And why wouldn’t you want to share your African experience with the family? Whether you are looking at beaches in the north, safari adventures in Botswana or whale watching along the Cape Coast, this vast land has a hundred reasons for planning to include the children. Inspirational resorts that give consideration to youngsters include Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, where dedicated game drives, guided walks and safari hunts are among the many activities available. Cape Town’s One & Only Hotel has clubs that are a great alternative to taking your children sightseeing. Call us to help you get the best family experience you can in Africa.
‘Colonial African Experience’
Shamwari Riverdene Lodge on the Shamwari Game Reserve is a restored frontier homestead which now serves as a luxurious and family-friendly safari resort. Situated overlooking the Bushman’s River, this lodge has 9 luxurious rooms which are suitable for families as well as being inviting and spacious. The main lodge features indoor and outdoor dining areas, a bar, a children’s activity centre and a relaxation retreat. For entertainment, guests are welcomed on two daily game drives to see the wild animals of Africa, an experience not to be missed. Guests are also welcome to visit some of the nearby centres such as the Born Free Foundation and the Rhino Awareness Centre.
‘Magnificent Game Viewing’
Residing on Chief’s island in the Mombo Concession of the Moremi Game Reserve, Sanctuary Chiefs Camp sits in an area often referred to as the “predator capital of Africa”. Not only can you discover the reserve's vast wildlife through game drives, but also by boat due to the seasonal flood waters of the Okavango Delta. Mokoros – local dugout canoes, are calmly guided through lily-filled lagoons and streams by expert guides who point out hippos, crocodiles and antelopes. Relaxing moments can be found as you unwind in the swimming pool or with a treatment from the Spa’s organic, fair trade Africology range. At the end of the day gather around the boma for pre-dinner drinks before savouring a sumptuous three course meal. On special occasions, find romantic private dining by the pool or on your private bush pavilion deck overlooking the Okavango Delta floodplains.
‘Mountain Range, Near City Centre’
Sitting at the foot of the Atlas mountain range, only a short distance from Marrakech city centre, Royal Palm Marrakech is a charming Moroccan retreat. Suites and villas blend traditional Berber-inspired design with modern touches and each opens out to a terrace overlooking the mountains, gardens and golf course. The 18-hole course is the only one in Marrakech to be built within the resort grounds, there is also a relaxing spa and a sports centre. The resort has six fine dining options, a 2000m swimming pool, a kids’ club and a gym.
‘Luxury in the Depths of the Serengeti, Maasai Guides, Kid's Club’
Discover the vast wildlife of Tanzania on foot or by vehicle at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti. You will be led by Maasai guides and national park rangers across the Serengeti plains and into the Ngorongoro Crater. On-site, the free-form infinity pool overlooks a watering hole where elephants are known to gather. Other leisure options include a fitness centre and spa, while children can take part in Swahili language lessons and cooking classes at the complimentary Kijana Kids Club. In the evening, enjoy traditional Maasai dancing around an open-air fire pit.
‘Child-Friendly Lodge with Superior Luxury’
Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is located on the border of the Chobe National Park, the second largest national park in Botswana and home to an estimated 70,000 elephants, said to be the highest population of elephants in Africa. In addition to game drives, the lodge also carries out cruise safaris on double-tiered boats where you can observe the game from 360 degree swivel seats. At the camp, children can enjoy their own guided walks and game drives, whilst parents can unwind in the swimming pool or with a soothing treatment at the Spa. In the evening, exquisite cuisine can be savoured in a hilltop lodge overlooking panoramic views of the Chobe River. With their luxurious free-standing tubs, thatched cottages provide a welcoming retreat after a day in the bush.
‘Secluded Natural Beauty'
Escape to Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa, set on the largest island of the Bazaruto Archipelago off the coast of Mozambique. Enjoy the resort’s water sports or explore crystal clear waters with snorkelling and diving. Head out on an offshore boat trip and look out for dolphins, whales and the elusive dugong or simply relax in the serene infinity pool and admire the ocean from there. Rejuvenate with a tailor made experience at the spa and then stroll along the beach towards your villa. After taking a short nap in the garden hammock, head out to one of three dining venues and savour delicious cuisine accompanied by spectacular sea views.
‘Intimate Getaway; Unspoilt Paradise’
Stretching only one kilometre long and three hundred metres wide, the idyllic oasis of Anantara Medjumbe Island offers an undisturbed retreat. Pristine powdery beaches encircle the resort and preserved coral reefs await discovery, with year-round warm, crystal clear waters providing perfect scuba diving conditions. Awe-inspiring whale watching can be experienced between the months of July and October, whilst the swimming pool and water sports also provide further leisure options. Fresh, locally caught seafood can be savoured at Jahazi restaurant and spectacular sea views can be admired at the open-air, breezy Bahari Lounge Bar. Only 12 thatched villas are featured across the resort and each boasts a private plunge pool as well as direct beach access.
‘Classic Safari Experience’
Perched on the edge of the Xakanaxa Lagoon, Camp Moremi places you only moments away from the spectacular wildlife for which Moremi Game Reserve is famous. At the camp there are 11 tents, each set on a raised teak deck with their own en-suite bathroom. Two dining areas host buffet-style food, and nightcaps can be enjoyed beside the warmth of a cosy fire pit. After a day of discovery, the swimming pool offers the perfect place to relax.
‘Luxury Tents in the Heart of the Action’
Somalisa Camp sits on an acacia island in Hwange National Park. Famous for its large elephant herds, the park is great for guided walks and drives. The camp features a main decking area with lounge and dining room, as well as a pool overlooking a natural waterhole. Seven tents include en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, and a copper bathtub.
'Seclusion on the Kenyan Coast'
On this unspoilt and secluded island, Manda Bay offers the chance to turn off from the rest of the world. The resort combines the white sand beaches of the Indian Ocean, with the immense wildlife on land, as well as at sea. Manda Bay is focused on providing a relaxing experience, but a range of activities, from watersports to a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lamu, are on offer. Each room offers either sea or garden views.
‘All-Encompassing Luxury Safari’?
This luxury tented camp is situated within the Tarangire National Park, the sixth largest national park in Tanzania. Set up high on an escarpment with sweeping views across the perennial Tarangire River and valley below, you will feel a sense of wilderness surrounding you.
Lemala Mpingo Ridge is the perfect starting point to the next leg of your safari experience and is great for families.
There are fifteen tented suites including a Two Bedroom Tented Suite, perfect for friends or a family with older children, and three Family Tented Suites with a sofa bed for smaller children sharing with parents. All tents offer amazing views with private decks and a sunken outside lounge for those lazy afternoons, sipping a cocktail and reading a book or an after lunch siesta.
The elevated main lodge has a large lounge with different seating areas, a bar for those sundowners or pre-dinner drinks, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a spa and a large infinity pool.
‘A Jewel of Zanzibar’
The Emerald Zanzibar Resort & Spa is a brand new 5-star Deluxe All-Inclusive Resort that takes pride in being a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. It is in Muyuni, Matemwe, on the beautiful North-East coast of Zanzibar, which is known for its beautiful white beaches, impressively clear sea, and absence of low tides. Set on a 10-hectare beachfront property alongside a turquoise lagoon, the resort offers 250 suites with a blend of modern and exotic styles, creating a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.