Top 5 travel destinations for families with children that will make every family member happy
Wild animals in Africa, dazzling pop culture in Asia, fantastic fairytale worlds in South America – find out which travel destinations are ideal for families with children!
Here we present the best travel destinations for families with children, hand-picked by our experts – who are parents themselves and therefore professionals in understanding, connecting and reconciling the needs of young and old! These family-friendly vacation destinations are ideal if you want to create unforgettable memories, strengthen cohesion and experience exciting adventures.
Destinations for your family vacation 2019 – our recommendations in Africa
1 South Africa – ideal for a safari with children!
A safari in Africa is a wonderful way for children to experience nature up close. Which child (and let’s face it, which adult) would not like to see a giraffe walking or baby elephants romping around? At such a sight, not only the eyes of the little ones shine. For a safari with children, we clearly recommend: South Africa!
South Africa, with its malaria-free game reserves and a variety of child-friendly activities, is the ideal destination for a safari vacation with the whole family!
With a variety of malaria-free reservations and lodges offering child-friendly activities, South Africa is one of the best family vacation destinations in Africa. For example the Madikwe Safari Lodge: Spacious rooms, private game drives and numerous excursions that will satisfy even the most demanding little guests make this lodge our favorite for families. Watch your little ones become detectives and track down little crawling animals. There is also a so-called “dung tracking” – nothing for weak noses! But you know, when you are a child, there is great joy in everything that is a little gross.
Suitable for: The malaria-free game reserves welcome children of all ages and offer age-appropriate activities. Children from 8 years old can come on the game drives, bush walks are possible from 12 years old.
Best travel time: Wildlife viewing is best from May to September. More about the best time to travel to South Africa.
With its diverse wildlife, unique cultural experiences and child-friendly activities, Kenya is one of the best travel destinations for families with children. Friendly and knowledgeable guides are waiting for you at the Elephant Watch Camp in Samburu. And of course the superstars of the Samburu National Reserve – the Spice Girls for example! No, of course we don’t mean the British girl band, but one of the 66 elephant families that live in the region! A visit to the “Save the Elephants” program, a pioneering conservation organization, not only shows the kids how animal welfare works. And who knows, maybe it inspires one or the other to become the next Jane Goodall for elephants.
Located in the heart of the Masai Mara, the Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp offers authentic encounters with the Masai, a visit is definitely worthwhile.
Kenya is home to more than 40 communities. In the Tassia Lodge in Laikipia, your children can expect a lot of fun, where they can really let off steam: here you can learn javelin throwing, archery, shot put and rungu (a wooden throwing stick used by the Maasai warriors). The winner receives the lifelong right to show off the prize. For us, the highlight of a family trip to Kenya is a visit to the Masai community on an excursion to the Mukogodo Masai village. Located in the heart of the Masai Mara, the Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp offers authentic encounters with the Masai, a visit is definitely worthwhile.
If you cannot imagine a vacation without a beach stay, then you are not alone. We have scouted out dreamy white sandy beaches for you – hop into the pleasantly tempered water and explore colorful coral reefs! Diani Beach has been named one of the best beach destinations in Africa by CNN Travel and is only a short drive from the city of Mombasa. A few relaxing days on the untouched Kenyan coast are the perfect end to an eventful family vacation.
Suitable for: Most lodges allow children ages 8 and up to go on game drives. And beach fun has always had no age limits!
Best time to go: wildlife viewing is possible all year round, the best months are June to October and January to February. The period between October and January is ideal if you want to visit the Kenyan coast.
Family travel destinations in Asia
3 Singapore – futuristic family fun
Clean, perfectly organized and equipped with an excellent infrastructure: Singapore is the perfect travel destination for families with small children. In addition to an abundance of entertainment options, Singapore offers a mixture of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian influences – an extremely fascinating kaleidoscope of cultures!
If you ask a resident of Singapore which places you absolutely must see, he will definitely recommend the island of Sentosa. We would particularly like to recommend a visit to the S.E.A Aquarium, one of the largest aquariums in the world. In addition to Universal Studios, Adventure Cove Water Park and Dolphin Island are also on this island – pretty much all of the attractions that you simply have to see on a family vacation in Singapore!
Singapore is an extremely cleverly planned city that combines urban flair with nature – ideal for a family vacation!
Another must in town are the Gardens by the Bay. With an air-conditioned cloud forest, an imaginatively designed garden for children (including the big ones!), The larger-than-life art installations in Art At the Gardens, the fascinating Dragonfly and Kingfisher lakes and of course the iconic Supertrees and the OCBC Skyway, the Gardens by the Bay are one absolute highlight for young and old. If you want to get to know the traditional side of the city-state, you should definitely visit Chinatown. Our tip: plan your visit around the Chinese New Year and you will experience Singapore and especially Chinatown from its most festive side!
Best suited for: 0-99! Singapore is the perfect destination for young and young at heart!
Best travel time: You can visit Singapore all year round. In December, January and June, however, there is a large crowd.
4 Japan – Epicenter of pop culture
With futuristic technology, dazzling pop culture, anime and manga, samurai history and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Japan offers a lot of entertainment for all ages. Even teenagers who are otherwise difficult to enthuse will get bright eyes – and that alone makes Japan one of the best travel destinations for families with children (and just-yet-children).
Surprise your children (the little ones and the not so small ones anymore) with tickets for a sumo tournament – an experience for all ages!
In Tokyo, you can dress in a chic kimono to witness a fine art at a tea ceremony: admire the passion and precision with which tea is made. A trip to Harajuku is a must for parents with teenagers. Known as Japan’s epicenter of fashion and culture, a stroll through this exciting neighborhood with its cool boutiques, cafes and parks is an exciting experience even for a hard-to-get-to-do youngster.
And at the latest when you visit Akihabara, home of the Otaku culture, your young adult will get bright children’s eyes. Japanese pop culture is at home here and with it pretty much everything that is popular with young people. Anime, manga, gaming or cosplay? Everything here! Or maybe surprise your teenager with tickets to a sumo tournament. Watching these traditional fighters is an exciting experience for all ages.
No vacation in Japan is complete without a visit to the breathtakingly beautiful city of Kyoto, home to no fewer than 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. And if your loved one doesn’t want to visit one of the really abundant temples – how about a samurai adventure? Dressed in traditional samurai gear, you can swing the sword! Okay, if you haven’t impressed your teenagers now, we don’t know what to do!
Suitable for: Japan is suitable for children of all ages, but the omnipresent pop culture is particularly magical for teenagers.
Best time to travel – From March to May (spring) and September to November (autumn) you can expect mild temperatures and a bright blue sky. This is the best time to go to Japan. More about the best time to travel to Japan.
Best travel destinations for families with children in South America
5 Galapagos islands – Jurassic Park in real!
Charles Darwin developed his theory of natural selection in the Galapagos Islands. This may not impress your child, but a close encounter with a 100-year-old turtle will likely do so. A walk on the beach becomes a foray through fairy tale worlds, if you live there as miraculous beings as the red cliff crab! And what an unforgettable experience it is to swim with sea lions and sea turtles. Older children can snorkel with blacktip sharks and rays in Tortuga Bay.
A Galapagos cruise is perhaps the most beautiful way to explore the fairytale flora and fauna of the archipelago.
Suitable for – Galapagos cruises are recommended for children ages 6 and up
Best time to travel – The Galapagos Islands can be visited all year round, the best travel time is between December and June. More about the best time to travel to the Galapagos Islands.
Nothing is nicer than seeing the world through your child’s eyes. This look opens up a completely new perspective. When you travel together, you create memories for eternity.
We know that traveling with children requires careful planning. And as parents, we understand that balancing all interests is not always easy. That’s why we’re here! We relieve you of the stress and plan a trip that makes everyone happy, from the smallest to the largest family member – promised!
Take the first step and let’s start planning a family vacation like you’ve never had before!
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