Safari lodges in low-risk malaria areas that welcome children under 12
Whilst much of South Africa including Cape Town, The Garden Route, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, Durban, The Drakensberg, Sun City, and most of Namibia is considered to be malaria free, 2 of the regions best known safari areas - Kruger and KwaZulu-Natal - are considered to be of low to moderate risk for malaria.
Travel Butlers strongly advise that you should consult your doctor before deciding to take younger children to a safari lodge anywhere that has even a low risk of malaria.
Families who are concerned about malaria should look for child friendly safaris in malaria-free areas, however if you are not concerned about malaria then you might like to consider some of the lodges featured below or ask us to recommend a family safari (malaria not an issue).
Whilst just about every safari lodge is suitable for older children, kids under the age of 12 are not catered for at many lodges and so families do need to make sure that they pick a lodge that will suit the whole family.
There are a large number of lodges that do welcome younger children, and some of them even offer dedicated children's programme or provide alternative activities and child care if they are too young to join the adults on the game drives.
Is it Safe for Children?
Yes. All of the lodges take safety very seriously, particularly where children are involved. Younger children will not usually be allowed to take a room on their own (i.e. without an adult sharing), and they will normally not be allowed to join in with bush walks.
Each lodge has their own rules, particularly with regards to the age that children can join the adults on a game drive, and you should check exactly what your children will be able to do at your chosen lodge when booking - finding out that your 8 year old cannot go out to see the animals at the lodge you have chosen when you arrive can ruin your whole family's stay if you did not know this in advance!
Like adults, children ideally should not wear bright colours when out on game drives, and should also use a good sun protection cream and lotion to protect them against insect bites.
Mjejane River Lodge
Mjejane River Lodge is perched on the banks of one of the Kruger National Park's greatest rivers - the Crocodile River - and is surrounded by tens of thousands of hectares of African wilderness. The 16 rooms all have river views.
Children of any age are welcome.
Shishangeni Private Lodge is situated on a 15,000 hectare private concession in the south-eastern section of the world-renowned Kruger National Park. The guest chalets are all luxuriously appointed with a private game-viewing deck as well as mini bar, fireplace, outdoor shower and sitting area.
Children of any age are welcome.
Imbali Safari Lodge
Imbali Safari Lodge is located in a private 10,000 hectare unfenced concession in the heart of the famous Kruger National Park, and comprises of 12 suites overlooking the Nwatsitswonto riverbed and the plains beyond.
Children aged 6 years and older are welcome.
Accommodation is in 5 luxurious tents, giving Camp Shonga a classic safari feel. The tents are all equipped with en-suite bathrooms and ball and claw baths, outside shower, ceiling fans, mini-bar, fireplace and private game-viewing deck with recliner chairs and umbrella.
Children aged 8 years and older are welcome.
Lukimbi Safari Lodge
Lukimbi is a stunning luxury lodge situated in 15,000 hectares of exclusive-use prime game and wilderness area in the southern portion of the Kruger National Park. The spacious suites combine luxury and modern African decor with stunning river views.
Children aged 2 years and older are welcome.