Family safari holidays

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.

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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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Read what our previous clients thought of their Family Holiday

Family Holiday to South Africa

Suzanne Johnson and Family

Had a fabulous time. Exactly what we wanted.

25/11/2019 Read full trip review

Family Holiday to South Africa

Billy & Melissa Hancock

Everything arranged by Mahlatini went trouble free. All transportation and accommodations were above expectations.

04/11/2019 Read full trip review

Family Holiday to South Africa

Jeffrey, Anita and Boswell Family

Great weather, very friendly staff, plenty for the kids to do

04/11/2019 Read full trip review

Family Holiday to Kenya

Laura Stewart

Lovely places to stay run by Extremely nice people. Conservancies & animals were amazing.

12/10/2019 Read full trip review

Family Holiday to Tanzania

Henry Salama

Overall, we had a wonderful time. Even though we had a hick-up with our flights, which were NOT planned by Mahlatini, Claire Picknell, our Mahlatini planner was very helpful in alerting the relevant contacts of our arrival time change.The Plantation Lodge was outstanding. In many ways, the trip exceeded our expectations. Thank you Claire Picknell.

07/10/2019 Read full trip review

Family Holiday to South Africa & Zimbabwe

Alison Clough & Richard Purchase

The best holiday ever. We all loved Cape Town. The family safari was amazing. We loved Serondella. Victoria Falls- spectacular and Franschhoek was civilised and enjoyable.

03/10/2019 Read full trip review

Family Holiday to Seychelles & South Africa

Catherine Streeter

The whole itinerary was perfectly suited to our young family and expertly put together thanks to the great advise of Monique. She really listened to our requirements.

18/09/2019 Read full trip review

Family Holiday to Kenya & Mauritius

Ben Finney

Safari as fantastic; listening to roaring lions while in bed is totally surreal and something I will never forget. House of Wayne was poor. Had a great time in Mauritius. Hopefully our luggage will get back to us soon as well ;-)

16/09/2019 Read full trip review

Family Holiday to South Africa

Clair Jardella

Wonderful variety of special experiences, delicious and plentiful food, and memories for the kids to treasure (and us!). We also learned lots about the culture and wildlife of South Africa. Wonderful!

03/09/2019 Read full trip review

Family Holiday to South Africa

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