Africa takes the reign in being the sanctuary of an all-encompassing beauty. Author John Hemingway puts it best, saying, “If I’ve ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.” The continent is a vision like no other to behold wherever you go.
Boasting in glory with 54 countries, Africa is home to cultures, traditions and nature that are missing from any other part of the world. So if you want to experience an unforgettable holiday in the continent, look no further. Read along to learn more about spending unique family vacations in Africa.
This post is part of our series Discover Africa
The first thing that comes to mind about African vacations is safari. We’ve all seen and heard about the exhilarating experience of being driven through the wildlife. They are a once-in-a-lifetime kind of adventure and create memories that are lasting and extraordinary.
Safari tours are exciting and breathtaking, to say the least, as you observe nature and wildlife in their element. People go on safaris to observe the “Big Five” game animals, lions, black rhinoceros, leopards, the African elephant and the Cape Buffalo. But of course, there is much more to see in an African safari. The landscapes, the exquisite scenery, and the accompanying flora and fauna will take your breath away.
The five best and safest safari countries, as travellers recommend, are Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa and Tanzania.
Tips For The Best Experience African Safari Experience,
- The best time to go on a safari is between June and October. There is minimal precipitation, and the weather is much cooler, so the wildlife is out and about.
- Plan ahead. Consider tour guides and itineraries before you head on to safaris.
- Wear clothes that are loose and comfortable. Wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses to shield yourself from the scorching sun. Carry water bottles so you can hydrate yourself from time to time.
- Wake up early; doing this will let you spend more time on the tour and not have to rush before nightfall.
- Keep your devices charged, your phone, cameras, and flashlights (in case it starts getting dark). Don’t miss out on photographing this incredible adventure with your family.
What You Should Never Do On A Safari
- If you’re near the animals, never stand up from your seat and make any sudden movements. This is prohibited.
- Don’t call out the animals and warn young kids from doing so. You want to ensure a safe experience for everyone.
- Don’t litter, spit or throw anything on the land. Discourage children from doing so.
- Don’t take young children on the safari. It is already advised in the safari guide. Young children may cry out of fear, attracting unwanted attention from some of the fiercest predators on earth.
- Don’t book overnight safari tours with your family. These tours are best for a couple or yourself, as you must camp in different places and carry limited belongings.
- Flash photography aimed at animals is also prohibited. You already know why.
- Refrain from wearing bright colors, sandals or jewelry on a safari.
African safaris, depending on the duration and packages, can be expensive. But the journey is well worth your money.
The Great Rift Valley
Beyond the daylong safaris, Africa is home to incredibly majestic locations. From rivers to waterfalls to mountains to volcanoes, it is truly heaven on earth. Among these magnificent wonders, there is The Great Rift Valley.
What is The Great Rift Valley, you ask? Let us tell you,
Africa is king for ecotourism, and the Rift Valley is an example. Located on a fault line starting from Mozambique, the Great Rift Valley travels through Kenya, Tanzania, and Ethiopia.
The valley’s most picturesque and tourist hot spots are located in its Kenyan stretches. From unique animals to some of the planet’s deepest and longest lakes, this part of the valley has it all for its visitors.
There are several national parks situated in the Rift valley; we’ve picked the top 3 for you,
- Lake Nakuru: A UNESCO world heritage site. Home to giraffes, tree-climbing lions, black and white rhinos and flamingos.
- Lake Naivasha: Over 400 species of birds call this park their home, along with zebras, giraffes, hippos and more exotic creatures.
- Hell’s Gate: Enjoy walk-in safaris and a personal look at the exquisite scenery and landscape that overlooks the valley.
Tanzania is one of the most exotic and beautiful places on earth, with white sandy beaches and sublime mountain ranges. The country’s capital is adorned with quaint little shops that you visit through enchanting and homely streets. Check out these facts about this charming country,
- Ranked as the safest safari destination in Africa – plus, it’s easy to organise your visa online.
- Catch the year-long wildebeest migration, “The Great Migration”, in the Serengeti between July and September.
- Home to Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain.
- Experience the rich and celebrated cultures and traditions this country is well-steeped in.
- Relish the delicious cuisine and enjoy the local teas and coffees.
- Relax on the stunning sandy shores of Zanzibar.
One of the most incredible countries and a bucket-list topper, Egypt is located in North Africa. A nation permeated with luxury and royalty, Egypt’s history runs deep and is prolific, to say the least.
Egypt reigns as one of the most visited countries in the world, with tourists multiplying by the millions every year. While you may already know the places you want to visit in Egypt, here are some pointers,
- The Great Pyramids of Giza: A no-brainer destination. Nothing could get any better than witnessing these glorious reminders of the past.
- The Sphinx: Another obvious choice, the Sphinx attracts thousands and thousands of viewers daily.
- Cairo Museum: Explore the incredible remnants of yesteryear; mummies, sarcophagi, jewels from the tombs, ancient books, and so much more!
- KarnakTemple: Stroll through thousand-year-old decaying temples, churches, and architecture for a walk back in time.
- Cruises: Various cruises that take you along the world’s longest river, the Nile, make your family vacations more fun and enjoyable!
No matter where you go to Egypt, you’re bound to have an experience unlike any other. Remember to book hotels and guides beforehand to ensure a beautiful and entertaining experience with your family.
A top tourist destination in all of Africa, South Africa hosts some of the most beautiful locations in the whole country. From wonderful safaris to the fabulous national parks, this region has everything you need for a memorable family vacation.
Here are some exciting locations you can enjoy a nice family vacay in,
- Kruger National Park: A stellar park home to wildlife and views like no other!
- Whale Watching: In the small town of Hermanus, experience a terrific adventure of watching whales. Even touch one of these phenomenal creatures and cherish this memory of a lifetime!
- Cape Town: The town is filled with activities from city aquariums and old-world shops and establishments. Your family will have plenty of things to do!
- Knysna Elephant Park: A rescue conservation with over 40 elephants, spend quality time feeding and bonding with elephants.
- Ziplining: If you’re feeling adventurous, visit Tsitsikamma National Park for some exciting ziplining. Check that off of your bucket list!
We hope you enjoyed this article. Consider Africa as a family holiday destination because it delivers an exuberant experience! It is a land of endless fun and a treasure trove of memories! So share this with friends and plan an exciting African vacation!
FAQ on Visiting Africa With Kids
1. Are There Family-Friendly Resorts in Egypt?
Ans: Yes! There are plenty of family-friendly resorts across Egypt. You’ll find them in all major cities, Cairo, Luxor, and Alexandria. You should book your resort before you arrive. This will help you avoid difficulties in finding suitable accommodation.
Egypt welcomes millions of tourists annually and thousands daily; the numbers are continually increasing. This means it is always busy and buzzing with travellers, so to ensure a safe, smooth and enjoyable vacation with your family and children, book before your flight.
Don’t be discouraged by clickbaity videos, and consider visiting Egypt. You will not regret it!
2. What is The Best Way to Book a Safari?
Ans: The best way to book an African safari is to do your own research. Sometimes, the hotels you stay in have packages that include all-day sightseeing, and safaris can be a part of that package.
If you’re booking from an independent agency, booking in advance is best. Set your travel dates around the safari, as you must reserve in months with suitable weather. Online booking can be tricky regarding safaris, so you should contact a travel agency that will help make the process easier.
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