As the world’s second largest, and second most populated continent, Africa is a must see on your world travel adventure. For those families who want to explore the world together it is a place where children can experience things that they wouldn’t get the opportunity to do anywhere else in the world. Experiencing different cultures, and seeing where people come from is a great way for children to learn about the world outside their own home. Getting out into the world and seeing the way other people live is a must for their learning and growth.
Here are 3 of the most family friendly ways to see Africa:
Tswalu, Northern Cape
If your children have watched ‘The Gods Must Be Crazy’ and have wondered about these strange native people who live deep in the Kalahari desert then Tswalu is a great place to take the whole family. The best way to get to it is by plane, although it can also be reached by car, but will take a while as it is 850km from Cape Town. This is a remote region, and is deep in the Green Kalahari (the greener part of the desert), and is South Africas largest private game reserve. It’s a great place for children as they have a Junior Ranger programme which includes bush walks with spoor identification, the opportunity to make their own bow and arrow, and cook their own bush dinner.
Oudtshoorn, Western Cape
This small farming town is a great place for the whole family to experience life in Africa, and is the ostrich capital of the world. With over 400 ostrich farms in the area, there are at least 3 that welcome visitors, and families can feed the ostriches, ride them and watch an ostrich race. At the nearby Cango Wildlife Ranch you will be able to see a huge number of different animals from crocodiles to tigers and its caves have some of the worlds most beautiful stalactites. If you are in Africa, or planning a trip there, then you will definitely want to take the family to this region.
A great way to experience Africa is by cruise. There are lots of different cruises that make stops on this beautiful continent so the whole family can experience this magical continent in style. If you have a family who like to be in their comfort zone with small adventures into other cultures then this is probably one of the best ways that you will experience the wonder that is Africa. Shore visits off cruise ships usually involve a short amount of time stopped into the many different countries, where families can take in the sights and sounds before getting back on the boat and the safety of all that they know. If you have very young children, doing Africa this way will probably suit your needs better than planning a trip throughout the country, as you will have everything you need with you on the boat. Check out Cruiseabout for details on cruises to Africa.