Family Holidays You’ve Probably Never Thought Of

February 6th 2020  |   Family Safaris  |  by   Charlotte Opperman
Somalisa Acacia Walking safari unususal family holidays

Heading off as a family in the summer and at Christmas is obvious, but there are plenty of other school holidays to use for a safari, and lots of places with great wildlife and weather to use them.

February Half Term

Skiing can break the bank in the February half term, but it’s shoulder season for a family safari in Kenya, South Africa or Tanzania. The first two have direct flights and Tanzania’s wide-ranging internal flights make connecting safari and beach ridiculously easy.

Family safari tent at Sayari Camp

Family safari tent at Sayari Camp

Enjoy great wildlife away from the crowds from Sayari Camp in the Serengeti. Family tents here sleep up to five people in comfort. Finish on the beach at Matemwe Lodge on Zanzibar with split level rooms with children’s beds on the mezzanine.

Easter Holidays

It’s still a long way from being warm enough to surf in Cornwall, and the snow has gone slushy in the Alps, so head to Cape Town and combine it with a family safari in Botswana or Zimbabwe.

Dining under the stars at Khwai Bush Camp

Dining under the stars at Khwai Bush Camp

The variety of activities in and around South Africa’s Mother City – from penguins on Boulders Beach to a cablecar up Table Mountain – is only matched by the diversity of accommodation. Boutique hotels such as Welgelegen have family rooms for up to four, while the Cape Grace offers two and three bedroom suites.

The Cape Grace, perfectly positioned for exploring Cape Town

The Cape Grace, perfectly positioned for exploring Cape Town

Direct flights to Maun (Botswana) or Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) open up a wealth of family safari opportunities in areas with great wildlife and small numbers of visitors. Khwai Bush Camp on the fringes of the Okavango Delta has two two-bedroom chalets for families and Somalisa Acacia in Hwange National Park has huge tents with two separate bedrooms.

Exciting wildlife encounters at Somalisa Acacia Camp

Exciting wildlife encounters at Somalisa Acacia Camp

October Half Term

The clocks have changed (for the worse) and leaves are coming off the trees in the UK, but it’s hot and sunny throughout Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Fabulous wildlife viewing at Borana Lodge

Fabulous wildlife viewing at Borana Lodge

In much of Southern Africa it might be too much for all but the biggest sun lovers, but the altitude of camps across Kenya makes temperatures pleasant rather than challenging. Stay somewhere like family friendly Borana, where there is a pool to cool off in between a huge variety of safari activities.

Alfajiri Villas combine wonderfully with time on a Kenyan safari

Alfajiri Villas combine wonderfully with time on a Kenyan safari

From here you can head to the coast to stay in one of the villas at Alfajiri for some R&R after your safari. Or if your children’s autumn half term is two weeks, perhaps head further afield to the Seychelles to really spoil yourselves.

Pre-Christmas

If your kids break up early, avoid the dark days of December with a pre-Christmas break in malaria free South Africa taking advantage of low season rates (up to 19 December you’ll pay almost half the cost of Christmas week). Yes you may get some rainfall, but it’s typically short sharp downpours in the middle of the day during siesta time, and the grass is still short, so wildlife viewing is easy.

Family wildlife drive at Madikwe Safari Lodge

Family wildlife drive at Madikwe Safari Lodge

Madikwe Reserve has all Africa’s iconic wildlife yet is easily accessible from Johannesburg. At Madikwe Safari Lodge the family suites sleep up to five and there are plenty of activities to keep everyone busy as well as the twice daily wildlife drives.

Stunning setting at Marataba Safari Lodge

Stunning setting at Marataba Safari Lodge

Alongside the low season rates is an offer combining three nights at Madikwe with three more in Marakele National Park at Marataba Lodge, where the family suites sleep up to four, and your internal flights are free!

Any questions on unusual family safari holidays?

If you’ve got this far and not found an answer to a question you have that we should have included, please ask in the comments section below, or pop us an email. We’ve done plenty of safaris with our own families, so we will be sure to reply and may amend the article to include our answer.

What next?

We would be delighted to help you plan a family safari holiday, or answer any questions if you’re at an earlier stage. Our team of experts have travelled widely throughout Africa. They can offer expert advice on every type of safari from family and beach holidays to riding and primate safaris.  If you would like to talk to someone who has been there and done it, please just send us an email or give us a call.

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