Family safaris are exciting and educational adventures designed to provide children with a unique opportunity to discover the wonders of the natural world. They are safe, fun and educational for children of all ages.
The trick to organizing a fantastic family safari is to use an operator and agent like Luxury Focus Safaris, who knows the camps and lodges they work with intimately, and understands which destinations best suit your family’s needs. family. We have over 30 years of experience in the safari industry, so understand how to combine suitable lodges and camps on a family-friendly itinerary that will give you the vacation you need and your children the adventure they dream of.
Many lodges and camps do not accept children under a certain age or require you to take a private vehicle if you have young children. This is where our expertise comes into play as we know and work with safari brands that excel in creating safari adventures for children of all ages.
Let’s just clarify what “all ages” actually means. We do not recommend a remote, unfenced wilderness camp safari for families with children under four years of age. But we would recommend, for example, a holiday to South Africa taking in Cape Town, the Greater Kruger National Park area and the scenic route with a few days on the coast, perhaps?
The camps and lodges we use on our family itineraries all offer family-specific accommodation with one bedroom that children can share with their parents, either in a specially designed two-bedroom family suite or en-suite suites, often with their own swimming pool and their own lounge.
Of course, taking your children on an African wilderness safari is one of the best ways to broaden their minds and show them the iconic wildlife species they usually only see on TV, introducing them to conservation and the importance of protecting endangered species and the planet. wild places.
As parents, you will soon appreciate what an amazing teacher the African bush is, and when you see your children abandon their smartphones and tablets to learn about animal tracks, make pizza and even identify droppings , you will realize that you did. the right thing to do to bring them to Africa!
The main goal of a family safari is to introduce children to the incredible diversity of wildlife that exists in natural habitats. Safaris offer the opportunity to see animals like lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, rhinos and more in their natural environment.
Safaris provide a great educational experience for children. Knowledgeable guides share information about the animals, their behavior, and the ecosystems they inhabit. Children can learn about the importance of wildlife conservation and the role they can play in protecting the environment.
Safety and appropriate activities are the main priorities on family safaris. Guides are trained to ensure the safety of all participants and often offer age-appropriate activities and experiences. Younger children can enjoy shorter safaris, for example, while older children and teenagers can take part in longer adventures.
Guides also prepare children for the safari experience, both in terms of the wildlife they will encounter and the remote environments they will find themselves in. Educating them about safety, animal behavior and the importance of conservation can improve their safari experience.
In addition to wildlife encounters, family safaris can include cultural experiences, such as visits to local villages and interactions with indigenous communities, giving children a broader perspective of the destination.
There are many fantastic destinations in Africa for family safaris, each offering their unique wildlife and cultural experiences. When we choose a destination for your family safari, we consider the ages of your children, your budget, and the type of wildlife and activities that interest you most. Here are some great destinations we recommend:
Kenya is a classic safari destination and a great choice for families. The Masai Mara National Reserve is famous for its wildlife, including the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino). You can also visit home reserves and enjoy cultural interactions with the Maasai people.
Tanzania offers the iconic Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area, known for their incredible wildlife migrations and dense animal populations. Tarangire National Park is another great option, known for its large herds of elephants.
South Africa offers a wide range of family-friendly safari experiences. Kruger National Park is a popular choice, with a variety of accommodation and wildlife viewing opportunities. The Eastern Cape is known for its malaria-free game reserves suitable for families with young children.
Botswana is renowned for its pristine wilderness areas and abundant wildlife. The Okavango Delta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers unique opportunities for water safaris like canoeing and mokoro rides.
Namibia’s desert landscapes and unique wildlife make it a fascinating destination for families. Visit Etosha National Park to see diverse wildlife around its waterholes and explore the stunning landscapes of the Namib Desert, including the famous Sossusvlei Dunes.
Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe is known for its vast herds of elephants and diverse wildlife. It’s an ideal destination for a more off-the-beaten-track family safari experience. Combine it with Victoria Falls and you have a family winner!
Zambia offers stunning walking safaris, a unique way for families to explore the wilderness while getting up close and personal with wildlife. South Luangwa National Park and Lower Zambezi National Park are popular choices for this type of safari.
So talk to us about a family safari and let’s start planning a fabulous African adventure!