Family Safaris

Family Safaris

Taking the whole family on safari can be a wonderful experience for parents and children alike!

Family Safaris

Taking the whole family on safari can be a wonderful experience for parents and children alike!

Family Safaris

Enjoying a Family Safari in Southern and East Africa

Setting off on a family safari holiday is something really special that you'll all be buzzing about for years to come. After all, an African safari is a huge adventure for both little kids and big kids (commonly known as parents) alike. Catching the pure amazement on your childrens' faces as they encounter their very first elephant or giraffe is an incredible feeling - one that you'll wish you could bottle and keep forever.

If you're planning a family safari, there are a few important things to keep in mind in order to ensure that every member of your family gets the most out of your trip. Safari lodges each have their own set of rules where children are concerned, so it's really crucial that you choose the right lodge for your clan.

Whilst just about every safari lodge accepts older children, many do not cater for children under the age of 12, so this is definitely something to consider when you're initially browsing through your safari options.     

children on game drives

As a general rule, most lodges do not permit children under the age of 5yrs to join long adult game drives. This is purely to protect the safety of your kids and ensure that everyone gets a top notch safari experience. Game drives require sustained quiet and patience, which are both big asks from an over-excited child in Africa! Noise and sudden movement can attract unwanted attention from the wildlife or scare it away altogether, so they are real safari-spoilers that can put all the participants at risk. As small children are so wonderfully unpredictable, it's just not a safe environment for them.

Each lodge has it's own rules, so you should be sure to double-check exactly what these rules involve before booking your safari. After all, what could be more disappointing than finding out that your 8 year old cannot join you on game drives when you check in at the lodge?! Of course, we're here to help you find the best safari option for your family and ensure that absolutely nothing of this sort happens to you.

We've compiled a list of family-friendly lodges to set you off in the right direction. Many of these lodges offer brilliant chilldren's activity programmmes for any kids too young for adult game drives, featuring a whole host of fun-filled activities from ‘bush bumbles' and themed picnics to insect walks and traditional storytelling. Other lodges will offer babysitting services to look after your little ones while you're out on safari.

Alternatively, it may be possible for your family to hire a private vehicle and driver so that your whole brood can head out into the bush together on bespoke game drives according to the ages of your kids. This can be a useful way to get around any age restrictions, but please do bear in mind that it will involve additional costs.

Finally, if you're planning a family trip to East Africa, using a private driver-guide could be the perfect solution. Not only does this bring the overall cost of the safari down (as it is booked on a Full Board basis and avoids costly flights between safari destinations) but there are no age restrictions involved. 

 

 
 
Clear
 

Zululand Safari Lodge

Safari Lodge

The lodge offers comfortable accommodation in 24 comfortable thatched rondavels looking up at the sweep of Ubizane Mountain. The chalets each have a fully equipped kitchen and all bedrooms are en-suite with ceiling fans.

 

 

Zululand Tree Lodge

Safari Lodge

Accommodation at Zululand Tree Lodge consists of luxurious thatched chalets raised above the floor on stilts. Each of the 24 luxury 'Tree Lodges' include an en-suite bathroom with shower, a kingsize double bed, a bar fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, and a private balcony with enchanting views into the surrounding forest.

 

 

Migunga Forest Camp

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 based on 1 ratings

Migunga Forest camp offers 19 semi-luxury tents, all tastefully and simply furnished, and with a large attached bathroom set underneath a canopy of acacia trees. The tents each have their own raised platform with its own private veranda, allowing very personal privileged view of the surroundings.

 

 

Crater Forest Tented Lodge

Safari Lodge

The 15 rooms are spacious and all have en-suite bathrooms with hot showers and toilets. For those chilly upland nights enjoy the warmth of your own African-style firepot.

 

 

Ilkeliani Camp

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 based on 2 ratings

The camp can accommodate a maximum of 30 guests at any one time.  The tented rooms are raised up slightly on earth mounds, overlooking the river and the plains.

 

 

Ikoma Tented Camp

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 based on 1 ratings

Ikoma has 31 semi-luxury traditional meru tents each under thatch with its own en-suite bathroom, modern furnishings and a private veranda. The central restaurant and bar area boast a large camp fire - an ideal spot to unwind with a drink after a long days exciting game viewing.

 

 

Maramboi Tented Camp

Safari Lodge

30 spacious tents are built on ample wooden decks, among them there are 2 units with 2 rooms interconnected, ideal for families with children. They all have en-suite facilities and a private veranda with 24 hours 220V electric lighting.

 

 

Kirurumu Manyara Lodge

Safari Lodge

The accommodation at Kirurumu Manyara Lodge consists of 27 en-suite tented rooms, each one simply furnished yet still very comfortable. Each tent has a wooden veranda, which is a fantastic vantage point from which to view the sun setting over the valley below.

 

 

Kuzuko Lodge

Safari Lodge

All of the 24 en-suite and air-conditioned private chalets are beautifully furnished and fully equipped to ensure your absolute comfort. Relax on your own private patio, star gazing and listening to the sound of the bush settling for the night.

 

 

Wildside Safari Camp

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 based on 20 ratings

A true African bush experience awaits you at Wildside Safari Camp, nestled against the cliffs of the Waterberg Mountain. The 20 luxury en-suite tents have an authentic safari feel.

 

 

Sunbird Lodge

Safari Lodge

The bar and lounge with an open fireplace is well stocked with both local and imported beverages. The friendly barman will prepare you an exotic cocktail while you relax and take in the wonderful views.

 

 

Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

Safari Lodge

The 67 rooms are housed in circular, double-storey, white-washed 'rondavals' (traditional circular buildings with conical thatched roofs), which are strung out along the edge of the cliff so as to allow for maximum views.  Each spacious circular room has its own small veranda while the interior décor reflects the blue of the lake and the pink of its flamingos.

 

 

Galdessa Camp

Safari Lodge

The accommodation consists of 11 comfortable and spacious thatched and semi-tented bungalows on wooden platforms, each with an en-suite bathroom and private veranda. Guests are ensured their privacy as all of the bungalows are situated a good distance apart and natural foliage is used to subtly conceal neighbouring bandas.

 
Galdessa Camp: Stay 3 nights for the price of 2
Valid:   11 January 2014  -  18 December 2014.
 
 

 

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Safari Lodge

Each of the 75 rock-built rooms are strung around the crater rim. Each has its own rock- enclosed balcony, and all enjoy completely uninterrupted views of the volcanic amphitheatre far below.

 

 

Lakeside Lodge

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 based on 6 ratings

Lakeside Lodge is situated on the banks of Lake Entabeni and offers 24 luxurious, elegantly furnished en-suite bedrooms. View Entabeni's famed hippos from the comfort of your own private deck with the ever-changing colours of the Entabeni Mountain reflecting in the lake.

 

 

Eagle's Nest

Safari Lodge

The exclusive Eagle's Nest, with 4 en-suite rooms, nestles high on a hill overlooking Entabeni Lake and Mountain, and is ideal for families or groups of friends travelling together. This luxury wooden and stone lodge built on stilts provides a perfect setting with spectacular bird's-eye views.

 

 

Ravineside Lodge

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 3.7 / 5.0 based on 3 ratings

Ravineside Lodge comprises of tranquil thatched wooden lodges on stilts with bird's-eye views. Each lodge has 3 or 4 luxury en-suite bedrooms with an African ethnic theme, making this ideal for families or groups of people travelling together.

 

 

Mjejane River Lodge

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 based on 1 ratings

There are 10 luxury rooms in total, 2 with double beds and 8 with twin beds. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, and are equipped with a hair dryer, tea/coffee station, satellite TV and a mini bar fridge.

 

 

Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp

Safari Lodge

The 16 large custom-made canvas tents are widely spaced throughout the rocky glades of the camp. Reached by winding stone paths, each tent stands on a stone platform and has its own thatched roof.

 

 

Karongwe River Lodge

Safari Lodge

Settle in at your choice of one of 13 luxurious private suites - there are 7 Luxury suites for couples, 2 Family suites for up to 2 people, 2 Executive and 2 large Presidential suites. All suites are air conditioned, spacious and tastefully decorated, with en-suite bathrooms.

 

 
Loading...
Family Safaris in Southern and East Africa

Kid's Programmes

Many safari lodges, particularly in South Africa, offer special  children's activities for their younger guests.

These obviously vary from lodge to lodge, but in general the majority of the  will include a shortened game drive, bush walks in search of insects, footprints and animal dung, and  traditional story-telling.

You can find out more and see a selection of lodges offering these activities here...

Malaria-Free Safaris

For families with younger children, a malaria-free safari destination may also be preferable, and South Africa offers a wide choice of family-friendly lodges across the Eastern Cape, Waterberg, Madikwe or Pilanesberg.

Live Chat Support Software