Africa has a strong lure for many images of wildlife walking across the plains, tribes in traditional dresses, a sense of adventure and the unknown. Travellers come to Africa to find experiences not available in developed countries. Indeed, their food, culture and landscape cannot be replicated.
Searching for the best destinations in Africa can get a bit overwhelming. That’s why it’s important to reach out to a team of experts who have extensively travelled the country when you’re coming up with an itinerary. There are professional organisations such as Bench Africa that offer curated packages that meet all your needs and preferences. I suggest that you check out Safaris by Bench Africa to see tours designed for the whole family.
Safaris, after all, is the best way to get closer with everyone. In today’s modern world full of plug and play technologies and throwaway experiences, a safari allows families to disconnect from life. Escape the 9-5, Monday to Friday existence; a chance to get back to family times.
An African safari experience usually comes with a kids’ club. Let’s be honest. We all love a bit of time away from kids, and they also like some time away from us. Unlike resort type kids’ clubs where they are nailed to their computer games, these will involve experiences, adventure and learning about the local culture. Some of the activities even include animal tracking, bush skills, cooking classes or even making paper from elephant poo! Yep, elephant poo! Age requirement usually varies for each club, but the best age to bring kids on a safari is aged 6 and upwards.
If you’re travelling on a budget, you can start with affordable packages in South Africa. This destination is globally renowned for their modern infrastructure. In South Africa, getting to safari camps is easier and cheaper, because most of the camps have access to established power grids and water systems. It also uses its own currency, the Rand. This makes everything more affordable compared to other African countries that use the US dollar.
South Africa is known for its wine regions, mountains and beaches. I recommend that you get the Makutsi Classic Safari if you want to experience the best of South Africa at an affordable price. Here you get to experience the wildlife in the Kruger National Park, unwind in the awe-inspiring Drakensberg Mountains, and explore attractions in the country in a minibus or a 4×4 vehicle – all for $1,875 per person.
If you aim to make the most out of your wildlife experience, you can explore some highlights in Kenya such as the Maasai Mara National Reserve. It is a large game reserve in Kenya, that includes the Serengeti National Park in Mara Region, Tanzania. This area is named in honor of the Maasai people (the ancestral inhabitants of the area).
The Mara reserve is famous worldwide for its large population of lions, leopards and cheetahs. Most people visit the Mara to witness the annual migration of zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, and wildebeest to and from the Serengeti every year from July to October. This is known as the Great Migration.
If you want to witness this in your African experience, I recommend the Migration Safari tour. For $4,985 per person, you get to see the Great Wildebeest Migration, explore Kenya’s attractions such as Lake Nakuru and Nairobi, and get access to the Ozone Rangers club for the kids.
If you’re into a luxurious experience, then Zambia is the place to be. You can check out the Thorntree River Lodge, a 4-day tour amounting to $2,725. Their lodge is a stone’s throw from the famous Victoria Falls, nestled on the banks of the mighty Zambezi. You get to try exciting activities for the whole family such as fishing, trekking and canoeing, and a sundowner cruise that will let you enjoy the breath-taking African sunset over local drinks.
We hope this inspires your family to go on Safari in Africa