Where to Stay on a Family Safari
A safari is one of life's greatest adventures. Going on safari as a family gives you an experience to treasure and memories that will last a lifetime.
To get the most out of your family safari and enjoy every golden moment, you might be wondering where to stay on a family safari.
This is our experts' pick of the best properties welcoming children of all ages, who are looking for an exciting and engaging wildlife experience.
1) The Morukuru Family, Madikwe, South Africa
The Morukuru Family is a superb option, offering three beautiful and spacious private villas with the aim to bring all generations together to create a memorable safari holiday. Upon arrival a ‘Morukuru Kidz’ backpack is given to the children which contains lots of goodies.
Each house provides a swimming pool and attentive staff including an experienced nanny. Child specific activities such as mini bush walks, scrap book making, biscuit baking and spoor tracking lessons are all available.
2) Tarkuni Private House, The Kalahari, South Africa
Owned by the Oppenheimer family, Tarkuni has been designed with families in mind, offering a homely yet exclusive safari experience with accommodation for up to ten people. Your family’s needs are completely taken care of with a personal chef, butler, field guide, tracker and vehicle.
Activities include morning walks to a meerkat colony and horseback safaris to dunes and savannahs. Upon arrival a private consultation ensures that your time and activities will be tailored exactly to your interests and preferences.
3) Singita Faru Faru Lodge, Singita Grumeti, Tanzania
This sumptuous lodge combines luxury accommodation with Singita’s family-friendly, quality service. Handy features and activities include a family suite, swimming pool, babysitting, mountain biking, archery and spa face painting.
Best of all, youngsters can take a fun Mini Rangers’ Course here during which they will track animals, learn about surviving in the bush, enjoy game-spotting competitions and conclude with a Ranger’s test and certificates.
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4) Olonana Camp, Mara Conservancies, Kenya
Welcoming both older and younger children, Sanctuary Olonana offers a family friendly safari experience with special family tented rooms, a babysitting service and activities and menus customised to children’s wants and needs.
5) Londolozi, Sabi Sands, South Africa
Londolozi camps in South Africa, besides from stylish accommodation, give young ones lots of attention with The Cubs Programme promising excitement for the ‘young rangers’ with activities such as African dance, bug catching and fishing all on offer.
6) Sala's Camp, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Sala’s is a wonderful camp for families. All children receive a welcome pack with games, paint sets and quizzes about the wildlife and the camp and kids can play in the shallow Sand River under the watchful eye of a Maasai askari.
7) Melton Manor, Eastern Cape, South Africa
This malaria-free Big 5 game reserve will feel like a home from home with an extra dose of luxury. Even better, the interactive farm-style kitchen offers the chance to learn culinary secrets from your private chef when you’re not out exploring with your tracker.
8) Mushara Lodge, Etosha National Park, Namibia
The spacious, luxury Mushara Lodge boasts a family cottage alongside cots, books, games, toys, a swimming pool, a child-minding service and a play area. The welcoming and comfortable atmosphere is accompanied by excellent game drives and thrilling walking safaris.
9) Sirikoi, Lewa, Kenya
Sirikoi’s cottage is the ideal family safari accommodation with two bedrooms, a lounge and dining and kitchen area. Family run, Sirikoi boasts heaps that everyone can enjoy from swimming in the pool to exciting lion-tracking trips and amazing helicopter flights.
10) Matetsi River Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Children will enjoy Matetsi’s facilities and range of activities as much as parents will, with adventure activities that such as white water rafting, bungee jumping, scenic flights and zip lining all on offer, as well as a dedicated guide, private vehicle, chef and butler to ensure that you don’t need to worry about a thing.
11) Ngala Safari Lodge, The Kruger, South Africa
At Ngala, as well as private family game drives, those under six can go on separate drives while the large suite with its own pool and veranda caters to everyone’s wishes. Moreover children receive a nature pack, have their own meals and menus and go on tailored activities such as watering hole picnics.
12) Singita Pamushana Lodge, Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Zimbabwe
Singita Pamushana offers two family suites and one private villa which are great for big groups, while pools and babysitting facilities add to the family friendliness of this property. What’s more, activities such as bush walks, baking with the chefs and community visits will keep all ages amused.
13) Richard's River Camp, Mara Conservancies, Kenya
This ultra luxury tented camp draws in large numbers of animals due to the nearby Ngoyanai springs, so kids will be guaranteed the excitement of one of the best wildlife spectacles in the African bush. With warm high-quality linens, antique furnishings, en suite bathrooms and all the modern comforts you could desire, parents will be very happy too.
14) Phinda Mountain Lodge, Phinda, South Africa
The two stylish family suites, which comprise of interleading rooms, plus the lovely team make Phinda Mountain Lodge a brilliant place for family safaris. Phinda’s ranger discusses game activities with each family, ensuring everyone’s wants and needs are realised. Activities are entirely personalised and can include taking plaster casts of animals’ tracks, frogging, fishing and helping out in the mechanic’s workshop.