Family Safari

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What experience could be more enthrauling than seeing a wild lion in its natural environment?  Or viewing a family of elephants trundling though serene wilderness?  A family safari could be the holiday of a lifetime and one that your children will never forget…..

Game drive at Shamwari private game reserve  - Leopard

For younger families, safaris are mainly by specially equipped safari vehicles. You will usually have your own private vehicle and guide for maximum flexibility. This way you can move easily and safely seeking the animals, enjoying the beautiful landscapes with a fully stocked cool box in the back!  You will have an expert guide who can take you on fascinating short walks and often you can meet local people and visit a village or school.  A safari is highly educational and great fun!

For younger families, South Africa offers Malaria-free safaris with minimal time difference allowing for little or no jet lag!  Located mainly in the Eastern Cape, you also have the option to combine your safari holiday with a beach stay or travel down the coast to bustling Cape Town.

Shamwari Game Reserve is perfect for families.  A childrens co-ordinator will meet you on arrival to discuss activity options taking the family’s size, children’s ages and the weather into consideration.  They have fun indoor activities, a swimming pool, child minding facilities and kids menu in the restaurant not to mention being just moments away from the very best that African wildlife viewing can offer!

Game drive at Shamwari private game reserve  - African Elephant

Kenya offers real diversity & a chance to view the ‘big five’ – lions, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros.  This is classic Africa, a land of rolling savannah, beautiful lakes and big sky that makes for a memorable family adventure.

Samburu Intrepids offers newly renovated, beautiful tented accomodation with the best kids clubs in the region for cultural and wildlife education

Top Tips for travelling on safari with kids:

  • Make sure each person has their own pair of binoculars (they don’t need to be expensive ones) but each child needs to be able to look at what they want, when they want, through their own binoculars – you will have fights and disappointed kids otherwise!
  • Make sure they each have a digital camera – they are cheap these days and will help to record some wonderful memories for the children
  • They need to take drawing pad and lots of colouring pencils – brilliant for having round camp and recording what you have seen on safari


Check out the following websites for more information & booking:

Imagine Africa


Cosmos Holidays

Families Worldwide

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