Where are the best family safaris in Africa?


It is difficult to say unequivocally just what the perfect family safari is, for as you well know, in 25 years, we have never assembled two family safaris the same as the requirement is different for each family. I am lucky enough to take my own family on safari each year and to see, as they grow older, how their requirements change.

Botswana and Zambia

For those seeking a more authentic wildlife experience, then Botswana, combined with Victoria Falls or Livingstone, must be hailed as the ultimate family safari in Africa – with quad biking in the Kalahari desert –either sleeping at a choice of small, luxury camps or even going out for a couple of nights onto the salt pans and sleeping in a bedroll beneath the stars, whilst exploring this fascinating area by quad bike or on horseback.

Learn about the Bushmen or San culture here, as they forage for tubers and explain how many of them live. This is such a special and soft, culture whose family are educated on the basis of folklore.  See desert dwelling species such as brown hyaena, black maned lion, springbok and oryx and the gorgeous habituated meerkats – as many of you may have seen on Meerkat Manor!

Then go into the Okavango Delta and spend time with Paul Molesang or one of his accompanying guides. Here our camp will be closed just to your family as he takes you under his wing and reveals an entirely new world to you all. Learn to read the night skies, how to shoot at tin cans, how to fish for bream, and how to identify the tracks and trails in front of you – as well as learning about the medicinal properties of trees and plants.

There is also a wonderful camp where one can ride and canoe and walk each day and camp out for a night, too! Perhaps have a private, tented mobile camp set up for you in the Moremi wildlife reserve or in Chobe, renowned for its elephant population. Consider taking a houseboat and perhaps even going fishing for the eponymous tiger fish!  

End up at Victoria Falls or Livingstone, where one can white water raft, ride horses and elephants, swim to the edge of the Falls, see a lunar rainbow, visit markets and villages and schools, canoe and fish – or simply relax! 

If one is looking for a beach to end off at, then one can combine Botswana with Mozambique, where we have some exquisite villas offering every watersport under the sun, or perhaps South Africa (with cooler waters), or even Madagascar, Mauritius or the Seychelles. Perhaps even charter a catamaran or yacht as an alternative to staying at a beach lodge.