
  • Waterfall swimming and fishing
  • Massage and spa treatments
  • Hot-air balloon flights over the Mara

Kataza House

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Highlights:

  • Exclusive-use luxury villa set on the edge of Volcanoes National Park
  • Easy access to gorilla trekking paths
  • Two private heated plunge pools
  • Villa facilities include a wine cellar, fitness centre, cinema, massage treatment room, interactive kitchen and fire pit
  • Farm-to-table meals with ingredients sourced from the on-site garden
  • Gorilla and golden monkey trekking
  • Hikes and walks up Mount Bisoke Crater Lake and to Musanze Caves
  • Local village and Kigali City tour

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

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Highlights:

  • Located on a private concession in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Each luxury tent comes with two queen-sized beds
  • Gorilla tracking in the park
  • See rare forest elephants, giant forest hog and duiker
  • Interact with the local Batwa Tribe
  • Guided forest walks to the Munyaga waterfall
  • Game drives through Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • World-class spa treatments
Travelling with Grandparents

4. Travelling with Grandparents

Older family members can explore Africa in absolute comfort and safety. Rovos Rail is the world's most luxurious train and on its Pretoria to Victoria Falls route it takes in gorgeous scenery from the elegance and grandeur of its spacious carriages. In combination with Rovos Rail or as a stand-alone safari, the lodges of Botswana and South Africa offer unrivalled game viewing, luxurious accommodation, fine dining and world-class service. Tranquil and exclusive, these top lodges deliver equally memorable encounters to those offered in more adventurous destinations but wrapped in a level of comfort better suited to older or more sensitive travellers.

Why use the Rovos Rail?

Highlights:

  • Experience the old-world charm of a long-distance train journey
  • Club Lounge for those who smoke
  • Observation Car to take in the passing scenery
  • Delectable gourmet meals complemented by a selection of fine South African wines
  • Break out your best formal attire for dinner
  • Board games and an extensive book collection are provided for good old-fashioned family fun
  • Spacious, luxury suites ensure that you travel in style and comfort
  • Variety of different journeys that span from Cape Town to Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania
  • Golf Safari sees guests travelling around South Africa, playing on the country’s best courses, while non-playing guests enjoy a delightful itinerary

Our favourite places to stay with grandparents:

Chobe Chilwero

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Highlights:

  • Luxury riverside retreat bordering Chobe National Park
  • The lodge is fenced making it safe for the family to roam and explore
  • Split-level swimming pool to cool off in on hot days
  • Gourmet fine dining and world-class spa treatments
  • Sunset cruises on the Chobe River
  • Game drives through the park
  • Guaranteed elephant sightings
  • Photography safari cruise
  • Fishing excursions and community tours
  • Tour the iconic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe

The Farmhouse at Royal Malewane

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Highlights:

  • Luxury exclusive-use private villa in one of the Kruger’s private concessions
  • The Farmhouse comes with a private chef, housekeeper and butler
  • A private safari vehicle and dedicated ranger and tracker accompany you throughout your stay
  • Lounging on the private viewing deck, poolside, are perfect for catch-ups with grandma
  • See the Big 5 in the iconic Kruger National Park
  • Gourmet fine dining and a world-class spa

Babylonstoren

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Highlights:

  • Luxury haven in Cape Town’s famous Winelands
  • Charming Cape Dutch-style cottages
  • Farm-to-table meals in three on-site restaurants – Bable, Greenhouse and Bakery
  • Slow walks through Babylonstoren’s immaculate garden
  • Learn something new in the regular workshops, like fermenting your own kombucha or combating garden pests naturally
  • Visit the working farm and taste the wine, olive oil and tea
  • World-class spa treatments

The Oyster Box

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Highlights:

  • Extravagant old-world hotel set right on the beach
  • Within arm’s reach of Durban’s top attractions
  • Uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean
  • Sign the family up for a private cooking masterclass
  • The hotel boasts a private cinema, spa and gourmet fine dining
  • Walking trails in several nearby nature reserves
Multi-generational Travel

5. Multi-generational Travel

When the pace of a holiday must be adjusted to include children, parents and grandparents, South Africa is the natural choice. Modern infrastructure and a diverse range of attractions and accommodation make it easy to tailor a holiday to the varying activity levels of three generations. South Africa is also the perfect destination to combine a wilderness safari with a glorious beach holiday.

Our favourite places to stay for multi-generational families:

Morukuru Farm House

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Highlights:

  • Luxury farmhouse-style homestead in the heart of the malaria-free Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve
  • The exclusive-use house accommodates up to 10 people and is perfect for multi-generational travel
  • One hundred-hectare fenced-in area, allowing kids to play and explore safely
  • Warm, welcoming atmosphere that will have you feeling right at home
  • Babysitting services
  • Private butler, chef, guide and game drive vehicle
  • Private swimming pool
  • Fun outdoor mini-adventures for kids, including baking, swimming and fishing
  • Sleepouts under the stars in the hide
  • Braai (barbecue) on a mountaintop or riverside
  • Guided Big 5 bush walks for older kids and adults, while kids under the age of 16 can participate in nature walks in a safe and enclosed area
  • African drumming lessons

Singita Castleton

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Highlights:

  • Luxury exclusive-use villa in the famous Sabi Sands Game Reserve
  • Villa overlooks a game-frequented watering hole
  • Expansive swimming pool overlooks the Castleton dam and open grassland
  • Outdoor boma with uninterrupted views of the landscape
  • Private field guide, chef and host
  • Expansive wine cellar boasting the finest South African wines
  • Bond over a game of boules, tennis or cricket
  • State-of-the-art fitness centre, yoga pavilion and massage treatment rooms
  • Trampoline for kids (and adults) to enjoy
  • Babysitting services are available
  • Kosher and halaal food is available on request
  • Informal cooking lessons are given in the country-style kitchen
  • Spot the Big 5 on game drives through the reserve
  • Guided bush walks through the area (ages 16+)
  • Mini Rangers Course keeps little ones entertained

Ellerman House Villa One

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Highlights:

  • Uber-luxury, exclusive-use villa in Cape Town
  • The villa accommodates up to 10 people and boasts sublime views of the Twelve Apostles mountains and Atlantic Ocean
  • Complete privacy and personalised service guaranteed
  • Private infinity pool for all to enjoy
  • Private chef and dedicated hospitality team throughout your stay
  • World-class spa located right below the villa
  • Wine tasting with Ellerman’s sommelier in the villa’s private cellar
  • Explore cosmopolitan Cape Town’s pristine beaches, Table Mountain, Winelands, top-tier restaurants and vibrant city centre

Read more about Africa family holidays or view all our family-friendly tours & safaris.