May half term is normally a time when older teenagers have their heads in books swatting for exams, so we’ve aimed our ideas for holidays during May half term at families with children under 16. May is a brilliant time of year for safari, as the parks are lush and green and full of young animals.
A safari in Kenya is a perennial family favourite- plenty of safari camps have family tents so younger children can sleep in with adults, and there are several private safari houses. Children tend to get much more out of their safari if they feel they’re properly involved in the experience, so we’d always suggest making time to visit Nairobi’s elephant orphanage (you can adopt an ellie for around US$50) and spending a night or two at Giraffe Manor while you’re in the area.
If you’d prefer a malaria free safari, Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa is easily reached from Johannesburg, and has the added bonus of only having an hour’s time difference with the UK at this time of year, so you can maximise your time away. The lodges in Madikwe are almost all hugely child-friendly, often with game drives or activities aimed at younger children, and the option to arrange baby sitting for parents who want an evening to themselves. If you want to split your time, Ant’s is an eternal favourite of ours and works well for families (especially riders) of all ages.
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