1- Summer holiday safari
In the summer holidays, the best safari destination is Botswana. The Botswana Private Mobile Safari is suitable for children aged six years and over, and the owner have a young child of their own so they really understand the challenges - and delights - of a family safari. There are six tents, sleeping up to 12 guests, so this option is highly recommended if you’re travelling as a multi-generational family. The campsite moves every two or three days, so you’ll see many different areas of the Okavango Delta during your stay. During the summer holidays (winter in Botswana) the temperatures are generally cool, so it’s ideal weather for game drives pursuing elephant, lion, and other big game across the national parks and reserves.
2 - Kids activity programmes
The mere mention of a kids club is enough to make us grimace, but &Beyond has a genre breaking selection of child friendly activities that will actually make Mum and Dad green with envy! WILDChild is an immersive educational experience which presents new and exciting ways to look at wildlife and the natural world. It’s on offer at a number of &Beyond’s camps, but we’re particularly impressed by the team at Klein’s Camp in the Serengeti. The accommodation includes a fantastic family suite and a large swimming pool. Children of all ages are welcome, and they offer a babysitting service if you’d like an adults-only evening.
3 - Exclusive use properties
If you’re celebrating a special occasion and want to bring a group of extended family or friends together, an exclusive use property is the ideal choice. Arijiju in Kenya has been called one of the most beautiful villas in Kenya, and it comes with a private staff of 14. There are five gorgeous suites - one of which is on the rooftop so you can admire the stars - as well as a pool, tennis and squash courts, and gym to keep everyone occupied between game drives, horse riding, and quad bike safaris. The villa was built to remind families of the pleasure of barefoot adventures and getting outside in the wild. The presence of so much wildlife - including giraffe, elephant, and rhino - makes it a thrilling destination whatever your age.
4 - Malaria free safaris
Not all African destinations are suitable for babies and very young children on account of the malaria risk. Fortunately, there are some fabulous malaria free reserves, especially in South Africa, where you can safely safari without the need to take malaria tablets. Ants Nest in the Waterberg is an unforgettable spot, built around a historic homestead. Horse, rhino, and plains game graze side by side, and you can watch them straight from the lodge or the gardens. What better place is there to plan a family Christmas retreat?
At Journeysmiths we create every single holiday itinerary from scratch, so you can guarantee that your family safari will be as unique as you are. You can browse www.journeysmiths.co.uk for inspiration, or call 01604 637332 to speak with one of our destination specialists and start planning an incredible family safari in Africa.