Luxury Family Holidays

Family Holidays Overview

Family Safaris

Mahlatini are the experts in planning the ultimate family holidays to Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. We understand that it is essential to plan holidays for families that will provide enjoyment for everybody, whatever the age. We also understand that parents want the peace of mind to know that their holiday will be expertly organised and the destinations will be safe and provide not only entertainment but adequate facilities for children.

If it is a safari you are after we will guide you to lodges and game reserves which specifically cater for families. If it is beach and water sports you want, the options are endless. Combination holidays of safari and beach are also very popular choices for all ages and sizes. Whether it is pure adventure, relaxation or a combination of both, we will tailor the trip to suit all of your requirements, ensuring that fun is high on the agenda throughout.

Family Safaris

A safari can be an unforgettable family holiday because not only will children will be exposed to incredible wildlife but also a vastly different culture, allowing for a fun and educational experience. And a safari is something parents can enjoy too!

What could be more exciting to a child than stroking a baby elephant, feeding giraffes or discovering a lion in the wild? Imagine your children seeing a magnificent Maasai warrior for the first time or learning to make a fire from wood and stone!

Our most popular safari destinations for families include South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania. These countries are well experienced in ensuring that safaris are safe and very well run, providing equal enjoyment for parents and children. That said, however, other countries are fast rivalling these traditional destinations in the family market.

In many cases parents opt to combine an exciting safari experience with a beach holiday allowing for some family fun in the sun. There are plenty of twin centre options which work well for families including combining South Africa with Mauritius or a Kenyan safari with some time on the beaches of Mombasa or Zanzibar.

Mahlatini are experts in family safari holiday and the best lodges and camps for families. We understand that taking children on such a trip can be daunting but we will offer advice on safety and ensuring that the holiday is packed with fun and opportunities for learning.

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You can trust Mahlatini

We will plan your family holiday specifically with your individual needs in mind. This is why we like to have a chat to you at the outset to find out what kind of people you are and how we can make this year's family holiday unforgettable. We have vast experience in the planning of personalised itineraries. We have personally visited the majority of lodges and camps ourselves and we can guarantee that from start to finish your family holiday will be expertly organised providing the best of safari guides and the most efficient of ground staff. We have hundreds of happy customers who have appreciated our true tailor made trip planning in the past, view our feedback.

Africa provides destinations which are generally only 1 – 3 hours + GMT, providing very little time difference to upset children's routines. Many parents have returned from their trips to African countries to say that the safari was far more educational and memorable than somewhere like Disneyland. The children were exposed to an authentic nature experience which was also highly entertaining. And a safari is something parents can enjoy too!

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Family Friendly Destinations

Family Safaris

Our most popular safari destinations for families include South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania. These countries are well experienced in ensuring that safaris are safe and very well run, providing equal enjoyment for parents and children.

South Africa not only has great year round weather but huge diversity of attractions. Not only can you experience an authentic safari but enjoy a beach stay, visit scenic cities such as Cape Town and expereince a variety of cultures all within the one trip to the Rainbow Nation.

Kenya and Tanzania are popular choices for safari and beach combination holidays. Following a very exciting safari in the Masai Mara or the Serengeti, head to the beaches of Zanzibar or Mombasa for a bit of relaxation and family fun in the sun.

The above are our most popular destinations, however other countries in Africa also offer fabulous adventures for families and we will work with you to ensure you make the right choice for our holiday.

Namibia is an up and coming destination for families, specifically because you can self-drive the country with relative ease and safety. This is worth seeing before mass tourism reaches this unique destination.

Zambia's Victoria Falls particularly appeals to older teenagers as it is known for its adventure activities such as bungee jumping and white water rafting. Following Victoria Falls nothing could be more adventurous than a walking safari in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park.

Familt Safaris

Certain Mauritius hotels wonderfully cater for children providing children's clubs and a large number of water sports and other fun adventures. One of the best countries to cater for luxury family holidays would be Botswana. Here the camps are so small you would almost have the lodge to yourselves and the activities on offer are numerous from boat trips to private day and night drives.

Lake Malawi offers an entirely unique holiday experience. The crystal clear waters of the lake provide for excellent canoeing, kayaking and snorkelling. It is indeed for those families wishing to enjoy the beauty of a totally untouched wilderness environment. Mozambique's incredible beaches have drawn visitors to its shores for years; its tropical waters also provide some of the best fishing and diving in Southern Africa.

Uganda is generally gaining popularity amongst families. As the focus is largely on the gorilla tracking with an age limit of 15 years it is best suited to families with older children. However, there is no reason that younger children of any age can't enjoy the safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park or chimp sanctuary at Ngamba Island.

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Example Family Holidays

Below are a set of sample itineraries to give you a flavour of each destinations highlights in terms of properties and attractions. Our travel specialists will listen to your requirements and tailor a bespoke itinerary to match your specific preferences and budget.

Livingstone & Chobe Family Holiday  image 1 Livingstone & Chobe Family Holiday  image 2

for 6 nightsfrom £785 per adult

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Zambia
  • Botswana

The following sample family holiday is a week spent exploring the famous Victoria Falls in Zambia followed by an exciting safari in the nearby Chobe Game Reserve, famous for its huge herds of elephants.

 

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
3 nights
Livingstone
3 nights
Chobe National Park
Botswana Family Holiday  image 1 Botswana Family Holiday  image 2

for 9 nightsfrom £2,310 per adult

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Zambia
  • Botswana

The following sample family holiday will show your family the best wildlife areas of Botswana, the Savute region and the Okavango Delta.  Due to the abundance of activies a stay at the Victoria Falls in Zambia is also included. 

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
3 nights
Livingstone
3 nights
Linyanti & Savute
3 nights
Okavango Delta
Zambia safari and Lake Malawi family holiday  image 1 Zambia safari and Lake Malawi family holiday  image 2

for 10 nightsfrom £2,820 per adult

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Zambia
  • Malawi

This sample family holiday includes a safari in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia followed by a beach holiday in the very unique Lake Malawi.

 

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
4 nights
Luangwa National Park
6 nights
Lake Malawi
Victoria Falls & Zambia Safari Family Holiday  image 1 Victoria Falls & Zambia Safari Family Holiday  image 2

for 7 nightsfrom £1,715 per adult

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Zambia

This family holiday starts at the action packed Victoria Falls, followed by a safari in the Lower Zambezi staying at Kasaka River Lodge which offers a Bush Kids programme to keep the kids entertained. An ideal extension is a trip to Lake Malawi.

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
3 nights
Livingstone
4 nights
Lower Zambezi National Park
Kenya Family Fly-In Safari  image 1 Kenya Family Fly-In Safari  image 2

for 9 nightsfrom £8,410 per family of 3

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Kenya

This trip is a 9 day fly in safari taking in Kenya's most well known national parks, the Amboseli National Park and the Masai Mara and also includes a trip up north to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

 

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
3 nights
Amboseli
3 nights
Laikipia
3 nights
Masai Mara
Kenya Family Safari & Beach Holiday  image 1 Kenya Family Safari & Beach Holiday  image 2

for 9 nightsfrom £1,215 pp sharing

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Kenya

This family holiday combines an exciting safari in the famous Masai Mara with a week on the beach at a Mombasa resort. Here the children can partake in a number of organized games and water sports allowing Mum and Dad some well earned rest.

 

 

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
1 night
Nairobi
4 nights
Masai Mara
4 nights
Mombasa
Luxury Family Safari & Beach Holiday  image 1 Luxury Family Safari & Beach Holiday  image 2

for 14 nightsfrom £3,755 per adult

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Kenya

This luxury trip includes an exciting safari combining a visit to the Samburu Reserve with a stay in the Masai Mara. The holiday ends with 7 nights on the Kenyan Coast with an abundance of activities to keep the kids happy & amble opportunity for relaxing.

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
1 night
Nairobi
3 nights
Samburu
3 nights
Masai Mara
7 nights
Lamu
Tanzania Family Safari  image 1 Tanzania Family Safari  image 2

for 6 nightsfrom £1,150 per adult

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Tanzania

This sample trip is action packed providing a variety of things to see and do. It is a 6 night northern circuit Tanzania safari that can easily be combined with a beach extension to Zanzibar.

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
1 night
Lake Manyara
2 nights
Ngorongoro Crater
3 nights
Serengeti National Park
Family Self Drive  image 1 Family Self Drive  image 2

for 12 nightsfrom £1,275 per adult

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Namibia

This sample holiday enables you and your family to experience the highlights of Namibia from a self drive vehicle. The lodges included in this itinerary have been specifically selected for being child friendly. All offer comfortable family units and a choice of child friendly activities.

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
1 night
Windhoek
2 nights
Sossusvlei & the Namib Desert
2 nights
Swakopmund
2 nights
Damaraland & Kaokoland
1 night
Etosha National Park
2 nights
Etosha National Park
1 night
Waterberg
1 night
Windhoek
Cape Town and KwaZulu Natal Family Holiday image 1 Cape Town and KwaZulu Natal Family Holiday image 2

for 14 nightsfrom £985 per adult

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • South Africa

This self drive holiday to Cape Town and KwaZulu Natal is ideal for school holidays between June and Sept. Despite being winter, KwaZulu Natal has a tropical climate and is warm year round. The province's beaches are its drawcard but it is also a superb safari destination.

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
3 nights
Cape Town
2 nights
Hermanus
3 nights
Umhlanga & Ballito
2 nights
St. Lucia
3 nights
KZN Game Reserves
1 night
Eshowe
Cape Town & Garden Route Family Holiday  image 1 Cape Town & Garden Route Family Holiday  image 2

for 11 nightsfrom £435 per adult

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • South Africa

This family holiday is a self drive trip taking in Cape Town and the Garden Route. There is also an option for a 3 day safari extension in the nearby Eastern Cape. The accommodation throughout is specifically suited to families. 

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
3 nights
Cape Town
2 nights
Hermanus
3 nights
Knysna
3 nights
Eastern Cape Game Reserves
Sun City and Madikwe Family Safari  image 1 Sun City and Madikwe Family Safari  image 2

for 9 nightsfrom £940 per adult

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • South Africa

This sample holiday is one designed for families and incorporates a stay at the famous Sun City resort with a safari at the malaria free Madikwe Big 5 game reserve. For a unique cultural experience the trip also includes a stay at Lesedi Cultural Village. 

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
4 nights
Sun City
4 nights
Madikwe
1 night
Hartebeespoort
Lake Malawi Family Holiday image 1 Lake Malawi Family Holiday image 2

for 6 nightsfrom £1,400 per adult

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Malawi

This unique holiday is designed for a family of 4 with 2 children under 12 years. The trip begins and ends in Lilongwe and includes an exciting safari at Liwonde National Park followed by a 'beach' stay at Mumbo Island, Lake Malawi.

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
3 nights
Liwonde National Park
3 nights
Lake Malawi
Victoria Falls and Hwange Family Safari image 1 Victoria Falls and Hwange Family Safari image 2

for 5 nightsfrom £1,195 per adult

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Zimbabwe

 

A short trip spending 2 nights at the magnificent Victoria Falls before a 3 night safari in Hwange National Park. The accommodation chosen is child friendly with appropriate rooms and activities. 

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
2 nights
Victoria Falls
3 nights
Hwange
10 Day 'Best of Zimbabwe' Family Itinerary  image 1 10 Day 'Best of Zimbabwe' Family Itinerary  image 2

for 9 nightsfrom £2,470 per adult

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Zimbabwe

 

This sample family itinerary combines Victoria Falls with a stay at two of Zimbabwe’s safari regions including Hwange National Park and Mana Pools National Park.  

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
2 nights
Matobo Hills National Park
3 nights
Hwange
3 nights
Mana Pools
1 night
Victoria Falls

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Customer Review

Honeymoon to South Africa and Mozambique during May 2014

Customer Review

The highlights would be the venues chosen for our stay in the different places we've been. High quality accomodations, excellent service which made the stay enjoyable.

Rated... 5stars

Signed:

Mr Esteban dos Santos

Sample Itineraries

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