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Why Your Next Family Holiday Should Be in Africa

Taking your kids on an African safari may sound intimidating and overwhelming, but every family that I have sent to this magnificent continent has come back changed, bonded and claiming this trip to be the best vacation ever! Leave the daunting details to me: I understand kids, I know how to make it happen, and I truly believe it’s one of the greatest gifts that you can give your family.

There list of reasons of why I adore Africa as that is it’s own blog post but these are a few reasons why I believe you and your family, especially your children, will be in awe of this country.  Sure, trips to the zoo may work in the beginning, particularly for babies and toddlers, but once they’re old enough (age 6+), nothing is like seeing these exotic creatures roaming freely and naturally in their own habitat at sunrise and sunset.  These awe-inspiring, real-life encounters impact your children and their minds in the most magnificent ways.

In a nutshell, a safari may shape your child’s life in ways that may, ultimately, affect how they value the world.

Environmental threats and social factors continue to threaten precious regions and communities. It takes passion and dedication and understanding to conservation and community to ensure that we don’t lose them. Connecting with nature and new cultures face-to-face changes how we relate to the world around us, and this can inspire our next generation to continue protecting it. By exposing your kids early, you’re investing in keeping the planet’s ecosystems clean, and our four-legged friends in good standing.

It’s about learning but most important making unforgettable memories together. This is a trip of serious quality time on once-in-a-lifetime adventures. Going to Africa with your family means no excuse, and often no ability, to scroll through social media, binge the latest Netflix show, or even check in on all those work emails. That means you and the kids can relax around a fire pit, huddle in a cozy game viewing vehicle, or talk at a table over dinner. This time together has true beauty and ever lasting memories!

The Best Countries to Take your Kids on Safari
South Africa is a great first-time spot to Africa, especially Americans. The U.S. dollar is consistently stronger than the Rand, which helps you get more for your money. If convenience, familiarity, and guaranteed English-speaking interactions is what your family wants and needs, South Africa is your best bet.
For local safaris, I love Sabi Sands, which has one of the world’s highest concentrations of leopards. Though malaria is easily preventable anywhere we send our travelers, opting for malaria-free reserves means you can skip the doctor’s visit, forget the hassle of daily pills, and still enjoy the same great bush experience.

No matter the reserve I choose your family the kiddos are sure to be wowed.
One of my favorite things about South Africa is that you can break up your wild adventure by stopping in Cape Town. You can also just have an incredible vacation without ever leaving the coastline. Cape Town, for instance, offers hiking, paddle-boarding as well as sand-boarding, along with Cape Peninsula tours, and many more excursions. For parents who are big on teachable-moments, you’ll love the living history lessons surrounding you in both Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Kenya & Tanzania

Tanzania holds a special place in my heart! What makes it an ideal vacation for families is its flexibility and variety. You won’t get the city-slicker options of South Africa, but the private conservancy options, which can take the conventional bush experience and personalize it to your family’s day-to-day needs. These privately run camps and lodges don’t operate on strict guidelines or set itineraries. It allows for a relaxed trip making everyone happy. With activities from walking and driving safaris, horseback riding, visiting local villages, bush picnics, and more—there’s something for everyone.

Honestly, at the end of the day the perfect experience is often less about the right country, and more about the right camp. There are camps where you will stay that you will truly feel like family and friends rather than transient guests. There are camps that have no age restrictions, and offers tailored nature walks around camp with dedicated child specialist guides.

One of my favorite camps has a program designed for families with kids. The emphasis is on learning how to track game both on foot and in 4×4 safari vehicles. Children learn how to make small animal traps, start a fire with two sticks, recognize different animal, identify a range of birds, and much more.

Moral of the Story:

Wherever your wild heart wants to wander, I can craft it!


My Bucket List Trips


Ever since I first saw photos of Torres de Paine National Park, I have wanted to go to Patagonia. I don’t know if it’s because of the jagged peaks and luminous lakes that seem to change color with the sky, or the promise of fresh air and immersion in nature, but I imagine it’ll feel like I’m very far away and surrounded by some of the best scenery the world has to offer.  I need to visit soon and make sure to stay at the Tierra properties.

Southeast Asia

It’s always been a dream of mine to take a month away and travel around Southeast Asia. I want to eat street food in Saigon, swim with whale sharks in the Philippines, and stare in awe at the majesty of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. In reality, it’s a big bucket list made up of smaller bucket lists.

Yacht around Alaska

I’ve been dreaming of visiting the majestic Alaska on a small and intimate cruise ship. I know the scenery and wildlife will be absolutely incredible to witness, and there’s no better way to experience our gorgeous 49th state than onboard a cruise ship. The excursions available, including glacier hikes and dog sled rides, would without a doubt be unforgettable.

New Orleans

Last year, my husband and I took a quick trip to Charleston to walk the streets, explore wonderful restaurants, and just unwind in a town that moves at a different pace. We fell in love with the southern charm abound. Next on my southern city bucket-list is New Orleans. It’s a quick and direct flight away from almost anywhere, has beautiful architecture, great food, great music and tremendous history. It is an ideal romantic getaway, family vacation, or party destination.


Bora Bora

There is nothing more beautiful than looking out to crystal clear turquoise blue waters. This is exactly what you get in Bora Bora in one of the overwater bungalows available at several resorts. Most come with a crystal clear floor that you can see straight into the water to the beauty of the sea. I have always dreamt of going down a water slide directly into the ocean, climbing up a ladder, and laying down on a hammock with a cocktail.

New Zealand

I spent time in Australia when I was younger, but unfortunately did not have enough time to go to New Zealand. With 15,000 miles of coastline the country is home to so many amazing beaches. But New Zealand is not just about the beaches as there is so much more to explore. New Zealand has a great mix: beaches, wineries, olive groves, hiking – you name it!


Being one of the biggest sushi lovers around, I need to find my way to Japan soon! I need to eat my way through every Omakase in Tokyo and after I have gorged myself, I want to visit the gorgeous gardens and witness the beauty of the snow-covered mountains.