Family Safaris

An African holiday will captivate all ages

The excitement when introducing children to the wonders of Africa is immensely rewarding. From watching their faces as they get up close to an elephant or learning about the plight of the rhino to playing football with the locals or sleeping out under the stars. These are memories that will last a lifetime.

Variety is key when it comes to planning a family safari. Even the most wildlife-crazed child will get bored sitting in a vehicle for days on end, so we design itineraries with a good mix of camps and lodges and a range of different activities to suit all ages. Children, parents, and grandparents stay entertained tracking animals and deciphering footprints, fishing, creating plaster of Paris pawprints, visiting the local village, canoeing, and enjoying traditional day and night wildlife drives. Much of safari Africa is within easy reach of the beach so it’s very simple to add on some time relaxing by the sea or learning to dive and snorkel on the islands of the Seychelles or Maldives.

We understand that each family’s needs and wants are different, and planning a safari can be overwhelming. We’ve been taking our own children to Africa for years, so we really do know what works when it comes to planning a family safari and relish the challenge of creating your perfect tailor-made holiday. We know which camps have guides that truly engage children of all ages, at which they will learn to make bows and arrows or about conservation or get an authentic glimpse of tribal culture. Africa may well be all about the wildlife, but we will also make sure that you get access to the unique experiences that truly enrich a family’s holiday.

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Private safari houses and beach villas that give children the freedom to explore and have fun while offering a relaxing retreat for adults and grandparents. Most lodges and camps provide a nanny or babysitting service. We also send every family an Aardvark Safaris pack of activities and games to entertain children during their holiday.

Travel Tips

  • Take some entertainment for down time in safari camps – smartphone games, iPad apps, books, colouring stuff, playing cards, etc.

  • Pack a small rucksack for each child to use as a day pack, great for taking in vehicles or planes.

  • Be adventurous, children are more robust than you think and families often really enjoy simple fly camping and walking.

  • Don’t rush – we advise at least three nights per safari camp – and don’t try to do too much on one family holiday.

  • Do combine a couple of safari camps, you get to see different habitats and experience more of the country.

  • It is very easy to arrange a wonderful family safari without the need to take anti-malarial tablets. See our Malaria free safari fact sheet here.

  • A few nights on the beach complement a family safari perfectly.

  • Make sure you have a pair of binoculars each.

  • Take sunhats, sun-block and pack a fleece / windproof too – Africa can be colder than you might expect.

Itinerary Ideas

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Some of our Family Safaris Highlights Click on an image to find out more