Why Your Family Will Love Africa?
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  1. Witness fascinating animal encounters
  2. Stay in private villas with dedicated staff
  3. Have fun at the Kids Club
  4. Explore at your own pace
  5. Choose malaria-free destinations
  6. Enjoy family-friendly activities

Why Your Family Will Love Africa?

Happy kids – happy parents. This is the recipe for a successful family holiday!

This is where we come in. At Africa Unwind, our job is to ensure that careful planning goes into your family safari vacation or beach getaway, ensuring that you & your little ones have the time of your lives.

From witnessing close-up animal encounters & sleeping in a treehouse to exciting treasure hunts & swimming with dolphins – Africa has it all!

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Here are our top 6 reasons why an African family safari or island-style getaway is your best choice:

Witness Fascinating Animal Encounters Travelling to Africa with your family means one thing – the best family safari holiday ever! This bucket list activity is why most visitors choose Africa as their holiday destination. And if you ever want to see true excitement on a child’s face – bring them along! Apart from experiencing family game drives while on safari, kids can also enjoy elephant-back rides, walk with penguins on the beach, have breakfast with giraffes or interact with meerkats. You can also watch baby turtles nest on a postcard-perfect island or witness whales calve from a boat.

Stay In Private Villas Family travel can be tricky when it comes to finding the right accommodation. Private villas are often the best way to go. Whether youchoose a luxury family safari lodge, or an ocean-view suite, you’ll have everything you need for a true home-away-from-home experience & enjoy the added benefit of dedicated staff who will look after your every need.

Have Fun At The Kids Club In Africa, fun is around every corner. Many beach resorts & safari lodges boast dedicated Kids Clubs that offer a wide selection of fun-filled activities for your little ones. Should parents wish to enjoy a quiet dinner every so often, kids can play their hearts out at the Kids Club or alternatively, babysitting can be arranged.

Explore At Your Own Pace Families are often independent travellers who like to explore at their own pace, without being tied down to a certain schedule. That is where self-drive holidays come into play. Certain countries in Africa have great infrastructure that allows for safe & easy self-drive vacations.

Choose Malaria-free There are many African destinations that are malaria-free – which means that you can still go on your dream family safari vacation, soak up the sun on a tropical island or enjoy adventurous activities with your kids - even while you are pregnant. We are here to recommend the best malaria-free family-friendly destinations – just ask.

Enjoy Family-friendly Activities Our beautiful continent offers a long list of family-friendly activities, so rest assured that no one will get bored during an African family vacation. Whether you are coming face to face with a lion (from the comfort & safety of a safari jeep), riding on the back of an elephant, ziplining through a forest, riding on a quad bike or going on a treasure hunt – Africa will thrill the whole family!

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Witness Fascinating Animal Encounters

All children love animals, & in Africa – there is a lot of love going around! Not only will your family be able to tick off the Big 5 while on safari, but there are many other interesting animal encounters that will leave you n awe. This is something that the whole family can enjoy, because – let’s be honest – not many of us are used to interacting with wild animals in their natural habitat. So, when it comes to family travel, wildlife should be Number 1 on your travel list. Of course, the very first thing you should do is go on safari…But your family should also experience one of our favourite child-friendly activities: ‘Meet the Animals of Africa!’ Ready for some fun & excitement? Here we go… 1. Enjoy Elephant Encounters: Abu Camp, Okavango Delta - Botswana The elephant is one of Africa’s most iconic animals & stand out from all other species while on safari. Quite literally! Not only do they have an impressive size, but always manage to find a way into people’s hearts. There are many places in Africa where you can enjoy life-changing elephant interactions (with an emphasis on rescuing, rehabilitation & releasing), but our favourite is Abu Camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Here, you can touch them, feed them, walk with them & even sleep in the iconic Elephant Star Bed above their boma where you will be serenaded to sleep by the contented rumblings of the elephants below. We’ll also recommend The Elephant Camp in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe & Elephant Whispers or The Elephant Sanctuary in South Africa. 2. Meet the Penguins: Boulders Beach, Cape Town – South Africa When families travel to Cape Town, one of the first stops on the itinerary is Boulders Beach! Not only is Boulders one of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches, but it is the only place in the world where you can get close to African penguins. Yes, that’s right – here they waddle past you as you bask in the sun or enjoy a leisurely picnic. This family-friendly swimming beach is the perfect place for your family to relax. The kids can climb over boulders, explore the rock pools, or swim in the cool, clear False Bay water. 3. Eat breakfast with giraffes: Giraffe Manor, Nairobi - Kenya Giraffe Manor is known to offer “the most unforgettable bucket list breakfast in the world.” This exclusive boutique hotel is set on private land in an indigenous forest in Nairobi, Kenya - & is the ideal stop-over before or after an East African Safari. One of the biggest drawcards is the resident herd of Rothchild’s giraffes who may visit morning & evening, poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat. You can take pictures as they ‘interrupt’ your breakfast & enjoy the laughs & giggles from your little ones as they feed them. 4. Interact with Meerkats: Makgadikgadi Pans - Botswana These small, desert-adapted mammals are found throughout the Kalahari, which covers much of Botswana. But the best place to interact with them is in the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana. We recommend staying at San Camp, Jacks’ Camp or Camp Kalahari as they offer a meerkat experience with habituated families. Meerkats are not shy & it is not uncommon for them to jump on you as you sit still, seeking a high location from which to guard. Children love these little creatures, so get ready to take some amazing family photographs! 5. Watch baby turtles nest: Thonga Beach Lodge, Maputaland Coastal Reserve – South Africa The Maputaland Coast in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal is the only remaining major nesting site in Africa where Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles still lay their eggs. Each year, between November & February your family can go turtle tracking & witness these great creatures of the deep haul themselves out of the ocean to lay eggs on the shore. 6. Witness whales calve: Hermanus, Whale Route – South Africa Famous for its majestic nature & impressive size, the Southern Right Whale has always been a fascination for many. And only a 2-hour drive from the vibrant city of Cape Town in a coastal town called Hermanus, you can witness the best land-based whale watching in the world! Each year between July & November, whale-lovers arrive along the coast to witness these massive mammals give birth & care for their newborn calves. Fun for the entire family? For sure!

Stay In Private Villas

Let’s be honest – although hotels are luxurious & amazing, spending a lot of time in a hotel room with (small) children, is not quite what Mum & Dad had in mind when planning a family holiday! The ideal is to have a home-away-from-home environment – with ample space for the little ones to run around, a swimming pool, fun-filled activities & relaxing zones for Mum & Dad! We are sure that all parents will agree: Happy kids, happy parents! So, if you are travelling with your family, the first prize is to stay in private villas where you’ll have all of the above, plus dedicated staff who will look after your every need. We have compiled a list of our favourite African villas, so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. 1. Morukuru Houses, Madikwe Game Reserve – South Africa Morukuru Family Houses consists of 3 exclusive bush villas located in the malaria-free Madikwe Private Game Reserve in South Africa. These private villas include Morukuru Farm House, Morukuru Owner’s House & Morukuru River House - each villa complete with a dedicated hosting couple, butler, cleaning staff, ranger & tracker. Private, intimate & secluded – Morukuru Family offers an exclusive safari to the discerning traveller. 2. La Cle des Montagnes, Wine Route – South Africa La Cle des Montagne offers luxurious villa-style living in the heart of the Franschhoek valley in the Cape Winelands District. Sophisticated, stylish & breathtakingly beautiful – these opulent villas are located on a working wine estate, surrounded by picturesque vineyards, plum orchards & spectacular mountains. 3. Kwandwe Villas – Kwandwe Private Game Reserve – South Africa The world-class Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is nestled in the heart of South Africa’s unspoilt Eastern Cape Province in a malaria-free private wilderness & is home to 5 lodges, of which 3 can be booked on an exclusive-use basis: Kwandwe Melton Manor, Kwandwe Fort House & Kwandwe Uplands Homestead. The 22,000-hectare reserve flanks both the north & south banks of the Great Fish River, attracting a variety of game, including the Big 5. 4. Singita Kataza House, Volcanoes National Park – Rwanda Singita Kataza House is an exclusive-use luxury private villa situated at the foot of the Volcanoes National Park & is a haven for trekkers to unwind after coming face to face with Rwanda’s mountain gorillas. Since the villa can only be booked on an exclusive-use basis, guests will enjoy the perks of having a personal chef, host, guide & safari vehicle throughout their stay. 5. Grootbos Private Villas, Whale Route – South Africa Grootbos Nature Reserve is a private eco-reserve located on the beautiful Whale Coast & boasts three 5-star accommodation options, each designed to reflect the exquisite natural setting without compromising on style & luxury. Grootbos Private Villas are the last word in secluded luxury & come complete with a private chef, butler & nature guide. 6. Lion Sands Fish Eagle Villa, Sabi Sand Reserve – South Africa Lion Sands Fish Eagle Villa is an exclusive & private piece of paradise on the banks of the Sabie River in the world-famous Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. The villa is part of Lion Sands Ivory Lodge but operates & functions privately so that guests have an exclusive safari experience. The southern section of the Sabi Sand Reserve is well known for its sensational Big 5 game viewing & regular cat sightings. 7. Lion Sands Hi’Nkweni Villa, Kruger Private Concession – South Africa Lion Sands Hi’Nkweni Villa is part of Lion Sands Tinga Lodge but operates & functions privately so that guests have an exclusive safari experience. The 5,000-hectare private concession invites a variety of wildlife & exciting safari activities. Guests can explore off-road driving, night drives, follow in the footsteps of a leopard, track down a herd of elephants, or simply wait for them to come to you. 8. Singita Serengeti House, Serengeti National Park – Tanzania Perched on the slopes of Sasakwa Hill in the private Grumeti Reserve in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, lies the exclusive & elegant Singita Serengeti House. This exclusive safari haven is set in 350,000 acres of unrivalled wilderness that forms part of the iconic Great Wildebeest Migration. Elegant & refined, this private villa is an ideal choice for discerning travellers requiring the utmost privacy & relaxation. 9. Little Tubu, Okavango Delta – Botswana Little Tubu is situated on the Okavango Delta’s Hunda Island, next to its sister camp, Tubu Tree, connected to it by boardwalks. Hunda Island is the largest area of permanently dry land in the Okavango Delta. Because the camp is situated in an area with the most palatable grasses, animals flock here daily & often guests can experience fantastic plains game viewing from the main viewing deck. Little Tubu only has 3 suites, which means that the entire camp can be booked on an exclusive-use basis. 10. More Quarters, Cape Town – South Africa More Quarters offers their guests exactly that….More. More space, more luxury & more personal service. Operating exactly like a hotel, guests will still enjoy the benefits of a hotel – including concierge, breakfast, daily cleaning & personal attention, while enjoying extra comforts like space & privacy. More Quarters is ideal for families, groups or couples interested in a little bit more. Guests will be able to choose between one & two-bedroom apartments as well as Redcliffe House - a three-bedroom villa, all set within a quiet haven close to the trendy Kloof Street. 11. Wolwedans Private Camp, Sossusvlei – Namibia Wolwedans Private Camp is located within a quiet & idyllic valley in Sossusvlei’s Namib Rand Nature Reserve in Namibia. It is the perfect getaway for travellers seeking uncompromising privacy & solitude. Sossusvlei is famous for its gorgeous red sand dunes, dramatic landscape, excellent photographic opportunities & hot-air balloon safaris. 12. Jabali Private House, Ruaha National Park – Tanzania Jabali Private House is an exclusive-use safari villa set within one of Tanzania’s most remote wildlife destinations: The Ruaha National Park, home to the largest lion & elephant populations in Africa. With a private chef, guide & safari vehicle – guests will be able to enjoy an intimate & private safari with their loved ones in a remote wilderness setting. 13. Singita Castleton, Sabi Sand Reserve – South Africa Singita Castleton is – without a doubt - one of the Greater Kruger’s best private villas. Located in the world-renowned Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, Singita provides excellent game viewing year-round. The villa is ideal for families or friends who are looking for a private safari experience. Guests staying at Singita Castleton will have their own staff – including a private chef, guide, tracker & host – ensuring service of only the highest standard. 14. Tintswalo Manor House, Manyeleti Reserve – South Africa Tintswalo Manor House is an exclusive villa located in the private Manyeleti Reserve in the Greater Kruger. The villa can only be booked on an exclusive use basis & is ideal for families or a group of friends looking for a private safari experience. 15. Bungalow 52, Clifton 4th Beach (Cape Town) – South Africa Bungalow 52 is an exclusive beach villa that boasts one of the best locations in Cape Town – just a few steps from the fashionable Clifton 4th Beach. This tri-level 3-bedroom beach villa provides an unspoilt beach experience less than 10 steps from your front door & is a short walk from some of Cape Town’s golden beaches, including the glamorous Camps Bay. 16. Little Ruckomechi, Mana Pools – Zimbabwe Little Ruckomechi is located within the private Ruckomechi Concession & one of only a handful of lodges scattered around Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park. The camp offers a true wilderness experience combined with ‘just the right amount’ of luxury. For exclusive-use bookings, there are 4 tents available so guests will have the entire camp all to themselves. 17. Robin’s House, South Luangwa – Zambia The exclusive Robin’s House enjoys a lovely setting on the banks of the Luangwa River in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. With breathtaking views of the river, this private Zambia villa - previously the home of the owner, Robin Pope - is the ideal safari choice for families who want to reconnect at their own pace. A private guide, safari vehicle & chef will be at your disposal when staying at Robin’s House, so guests can enjoy a flexible schedule when it comes to activities & mealtimes.

Have Fun At The Kids Club

Holidays are supposed to be fun! But often ‘fun for Mum & Dad’, doesn’t necessarily mean ‘fun for the kids!’ (& vice versa) But when your family travels to Africa, we’ll make sure that ‘fun’ is indeed for the whole family. One of the best ways to ensure that everyone is happy is to pick family-friendly lodges with Kids Clubs. That way, the little ones can play at their heart’s content, learn about Africa & enjoy a variety of fun activities while Mum & Dad enjoy an afternoon siesta. There are wonderful Kids Clubs throughout Africa, but we’ll share some of our favourites with you – so start packing & get ready for oodles of family fun! 1. Mauritius Yes, Mauritius is Number 1 on our list, because most resorts on this beautiful island boast fantastic Kids (& Teens) Clubs that will keep your kids busy for days! Mauritius resorts offer an impressive amount of age-appropriate land & water activities – with dedicated adult supervision, of course. So, Mum & Dad can relax by the pool, enjoy water sports or take a siesta as kids craft & play to their hearts’ content. 2. Madikwe Safari Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve – South Africa At Madikwe Safari Lodge, kids will learn how to survive in the bush with lessons on which trees’ branches make the best toothbrushes, how to find your way in the bush, make fire & source water. ‘Bug CSI’ will take the little ones on guided walks around camp to find different plants & insects while spoor & dung tracking are both great hits among young explorers. 3. Londolozi Varty Camp, Sabi Sand Reserve – South Africa Londolozi stands out above the rest when it comes to a child’s tailored safari experience. Recognising that each child is unique, an assessment is done upon arrival by a ranger & qualified facilitator who then custom design a fun-filled safari itinerary for each child. Private game drives mean that your family can come & go, stop, touch, feel & smell at your own pace. Back at camp, kids will also enjoy archery, tree climbing, fishing, movie nights, pizza making, sling-shot competitions, water-based games, Masterchef cook-offs, arts & crafts, & photography lessons. 4. Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve – South Africa Kwandwe Ecca Lodge offers children an opportunity to become honorary members of the Blue Crane Conservation Club, named after South Africa’s endangered national bird. As ‘Blue Craners,’ they’ll receive an animal checklist, take a pledge to live green & learn about conservation on exciting, guided walking safaris around camp, identifying animal droppings, tracks & insects. Water babies can also go on supervised fishing trips & game drives looking for non-predatory wildlife like zebras, monkeys & giraffes. 5. Kwandwe Melton Manor, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve – South Africa This exclusive-use safari villa not only comes with a dedicated team of staff but comes with a long list of family-friendly activities. Receiving a welcome pack of animal checklists, themed games & activities, gifts & a pledge to live green, your kids will have a blast. At the Kids Club, children can enjoy cooking lessons, scavenger hunts, arts & crafts & much more. A bonus at Melton Manor is that kids of all ages are allowed on game drives. 6. Tuningi Safari Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve – South Africa Tuningi Safari Lodge is one of the few 5-star safari lodges in the Madikwe Game Reserve that welcomes children & in doing so, allows them to be exposed to wildlife & nature. Kids at Tuningi will have a blast! The little ones will be kept busy with treasure hunts, arts & crafts & scavenger hunts. They also have a dedicated kids playroom where children can roam around freely & play to their hearts’ content. 7. Morukuru Farm House, Madikwe Game Reserve – South Africa At Morukuru Farm House, all children are welcome on game drives & will receive a backpack of goodies that will teach them to become ‘junior rangers.’ The little ones will head off on guided spoor-tracking lessons, mini bush walks & enjoy scrapbooking of their favourite safari finds. Kids at Morukuru Farm House can also bake biscuits, play board games & enjoy video games. 8. Somalisa Acacia, Linyanti Reserve – Botswana Somalisa Acacia was built with families in mind. Their Ngwana Club specialises in providing the little ones with educational fun from beginning to end. Here, kids will learn about local wildlife through nature walks, arts & crafts & cooking lessons. The cherry on top at Somalisa Acacia is the Elephant Pool – a waterhole right next to camp – where herds of elephants are frequently spotted. 9. Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, Matusadona National Park – Zimbabwe Bumi Hills’ Ngwana Club is famous for keeping the little ones so busy, they won’t even notice you’re gone. Here, kids will be educated about life in the bush through fun activities – from nature walks around camp & storytelling to cultural arts, crafts & cooking classes. 10.Governors’ Camp, Masai Mara – Kenya The Great Wildebeest Migration is a wildlife show your kids will never forget! Not only can they enjoy a phenomenal wildlife experience, but at the Mongoose Club, they will be entertained, educated & inspired through a bunch of fun-filled safari activities. Leading the team, is a local Masai guide who will teach kids all about his culture, how to identify animal tracks & using the camp’s telescope - how to dabble in astronomy. Kids will also enjoy fun ‘make your own pizza’ evenings, make their own jewellery & build handmade wooden bows & arrows – which will be much needed during target practice. 11. Singita Ebony, Sabi Sand Reserve – South Africa Kids of all ages are welcome at Singita Ebony & their Mini Rangers Course is filled with fun activities ranging from tracking & birding to bush survival skills. Babysitting is also offered here, so parents can enjoy some downtime for massages or afternoon siestas. 12. Singita Serengeti House, Serengeti National Park – Tanzania Singita Serengeti House offers front row seats to nature’s greatest spectacle: the Great Wildebeest Migration. Your family can enjoy sole use of this private villa as well as a variety of exciting activities, like tennis, watching a movie in the media room or swimming in the infinity pool. Kids can join the Mini Rangers Course where they’ll learn how to track animals & survive in the bush while enjoying fun nature quizzes & various competitions. 13. Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Sossusvlei – Namibia Stargazing in Sossusvlei is spectacular, so at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge the little ones will receive a WILDchild backpack filled with bush-orientated goodies & receive stargazing lessons from an expert. Daily activities usually revolve around getting creative with ostrich shell art to make jewellery – just like the San Bushmen, learn about dune history while playing in the sand & enjoy some monkey ball art, using local fruits as a canvas.

Explore At Your Own Pace

Travelling with kids & adhering to set schedules can be challenging for some, so if you are an independent family who loves to explore at your own pace – why not rent a car & self-drive through South Africa or Nambia? Both these countries have fantastic infrastructure & spectacular scenery to enjoy along the way – the ideal combination for an exciting road trip adventure! South Africa stands out above the rest when it comes to family-friendly lodges & activities – so of, course we’ll recommend that you make this beautiful country your first pit stop. Curious about which destinations to include in a self-drive holiday? Hop on board as we steer you in the right direction. 1. Cape Town – South Africa Nestled between the Indian & Atlantic Oceans with iconic Table Mountain as backdrop, lies one of the world’s most vibrant & breathtaking cities. Cape Town is a multi-faceted destination that deserves to be explored by everyone – from romantics & honeymooners who will love the luxurious accommodation & idyllic views to adventure lovers & families looking for an action-packed holiday. 2. Wine Route – South Africa Nestled between sun-kissed vineyards & majestic mountains, the picturesque valleys of the Wine Route (also referred to as the Cape Winelands) are renowned for its exquisite wines, grand old estates, pretty towns & award-winning restaurants. Within only a 60-minute drive from vibrant Cape Town, you reach one of the most breathtaking regions in South Africa where Alpine-style views, art galleries & quaint side-walk cafes are seen from almost every street. 3. Whale Route – South Africa The scenic Whale Route is the Overberg region’s Indian Ocean coastline - & also considered one of the most breathtaking drives in the country. The Whale Route’s claim to fame is that it offers the best land-based whale watching in the world! Each year between July & November, Southern Right whales & Humpback whales migrate here to calve & mate, so visitors can marvel at these gentle giants from one of the walking paths overlooking the ocean or from the comfort of a boat. 4. Garden Route – South Africa South Africa’s world-renowned Garden Route is a sunny stretch of coastline that lies just a few hours’ drive from the vibrant city of Cape Town, featuring a wonderful blend of beautiful beaches, lush forests, tranquil lagoons & bustling seaside towns. The malaria-free Garden Route is a big drawcard to independent families who prefer to do self-drive holidays & explore at their own pace as well as nature lovers & outdoor enthusiasts who are eager to tick off a list of exciting activities. 5. Panorama Route – South Africa The Panorama Route is one of South Africa’s hidden gems & a destination that you should not travel to without a camera! Just a stone’s throw away from the world-renowned Kruger Park, this breathtaking region consists of dramatic landscapes as far as the eye can see. Unspoilt mountains, majestic waterfalls & interesting canyons are just some of the natural wonders you will encounter on a Panorama Route holiday. The road conditions are easy & safe, so independent-minded self-drive guests will love exploring the Panorama Route at their own pace. 6. Eastern Cape – South Africa Just around the corner from the popular beaches & seaside towns of the Garden Route lies South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, a place of abundant wildlife, friendly service & plenty of fun-filled activities. A focal point of the Eastern Cape is its game reserves, most of which is home to the famous Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo & rhino. Moreover, this malaria-free region is a wonderful option for families who are looking for child-friendly activities that can keep the little ones active. 7. KwaZulu-Natal – South Africa KwaZulu-Natal is all about diversity. Set along the coast in the southeast of South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal (or KZN) offers an amazing blend of experiences, including game reserves, mountains, battlegrounds & oceans. Two areas in KwaZulu-Natal have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the iSimangaliso Wetland Park & the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park – both popular stops to the discerning traveller in search of scenic experiences. The region boasts warm, sunny weather throughout the year & road conditions make it easy to explore the KZN via self-drive. 8. Madikwe Game Reserve – South Africa The 75,000-hectare Madikwe Private Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s largest Big 5 reserves. Lying on the edge of the Kalahari & close to the Botswana border, Madikwe is home to the coveted Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo & rhino – as well as an abundance of other wildlife. The reserve is malaria-free & is, therefore, the perfect choice for families with young children. Guests can choose from a wide selection of family-friendly safari lodges that offer exciting children’s activities, meals & even babysitting services. 9. Pilanesberg Game Reserve – South Africa Only a stone’s throw from the famous Sun City resort & a 2-hour drive from Johannesburg, the easily accessible Pilanesberg National Park offers its guests an abundance of wildlife & a wide selection of activities for the whole family. Located in a malaria-free region, Pilanesberg National Park is the top choice for families, particularly knowing that the adventure-packed Sun City is right next door! 10. Welgevonden Game Reserve – South Africa Welgevonden Game Reserve is a 36,000-hectare private game reserve in the Waterberg District of the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The reserve is one of the most accessible premier malaria-free wilderness reserves in the country. After a pleasant 2,5-hour drive from Johannesburg, guests will arrive in Big 5 territory. 11. Kruger Private Reserves – South Africa The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s most acclaimed safari destination & consistently ranks among the best of Africa’s parks & reserves. Roughly the size of Israel or Wales – just under 20,000 square km - the Kruger National Park spans 2 of South Africa’s provinces & is home to an abundance of wildlife, including the coveted Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo & rhino. 12. Sossusvlei – Namibia Sossusvlei is one of Namibia’s top safari destinations. Set at the heart of the Namib Naukluft National Park, the clean-lined, curving slopes rise to a remarkable 300m & are – without a doubt – one of the most astonishing sights in the world. Since Sossusvlei can be reached by road, it is the ideal destination to include in a self-drive holiday through Namibia & most definitely, one for the bucket list! 13. Damaraland – Namibia Situated amongst rugged mountains, between the Skeleton Coast, the Etosha National Park & the even wilder & more remote Kaokoveld, lies the largely uninhabited Damaraland. Damaraland is tucked away under a canopy of stars & offers endless views over the dramatic, harsh landscape that consists of acacia woodland & rolling grasslands. 14. Etosha National Park – Namibia Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s premier wildlife destinations. This 23,000square km reserve is one of the easiest, safest & most rewarding big game reserves in Southern Africa. Safari enthusiasts have called this reserve a ‘photographer’s dream.’ - & rightly so. Etosha is famous for its many game-packed waterholes that attract an endless amount of wildlife. The reserve can easily be reached by self-drive, so travellers can explore Namibia at their own pace & end their trip with a safari to Namibia’s premier wildlife destination.

Choose Malaria-free

Everyone will agree that Africa is a bucket list destination – even if you are pregnant or travelling with young kids. Malaria-free is the way to go! This means that you can still go on safari, visit an island or explore a city without missing out on anything. After all – having kids is a blessing, so travelling with them to Africa should be a joy too. Journey with us as we share our favourite malaria-free regions with you. Remember though, now you have no excuse! 1. Cape Town – South Africa Nestled between the Indian & Atlantic Oceans with iconic Table Mountain as backdrop, lies one of the world’s most vibrant & breathtaking cities. Cape Town is a multi-faceted destination that deserves to be explored by everyone – from romantics & honeymooners who will love the luxurious accommodation & idyllic views to adventure lovers & families looking for an action-packed holiday. 2. Wine Route – South Africa Nestled between sun-kissed vineyards & majestic mountains, the picturesque valleys of the Wine Route (also referred to as the Cape Winelands) are renowned for its exquisite wines, grand old estates, pretty towns & award-winning restaurants. Within only a 60-minute drive from vibrant Cape Town, you reach one of the most breathtaking regions in South Africa where Alpine-style views, art galleries & quaint side-walk cafes are seen from almost every street. 3. Whale Route – South Africa The scenic Whale Route is the Overberg region’s Indian Ocean coastline - & also considered one of the most breathtaking drives in the country. The Whale Route’s claim to fame is that it offers the best land-based whale watching in the world! Each year between July & November, Southern Right whales & Humpback whales migrate here to calve & mate, so visitors can marvel at these gentle giants from one of the walking paths overlooking the ocean or from the comfort of a boat. 4. Garden Route – South Africa South Africa’s world-renowned Garden Route is a sunny stretch of coastline that lies just a few hours’ drive from the vibrant city of Cape Town, featuring a wonderful blend of beautiful beaches, lush forests, tranquil lagoons & bustling seaside towns. The malaria-free Garden Route is a big drawcard to independent families who prefer to do self-drive holidays & explore at their own pace as well as nature lovers & outdoor enthusiasts who are eager to tick off a list of exciting activities. 5. Eastern Cape – South Africa Just around the corner from the popular beaches & seaside towns of the Garden Route lies South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, a place of abundant wildlife, friendly service & plenty of fun-filled activities. A focal point of the Eastern Cape is its game reserves, most of which is home to the famous Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo & rhino. Moreover, this malaria-free region is a wonderful option for families who are looking for child-friendly activities that can keep the little ones active. 6. Madikwe Game Reserve – South Africa The 75,000-hectare Madikwe Private Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s largest Big 5 reserves. Lying on the edge of the Kalahari & close to the Botswana border, Madikwe is home to the coveted Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo & rhino – as well as an abundance of other wildlife. The reserve is malaria-free & is, therefore, the perfect choice for families with young children. Guests can choose from a wide selection of family-friendly safari lodges that offer exciting children’s activities, meals & even babysitting services. 7. Pilanesberg Game Reserve – South Africa Only a stone’s throw from the famous Sun City resort & a 2-hour drive from Johannesburg, the easily accessible Pilanesberg National Park offers its guests an abundance of wildlife & a wide selection of activities for the whole family. Located in a malaria-free region, Pilanesberg National Park is the top choice for families, particularly knowing that the adventure-packed Sun City is right next door! 8. Welgevonden Game Reserve – South Africa Welgevonden Game Reserve is a 36,000-hectare private game reserve in the Waterberg District of the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The reserve is one of the most accessible premier malaria-free wilderness reserves in the country. After a pleasant 2,5-hour drive from Johannesburg, guests will arrive in Big 5 territory. 9. Mauritius Ask anyone who has been to Mauritius & soon you will discover why this Indian Ocean island remains a worldwide favourite. Not only are the beaches magnificently beautiful, but Mauritius offers an amazing year-round climate, world-class diving & a long list of activities that can keep you busy for days. What makes Mauritius so special, is that is appeals to absolutely everyone. Families, couples, honeymooners & friends are all catered for. Some resorts even have family-friendly pools & ‘adult-only’ wings. Kids Clubs will keep the little ones entertained from morning to evening, so parents can put up their feet & relax! 10. Seychelles A beautiful island republic in the western Indian Ocean boasts 115 islands with lush tropical vegetation, postcard-perfect beaches, and a wide variety of marine life. Seychelles, the combined name for all these islands, remains one of the world’s most beautiful & secluded beach destinations, offering visitors only the best in barefoot luxury.

Enjoy Family-friendly Activities

There are certain countries in the world that, as parents, we simply won’t dare to visit with our kids. They are simply not child-friendly. Fortunately, Africa is the ‘Fun Aunt’ when it comes to family-friendly activities, so rest assured: Mum, Dad & the little ones will have a blast! Africa offers you the chance to spot a lion in the wild, ride on the back of an elephant, zipline through a forest, quad bike in the desert & go on treasure hunt adventures. If you can think of it, you’ll probably be able to do it: helicopter flights, hot air balloon safaris, sunset boat cruises, snorkelling, stand-up paddleboarding, scuba diving, canoe safaris, guided walks, stargazing….the list is endless. There is also bungee jumping, animal encounters, treehouse sleep-outs & Kids Clubs. Since each lodge, camp or resort offers its own list of exciting activities, why not browse through a few of them & see for yourself? Or – even better – ask one of our African Safari Experts to help you plan your dream holiday. That’s why we are here! We are happy to custom design a holiday that will suit your family’s needs & requirements, so send us an enquiry & we’ll get back to you with some exciting suggestions. Whatever your family wants to do, we can probably make it happen! Because it is challenging to put together a list of all the activities Africa has to offer, we thought we’ll direct you to the very beginning. What kind of holiday will be ideal for your family? A safari? An island getaway? Or a city break? (Or all of the above?) 1. Safaris Perhaps everyone on Planet Earth has dreamed of going on safari to Africa! The word safari means “journey” & visiting the real Africa is a unique experience. Getting up close & personal with some of the world’s most impressive & endangered animals, sleeping in luxury tents & learning more about the fascinating African culture is what a safari holiday is all about! 2. Islands Life is busy. So, let’s be honest – all of us deserve some pampering every now & again. For some – pampering means strolling on white, sandy beaches with crystal clear water, while others enjoy eating fresh seafood or sipping on a cocktail while watching the sunset. There are those who prefer lying in a hammock or getting a relaxing massage while others want to dive, snorkel & explore the island through adventure activities. Whichever way you choose to relax, an island will get you there! 3. Cities While many people love to get away from the hustle & bustle of city life while on holiday, they often realize that visiting a city in another part of the world can be just as relaxing as a safari or a beach holiday. You don’t have to worry about meals, because everything is available around the clock – from high-end restaurants & cafes to cocktail bars & markets. Besides, you get to explore, see new places, experience new cultures, indulge in adventure activities & also tick off your bucket list.

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