Cape Town to Victoria Falls with kids

The older your kids are, the more they will get out of a Cape Town to Victoria Falls overland tour, and out of the African experience overall.
A Cape Town to Victoria Falls vacation with kids is a real adventure. You’ll be traveling by road over long distances, you’ll eat as the locals do and you’ll lay your head at lodgings with virtually none of the trappings of home – children must be at least 12 years old, but sometimes 15 or 16, depending on the trip, so this isn't a vacation for tiny tots. If you’re hardened family travelers, go for it – there are few greater lessons than this phenomenal African experience. If not, make sure you know exactly what it entails before you sign on the dotted line – your vacation company will be happy to advise.

Please note: South Africa is known for being hugely family-friendly to travel in – however, as of 2015, new immigration rules mean that documentation such as birth certificates are required for children entering the country, even with both of their parents. You can read about the entry requirements here.

Cape Town to Victoria Falls family activities


Sandboarding is a really good fun way for teenagers to spend time in the desert, while their parents gawp at the views. Be aware that climbing up the dunes – and not zinging back down them on your board – is the hard part, but it should do a good job of tiring them out!

Embrace their inner explorer

There’s little that could be more fun (for kids and adults alike, let’s face it) than going all Bear Grylls and taking a bushwalk with the San in the Kalahari. They’ll find out how to get water in the desert, what to eat and how to trap it, how to make fire – plus all sorts of other real-life survival tips.

Spot wildlife

Spotting iconic African wildlife is a treat for teens on vacation, and there’s no risk that they’ll become jaded by the sight of yet another elephant, as can happen on a two week safari. The Cape Town to Vic Falls route takes in some of southern Africa’s finest parks, with epic sightings of the Big Five and the chance to wild camp in the midst of the wildlife rich Okavango Delta – thrilling!

Our top Cape Town to Victoria Falls family Vacation

Cape Town to Victoria Falls small group lodge tour

Cape Town to Victoria Falls small group lodge tour

Classic route lodge safari to Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe

From US $3940 21 days ex flights
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Tips for families

Jayne Harley, from our supplier, Sunway Safaris, shares her advice on traveling overland from Cape Town to Victoria Falls with kids: “We don’t get a lot of children on this vacation, but families do definitely travel with us and we welcome kids from 12-18 accompanied by a parent or guardian. It’s an incredible adventure for the kids and one that’s suited to families who have some experience traveling with their children. From 12, kids are old enough to appreciate facilities and environments that might be different to that which they’re used to at home and they’re so adaptable too – they just muck in and find it all part of an amazing adventure.”
Written by Polly Humphris
Photo credits: [Page banner: wolfso] [Intro: Oasis Overland] [Sandboarding: ru:User:Digr] [Jayne Harley quote: Tim Williamson]