Christmas vacation

Best Places in Africa to spend Christmas with your Family

Christmas is a magical time of the year, thus Christmas vacation should be planned in such ways that cater to both adults and children’s recreational needs. We have identified remarkable destinations in Africa where you can enjoy the christmas vacation with your nearest and dearest.

1. Cross River State, Nigeria

Cross River State, Nigeria is home to one of the best Christmas destinations in Africa. The city features exciting activities such as the Cross River State Annual Christmas Festival popularly known as ‘Calabar Carnival’, which feature breathtaking performances, colorful display of the African culture, road shows, music concerts and thousands of people in attendance, including celebrities and dignitaries around the world.

It is Africa’s biggest street party with numerous exciting activities for kids and adults.



2. Umngazi Resort- Eastern Cape, South Africa

This destination is on the wild coast, deep in the heart of Pondoland, a natural region on the South African shores of the Indian Ocean. The scenery is made up of a rocky coastline, indigenous forests and secluded coves, plus a view of the Indian Ocean.

Umngazi, an award-winning family resort, has a remarkable nature and a glorious weather, thereby creating the perfect holiday playground for families.



3. Thornybush Game Lodge, South Africa

Still in South Africa, is Thornybush Game Lodge made up of 18 luxury suites and 2 family suites. It is located near the Greater Kruger National Park which is home to a huge diversity of mammal and bird species in north-eastern South Africa. The weather is beautiful all year, making it a perfect destination for a family safari.

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4. Seychelles

A holiday to the beautiful islands of Seychelles, located in the Indian Ocean, is the perfect Christmas gift for the family. Christmas in the Seychelles is all about food, quality time with family, rest, beach time and lots of festive activities and concerts.



5. Lamu Island, Kenya

If you want a relaxing beach holiday with fun-filled adventure for the children, then you should explore Lamu Island, where time stands still. Lamu Island is home to Shela Beach, a dune fringed beach with its peace and calm. It is not as busy or as congested as other beaches in the area thus can allow time for leisure walks, hunting for shells or taking a fun-filled camel ride offered by the locals. It presents an opportunity for spending quality time with the family.

You can sail around the Lamu archipelago by dhow, feast on some Swahili foods and explore the medieval old town of Lamu, where only donkeys and boats are used for transportation.


6. Zanzibar

December is one of the best months to visit Zanzibar. Nungwi is a charming and serene town located north of Zanzibar, with stunning sunsets and quiet beaches for a unique Christmas vacation experience. For more on Zanzibar, read here.



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