Imagine seeing your children's amazed faces as they see a lion or an elephant in the wild for the first time or hearing them excitedly re-tell the tale around a campfire under a vast star-lit sky. Imagine joining your children in a Masai warrior dance or see them learn skills such as animal tracking, fishing and learning how to survive in the African savannah. Getting your children out of the city, miles from the trappings of the modern world and totally enchanted by nature is what a holiday to Africa is all about.
Every one of our luxury family holidays, whether it is a safari, a beach holiday or city break provides a safe, fun-filled adventure, valuable cultural interactions and plenty of opportunities for learning and bonding as a family.
While it may initially seem like a daunting task, planning a family holiday to Africa can be really exciting and fun. As family specialists, we understand that a lot of time and money will be invested in getting this once-in-a-lifetime holiday just right and you will want the planning process to be as stress-free as possible. You will also want to place your trust in someone who will ensure that holiday runs smoothly and that your family feel secure and well looked after from start to finish.
With years of experience your family's dedicated specialist will provide a one-to-one bespoke service and design a tailor-made, fun-filled and exciting family holiday beyond your wildest imaginings.
Our family specialists only recommend accommodation that we have personally visited and can attest to their safety and suitability for your family. We have close relationships with these properties and in many cases can offer exclusive family discounts. We are not affiliated to any one property or brand and so can offer unbiased views on all the properties we sell to make sure that they meet your exact requirements.
For our family safaris we generally like our families to avoid the crowds and the faceless chain lodges and stay in smaller and more personal and flexible accommodation which will be able to provide extra special care and attention to you and your children including specially trained child-friendly safari guides and child minders.
As well as this we can offer specially designed children's programmes which bring the magic of a safari to life. Days will be filled with fun-filled and educational game drives and activities like storytelling, cooking, nature walks, fishing, canoeing, collecting bugs, pods, and feathers and learning how to identify game and animal tracks.
A safari and beach family holiday is one of our most popular family trips combining adventurous, luxury safaris with fun-filled beach resorts. But your family holiday can be any one of a number of vastly different experiences from a self-drive exploration through South Africa to a hassle-free beach escape in the child-friendly resorts of Mauritius.
You can take your older teenagers on an action-packed gorilla tracking adventure in Uganda or Rwanda or bring along grandparents and extended family and hire a private safari house or beach villa. If are you are travelling with small children and are concerned about malaria, we can also recommend a number of malaria-free safaris. Many parents like the idea of an all-inclusive family holiday to eliminate costs on the ground and many safaris and beach resorts will offer just that. A chat to your dedicated specialist will narrow things down for you.
Your Mahlatini family specialist will often work together with the staff at your chosen accommodation to organise surprises, additional trips and special treats to really ensure your family holiday is completely unforgettable.
Let us take care of all of the logistics and planning whilst you enjoy a safe and seamless family holiday from start to finish.
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Family Holiday to Tanzania
We absolutely loved this trip. The lodges were all fantastic and well located and our guide with Predators Safari Club always made us feel safe, cared-for and welcome. The experience of being on safari with so few other travelers was a once in a lifetime experience.
Family Holiday to South Africa
Mahlatini arranged an incredible family holiday for us at the Oyster Box, Umhlanga. The team were efficient, ever attentive, communicative and a pleasure to deal with. By the time we arrived at the hotel, everything had been prearranged, to our liking, and we could just unwind and enjoy! We have booked our next holiday with them already.
The most challenging and most exciting trip of our life
We were very impressed with South Africa
Wow! This was a trip that my family and I will be talking about for the rest of our lives. Having rescheduled 4 times due to COVID-19, the anticipation was electric. We were nervous to travel from the USA to Africa given the current health conditions, but from the moment we left JFK we felt safe. We flew Qatar Airways via Doha, Qatar to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. The airline required every…
Amazing - we loved it!
AMAZING! We had such a wonderful trip and all thanks to the help of Sive/Stuart and all the staff at Shumbalala. 100% would recommend Mahlatini and Shumbalala Lodge.
Family Holiday to Mauritius & South Africa
Our trip was over expectations. We enjoyed from the first to the last day.
Family Holiday to Kenya
Truly a fantastic experience, and we will be doing it again.