[copyright]Falconry at Al Wadi Desert.[/copyright]
[copyright]Falconry at Al Wadi Desert.[/copyright]

Active Family Holidays in Africa and the Middle East

Active holidays in Africa and the Middle East appeal to adventurous families, generally  – but not exclusively – those with slightly older kids or teenagers. Safari holidays are the classic African experience, but you might also cross the Saharan sands of Morocco by camel, or combine sandboarding and quad-biking in the Egyptian desert with diving and snorkelling on the Red Sea.

Wildlife is often the focus of child-friendly active holidays in this region – meet elephants, hippos and a whole host of creatures cute and rather less cuddly – and there are often cultural excursions involved, to ancient ruins and other iconic sites where kids love to play as warriors and adventurers. But optional extras will generally be on offer too, including hiking, gorge-swinging and canoeing.

Most active holidays have lower age limits/guidance, but always take to an operator ahead of booking to make sure that it is the right option for you and your child/ren.


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Active & Sport places to stay in Africa & Middle East

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Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara

Abu Dhabi
An intimate luxury retreat where adventure reigns, from wildlife drives and horseback treks to ancient ruins to learning to cook Middle Eastern food.

Al Wadi Desert (a Ritz-Carlton partner hotel)

Ras al Khaimah
The ultimate desert experience, staying in luxury villas with private pools – some tented – and taking part in unforgettable activities.

Six Senses Zighy Bay

Stand-out luxury resort offering adrenaline-fuelled adventures, family activities and childcare for 4-18 years.

Madikwe Game Reserve

South Africa
Luxurious game lodge in South Africa with walking safaris and great facilities for families, even the youngest of guests.