Africa is a living classroom for learning about nature and wildlife. Make the most of the summer holidays by taking your kids on the holiday of a lifetime. Here we have asked bespoke travel agent Country Holidays for their pick of some of the most educational and eye-opening experiences for both adults and kids.
Madikwe (Located 1 hour flight away from Johannesburg) and a few other private reserves such as Shamwari, Kwandwe or Amakhala in the Eastern Cape, offer Big Five wildlife viewing in a completely malaria-free environment. Children can have fun through guided nature walks and treasure hunts while parents enjoy their safari game drives.
Did you know, an adult Africa elephant stands at 2-4m at the shoulder, weighs up to 6 tonnes and consumes 180kg of grass, leaves, bark and fruits each day? Ride these mighty beasts of the jungle in the bush at Victoria Falls. Interact with them and get close to nature for a more immersive wildlife experience. Kids will love it!
Visit the city’s prominent landmark – Table Mountain – a flat-topped mountain overlooking Cape Town. Besides the mountain, the national park contains another one of South Africa’s attractions, the Cape of Good Hope, the most southern point of the African continent.
Duiker Island, perhaps better known as Seal Island, is renowned for its marine wildlife such as birds and fur seals. During summer, several thousand Cape Fur Seals, along with the rare Black Cormorant, lollop leisurely among the kelp beds.
Hermanus is considered by many as one of the best whale watching spots in the world and it can be done by boat or by air via a scenic flight. The best time to see the whales is during winter between July and November when the Southern Right Whales migrate from Antarctica to the South African coastline to mate, calve and rear their young in the area.
The world’s first and only free-roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary, Monkeyland currently houses 18 different species of primates with 11 being free-roaming in its 12-hectare forest. You and your kids will follow the game rangers on a walking safari to learn about the primates and the unrelenting threats they are facing in the world today.
Grootbos Reserve is home to the “Marine Big 5” – whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins. Go on a guided nature walk to witness thousands of Cape Fur Seals basking in the sun, see the magnificent Great White Shark, float alongside the enormous Southern Right Whales, admire the colonies of endangered African Penguins and watch Bottlenose Dolphins swim in and out of waves. Kids can also go for pony riding for added fun.
A stay in one of Nairobi’s most iconic hotels! The most fascinating thing about Giraffe Manor is the herd of resident Rothschild giraffes. These beautiful creatures often visit morning and evening, poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary. Be ready with treats in your hands to feed these beauties!
Rugged and remote, Meru National Park’s diverse habitats give rise to rich and rare species unique to this region. It is also home to an 84 square km rhino sanctuary for the endangered black and white rhino. Here you can learn about the ongoing conservation effort to protect the African icon from extinction.
Bored with car-rides and walking? Try a safari on the back of a camel! This is something the entire family can enjoy. Routes are easy to trek, heavy bags are carried by the camels, and you simply enjoy the tour with the kids.
For the ultimate safari experience, go on a hot air balloon flight over the Mara Plains, and experience the vast and truly African landscape. Soak up the view and watch the animals down below. Enjoy a glass of bubbles up in the air and make this a truly magical experience.
The Masai still live as they did for centuries – interact with these nomadic people and experience their way of life as you learn about their customs and traditions. Who knows, your kids might make some Masai friends!