Nothing beats seeing your child’s face light up with the joy of coming face to face with their first elephant, or watching them learn to track game with a Maasai warrior. A family safari in Africa is truly magical.
We’re passionate about helping you introduce your family to the wonder that is Africa. This vibrant, colorful, sweeping continent has it all: wall-to-wall wildlife, white knuckle adventure, diverse landscapes from the otherworldly white clay pans of Namibia to the lush Okavango Delta, bustling modern cities with some of the world’s most revered eateries, remote luxury retreats, and the warmest, friendliest people you could ever hope to meet.
First time on safari? You can relax knowing that many of us have traveled to Africa with our own families many times so we’re confident in recommending camps and lodges that don’t just tolerate children, but actively encourage them. The truth is that we simply refuse to sell a family safari unless we truly believe it’s perfect for you, no matter how popular or well-reviewed.
We’ll tell you where your junior rangers can help chef cook breakfast in the bush and which camps have the best explorer programs. Where you and your family will enjoy authentic cultural interactions, be it a traditional lunch at a family home, a kick about with the local school children, or learning how to cook a ‘Smiley’ at a township cooking school. If your kids want to know where they can play baseball with elephant dung (who wouldn't?), we can help there, too.
The secret ingredient to an incredible family safari in Africa is variety. While Africa is certainly about the wildlife, even the most animal-crazy child will get bored sitting in a game vehicle for hours on end. That’s why we mix things up with various activities from kayaking to mountain biking and photography classes to ensure your family safari, be it for three or 23, keeps everyone from tots and teens to grandparents delighted from start to finish.
Top tips for your family safari in Africa
Relax! Young children needs time to recharge back at camp so avoid cramming multiple activities into your schedule
Slow down Spend a minimum of three nights in each camp to make sure you settle and make the most of your time
Mix it up Different camps in varied habitats makes for fresh sights and experiences every day
Add a beach break Children love to play in the warm Indian Ocean and meet friendly local families
Bag the best views Binos are a must for adults but children will need their own too
Dress to impress Hats and sunscreen are essential, but Africa can also be cold, especially at night. Don’t worry, we’ll let you know what clothes are best suited to the countries you’re visiting well in advance
Embrace adventure It’s easy to underestimate children but they’re often stronger and braver than you think