Family safaris

Winner Best Safari, wildlife and nature holiday company

Best Safari, wildlife and nature holiday company


Discover Africa with your children on a family safari adventure

Going on safari with the family is an incredible experience – you’ll go on game drives together to look for some of the world’s most majestic animals in the wild, while time in camp can be spent relaxing or getting involved in activities designed to get younger guests excited. Many lodges and camps are geared towards guests with kids in tow where you can keep everyone in sight in an oversized tent or book out a camp to have the whole place to yourself.

Game drives usually last around two or three hours; you’ll typically go on one in the early morning and a second in the afternoon or early evening. In between drives, you’ll have time to relax while the kids can get involved with activities like tree planting, survival skills and learning how to identify animal tracks. We have small group safaris in Kenya and Tanzania for guests aged 7 and over, as well as camps and lodges in the best family-friendly safari destinations. Some of these lodges welcome children as young as 4 on game drives. South Africa is our favourite country for safaris with kids – it has a great range of malaria-free game reserves and you can easily combine your safari holiday with some beach time or a few nights in Cape Town. Our featured family-friendly lodges have dedicated children’s activities, like South Africa’s Amakhala Game Reserve which has a ‘Cubs on Safari’ programme and Shamwari Game Reserve which has a playroom and jungle gym. In Kenya, Samburu Intrepids’ Adventurers’ Club gives children plenty of fun and educational activities, hosted by Samburu naturalists specialising in plants, wildlife and survival skills, while at the Lemala camps on the Tanzania migration route there’s a Lemala Cubs programme for kids aged 6-10.

Chat with one of our Personal Travel Experts who can help you plan the best safari for your family. We’ll help you choose the right lodge or camp for you (many have minimum age requirements) and help tailor your safari by adding private family game drives or extra stops to your holiday.

Best safaris for families

Samburu & Mara family Safari

Samburu & Mara family Safari

With stays in fantastic kid-friendly camps, this short safari has been created for families. Visit two of Kenya’s breathtaking national parks – Samburu and the Maasai Mara – and make memories together on game drives. We can also make this a more grown-up experience with upgrades to luxury lodges.

  • Special Five in Samburu
  • Big cats in the Maasai Mara
  • Fly-in safari for bird’s-eye views
View Samburu & Mara family
The Garden Route

The Garden Route – Family Edition

Go on a family adventure with this 16-night itinerary along South Africa’s Garden Route. Starting in Cape Town, this version of the famous self-drive route is created for families in mind with short distances between stops and an almost infinite list of experiences that’ll have the whole family in awe.

  • Malaria-free safari
  • Big Five private game reserves
  • Night game drives
View The Garden Route
Filter the hotels

hotels sorted by

Discover Africa brochure

Africa is wild and beautiful. Scorched open plains, rugged coastlines, vine-carpeted valleys and mile-high desert dunes.

View brochures online or order by post