Best Family Vacation Ideas for Wildlife Watching in Africa

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Who would not love to go on a wildlife-watching trip in Africa and get the chance to spot the incredible wildlife in their natural habitat? It is only those who make efforts to get the amazing experiences of witnessing the grand migration of wildebeest and zebras and feeling the thundering vibrations underneath their feet. It is only those who make plans to reach Africa that are rewarded with the sights of a majestic elephant feeding her baby or sitting by the gorillas when tracking them through the rainforest.

 For any family, a wildlife trip to Africa should be on their bucket list if they do not want to miss out on the rare experience of enjoying the wildlife in its full glory. Check out reputed tour companies such as for ideas on the best wildlife vacations for families. 

Here are some great ideas and options on how and where to plan your family wildlife trip to Africa.

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Wild Botswana

Best time: April and October

Botswana is the perfect landmark for family adventures in Africa. For it is here you get that unique blend of adventure and wildlife. There is a myriad of activities to enjoy here and explore Botswana’s Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi Pans. The national park in Botswana is made of swamps, floodplains, and woodland and is home to some of the most significant concentrations of wildlife in Africa. Some of the species to spot include zebra, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe.

 Highlights: Victoria Falls, activities on the Zambezi River, walk with the Bushmen, Chobe National Park.

Amazing Zimbabwe

Best time: July through October

Zimbabwe is considered to be the most scenic and culturally important, and you may need weeks to cover all the attractions and variety of diverse experiences of the region. The National Park boasts of some stunning landscapes and is home to a huge variety of wildlife. There are more than a hundred animals species to spot here and plenty to do, see and explore.

Some of the species to spot include rhinos, elephants, giraffes, lions, leopards, wild dogs, and cheetahs.

Highlights: Victoria Falls and Hwange, Matobos National Park, ancient bushman rock art.

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The magic of Mozambique

Best time: May to October

If you want your family to enjoy and experience the magic of the African bush and its beautiful beaches, you will find them here in Mozambique. Head straight for Maputo Special Reserve, which is known for Mozambique’s most pristine beaches and lakes. Spend some quality time with your family on the beaches of Mozambique and enjoy game drives and wildlife viewings. As the Mozambican boasts of the healthiest coral ecosystems, enjoy swimming and snorkeling to gaze at the colorful marine life. Some of the species to spot include birds, elephants, giraffe, hippo, zebra, Humpback whales, dolphins, turtles.

Highlights: Maputo Special Reserve, Humpback whale migration, great ocean safaris, Gorongosa for a classic safari.


Adventure in Zambia & Malawi 

Best time: Between May and October

Hundreds of wildlife species have been recorded in Zambia & Malawi. All you need to do is explore the Zambezi National Park or plan canoeing safaris along the Zambezi River to enjoy an exceptional experience. Families prefer game viewing in the South Luangwa and love to relax by the warm waters of Lake Malawi. You can visit local markets, go to the game viewing spots, and explore the region’s remarkable landscape. Some of the species to spot include zebra, buffalo, leopard, impala, zebra and cheetah, and hundreds of bird species.

 Highlights: Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambezi River, the Victoria Falls, Lake Malawi.

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Best time: January and February 

The dramatic backdrop of Kenya and the rolling peaks of Mount Kenya are sure to keep you mesmerized for hours. Every nature and wildlife lover must plan a trip here at least once to get the chance to spot increasingly rare species. With amazing views spread across hundreds of miles, the thrill begins the moment you arrive here. Enjoy gazing at the migration of wild beasts across endless savannah plains. Get ready to spot more than 400 different bird species. Some of the species to spot include white rhino, black rhino, zebra and gazelle, flamingos, giraffes, and impalas. 

Highlights: Solio Game Lodge, Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Migration, Mara National Reserve, Serengeti ecosystem, Lake Nakuru National Park.

An intriguing Southern Namibia

Best time: July to October

Southern Namibia is incredibly rich when it comes to nature and wildlife. The intriguing lunar-like landscape with those sweeping dunes, vast deserts, and seascapes can keep you busy and enthralled for days. It is indeed an eye-opening experience for the whole family looking to enjoy another exciting day in Africa. Get ready for an off-the-beaten-track adventure and activity-orientated journey during your safari. A scenic drive will take across the beautiful savannah plains and acacia woodlands of Namibia’s dramatic landscapes. Some of the species to spot include jackals, elephants, rhinos, lions, and cheetahs.

Highlights: Kalahari Desert, Fish River Canyon, Wolwedans Nature Reserve, Etosha National Park

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Essential tips for Families planning a wild Iife safari in Africa  

 It is essential to do careful thinking and planning before you embark on a safari trip with your family. Most parents prefer to wait till their children are old enough to appreciate the wild Iife safari.

 Given below are some tips and guidelines to steer you in the right direction.

  • Keep in mind the age group abilities and interests of your children and plan the trip together. Read a lot before you plan a trip to one of that popular safari vacations in Africa.

  • Ask about the qualifications and experience of various tour guides and safari leaders and if they know how to work with children. Learn about the operator’s track record on environmental issues.

  • Learn about the best time to see animals as the time periods can vary based on the weather conditions and the presence of the wildlife.

  • Serengeti National Park, Kruger National Park, and Masai Mara Reserve are the most popular for first timers to Africa.

  • Smaller tented safari camps are highly recommended as they are more comfortable and luxurious. Traditional safari lodges can house about a hundred people and can be crowded.

  • When selecting a safari, review the itinerary carefully to be sure that the trip has everything that fulfills your needs and preference. Keep in mind that children may not be allowed for some of your safaris.

All the above trips and ideas are just perfect for any family as they provide a gratifying experience to families with children of all age groups. Get the ultimate wildlife experience in Africa that you are sure to remember all your life.

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