Family Holidays in Africa

A family trip to Africa can be an amazing way for children and adults to learn about nature, history, and different cultures…while having a fun-filled bonding experience with loved ones. We are frequently asked what our recommendations for a family vacation would be. Well, the Fair Trade Safaris team came up with this article for those travelers who wish to travel to Africa with their children…

Our top choices for Africa’s family destinations are South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, and Zambia. All of us at FTS frequently take our own families on safari trips; and so we know how to plan a vacation that is unforgettable and fun for all ages.

Tanzania & Zanzibar - A Tanzanian travel package is an ideal family holiday – in every way! Kids, parents, and grandparents will delight at the rich experiences that Tanzania offers - from fascinating wildlife safaris to anthropological sites like Olduvai Gorge to the most beautiful beaches.

No visit to Tanzania is complete without a visit to Zanzibar Island, where guests relish in an educating and fun experience to explore the pristine marine wildlife and coral reefs. A variety of watersports are on offer for the active people in your group, while others can simply relax on the stunning tropical beaches that are kissed by warm, sparkling turquoise water.

Botswana - Several wildlife safari camps in Botswana are delighted to provide you and your children with an outstanding stay and memorable experience. Consider booking a private guide for your family in order to get the most out of this unique paradise!

Kenya - Besides witnessing Kenya’s wildlife and other rich natural treasures, kids love meeting the Maasai people and learning about their unique and colorful culture. After your wildlife safari in Masai Mara or the other world-famous game parks, we recommend you head to the stunning Kenyan coast for a beach holiday.

South Africa - The south of the famed Kruger National Park in South Africa is more child-friendly than the north. The Southern portion of the park has more entry points, the landscape is varied, and the wildlife concentration is higher. During the dry winter months (June to September), there are no mosquitoes, which eliminates the risk of malaria. In addition, the Cape Province also has excellent, malaria-free parks with a high chance of viewing the “Big 5” mammals of Africa.

Besides wildlife safaris, South Africa also has a ton of cultural activities…and of course the beautiful city of Cape Town.

Victoria Falls (Zambia & Zimbabwe) - A trip to Africa is not complete without a visit to the incredible Victoria Falls: 1 of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. It is classified as the largest waterfall in the world - based on its width of 5,604 ft. and height of 354 ft. - resulting in the world's largest sheet of falling water.

For those families who wish to have “closer encounters” with Africa’s fascinating wildlife, we suggest a safari and beach holiday that is broken up by visits to sanctuaries such as Giraffe Manor, Monkeyland, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Ivory Orphans, and AfriCat. Here, visitors can experience animals close up and under the watchful guidance of passionate and expert guides and caretakers.

At Fair Trade Safaris, we believe in family travel that is safe, professionally managed and tailored to your family’s unique preferences. We have a ton of on-the-ground experience of traveling around Africa with our own families, and we are always excited about creating a memorable trip for yours. 

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Saurabh Khetrapal

I am a recovering tech entrepreneur and angel investor. Now, my passions and life's missions are to impact the local communities, the wildlife, and the environment in Africa. I am the founder of Fair Trade Safaris, an organization that offers amazing African safaris and travel experiences and donates 100% of its profits to a variety of community development and wildlife conservation projects in Africa.