Marvel’s latest film, Black Panther has been No. 1 in the box office and on music charts and top of mind for film buffs since the movie’s release. The powerful imagery and incredible scenery even inspired a slew of family vacations in Africa, putting families as close to Wakanda as possible.
Located in Tunisia along the Mediterranean coastline, the village of Sid Bou Said is fit for royalty. The bright white buildings with blue accents, cobbled streets and turquoise Mediterranean Sea in the near distance rivals even the most pristine Greek islands.
For families looking for a beach-meets-city destination, but with a bit more foot traffic, Dar es Salaam is your match. Tanzania’s largest city and economic hub boasts a bustling urban jungle lined with shops, restaurants and museums, but with a quiet escape toward the beaches further north, toward the coast of India, offering pristine snorkeling, secluded beaches and private islands.
Vilanculos Beach, Mozambique
Stay along the coast of Mozambique in Southeast Africa, across from Madagascar, at the Vilanculos Beach Lodge. Vilanculos is a sea-lovers dream and ideal for the little swimmers. The luxury lodging provides an infinity pool, private beach lounges and service fit for royalty.
While so close to Madagascar, a visit to Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park is a must. Explore the incredible UNESCO World Heritage site filled with geological wonders, truly like something out of the Black Panther’s home of Wakanda.
Literally translating to viewpoint of the moon, Miradouro da Lua is an observatory in Angola boasting otherworldly beauty. Like Mars on Earth, Miraduoro’s red rugged landscape is just north of Parque Nacional do Quicama, or Kissama National Park, filled with elephants, giraffes and unique wildlife.
Seychelles, East Africa
For an exclusive private island experience in East Africa, head to the Four Seasons Seychelles Hotel & Resort. Comprised of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles archipelago is beach lover’s destination. Sprawl out on the sand after scuba diving, snorkeling with the kids and hiking through any of the many nature preserves. Keep an eye out for rare animals like the giant Aldabra tortoises and visit the rainforests of Morne Seychellois National Park.
Nestled in California's Santa Ynez Valley is the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort, a picturesque dude ranch-style resort that made a name for itself as a luxurious family getaway. For decades, this beautiful hideaway has been a favorite of the rich and famous from around the world.
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A selfie is a fun source of memories, but it doesn’t have to be the only one. You can help your children — who are lucky enough to actually travel — maintain some of the memories of what they experience. Among these few simple activities, one or more may enhance their memory banks by assisting them to identify, classify and remember what they have seen and done. It may also facilitate their ability to distinguish between why they liked one thing and not another, which is in itself an important learning experience.
For when you’re feeling rundown and need a solo getaway, holistic couple’s retreat, health and wellness refresh, or just a mindful getaway with friends, family or yourself — the West is calling. Arizona, New Mexico and California’s deserted, ruggedly beautiful landscape can sometimes be just the thing your mind and body need for a healing vacation.
Before you tick off the same sights on your Paris itinerary, consider adding one or more of these activities. Amusez-vous bien!