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Family & kid friendly safaris, holidays & tours

Family & kid friendly safaris, holidays & tours available in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa

A family safari is a great way to expose your kids to nature and wildlife without having to worry about the boredom they may experience on a regular safari tour. Family safaris are tailored to keep the excitement of being on a wildlife and birdlife-spotting safari alive and interactive for everyone.

Popular Family & kid-friendly safaris in Africa

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Botswana Okavango Delta safari adventure - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Botswana Okavango Delta safari adventure

Experience the jewel in Botswana's safari crown - the Okavango Delta.

per person

5 days

Guests going on a Bush Walk

HerdTracker and Kicheche Camps Safari (7 days)

The best of Mara North and Olare Orok Conservancies with Kicheche

per person

7 days

Migration River Crossings Safari with Governors’ Camps (4 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Migration River Crossings Safari with Governors' Camps (4 days)

Enjoy the migration and river crossings at Governor's Camp and choose your level of comfort

per person

4 days

Enchanting Moremi Mobile Camping Experience (7 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Enchanting Moremi Mobile Camping Experience (7 days)

Moremi Game Reserve in the beautiful Okavango Delta is well-known for self-drive camper vanning. Explore this exciting way of travel with us

per person

7 days

Waterfalls and Wildlife: Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park Journey (7 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Waterfalls and Wildlife: Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park Journey (7 days)

Experience the smoke that thunders and enjoy spotting elephant, buffalo, lion and hippos on the Chobe River

per person

7 days

Northern Namibia Camping Road Trip (15 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Northern Namibia Camping Road Trip (15 days)

An adventure that encompasses areas like the Central Highlands of Namibia, Etosha National Park and Damaraland

Price on request

per person

15 days

Sabi Sands and Okavango Delta Big Five Tour (8 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Sabi Sands and Okavango Delta Big Five Tour (8 days)

Explore the famous reserve that offers exceptional game viewing and sight the elusive Sitatunga antelope in the Okavango

per person

8 days

The Uganda Hills

The Complete East Africa Experience (13 days)

Enjoy East Africa's most celebrated highlights, from a snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, to sailing above the Serengeti in a hot-air balloon and meeting mountain gorillas

Price on request

per person

13 days

Luxury South Africa to Zimbabwe safari (8 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Luxury South Africa to Zimbabwe safari (8 days)

Spot the Big Five in Thornybush Private Game Reserve and enjoy the majesty of Zimbabwe's roaring Victoria Falls

per person

8 days

Kenya Bush and Beach Family Safari Itinerary (12 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Kenya Bush and Beach Family Safari Itinerary (12 days)

It's easy to see why so many visitors flock to Kenya from around the world to experience a truly unique African adventure in one of the world’s most pristine safari destinations.

Price on request

per person

12 days

More on Family & kid-friendly safaris in Africa

Introduction

Getting true value out of your holiday investment means having an itinerary that will keep your kids alert and captivated throughout your family adventure. That's exactly what we can offer you.

When customising a family safari for kids, we know which activities are best to include and which to exclude in order to combine good wildlife sightings with keeping children interested and entertained.

Safari for kids younger than 5 years old

We don't recommend taking infants or children younger than 5 years old on a safari. Most establishments aren't infant or toddler-friendly, and the heat and the dusty game drives may make your baby feel very uncomfortable.

Less is more on a family safari in Africa

When arranging family safaris, we divide the day into two parts. During an early-morning game drive, your guide will focus on wild cats and other interesting larger wildlife to ignite your kids’ imagination. This will give the guide an opportunity to interact with and involve the children during the drive, keeping their attention. To make sure that the youngsters are kept interested and cheerful, we recommend that you keep driving distances as short as possible or at least to break up the day with some interesting stops.

During the second part of the day we introduce an activity that takes place outside the vehicle. A short walk, an animal footprint-identifying session or a game-tracking activity is spot on for sparking interest. Cultural experiences are great safari activities for both kids and parents, and they make a good change of pace.

Keeping the kids involved on a family safari

Teach your kids how to use binoculars and give them a chance to look for animals and birds. We provide animal and bird checklists to help the youngsters make lists of what they have seen and what they are still looking for.

Why not combine your wildlife safari with some time on the beach, where the family can swim and play. Africa has a string of wonderful beach options and we can easily customise your family safari to incorporate a trip to the seaside. 

Accommodation and dining options for a safari with kids

Accommodation that provides a buffet option is always a family safari favourite, making it easy for kids to eat and drink what they like (and as much of it as they want), and keeping their spirits up and bellies full. A la carte dining is a bit restrictive for children, offering them limited food options.

Every family is different. Speak to us – we'll design the best possible family safari experience for you and your children.

Know before you go

Make sure you pick a safari camp or lodge which is child friendly and has options for kids to stay with added activities; this will help in avoiding unnecessary disappointment by booking accommodation at lodges or camps which aren’t child friendly.

Diversify your holiday by visiting a beach for a few days after your game viewing, this will enable your children to have a bit more to do then just spending time on safari and many game viewing areas in Africa are not far from world class beaches.

In many regards lodges and guides will not allow children under the age of 2 to go on a game drives; however children above the 2 year mark and beyond are usually allowed on game drives.
Many family oriented lodges will also not allow children under the age of 16 to participate in game walks.

When to go

The best time to go on a safari will differ from country to country and it is stated that if you plan your schedule correctly you could go on one almost every month of the year in a different African country.

Although this is a different as you want to make it, so ensure your family has the best time possible in an area where the weather is suitable and the facilities are in line with your families needs.

Dryer cooler conditions are more than likely to suit a family better as the wetter hotter months can become quite taxing with some national parks even closing their facilities as well as certain roads becoming hard to access.
The best idea would be to consult a Discover Africa sales consultant for the best information on when to go on a family safari this will also largely come down to which country you want to visit and what you would like to see.

What to pack

Bear in mind that many lodges and game parks which you will be visiting may have travel restrictions due to the possibility of having to transfer to a smaller aircraft, you’ll also want to take home a souvenir or two so make sure you pack lightly for this reason.

Many lodges will offer laundry services which will help in packing less clothing; also do some research on the correct attire to wear on a game drive.

Insect repellent and all basic toiletries, certain items in certain areas might not be found or become quite expensive.

Cameras spare batteries, sd and memory cards.

Binoculars

Sunscreen and swimming gear

Medication including anti-malaria if venturing into a high risk malaria area, also bear in mind that children of a certain age will not be able to take certain kinds of malaria medication.

Also consult this article about what to pack on an African safari.

Weather and Climate

In Southern Africa, the dryer cooler months are a comfortable temperature for the whole family and there will be optimal opportunities to view game during these months.

However it’s deemed that if you wished for an overview for safaris throughout Africa, the best time of year would be September, October, March and April these months also experience cooler temperatures but not too cold.
Summer months can get excruciatingly hot and this can be quite unbearable for little ones, this is definitely something to consider when planning your African safaris with the kids.

Safari / Holiday Styles

Lodges with child friendly amenities such as trampolines, badminton, table tennis or swimming pools will do wonders in ensuring your children have hours of fun after the game drive is over.

Family game drives and nature conservation lessons with top guides (check game parks requirements for age and safety and what their policy is regarding this). You can also;

Visit to local schools

Beginner’s bird watching courses

Game lodges with board games, puzzles, colouring books, babysitters and children’s books.

Where to stay

National Parks all over Africa really do have a world of accommodation facilities to choose from. However ask one of our sales consultants today to find out about the most child friendly options to ensure your trip to Africa is happy and successful.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Family & kid-friendly safaris in Africa

When is the best time to visit Shamwari Game Reserve?

Wildlife viewing in Shamwari Game Game Reserve is good throughout the year. However, the best wildlife viewing is during the driest winter months of June to September. The lack of water in the bush drives animals to open water sources -… go there.

How does the weather influence a safari?

While a safari holiday can be at any time of year, it is worth noting that seasonality will impact the type of experience you’re likely to have as well as the cost of your safari. During the dry season, the wildlife tends to congregate… go there.

What is a typical day on safari like?

Life on safari has a rhythm of its own, largely dictated by the animal's movements. Generally, the most rewarding times for game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and also late in the afternoons when the animals are most active. A… go there.

Will I be able to use my smartphone during my safari?

Wi-Fi is the best option when planning on using your smartphone during your African safari. Using apps such as Skype for Android and iOS, Viber for Android and iOS as well as Google Hangouts for Android is the best way to stay in touch with… go there.

What happens if the weather affects my hot air balloon safari?

If the weather causes unforeseen problems on the day of your hot air balloon safari, we will try to move it to another day or you will be refunded. go there.

Is going on a safari dangerous?

You are putting yourself in a position where you are exposed to wild animals for which many of them are dangerous. However on a safari every precaution is made to ensure your safety when going on a game drives or walks. This is why it is of… go there.

What research should one do when thinking of travelling through Africa?

Africa for centuries has captured the imagination of explorers hence there really is a lot of information out there available on the continent from guide books to novels. go there.

Where is the best place to go for wildlife viewing in Tanzania?

Northern Tanzania! Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site, has some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in the world as well as the Serengeti, but don't forget about the southern circuit. go there.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

Family & kid-friendly safaris in Africa - Africa Wildlife Safaris

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