Take the family on a next-level adventure – this is the final frontier of ‘wow.’
Where else can you ride a canoe past a hippo, fall asleep to the roar of a lion, or watch a goat climb a tree? Africa trumps all other continents when it comes to wildlife experiences, and yet the safaris are only one part of the picture. Take a family vacation on this legendary continent and find yourselves sipping sweet mint tea to Berber musicians, jumping for joy with Maasai tribespeople and pondering a never-ending cinema reel of beautiful rollicking landscapes. Whether you’re unlocking your inner Indiana Jones or inner David Attenborough, Africa makes an adventurer of us all.
The clue’s in the title. These trips are for families only (including any aunts, uncles or cousins who’d like to come along, of course). As long as you’re travelling with a child under the age of 18, you’re a family in our eyes. Plus, unlike other travel companies, children aged 17 years and younger receive a 10% discount off the price of their trip.
Travel with other families
Travelling the Intrepid way is a bit like travelling with a group of friends. These trips are made up of 3–5 like-minded families, and the kids tend to hit it off straight away, allowing you to enjoy some well-earned R&R. We often find the whole family ends up making friendships with people from all over the world, staying in touch long after the adventure ends.
Small group sizes
Intrepid’s family group sizes are small enough to avoid the crowds and reach some out-of-the-way places, but big enough for a good social mix. Our average group size of 10 allows us to hop aboard local boats, buses or trains, eat at friendly, family-run restaurants and kick back in traditional accommodation and homestays.
We know the biggest challenge on a family trip is keeping the kids entertained. So we’ve planned in advance. Nearly all of our hotels feature pools, and each day has a great mix of action-packed adventure and flexible free time. Your local leader can also suggest activities based on your kid’s hobbies or school curriculum.
Our leaders are specially trained to run family adventures, so you’re well taken care of. You can also rest easy knowing we conduct safety assessments on all our activities to meet local standards as well as our own comprehensive safety policy.
We strive to use travel as a force for good. That’s why we choose to give back to the communities we visit, carbon offset all our trips and take our social and environmental responsibilities seriously. We’ve been officially certified as the world’s largest travel B Corp, which means when you choose Intrepid Travel, you can rest assured you’re travelling to improve the planet.
Discover the joys of the High Atlas on a trek through scenic Berber villages, spending a night in a traditional Berber homestay. It’s a chance to discover the culture and tradition of an indigenous population who have stood the test of time. And to go downhill mountain biking, naturally.
The great plains of the Serengeti and Masai Mara are one thing, but some of Africa’s most profound nature experiences happen out on the water. Even without the crocs, hippos, elephants and big cats, the Okavango Delta and its 16,000 square kilometre wetlands ecosystem would qualify as one of Africa’s most atmospheric zones.
A super-sized trench stretching some 6,000 kilometres from Lebanon down to Mozambique, Africa’s Great Rift Valley is one of the most dramatic landscapes in the world. This is where great hordes of migrating wildebeest run a gauntlet lined with hungry big cats each year – a spectacle not to be missed.
This superb hiking spot is the largest canyon in the world and a prime candidate for the greenest. The sheer-sided walls of the canyon rise over 2,000 metres and the vegetation varies wildly, from dry rocky sections to rainforest, depending on the altitude. Bourke's Luck Potholes are a must see for budding photographers.
A camel ride is perhaps not the first thing that springs to mind when you think of the beach, but it’s all in a day’s work in Sidi Kaouki. Plod along the Atlantic coast for two hours, taking in beautiful ocean views and tucking into a picnic lunch on the shore afterwards.
What better way to delve into South African history than on a bike? Tackle Johannesburg’s most interesting neighbourhood on a family-friendly tour on two wheels. See how miners used to live at the migrant workers’ hostel, pedal through the vibrant Meadowlands community, and visit the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Nelson Mandela’s former residence.
The only way to tackle these famous wetlands of Africa is in a mokoro – the local style of dugout canoe. Friendly local ‘polers’ guide you through the rich maze of lagoons and wetlands, and when it’s all over, camp out under the stars in this far-out location before a sunrise wilderness walk.
We always pick accommodation that gives a real feel of the country you’re in. Think a night in a cosy Moroccan riad, or camping out under the stars in some of Botswana's most spectacular national parks. No matter where we stay, all our accommodation is safe, secure and right in the thick of things, so you can get out and explore sooner.
With a natural waterhole right in front of it, this is the perfect lodge for viewing elephants in the wild. Travellers can get as close as a couple of metres away. The area is unfenced, allowing the elephants and other wildlife to roam freely.
You’ve probably seen images of the brightly-dressed Maasai people of East Africa, but how many people do you know who have made friends with them? Spend a night camped out in the Kenyan bush as a local elder schools you in their proud culture (and your new spear-wielding friends protect your tent from lions).