A family holiday in Africa is still one of the greatest adventures.
The world’s second largest continent is home to 54 countries, thousands of towns and cities and over 1 billion people speaking more than 2000 languages – at a conservative estimate.
It’s the land of the safari where the wildest wildlife roams within reach of a camera lens. But it’s also where you’ll find the immense Sahara Desert and 26,000km of coastline washed by the North and South Atlantic, the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean.
If all that isn’t remarkable enough, Africa lies right at the centre of the earth, sub-divided almost exactly in half by the equator and has sun, somewhere all year round.
So how do you choose your perfect family holiday on the complex continent that’s captivated travellers for centuries?
Botswana is bordered by South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, completely land-locked and one of the most rewarding places in Africa for a family safari holiday. Lions roam free here, there are more elephants than anywhere else on earth and, if you’re lucky, you can even see rhino. The country has a well-deserved reputation for authentic culture and outstanding game reserves with very high safety standards. But Botswana’s not a tame version of Africa so it’s most memorable for over 10s.Take me to Botswana
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For immense savannah, snow-capped Kilimanjaro and weather you only find right on the equator, consider Kenya. If anywhere in Africa can lay claim to creating the safari tradition it’s here in the homeland of the Masai Mara national reserve. Down on the country’s south east coast, the warm waters of the Indian Ocean trim fantastic beach resorts. And, if you want to see Kenya’s remarkable conservation work, visit the elephants of Amboseli in the far south.Take me to Kenya
You can fly from London to Morocco in just over three hours, making it one of the most accessible countries in Africa for shorter family holidays. But, being on the same latitude as Aberdeen, doesn’t make for any less exoticism or enchantment. The gorgeous Moroccan coastline is edged with historic towns and cities, legends like Marrakesh are irresistible in the interior and expeditions to the fringes of the Western Sahara are the ultimate in adventure. Beach fun is good for younger kids and teenagers love monumental Roman ruins, colourful Medina and hiking in the Atlas Mountain foothills.Take me to Morocco
On the south west coast of Africa, Namibia is a spectacular mix of immense dune strewn desert, wild beaches, wildlife and wildly exciting family holidays – especially for older kids and teenagers. Larger than France but with a population of just over 2million, Namibia is also home to a quarter of the world’s cheetahs and has the only remaining free-roaming herds of black rhino. This is the country for conservation holidays, game reserve camping and self-drive road trips.Take me to Namibia
For legendary ‘Big Five’ (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino) game reserves, marine life, spectacular beaches, international cities, World Heritage Sites and 21st century infrastructure, South Africa is the country that ticks every box for family holidays. And nowhere else in Africa is more visited or highly awarded for sustainable, responsible and high quality tourism, attractions and accommodation.Take me to South Africa
This is the land of the great Zambezi River, Victoria Falls, countless lakes and vast stretches of countryside dotted with traditional villages, lively cities and historic towns. Here you can safari through stunning national parks, experience extremes of excitement on land and water, drive and sail on your own time or book beautifully organised tours and trips. Zambia is one of the safest and most popular countries in Africa and an unforgettable holiday for kids of all ages.