From toddlers to teens, bring your family to Africa
Family trips in Southern Africa are all about making memories to last a lifetime. From thrilling up-close wildlife encounters to authentic interactions with local communities, a family vacation with Explorer will enrich your children’s lives in unexpected ways. Africa encourages new perspectives; whether you’re viewing Cape Town from the summit of Table Mountain, marveling at the Victoria Falls through a haze of misty spray, standing atop the Sossusvlei Dunes at sunrise, or floating over the Masai Mara in a hot air balloon.
For families travelling to Africa for the first time, you can take your pick of bucket list experiences. See the Big 5 (or even the Big 7 if you choose to go on safari in the malaria-free Eastern Cape of South Africa). Watch whales from the shores of Hermanus, or see sharks up close at the Two Oceans Aquarium, before taking a ride in the big wheel at the world-famous V&A Waterfront. This is the perfect opportunity to reconnect as a family. Put modern distractions aside and indulge in the splendors of Southern Africa.
Travelling with tots, or travelling with teens? We will tailor your trip to suit your family. From the floodplains of the Okavango Delta to the elephants of Chobe, experience Southern Africa with Explorer.
Bring the whole family to Madikwe for an unforgettable family safari. The absence of malaria in the reserve makes it the perfect destination for families with younger children.
Marvel at the abundant marine life off the shores of the Whale Coast. Experience up close encounters with Southern Right, Humpback and Brydes whales as well as dolphins and penguins.
A canopy tour in the Knysna Forest is an unforgettable experience. As you glide along in a harness high above the forest floor, you may even spot the Knysna Loerie!
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A wonderful part of any safari is the food! And when you get the kids involved, it’s a whole lot more fun. Kids cooking safaris could include special one-on-one time with the chef, learning how to make a few easy dishes or even making home-made pizza.
Let your little ones embark on their own journey of discovery with a Junior Tracking Program. From identifying animal footprints to learning the importance of conservation, kids will love this part of your family safari.
Over 1,000 Runner Ducks at the Vergenoegd farm assist in the control of the snail and pest population in the vineyards. Intrigued guests can take a tour of the duck pens or simply cheer on the happy workforce as they set off for their day in the vineyards.
Explore six different biomes in one of South Africa’s most important botanical gardens under the expert guidance of a botanist. The Boomslang, an aerial walkway through the arbortorium, will reward you with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.
Thanks to its gently breaking, sand-bottomed waves, Muizenberg is Cape Town’s favourite learn-to-surf beach destination. Plus, it’s home to Waves for Change, a local NGO that provides surf therapy to vulnerable children from unstable communities. Learning to surf here is not only fun, but it’s also potentially life-changing.