Family Adventure Holidays
If you’re seasoned travellers, you may want to venture further afield to Botswana, Zambia, Malawi or Namibia…
Many families are used to being on the go. If your family are seasoned travellers, you may want to venture further afield.
Botswana Family Safaris
Botswana is a wonderful adventure safari destination for families. It's a very safe and stable country offering excellent family adventures and safaris for older children who enjoy being out in the wild. Plus a family adventure safari in Botswana has plenty of activity. Ranging from game drives in open 4 x 4, mokoro trips, boat cruises, fishing and game walks (Note the latter is for older teenagers only).
Mobile Camping Safaris
Another fantastic adventure option is to do a private mobile camping safari. As with all private activities, the advantage is that you have your own guide, vehicle and crew at your disposal. This means you can choose your own safari pace, to some degree. Your guide can also respond to the learning style and interests of your own tribe. This could be in Botswana or Zimbabwe.
For a more personal description of a Botswana family safari and the variety of activities on offer, read our review of the Young Explorers family safari.
Victoria Falls Family Activity Holidays
Does your family include teenagers and older children? If so, how about Victoria Falls?
The Victoria Falls will conjure up photo after photo from your budding young photographers. Meanwhile older teenagers will enjoy terrifying their parents with white water rafting, bungee-jumping and bridge-swinging. Especially if you have to join them!
Younger teenagers and children don’t miss out with adventurous canoeing above the Falls, elephant interaction, boat cruises and game-viewing on the river all being suitable for them. You can choose between resort hotels close to the Falls offering loads of activities and children’s activity clubs. Or fully inclusive smaller lodges on the banks of the Zambezi River. Here, many activities such as boat cruises, game drives, nature walks, local village visits and canoeing are all included in your stay. You can even stay on an idyllic island in the middle of the river Zambezi for a thrill to last a lifetime. There's a chance of sharing your dining room with the local elephants…
Zambia Family Safari Ideas
Zambia is rapidly gaining a name for itself as a child-friendly safari destination. Not only does it offer easy access to Victoria Falls but also adventure safari options with loads of variety.
As with Botswana, Zambia family safaris are probably best for slightly older children. Perhaps from 9 years and older, who are into their wildlife and fairly seasoned travellers.
Again, a great plus point for a Zambia family safari is the range of safari activities on offer for kids. Here they won't get bored doing game drive after game drive. Given the river locations of most of the family-friendly lodges, you have the choice of game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles, boat cruises, canoeing and game walks. (Again, walking is for older teenagers only).
Another plus for Zambia are the Safari Houses. These are exclusive use houses or bush homesteads. A Safari House usually comes with its own ranger with a private vehicle for your game activities, a private chef and staff.
Note: most of the safari camps in Botswana and Zambia are only accessible by light safari aircraft. The need to fly-in everywhere does make these family safaris on the expensive side. This is especially true if you travel in the peak season from mid-June to October. Sorry!
- Head to areas with a vast range of safari activities to fight boredom: game drives, boating, canoeing, tiger-fishing…
- Combine a safari with Victoria Falls for a great blend of game-viewing with adventurous activity.
- South Africa - with its scenic diversity and wealth of activities - is also perfect for a family on the go.
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