Going on a family safari is a life-changing experience as the wilderness becomes a huge outdoor classroom with the camp guides being the most inspiring and insightful teachers your children will have!
Family safari holidays are a wonderful way to spend quality time together and bond whilst being immersed in some of the most picturesque parts of Africa. A great safari keeps the excitement of being surrounded by nature’s beauty and fascinating wildlife alive and interactive for the entire family. It is an excellent way to expose your kids to nature and wildlife, whilst also enjoying some downtime together as a family. The best family safari camps have well-trained staff that lead onsite activities to entertain the kids, allowing you and your spouse some alone time to relax and unwind.
If journeying into the Africa bush piques your family’s interest, then the guide below will help you choose which African safari destination is for you:
South Africa is well-known as Big 5 country, where lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalo have a strong foothold in many of the major parks. After the day’s explorations by game drive or foot, you will be welcomed back to luxury lodgings that are fully-equipped to make your family’s stay holiday comfortable. It is an ideal location for a family safari as the the country is largely malaria-free and generally has good roads, infrastructure and transport links.
A young lion in the Greater Makalali Private Nature Reserves © Garonga
Situated just outside Kruger National Park in the Greater Makalali Private Nature Reserve, Little Garonga is a luxury safari camp that provides that ‘soft landing’ that is often needed for families travelling to Africa for the first time. Along with its sister property, Garonga Safari Camp, the suites at Little Garonga offer guests exclusivity and personalised service.
Children’s room in The Hambleden Suite at Little Garonga © Garonga
The Hambleden Suite accommodates a family of four in two seperate rooms and the villa has a private viewing deck, swimming pool, indoor/outdoor lounges and indoor/outdoor showers – all for the exclusive use of occupants. When not on a game drive tracking leopards or in a small plane flying above herds of elephant, your family will be well-looked after by the host, chef, waiter and housekeeper at Little Garonga.
Botswana is considered by many as one of Africa’s top safari destinations. It is home to warm, friendly people, diverse wildlife and a good selection of authentic luxury lodges in the premier wilderness areas. While a family safari in Botswana may cost a little more than other countries, this is balanced by its crowd-free reserves and private conservancies.
A family of elephants drink from a waterhole in the Okavango Delta © Under One Botswana Sky
Under One Botswana Sky hosts guests at properties in the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park, with its most recent safari camps, Rra Dinare (Father Buffalo) and Mma Dinare (Mother Buffalo), located in south-eastern Okavango Delta. The camps allow children of six years and older, and each has a dedicated family tent that can sleep four in two rooms.
The outdoor firepit at Rra Dinare Camp overlooks the surrounding plains © Under One Botswana Sky
Great family moments can be created whilst sharing stories around the outdoor firepit or during a midday cool-off in the camp pool – both offer a panoramic view of the vast Okavango Delta. Brilliant game-viewing and birding can be expected year-round from these camps. Certain activities, such as mokoro rides and bush walks, are seasonal so be sure to chat to us about the best time to visit.
Kenya is the ‘birthplace’ of the safari and it is the famous Masai Mara that was the playground for the safari pioneers a century ago. A family safari in Kenya is jam-packed with tracking big cats on game drives, floating over vast plains on a scenic hot air balloon flight and being led by red-robed Masai warriors through the bush. It is also through the Masai Mara that 2.5 million wildebeest, zebra and antelope migrate annually in search of grasses and water.
Cheetahs escape the heat under some shade in the Masai Mara © Valorie Darling / Cottar’s Safaris
Cottar’s Safaris is an award-winning safari brand in the Masai Mara that exudes luxury, exclusivity and the vintage atmosphere of a bygone era. The 1920’s Safari Camp is Cottar’s first property and offers an authentic safari experience under canvas tents, with four family tents each with full en-suite facilities and private living room.
The children can learn about traditional hunting techniques from Masai warriors © Cottar’s Safaris
Whether out on an adventure in the safari vehicle or learning on foot about the language of the bush from local guides, the entire family will be enthralled and engaged throughout this safari experience. Back at camp, the children can learn about the cultural traditions from Masai warriors whilst the parents enjoy a romantic bush bath or spa treatment.
Zimbabwe is a wonderful destination for a classic family safari as its pristine wilderness areas, abundant wildlife and exciting outdoors activities make every day here an adventure. From Lake Kariba in Matusadona National Park to the iconic Victoria Falls, this is an unforgettable family safari holiday that is perfect for children of all ages.
An African fish eagle catches its next meal from Lake Kariba © Musango Safari Camp
Just back from the shoreline of Lake Kariba in Matusadona National Park and a short flight away from Victoria Falls, Musango Safari Camp is the ultimate rustic safari experience in an idyllic setting where resident animal and bird life thrive. This owner-run camp welcomes families, creating a home away from home feel that ensures even the youngest of the group feels safe and comfortable.
The main camp area with shared swimming pool © Musango Safari Camp
Whilst at camp, the children can explore the grounds or play in the pool whilst monitored by well-trained staff. The family can take an adventure together in the great Matusadona wilderness by game drive, boat or walking safari; a particularly special experience is going rhino tracking with the camp’s owner.
Contact us to discuss what your perfect family safari holiday looks like.