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Best family holidays in Africa for 2024

Dreaming of Africa’s family-friendly gems? As 2024 beckons, there has never been a better time to dream up new adventures. Think diverse landscapes, rich wildlife, and vibrant cultures — in other words, a playground for unforgettable family vacations! In this article, we hope to inspire you with great destinations for old and young. 

Victoria Falls and Livingstone

It doesn’t get more iconic than Victoria Falls. From the awe-inspiring views of the falls themselves to heart-pounding adventures like zip-lining across the gorge or even white-water rafting, this destination combines natural beauty with just the right amount of adventure for all!

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Stanley and Livingstone Horseback Safari

For a truly immersive experience, consider staying at the Stanley and Livingstone Boutique Hotel. This boutique accommodation not only offers luxurious comfort but also provides easy access to Vic Falls and safaris too, giving you a beautifully well-rounded trip — even if you don’t have much time. There’s plenty of activities for kids at the hotel and in the nearby area, so the entire family will be kept busy and have loads of fun!

Northern Tanzania

Looking for a beautiful combination of wildlife, activities, and breathtaking scenery? Northern Tanzania offers up both the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

In addition to being home to some of the continent’s best wildlife experiences, Northern Tanzania offers activities for all ages – such as the treetop walkway at Lake Manyara, cultural interactions and family-friendly hikes. 

To cap off this adventure, you can always head to Zanzibar for some relaxing beach time.

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Zuri Zanzibar Kayaking

For those seeking a seamless travel plan, TrueAfrica’s Northern Tanzania and Zanzibar itinerary is a valuable resource. It offers a well-crafted journey that balances exploration and (critically!) relaxation. Moreover, TrueAfrica specializes in crafting budget-friendly Tanzanian adventures, ensuring that your family’s dream vacation remains within reach.

Malaria-Free Safaris in South Africa

Travelling with younger kids can mean that malaria-free safaris become a priority. We love that Madikwe Game Reserve and the Eastern Cape offer a variety of safari experiences with exceptional wildlife encounters without the risk! Plus, tailored children’s programs, educational activities, bush walks, and game drives make these lodges ideal for families.

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Family Safari

For further insights into family-friendly wonders in Africa, check out True Africa’s previous blog, Wild and Wonderful: Exploring Africa’s Family-Friendly Wonders.

Cape Town and South African Safari

There is nothing quite like the vibrant city of Cape Town. It boasts a wide array of family-friendly properties and activities such as a visit to the aquarium, a day at Boulder’s Beach with adorable penguins, and a day out in the Winelands. 

Here, there are plenty of creative ways to include little ones into an otherwise more adult activity! Experiences for small people include biking between wine farms , indulging in kid-friendly wine tasting, complete with chocolate and milkshake sampling.

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Family friendly wine tastings

Unique Properties mean Unforgettable Stays

To ensure an unparalleled stay during your African adventure, consider these exceptional properties:

  • Shinde Camp in Okavango Delta: Immerse yourself in the heart of the Okavango Delta at Shinde Camp. Wildlife viewing at Shinde is some of the very best in the Delta region, and the abundance of species will ensure even the youngest safari-goer is impressed!

Shinde Footsteps Camp
Safari stories around the fire
  • Thonga Beach Lodge on KZN North Coast: Experience the pristine beauty of the Northern KwaZulu-Natal coastline at Thonga Beach Lodge, a secluded haven nestled between the forest and the ocean with an abundance of activities for all ages.

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Snorkeling at Thonga Beach
  • Kaya Mawa on Lake Malawi: For a tranquil lakeside retreat, Kaya Mawa on Lake Malawi offers an intimate setting where you can unwind in style. There are loads of activities to do – both on land and on the waters, so the whole family can experience the best of the lake and island, before taking some time to relax by the pool or on the beach to wind down.

Kaya Maya views

As you plan your family’s African adventure for 2024, let the continent’s diverse landscapes, wildlife, and welcoming accommodations unfold lasting memories for every member of your family. Whether you’re seeking the thrill of a safari, the wonder of natural wonders, or the relaxation of beachfront bliss, Africa truly does have it all. 

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