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Top tips for family safaris

Top tips for family safaris

How to plan a family safari

Our families have grown up with African travel in their blood so we’re old hands when it comes to planning well researched, safe and memorable family safaris!

From five to eighty five year olds we know the best spots for families seeking out of this world African adventures...
•    For Mums, Dads and kids
•    Hand-picked camps or lodges
•    Tailored with plenty to interest all ages
•    Professional safari guides experienced with young ones in the bush
•    Limited periods of intense game viewing with a variety of light adventure and relaxation
•    Designed to avoid long drives and transfers

Top tips for planning a family safari

We have a few recommendations to make sure your family safari goes as smoothly as possible.  Our top tips include:

Stay within one country and area to avoid long transfers and flights
Don’t include long game drives at hot times of the year with lots of other people
Consider travelling in low season to get the most for your money – there will be fewer people and you’ll have the guides’ undivided attention.

Do combine land and water activities where possible, to allow for variety (and look for camps with swimming pools)
Avoid camps which are not catering specifically for younger travellers as menus and guides will not allow enough flexibility to suit all needs.

Engage younger children with wildlife checklists, they’ll soon compete to see who spotted the first / biggest / tallest.
If you’re travelling to an area where prophylactics are required, do a trial run at home first to ensure there are no side effects.

Ask us about private safari houses, great for family get-togethers and ensuring you dictate your own schedule

Kapama Reserve child on foot


For families with younger children Kenya is the perfect safari destination.   Most camps are family friendly and it’s easy to combine safari and beach without too much travel.  A number of camps have dedicated family tents with adjoining rooms, pools, child friendly activities and special menus. 

Kenya also has a range of private houses which make for a super easy family holiday with their own staff, guides and vehicles so you can set your own pace.

Zambia is another great family safari option (South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi) with a wealth of activities specifically geared at children including visits to local schools, fishing and spore identification.

If you want to avoid Malaria prone areas, ask us about options in Namibia (much of the country is considered Malaria free or low risk) and South Africa (such as Addo, Madikwe and the Eastern Cape).

Family canoe safari

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