Need some ideas on where to go on a family-oriented safari in Africa? Then keep reading.
For many of us, some of our fondest childhood memories are the holidays taken together as a family. There’s nothing quite like planning and packing together for an adventure in another country, where the routine and responsibility of home is replaced by thrilling moments that become long-lasting collective family memories.
Africa undoubtedly offers some of the very best destinations for safaris. However, not all are suited for families, particularly those with a mix of small children and teenagers. With these four ideas for family-friendly safari destinations in Africa, you’ll be able to bring everyone together for a fun and relaxing holiday.
Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camps – Kenya
The Masai teach kids about local wildlife © Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp
Owned and managed by the fifth generation of Cottar, Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camps is a truly family-oriented safari experience in Kenya’s Masai Mara that accommodates children of all ages.
The Masai Warrior School combines a good mixture of education and fun to keep the kids engaged and active throughout the different activities. They will learn how to jump and dance like a real Masai warrior, how to make a functional bow and arrow, and even how make a fire from just sticks. Teenagers can swim and fish in the nearby waterfall, swim in the onsite pool or play volleyball. If they like to keep fit while exploring nature, they can go on bush walks or trail runs
All your kids will be kept busy while you relax and unwind between game drives. The Cottar’s Bush Villa is suited for the entire family and children younger than five years of age stay at Cottars for free.
Rhino River Lodge – South Africa
Families can enjoy game drives together © Rhino River Lodge
Rhino River Lodge is also family-owned and operated, warmly welcoming all families for a comfortable and affordable holiday in the heart of Zululand in South Africa.
Due to it being an extremely low-risk malaria area and without tropical diseases, Rhino River Lodge is a good safari destination to bring very young children that have vulnerable immunities. Discover the beauty of Africa and its abundant wildlife on the daily game drives at sunrise and sunset in the Manyoni Private Game Reserve.
The two Family Chalets on offer are suitable for smaller families of up to four people. Other accommodation options include the Cottage and Homestead, which both offer more spacious facilities for families and private pools. Children aged four to 12 years stay at half the adult rate. Children from four years and younger are accommodated for free but are not allowed on the game drives.
&Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge – Tanzania
Family meal time is a special occasion © &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Perched on the top of Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, the &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is a luxurious home away from home for all families.
Through &Beyond you’ll be able to experience a jam-packed safari filled with the best that Tanzania has to offer in terms of diverse landscapes and wildlife. Start and end each day off with the spectacular view of the Ngorongoro Crater that seems to change every day. Take the kids to see the soda lake of Manyara, the geologically astounding Rift Valley escarpment as well as all of the Big 5 in the Serengeti.
The Family Suite at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge has two suites interlinked via a closed walkway, adding convenience and privacy to a family holiday. This suite, which can accommodate two adults and two children, is reasonably priced when considering what is included in the overall rate.
Robin Pope Safaris Robin’s House – Zambia
The kids are kept occupied throughout the day © Robin Pope Safaris Robin’s House
When going on holiday as a family, getting to spend time alone as parents is almost impossible if there is no one to entertain and look after the kids. Fortunately for those planning a trip to Zambia, Robin Pope Safaris Robin’s House is geared to accommodate small family groups.
Robin Pope Safaris understands that families are made up of different ages and interests, and that’s why they tailor safaris to each new group. If your children don’t buy into ‘the early bird catches the worm’ adage, they can be left for the morning in the highly competent care of the house’s private guide. There are seasonal boating trips, nature walks, stargazing, and sessions where the kids can learn how to identify spoor and animal droppings.
Located in the South Luangwa National Park on the banks of the Luangwa River, Robin’s House is a small, private getaway that can sleep a family of five.