Kenya is the original home of safari and inspires ideas of a romantic, bygone era. There’s a reason the book and film “Out of Africa” were based on Kenya, it’s one of the best safari destinations in Africa. Many of us at Scott Dunn have brought our own children to Kenya and know the wonder of seeing the magic of discovery through a child’s eyes. We carefully select camps and experiences tailored to your family’s needs. We understand that every family is looking for something extraordinary and Kenya is perfect for adventurous, active and culturally interested families.
For families we choose camps and lodges that do more than tolerate kids – they actively embrace their enthusiasm, energy and curiosity. Where your family stays is a huge part of any safari, for most families, a medley of different lodges and camps provide a varied and rewarding experience. We try to mix different styles of accommodation to give you a taste of what’s on offer and Kenya certainly has many amazing options for families.
We’ve curated and hand-picked our favorite properties in Kenya for families. We’ve slept in the beds, and tested everything from the guides to the water pressure. Most lodges will happily accommodate you and your little ones with customized meals that will put a smile on even the fussiest eater’s face, extra beds, placed in your suite-if need be, and family-friendly activities to entertain kids young and old.
Kenya offers an excellent range of unique, exhilarating activities for families, from hot air balloon rides over the Maasai Mara to snorkeling among marlin and sailfish in the Indian Ocean. But the biggest draw of Kenya for families is safari. Safaris appeal to children’s sense of wonder. Driving almost within arm’s reach of elephants, lion and cheetah is an experience that will stay with your kids forever. In addition to catching glimpses of the fascinating ‘Big Five’, you can watch flamingos splayed over the glittering lakes of the Rift Valley, view the spectacular sunrise over Mount Kenya or relax on the miles of white sand beaches along the Indian Ocean.
One of the highlights of a trip to Kenya is witnessing the extraordinary spectacle of the great wildebeest migration, taking place in July-October. Around two million wildebeest crash through the Maasai Mara reserve, as hungry predators lay wait for the right moment to attack. This is truly one of the most memorable experiences that you and your family will ever have in nature.
From the wildlife to the varied landscapes and the family friendly camps and lodges, Kenya is the perfect destination for your next family safari.