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Africa for families: 7 destinations for summits, safari and beyond

Africa is for everyone – adults, young ones and animals alike. Whether you’re trekking in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco or on safa... Read more
Africa for families: 7 destinations for summits, safari and beyond
Africa is for everyone – adults, young ones and animals alike. Whether you’re trekking in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco or on safari in Southern Africa, it will blow your mind with its vastness, variety and stunning wildlife.

The Born Free Foundation has recently launched a new campaign to phase out elephants being kept in zoos in the UK. On all of our Southern African family adventures, there’s the opportunity to see these beautiful, mighty animals in their own habitat, amongst their own families. Seeing animals in their rightful habitat is a humbling experience, and we think one of the best tools that we can equip our children with to ensure their longevity in our fragile world.

Let’s get travelling with the next generation so that they will appreciate their world too.


In the Okavango we explore on foot and in dugout canoes, mokoro. We’ll wild camp in the delta, where wildlife sometimes roam through the camp at night. A poler (just like a punter on the Thames) guides us through the waterways, through small, hippo-filled lakes and elephants on the banks just meters away. We then drive in our safari vehicle through the Botswana national park heartlands, wild camping in Moremi, Savuti and Chobe where we go on safari by boat. This trip is a stunning journey, where you end up with an unforgettable finale at Victoria Falls. This one is perfect for families with teenagers – they’ll be utterly inspired.

Okavango and Botswana Family Safari


This short 1 week holiday is perfect for families who like walking. Getting to the summit of North Africa’s highest mountain (4167m) is a brilliant achievement, and a fantastic challenge to take on together. Having the peak as a goal always helps spur the team along. The local guides have years of experience in getting kids to the summit – many of them will have first climbed it themselves as young kids. The beauty of this trip lies in the cultural immersion as well as the walking. Marrakech has a busy buzzy vibe and is a myriad of colours, sights and sounds, especially in the famous alleys of the souks. Here, we’ll be able to relax in the hotel pool and rest weary limbs after our time in the gites and camping in the Atlas Mountains. This holiday has consistent 5* feedback.

Teenage Toubkal Ascent



This holiday makes the safari world open to all, whether you have young children or are a family with a mix of ages. It has a walking safari in Arusha National Park, but otherwise is mainly watching from our open-top safari vehicle. This works well if you wish to enjoy the awesome wildlife but don’t want to worry about tired legs. Tanzania is a haven, home to some of Africa’s best wildlife, and we include the Manyara, Ngorongoro and Tarangire National Parks. We have some fun having a go at a traditional Tinga Tinga painting and enjoy picnics under the umbrella trees whilst watching the wildlife on the plains. The grande finale to this holiday is the paradise of Zanzibar; full of white sandy beaches where we can get stuck into fun water activities or just relax – your choice.

Hakuna Matata - Family Tanzania Safari



More active than our safari adventure in Tanzania, here in Kenya we walk for 2 days and wild camp in the magnificent Chyulu Hills. At the heart of this itinerary is a conservation and cultural aspect. We visit an elephant orphanage and a giraffe sanctuary in Nairobi, and breakfast with the Maasai ladies in their traditional huts – a beautiful experience for curious young ones. Of course there’s plenty of wildlife sightseeing in our safari vehicles too; from the magnificent Amboseli to the lesser known (but huge) Tsavo West National Parks. To round off this African holiday we finish on the paradise white sandy island of Zanzibar. There is a bit of everything for all ages on this holiday – it’s clear why it’s one of our best-sellers.

Kenyan Wildlife Wonders - Family Safari Adventure


Our South African itinerary takes in the classics including Kruger National Park and the Amphitheatre in the glorious Drakensberg Mountains. With some optional walking in the Drakensberg this itinerary allows families with younger ones and teenagers to all explore together. We camp, mainly at well managed sites with facilities including swimming pools and a bar, for all to enjoy after a thrilling day wildlife watching. In the Kingdom of Swaziland, recently renamed Eswatini, we stay in a round hut in a traditional village. On our boat trip in the St Lucia wetlands we can see crocodiles, and we have some time here before we venture to the Drakensberg. None of the family will forget the awe-inspiring landscapes on this epic adventure.

Zulu Warriors – Family Safari Holiday


If yours is a family which enjoys walking, but also doing other activities and being immersed in the culture of a country, then this is a great short week away, and has a good price tag to boot. Along the coast we have camel support for our walks – and many kids (and adults) enjoy a little ride on these majestic beasts of the sands. We have one night camping in the dunes, a gorgeous experience, and a couple of nights at a guesthouse with pool. We meet the local residents in a village for cake and mint tea, and there is time for an optional surf lesson. We end in the coastal town of Essoauira with its small souks, fresh fish stalls, fortified ramparts and all manner of Moroccan classic dishes, where the bustle is there but goes at a much quieter pace than Marrakech. The local guides make this itinerary unforgettable for the kids and parents alike.

Camels on the Beach – Family Morocco Holiday


Imagine walking through rocky red sandstone and beautiful sand dunes, sunshine, camels, brilliant Moroccan guides and camping. This is another holiday with fantastic value. With 4 days of walking and camping we can really appreciate this special remote area. The guides love keeping the spirits of the children high with football, camp fires, singing and more. Everyone in the family will appreciate the special magic of seeing a star-studded Saharan sky. There is a true sense of adventure on this holiday, and is achievable for families with teenagers and younger. We have run this trip for many successful years – it’s one of our tried and tested classics in a beautiful, lesser-visited part of the world.

Morocco Family Adventure Desert Trek

Want to know more about our family holidays in Africa? Give us a call to plan your next holiday on +44 (0) 17687 73966 or USA/Canada toll-free 1888 630 4415. 

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