Today life is so precious, and time is ever fleeting, so all the more reason to gather the family, from the very close ones to the extended, best friends and crazy godparents and enjoy a vacation in a new place.

About travelling to Africa with kids?

Choose Africa’s best family destinations for the vacation of a lifetime. Our top picks are South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania and Kenya. We take our own families on safari trips, so we know how to plan a vacation to Africa that is unforgettable for all the right reasons. Our favorite kid friendly safaris combine classic game viewing in malaria-free destinations with family beach villas on tropical beaches.

Do your children want to see the creatures made famous by a dozen Disney movies, from lion and elephant, to giraffe and hippo? Whichever destination you choose, we’ll make sure your vacation features tried-and-tested family accommodation with plenty of outdoor fun and age-appropriate activities for all of you – browse our recommended tours or explore our family travel deals for excellent ideas.

We believe in family travel that is safe, professionally managed and tailored to your family’s unique preferences, whether you choose beach resorts or residential villas, privately guided tours or a family road trip, our travel experts will tailor-make your family safari.

Africa Family Holiday Destinations

There's no way you're going to miss out on anything when you come to Africa on one of our family holidays: our recommended Africa family holiday destinations take in virtually every iconic experience on the continent from Big 5 game viewing to 'desert island' beach life and we've made sure that there's as much for you to do as there is for the kids.

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East Africa: Kenya & Tanzania

With Africa's classic big animals in breath-taking abundance, Kenya and Tanzania deliver family safaris par excellence. And they've been doing it for years: there's plenty of family-friendly accommodation to choose from and many lodges offer superb children's safari activities and child-minding services while you're out on game drives or if you fancy a catch-up siesta. We'd advice going for fly-in options: East African countries are big and often lacking in infrastructure - spending hours on the road with a young family in tow can be challenging.

Best Place to See Elephants: Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire, and the Serengeti in Tanzania. Tsavo, Amboseli, and the Maasai Mara in Kenya. Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.Chobe National Park in Botswana. Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa. Etosha National Park in Namibia

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Indian Ocean: Zanzibar, the Seychelles & Mozambique islands

All children love a beach holiday and our warm-water, white-sand African beaches won't let them down but it's your holiday too so we've selected easy-to-get-to destinations with plenty of activities for adults as well. You can't go wrong on anything-is-possible Zanzibar with its extensive range of water sports and top dive sites plus world-class beach, and then there's the beautiful, exclusive Seychelles with its superlative scuba diving and snorkeling. Closer to the mainland, Mozambique's equally appealing Bazaruto and Quirimbas Archipelagos are also home to excellent diving and snorkeling and water sports.

Best Place to See Lions: Lake Manyara, Ruaha, Nyerere, Mikumi,Katavi, Ngorongoro, and the Serengeti in Tanzania. Aboseli and the Maasai Mara in Kenya. Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. Akagera National Park in Rwanda.Kruger National Park and Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve in South Africa. Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. South Luangwa National Park in Zambia

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South Africa: Cape Town, Garden Route, Eastern Cape, Madikwe, Kruger Park & Sun City

It's hard to find an African country more suited to family holidays than South Africa. Home to everyone's favorite city Cape Town and the world-famous Kruger National Park, modern and smooth-running South Africa also offers malaria-free Big 5 safaris in the Eastern Cape and Madikwe while the scenic and adventure-filled Garden Route has been delivering faultless family holidays for generations. The family piece de resistance however is Sun City, a got-it-all resort that delivers non-stop family fun, championship golf courses and Big 5 safaris as well as baby sitters and kids clubs so you can take a break too!

Perfect for a self-drive holiday, South Africa's various destinations are easily combined and our tried-and-tested itineraries ensure all the highlights are included

Best Place to See Leopards: The Serengeti in Tanzania and the Maasai Mara in Kenya.Sabi Sands in South Africa. Moremi in Botswana. South Luangwa in Zambia

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Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia & Victoria Falls

Southern Africa's heavyweight safari destinations offer once-in-a-lifetime holidays for adventurous families. Botswana is all about the wildlife, and as one of Africa's best game viewing destinations, you and your family won't be disappointed with what this safe and easy-travelling country has to offer. It's also easy to pop across the border to Victoria Falls where Africa's greatest array of adrenalin adventures await - white-water rafting, bungee jumping, elephant-back safaris and canoeing are among the most popular. Vic Falls can be viewed from either Zimbabwe (which also has excellent Big 5 game parks like Hwange and Mana Pools) or Zambia (which pioneered walking safaris in wildlife-rich areas like South Luangwa).

Namibia has plenty of big animals too, principally in Etosha National Park but your children will also love the massive sand dunes of the Namib Desert and unlike Botswana, Namibia is an easy self-drive destination as well.

Best Places to See Rhinos: Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. Lake Nakuru National Park and Nairobi National Park in Kenya. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda.Moremi in Botswana. Phinda Private Game Reserve, Madikwe and Sabi Sand in South Africa. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya. Grumeti Game Reserve in Tanzania. Mkomanzi National Park in Tanzania

Africa Family Holiday Advice

The family-friendly nature of an African vacation often surprises visitors but it pays to be prepared before you go. Use our Africa family holiday advice feature to get answers to the most important questions you have about bringing your family to Africa.

Malaria & Malaria-free Destinations

Although the risk of malaria varies from season to season, many of Africa's prime safari and beach destinations lie within Africa's malarial belt and you are strongly advised to work with your safari consultant to see whether your planned itinerary takes in affected areas and what steps to take in terms of prophylactics. Families with young children and/or babies are advised to avoid malarial areas.

If you do go to a malarial area (especially during a rainy season) then prevention is key: use insect repellents, wear long sleeved tops and trousers in the evenings and early mornings and sleep under mosquito nets at night.

Safari Activities

If you're planning an African safari then activities such as game drives, nature walks and canoe trips will be on the cards and your children will be itching to join in. Check first with your safari consultant to see whether they'll be permitted to join a group activity at the accommodation that you are interested in. Some safari lodges allow children from the age of six on activities; others require that the child is over 12.

Alternatives include engaging a private vehicle and guide for your family or making use of the child-friendly safari activities at our recommended safari lodges.

Kids Clubs

Many popular African holiday destinations offer professional kids clubs or activity programs that take the pressure of providing entertainment and activities for your children completely out of your hands.

Head for the Indian Ocean islands for destinations that take care of children in style: Mauritius is particularly famous for its excellent kids clubs while many lodges in the Seychelles have activity programs designed for children.

As for safari destinations, your children will get an excellent introduction to Africa's wildlife in the safe and professional environments of South Africa's Madikwe Private Game Reserve and Sun City as well as the Kruger National Park and its adjoining private reserves such as the Sabi Sands. Other destinations in South Africa featuring kid’s activity clubs include reserves in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape while Kenya's Masai Mara and Laikipia Plateau are the places to go in East Africa for kids clubs in a safari environment.

Villas/Family Accommodation

Exclusive-use accommodation is a popular way for families to get the freedom and privacy of home within a holiday environment - consider renting a private villa or family cottage for your African family holiday.

Available in both beach and safari destinations as well as Cape Town, our private family accommodation is fully serviced with the option of engaging the services of chefs, guides and baby-sitters; our recommendations also include accommodation with web connectivity, self-catering and entertainment facilities.

Self-drive Holidays

Ideal for families who want a holiday at their own pace, a self-drive family vacation is one of the best ways to explore South Africa's most family-friendly destinations. Have a look at our recommended self-drive tours that take in Cape Town and the Garden Route - the driving is easy, the scenery wonderful and you'll never be short of an interesting stop-over or tantalizing detour end route.

You can even go on a self-drive safari holiday to some of the best Big 5 destinations in the country: the malaria-free Eastern Cape reserves and the Kruger National Park are full of animals, simple to access and once you're at the lodge, you can relax and go on guided game drives and other safari activities.

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