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Malaria-free safaris

Our 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

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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 activities
  • safaris for all ages
  • self-drive options

We understand that starting your research can be a daunting prospect. Our expert team will help guide you to the perfect holiday to suit you.

Many families choose a malaria free safari in South Africa, combining one of the two main malaria free game areas of the Eastern Cape or Madikwe with a self-drive holiday around Cape Town, the Garden Route or KwaZulu-Natal. This 15-night self-drive holiday is a popular option, for example.

One of our first class family-friendly hotels in Cape Town is the perfect base from which to discover the many unique activities such as the cable car up Table Mountain, exploring the tree canopy walkways at Kirstenbosch Gardens and visiting the penguins at incredible Boulders Beach.

The Garden Route offers dramatic natural beauty scenery with an abundance of family adventure activities in one of the many National Parks. Areas within the Garden Route such as Knysna and Plettenburg Bay are probably best known for whale watching, with southern right whales passing through between June and October. This luxury 12-night itinerary combines Cape Town and the Garden Route with a safari.

KwaZulu-Natal, situated on the East coast of South Africa on the warm Indian Ocean, is a great beach destination, also known for its spectacular mountain ranges.

We have hand-picked a range of safari lodges which offer activity programmes for children of all ages – younger ones can learn about bugs, go star-gazing, fishing and even become junior rangers, learning how to identify spoor.

We offer a full range of safari holidays for families and can tailor-make any itinerary to suit you.

* See the company review of Mahlatini.

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