The 9 Best Vacations for Kids in Africa

Natural, rural, urban and family-friendly luxury can all be found throughout the African continent. The sheer diversity of this continent makes Africa a great destination for families. Pack up the kids, set aside some time and commence exploration from Mozambique to South Africa. Here are the nine best vacations for kids in Africa.

1. Namibia

best vacations for kids in africa

If sand dunes sound exciting, then check out the deserts of Namibia. Ancient rock engravings found at Twyfelfontein provide a day of art and imagination originating more than 6,000 years ago. When kids have had enough of the sand and sandstone rock, explore a variety of bird species all over Namibia, including Etosha National Park and Waterberg Plateau.

Where to Stay:
You’ll cherish the memories you make at the Okahirongo Elephant Lodge. You get to this remote property by taking a scenic flight from Windhoek to their private landing strip. Choose from all-inclusive camps, chalets or suites and enjoy traditionally-prepared meals and elephant safaris. This remote and luxurious resort offers tailor-made treatment as individual as every family that visits.

2. Mozambique

best vacations for kids in africa

Mozambique offers amazing beaches, unique wildlife and nature parks. The capital of Maputo is a beautiful city with great restaurants, stores and and streets lined with native jacaranda trees. Other must-see destinations include renowned attractions like Bazaruto Archipelago and Beguerra Island.

Where to Stay:

Nothing in Mozambique beats a stay at Azura Benguerra Island. This beach resort boasts private pools, villas, your own butler and an abundance of water sports including diving and snorkeling.

3. Kenya

best vacations for kids in africa

Kenya is an East African jewel with an amazing cross-section of urban, rural, remote and metropolis vacation options. One of the most culturally immersive experiences for adults and kids alike is exploring traditions of the Maasai people, a nomadic people in southern Kenya known for their customs and dress. And of course, going on a safari is a must while in Kenya.

Where to Stay:

The Mara Serena Safari Lodge is considered by many to be the ultimate safari destination. From viewing the world renowned annual migration of the wildebeest to breathtaking views of the Mara river, your family won’t experience a single dull moment.

The Giraffe Manor is not just a great place to stay but a destination in and of itself. Picture your family walking to the hotel breakfast area, only to see a giraffe peeking its head through the window! These are just some of the one of a kind moments your family can enjoy at the Giraffe Manor.

4. The Seychelles

best vacations for kids in africa

The Seychelles islands in east Africa are known for their beautiful landscapes and high-end resorts. There are two zones: one set of islands is made up of primarily coral, while the other set is made of up granite. These are not only the only oceanic islands in the world made of granite, they are also the oldest islands in the world.

Where to Stay:

Wrapped in lush tropical gardens is Constance Ephelia Seychelles. It has a variety of suites and villas to accommodate every family: from the smallest to the largest. With the Indian Ocean as your view, enjoy private dinners on the beach or one of their many fine restaurants. This unique property provides a myriad of pampering options for adults, as well as activities that educate kids about the historical roots of these islands in a playful way.

5. South Africa

best vacations for kids in africa

Kruger National Park is a South African wildlife park that allows your family to experience animals in their natural habitat. As one of Africa’s largest game reserves, there are hundreds of birds and mammals to see. Many people have been lucky enough to see four of the Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo) in a single day!

Where to Stay:

If your children are aged 10 or older, stay at the Lion Sands Game Reserve. Not only does the property offer special menus and activities for kids, it allows families the unique experience of sleeping for one night out in the bush, under the stars, in one of their luxury tree houses.

6. Botswana

best vacations for kids in africa

This country is known both for the arid Kalahari Desert and for its lush wetlands. It is one of the greatest safari destinations in Africa and incidentally, Botswana has more elephants than any other country in the world. While you can explore the wildlife through a traditional land safari, you might also want to consider taking a river cruise instead. You’ll be able to get a completely different view of the animals along the river, including elephants, hippos, and a large variety of birds.

Where to Stay:
Mombo Camp is known for its excellent service, luxury accommodations and incredible game densities. With tents situated high above the ground to foster spectacular wildlife views, the fusion of raw nature and luxury mesh together well. Children aged 12 and older are welcome, but this property is not suitable for younger children, since it is a very open camp with dangerous wildlife frequently wandering through.

7. Zambia

best vacations for kids in africa

There is something about flowing water that moves the soul. The Victoria Falls and Upper Zambezi River in Zambia/Zimbabwe will fuel that feeling with the largest curtain of water in the world. Braving the spray from the waterfall is well worth the spectacular views awaiting each area of the falls.

Where to Stay:

The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is an exclusive, all-inclusive retreat facilitating a great way to experience the safari. Accommodations come with expected amenities and spaciousness allowing adults and kids room to create their own safari experiences.

8. Uganda

best vacations for kids in africa

Often known as the pearl of Africa, Uganda is a biodiverse country with a wealth of tourism choices, from cruising to canoeing, from gorilla tracking to mountain climbing. This culture-rich vacation spot has something to please everyone.

Where to Stay:

Designed with children in mind, the Nkuringo Gorilla Camp is a great property. Walking safaris with children make this a must-visit place on your list of best vacation for kids in Africa. Lodges are big enough for large families to enjoy Bwindi and see the mountain gorilla.

9. Tanzania

best vacations for kids in africa

When looking for a vacation in Africa that your kids will never forget, Tanzania is a great choice. This country is known for its wilderness: from the plains of the Serengeti to the heights of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. Families can get ready for a safari like none other when visiting its vast game reserves.

Where to Stay:

Within one of Tanzania’s famed game reserves is the Four Seasons Serengeti. With a complimentary kids club, this hotel is set to make cherished memories for the entire family. Private, all-inclusive rooms including suites and villas and full educational programs for adults and children provide an upscale, comprehensive package that will leave you feeling like an expert on safaris and their place in this wonderful environment.

There you have it – the best vacations for kids in Africa

We have only touched the surface of what awaits your family in this beautiful continent. Your family will create unforgettable memories exploring the gorgeous landscapes and abundant wildlife. With this list of best vacations for kids in Africa, you can begin planning your dream escape.

Important Note: Although these destinations were safe at the time this article was written, we highly suggest staying up to date with any new information on the place you’re planning to visit prior to booking your trip.

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