Child-Friendly Safaris for Adventurous Families

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Some of Africa’s most beautiful natural environments make the perfect playgrounds for family-friendly adventures.

Families come in different shapes and sizes. What might be the ideal vacation for one family, could be a total nightmare for another. One fact is consistent among all families though; spending quality time together matters. And for a family that enjoys being outdoors and active, what better way to bond than on a safari in Africa?

Why go on a family safari?

  • Up-close and personal wildlife viewing encounters
  • Experience new things and broaden horizons
  • Make memories that will last a lifetime
  • Superb accommodation and dining
  • Multigenerational fun
  • Cultural learning experiences

Safari holidays offer something for everyone, and where you decide to go depends a lot on what you want to get out of your family holiday. Relaxation, adventure, nature, world class wildlife, culture, history – you can find it all in Africa. Safaris are also an excellent alternative to the traditional vacation as they provide a wonderful balance between activity and rest.

While some safari destinations don’t allow kids under a certain age to stay, many camps and lodges welcome children of all ages and offer a range of activities suitable for the whole family.

Here are a few family-friendly adventures in Africa that have been manicured with young travellers in mind:

CAMP KALAHARI

Located in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Camp Kalahari is repeatedly cherry-picked for being one of the best family-friendly safari destinations in Africa. This traditional, yet relaxed safari camp is ideal for families seeking fun and adventure, without having to sacrifice all the creature comforts of a luxury lodge. Find out more...

Accommodation is in traditional Meru tents with en-suite bathrooms. A family tent is available, comprising two twin tents with an inter-leading bathroom.
Activities include camping under the stars, Bushman-guided walks (to learn about their ancient customs, traditions and survival methods), learning how to make bows and arrows, quad bike riding (over 12), guided horseback trails, visiting Chapman’s Baobab and encountering the hundreds of meerkats that inhabit the area.

ANT'S NEST & ANT'S HILL BUSH HOMES

Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Bush Homes are situated in a private reserve within South Africa’s beautiful malaria-free Waterberg. Welcoming children of all ages, the two uniquely designed bush homes offer a long list of family-friendly safari activities, and are the perfect choice for adventurous families. Find out more...

Both Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill offer a variety of different room types, ranging from standard to deluxe. Ant’s Nest can be booked exclusively, ideal for multi-generational family holidays. At Ant’s Hill, the Family Cottage is a ‘home away from home’, accommodating families of up to 6 people.
Horse riding through the reserve and experiencing up-close encounters with wildlife, is the main attraction at Ants. Children and adults of all riding abilities are invited to explore the Waterberg on guided horseback trails, or led pony rides for the youngers. Other child-orientated activities include bug and spoor walks, educational snake talks and archery.

PUMULANI LODGE

Set on the Nankumba Peninsula on the western shores of Lake Malawi, Pumulani Lodge is an ideal retreat for families seeking an escape from the stresses of the modern world. The crystal-clear turquoise waters of Lake Malawi are magical for children and adults alike, and offer a wide variety of fun activities for the water-babies out there.

Lelapa Lodge consists of 12 spacious and comfortable Deluxe Suites (including family rooms). Older children can enjoy their own suite, just 15 metres from mom and dad, for a little taste of ‘independence’,
There are tons of fun activities at Madikwe Lelapa Lodge, including family safari drives, bug CSI with a field ranger, dung tracking, making pizzas in the pizza oven at the boma, games nights and star gazing. Parents have the choice of either engaging in the learning and activities with their children, or stealing a few hours for themselves.

MADIKWE LELAPA LODGE

Madikwe Lelapa Lodge is located in the central eastern region of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa. The lodge consistently receives top ratings from families for the accommodation and age-appropriate introduction to the African bush. It is also a massive added-bonus that Madikwe Lelapa Lodge doesn’t charge for children under 6 years old.

Pumulani offers 10 spacious villas, each with a unique grass-top roof to reflect heat and blend in with the natural surroundings, as well as a private deck with stunning views over the lake. The family villa is the closest to the beach and all activities are easily organised from this point.
Lake Malawi provides a wonderful and safe place for children to experience the large variety of water sports offered at Pumulani. These sports include wakeboarding, water skiing, tubing, snorkelling, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. There is simply no excuse to be bored while staying at Pumulani.

Answer the call of the wild!

Take your family on an adventure through Africa.