The continent of Africa is one of the most diverse and remarkable in the world. If you’re thinking about your next family vacation, here are the top five reasons to visit Africa with kids.
From the bustling city of Cape Town to the culture of Marrakesh, the ancient history of Cairo to the flora and fauna of Kruger National Park, there is so much to see and do across the continent of Africa.
With plenty of activities for all ages, Africa is the perfect choice for family vacations. Offering such a wide variety of landscapes and things to do and see, the continent offers something for all kinds of travellers.
So, if you’re not yet convinced or are just curious to learn more, read on. Here are our top five reasons to visit Africa with kids.
This is a guest post from Siân McQuillan in our discover Africa series
5. Exposure to new languages – the importance of communication
The continent of Africa boasts incredible linguistic diversity, with an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 different languages spoken across the continent. So, you’ll have plenty of choices when it comes to choosing a new language to learn.
Learning foreign languages is one of the most important skills to learn to enable you to communicate with people from all across the world. And, since it is much easier to learn a new language as a child, the exposure to so many new languages is certainly one of the best reasons to visit Africa with kids.
Learning a new language will not only improve your skills. Rather, it will offer you a new insight and perspective into the language’s native culture. Thus, in turn, improving your understanding of different cultures and ways of life.
4. Break from electronic devices – discovering the outside world
Many kids today will spend the majority of their time with their heads stuck in their electronic devices. Whether that be game consoles, phones, tablets, TV, or something else, there are so many forms of entertainment on screens that it can be hard to encourage your little ones to get outside.
Depending on where you choose to stay, you won’t always have access to WiFi and mobile reception. So, visiting Africa with kids is the perfect excuse to get them off their devices, enjoy some quality family time, and encourage them to discover the world around them.
3. Discover various landscapes – from cities to deserts to rainforests to savanna
The continent of Africa boasts one of the most diverse and fascinating landscapes in the world. From the beautiful cities in Africa, such as Marrakesh and Nairobi, to the arid plains of the African savanna and deserts, the landscape of the continent is truly incredible.
Undoubtedly one of the best reasons to visit Africa with kids is to give them the opportunity to discover this diverse array of landscapes. They’ll be truly in awe of the beauty of this fascinating continent, and it will no doubt spark their curiosity about the world around them.
2. Plenty of outdoor activities – something for all ages
If you’re a family who enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, then Africa is the perfect location for you. From embarking on an African safari to hiking the beautiful Table Mountain, snorkelling along the African coast, or rafting along the Nile, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.
Africa’s beautiful and diverse landscape lends itself well to a wide range of outdoor activities. So, you’ll never run out of things to see and do, no matter where you choose to visit. Plus, many of the activities you can enjoy across Africa are suitable for all ages, making it the perfect destination for an active family vacation.
1. Opportunities to learn – take the teaching outside the classroom
The number one reason on our list of reasons to visit Africa with kids is, of course, the endless opportunities to learn something new.
There is only so much your kids can learn confined within the four walls of their classroom. However, nothing can beat getting out in the real world and experiencing it for themselves.
Visiting Africa with kids will give your little ones the opportunity to gain a new perspective on life and the world around them. By visiting this incredible continent, they will learn all about new cultures, the natural world, and the way other people live.
So, if you want your kids to take something valuable home from your next family vacation, then you need to add Africa to your bucket list.
Siân McQuillan is a writer and travel lover from County Down, Northern Ireland. While she enjoys travelling to other countries and exploring new places, she loves nothing more than discovering all the wonders her home country of Ireland has to offer. When not writing about her travel experiences, Siân can be found exploring the great outdoors and will more than likely be somewhere near the Mourne Mountains or the Causeway Coast.
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