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Africa is perhaps the ultimate adventure travel destination and your kids will love it! From running down sand dunes in the desert, to spotting elephants and lions on a self-drive safari, to jumping into waves crashing onto pristine beaches, and all whilst camping under the African stars.

And before you ask, yes – you can do a safari with young kids! In fact, you may want to check out these truths about doing an African safari with kids.

We spent 4 months in 2018 overlanding Africa in a Land Rover Defender with our two boys (aged 3 and 4). This trip took us to the heart of this continent… starting in South Africa and Mozambique, then on to MalawiTanzaniaZambia, and finishing with Namibia before returning our Land Rover back to South Africa.

Tanzania itinerary with kids

Overlanding Africa with kids

Everything you need to know about our 101 days overlanding sub-Saharan Africa in a Land Rover with roof tents. This epic adventure took us through South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, and Namibia. The boys were 2 and 4 years old at the time.

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    The ULTIMATE overlanding packing list for Africa family travel

    Are you planning an epic trip to Africa? If you’re looking for the ultimate Africa packing list for families, then read on. We travelled Africa overland for 101 days so we had a lot of practice with our kit, working out exactly what we needed and what we could do without. We always try and …


  • Medical kit list for families travelling Africa

    First aid kid for Africa: your medical kit list for travelling Africa with kids

    A good first aid kit for Africa is imperative. But with kids in tow there is even more to consider, as good medical care is not always on hand and kids can be unpredictable at the best of times. In preparation for our 101 days self-driving Africa overland with our boys I consulted Joanne from …


  • Namibia itinerary with kids

    The BEST Malaria free safaris in Africa

    Do malaria free safaris exist? And will my experience be as as good as visiting the big parks? Malaria is a concern for any traveller to Africa. Whilst this can be fixed to some extent by taking antimalarials, understandably not everyone is happy with taking them. This is particularly the case for people who believe …


  • overlanding Africa with kids

    Self drive Africa overland with kids: everything you need to know

    In March 2018, our little family of four set off on an adventure of a lifetime around sub-Saharan Africa in a Land Rover Defender. Our boys were just 2 and 4 years old at the time and we had no 4×4 experience whatsoever. If you’re looking for a driving through Africa blog and ultimate travel …


  • Southern Africa overland itinerary with kids

    The TRUTH about doing an African safari with kids

    The African safari is perceived as one of life’s ultimate travel experiences. One that children won’t appreciate until they’re older, and too expensive for families. Plus aren’t there those stories about children being eaten by hungry wildlife on safari? Surely doing an African Safari with kids is irresponsible and pointless. I hear things like this …


  • Etosha with kids

    Kruger vs Etosha – which is best?

    Windows wound down, camera at the ready, I spot movement in the bush up ahead… a lonesome rhino plods out into the morning sun, unfazed by our presence, and munches on a tuft of grass. It’s just our family of four in our Land Rover and the rhino. We can’t see anyone else for miles …


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