Topping last year’s family holiday isn’t always as easy as it sounds. To help ease the load, we present 5 exciting African experiences to choose from for your Family Bucket List in 2020. From sleep-outs surrounded by wildlife and kite surfing on the African coastline to sandboarding in the desert and cruising on the 4th longest river in Africa – we bring the ultimate family trip ideas, right to your doorstep.
Ever dreamt of sleeping under the African sky? Rediscover your inner child with your kids at Morukuru Family in Madikwe with a one-night sleepover in the Morukuru Hide. Located in close proximity to the Morukuru houses, the Hide is a suspended ‘room’ which offers travelers a safe and secure sleepout in the African bush. Surrounded by free-roaming wildlife and topped with shiny stars, this is arguably one of the most adventurous experiences to share with your kids in South Africa. If your little ones aren’t quite as daring just yet, an evening stop at the hide during your game drive can also be arranged for a similar experience.
Sandboard + quad bike off the highest dunes in Africa
Introduced to the world as a family-friendly destination after Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s famous trip with Shiloh, Namibia is a dream playground for adventurous, active children. Home to some of the highest sand dunes in the world and endless activities to go with it, a Namibia safari is our off-the-beaten-track family destination of 2020. While the coastal town of Swakopmund offers a variety of dune excursions such as quad-biking and sand-boarding, water-based activities such as deep-sea fishing and boat cruises are also a great way to keep the kids busy. Jumbari accredited lodges such as Little Kulala also offer additional kids activities such as baking classes, nature walks alongside their safari guide and educational games.
River Safari on the Zambezi River at Victoria Falls River Lodge
Seeing Victoria Falls from afar is one thing, but letting your children experience the excitement of a boat safari on the famous Zambezi River is another Family Bucket List experience not to miss! Spot hippos and elusive crocodiles while you cruise along the 4th longest river in Africa with expert guides at your side. For easy access to this activity, we recommend the family-friendly Victoria Falls River Lodge as your home-base. Other activities offered here are fishing (a great option if you have young boys!), ziplining and safari drives.
Kite Surf & Snorkel in Mozambique at Santorini Mozambique
Have water-babies in your family? Mozambique is an excellent beach destination to add to your Family Bucket List in 2020 for more than one reason. While the destination offers more preferable rates than destinations such as Mauritius and Seychelles, it doesn’t compromise on the quality of the experience your family will have. Santorini Mozambique makes it on our list for its unique kite surfing program available to both parents and children. Enjoy private lessons or share an instructor with your child to make memories together. The quiet waters of Mozambique are also a safe environment for children to give snorkeling, kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding a go.
Meet the Masai Warriors – Entamanu Ngorongoro Private House
It’s true what they say – the best classrooms don’t have four walls. Introduce your children to the people and cultures of Africa on an eye-opening trip to Tanzania. Staying at Entamanu Private, (an exclusive-use, 2-bedroom tented suite) your family can partake in cultural tours to local Maasai villages in the area, as well as experiencing a safari in the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. A private vehicle for your family and a schedule tailored to your liking makes this one of our top picks for a Family Bucket List experience in Africa.
See something that you like? Contact us to start planning your 2020 Family Bucket List Experience today.
Concerned about what a family safari might cost? Read more about our new Safari Payment Plan launching in February 2020 here.