If you’re travelling during the school summer holidays, there’s no better safari destination. The weather is perfect and there’s plenty of game to see. Huge herds of elephant have begun to gather and watching them cross the rivers in a line nose to tail is an experience you’ll never forget. Book early enough in advance to take your pick of extraordinary accommodation options.
Bring your school-age children to Kenya in August: it’s one of the best times of year for a family safari, cooler at night and warm during the day - the perfect game viewing conditions. The herds are on the move in the Masai Mara, and the sheer number of animals will make a bold impression on even the most blasé of teens. You’ll also have the important opportunity to meet the local tribal communities who own private reserves. They have vast amounts of knowledge to impart, and sharing their activities, learning from them firsthand, is a truly enriching educational experience.
Bring the kids and spend your summer holiday at Mkombe’s House, a stunning private home perched on the edge of a kopje in the northern Serengeti. You’ll be far from human crowds but the migrating herds — which is after all what you’ve come to see — will be all around you. You might also want to spend a few days based at Oliver’s Camp in the Tarangire watching the elephant migration.
The UK’s summer holidays coincide with South Africa’s mid winter, which is arguably the best time of year to visit. However, it’s peak season, so you’ll need to book early to get the best family accommodation in the Kruger private reserves or in malaria-free Madikwe. A quieter alternative is to head to KwaZulu Natal. The near-deserted coastline offers brilliant diving spots, history of the battlefields and fascinating culture.