At Jumbari Family Safaris we acknowledge the effort that goes into planning a family holiday – from aligning everyone’s schedules and sticking to the budget, to considering your child’s interests and your own needs at that. Our solution to making the most of your family safari and beach holidays to Africa? Combine the best of Africa by booking a family vacation that ticks off all the boxes in one, single trip. While Africa is synonymous with safaris, game drives and wildlife, you might be surprised to discover some of the world’s best beaches right on your African doorstep. Below, read more about our winning bush and beach combinations for families traveling to Africa.
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A family safari in the Kruger National Park in South Africa is best paired with a beach holiday in Mauritius. Why do we recommend it for families? Mauritius is a short 3-hour, 40-minute flight from Johannesburg – and we all know that traveling with kids is all about keeping those travel times to the minimum! While safaris entail early morning game drives and full-day itineraries, your time in Mauritius is purely for relaxation and time at leisure, creating the perfect balance for your African family vacation.
Tanzania is a bucket list family destination that ticks all the boxes. From witnessing the Great Migration with your little ones, to game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater, hot air balloon safaris and tree-climbing lions, excitement is around every corner. A safari in Tanzania is best served with a pinch of sea air and spices on the island of Zanzibar. A beach holiday with a focus on culture, this island off the coast of Tanzania will offer your family time to reflect on your safari experience and to live the dream island lifestyle before you head back to reality, or to school.
A short flight from Botswana via Johannesburg and you are on your way to the untouched beaches of Mozambique. Enjoy a family safari in Botswana as you encounter Africa’s largest land animal, the African elephant and experience mokoro safaris, boat safaris and traditional game drives. Continue your safari in Mozambique as you enjoy a safari of another kind – ocean safaris! Ocean safaris include fishing trips, boat excursions in search of whale sharks, snorkeling alongside dolphins and scuba diving amongst tropical fish.
Second-home to the annual wildebeest migration, Kenya offers families an exciting wildlife experience in the Masai Mara Reserve and Amboseli National Park. After catching a glimpse of Africa’s highest mountain (and the highest single free-standing mountain in the world!), Mount Kilimanjaro, continue your family holiday at Diani Beach on the coast of Kenya, 30 km south of Mombasa. A short 3-hour flight will transport your family to a vibrant coastline offering every water sport under the African sun.
Combine bush and beach experiences during your trip to South Africa by pairing your safari experience with a few days along the coast. While Cape Town offers a variety of world-class beaches to choose from you might find the Atlantic Ocean a bit cold for your liking. For warmer temperatures and a tropical climate, KwaZulu-Natal’s Umhlanga is a great option for beach bums. If adventure is what your family are after, the Garden Route and Whale Coast offer some of the greatest land-based whale watching in the world, boat excursions and kayaking.
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