Malaria-free safaris

Amanda's verdict
People often ask me 'When can I take the kids on safari?' Many reserves have restrictions on very young children while long, pre-dawn game drives can take their toll. For kids of six and older, South Africa offers some great, malaria-free options. I love Shamwari in the eastern Cape, with its family lodges and Born Free big cat rescue centres.

Recommended tour operator: Mahlatini

Mahlatini says

Travelling to Africa with your family for the first time can be one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences you can hope to have with your children.

  • kids programmes
  • safaris for all ages
  • family safari guides

Travelling long haul with family, especially young children, can feel like a daunting prospect. This is why our dedicated team of travel experts are there for each step of your family’s journey.

When it comes to an African safari, many families choose a malaria free safari in South Africa. We recommend combining one of the two main malaria free game areas of the Eastern Cape or Madikwe with time in the Western Cape or KwaZulu-Natal. This two week self-drive family safari holiday is the perfect mix of wildlife encounters, city sightseeing and outdoor activities.

When planning your family safari adventure, our travel experts hand-pick safari lodges which offer activity programmes for children of all ages. Young safari goers can learn about bugs, go star-gazing, fishing and even become junior rangers.

Cape Town is a wonderfully family friendly destination and boasts some of South Africa’s most unique and iconic experiences such as the cable car journey up Table Mountain, exploring the tree canopy walkways at Kirstenbosch Gardens and visiting the penguins at the incredible Boulders Beach. One of our luxury, family friendly hotels in Cape Town will make the perfect base from which to explore the region.

The Garden Route offers dramatic natural beauty and epic scenery with an abundance of family adventure activities in one of the many National Parks. Extend your journey to Hermanus, probably best known for whale watching, with southern right whales passing through between June and October. This luxury 17 night family adventure combines Cape Town and the Garden Route with a safari.

If beach time for relaxing and water sports is what you dream of, Mauritius is easy to reach from South Africa – with a warm Indian Ocean coast, it’s a great family beach destination and a perfect complement to a safari.

We offer a full range of safari holidays for families and our multi-award winning team can tailor-make an itinerary to suit you.

* See the company review of Mahlatini.

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