If you’re looking to take your family on the trip of a lifetime, an African safari may just be the perfect option. Think about how much joy your children get just looking at the chimpanzees and snakes at the zoo; now imagine how much they’ll light up seeing lions in their natural habitat. With breathtaking scenery and unforgettable wildlife spotting, a family-friendly African safari is an ideal way to create shared memories that will last a lifetime.
Why Choose an African Safari for Your Next Family Trip?
There are many positive reasons for choosing Africa as your next family vacation destination. For one thing, a lot of African societies are very family-oriented themselves, and are quite welcoming and accommodating to children. It won’t be long before your kids start to feel at home! Additionally, many safari camps and lodges offer specifically family-friendly options for accommodation.
English and other western languages are widely spoken in many African nations, so getting around and communicating should not be a problem. Plus, exposing your children to a culture entirely different from their own can be incredibly beneficial.
Of course, there are certain precautions to take before setting off on a family-friendly African safari adventure. Be sure your children know all the rules of the trip in order to stay safe around wildlife. Also, there may be vaccinations they’ll need to get before visiting Africa for the first time.
Family-Friendly Safari Destinations
Once you’ve settled on the idea of a family-friendly African safari, it’s time to narrow down your destination. Where will you and your family go? With the abundance of wildlife and natural wonders in Southern and Eastern Africa, it’s hard to make a wrong decision in terms of destination. For a family-friendly African safari, however, these are a few of our favorite destinations:
- Cape Town: This cosmopolitan city on the coast of South Africa serves as a great bookend to any safari trip. You can either visit Cape Town first as an introduction to African culture before setting out in the wilderness, or after you’ve gone on safari to relax pool and beachside before heading back home. Children will especially love visiting the penguins on Boulders Beach, and riding a Table Mountain cable car is sure to delight the whole family.
- Chobe National Park: Your children will see something straight out of a dream at Chobe in Botswana: one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephant. There are also two species of antelope—the puku and the Chobe bushbuck—that you won’t find anywhere else in the country. Children and parents alike will marvel at the reserve’s plethora of majestic big game.
- Phinda Private Game Reserve: This reserve in South Africa is home to Africa’s “big five”: lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and rhino. You’ll perhaps even spot a cheetah! Phinda is the perfect family-friendly safari destination for the true animal lover in your household.
To get started dreaming up your next family holiday, our safaris page is there to offer inspiration. We hope to show your family the wonders of the African wilderness sometime soon!
Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa