Planning the perfect family safari

March 22nd 2024  |   Family Safaris, Wildlife Safaris, Unique Experiences, Experiences, Miscellaneous  |  by   Jo Ainscough
Planning the perfect family safari

Not all safari tour operators are the same. You want to find one with a reputation for planning excellent family safari holidays and that’s where we come in, with 25 years of experience we know how to help you plan your perfect family safari.

I’ve been planning family safaris for over 15 years. Whether it’s your first holiday in Africa, or a return visit taking your children for the first time, there are a few things to think about that can help make things run smoothly.

My top tips:

1. Plan ahead

The best safari camps are typically small. If you want two or three rooms, or a two-bedroomed family suite, you need to be quick out of the blocks. The same goes for the lovely private safari houses scattered across Southern and East Africa – once they’re booked, that’s it.

Robins House Family holiday

Cool off at the pool after a morning full of activities Robin’s House, a private house in Zambia.

If you’re planning a big family holiday to Africa in the summer, or around Christmas and New Year, then we recommend you begin the planning process at least a year ahead.

Ant's Nest family holiday

Riding at Ant’s Nest in South Africa, an incredible family experience.

2. Have a family brainstorm

The more we know about your wishes, the better we can craft your perfect family safari. Understanding what you’ve enjoyed in previous holidays and sharing your top priorities will be super useful.
These can be as varied as:
– I’d like to be able to walk as well as view wildlife from a safari vehicle
– We would like to combine some time on the beach with our safari
– I want a loo that flushes
– I don’t want to feel like I’m in some kind of big zoo
– I want a guide who will engage with my children
– I want a nanny or babysitting service

Lamai Serengeti family holiday

Spend quality time with the family at Lamai Serengeti, Tanzania.

3. Produce a list

Once you’ve brainstormed I suggest writing a list of ‘family safari holiday priorities’. Not everything is always going to be achievable, but if you know which things ‘have to happen’ and which are ‘nice if they’re possible’ it’s easier to know where compromises might be made.

Ngala Safari Lodge family holiday

Spot tracks at Ngala Safari Lodge, South Africa.

4. Phone, email, face-to-face

We speak to most of our family clients on several occasions during the holiday planning and booking process. We’ll be tailoring your holiday and will chat to you as often as needed to refine things until you have the perfect safari.

If you’re comfortable doing so, we encourage face-to-face meetings. These work particularly well for planning family safaris, whether it’s a family’s first time or any members have been to Africa before. They allow both sides to get the measure of each other, nobody is left out of the planning, and you get to spread maps on the table, look at webpages or brochures together, and swap plenty of thoughts. You’ll often get to a detailed family holiday plan more quickly than phone conversations and emails.

Madikwe Safari Lodge family holiday

Children will love the bunk room at Lelapa, part of Madikwe Safari Lodge in South Africa

5. Don’t hesitate, book

Once you’ve found the best family safari holiday for you, book it and you can relax in the knowledge that there’s an exciting trip waiting that’s tailored to your needs and likely to be “The best family holiday we’ve ever done”.

Kinondo Kwetu Family holiday

Kinondo Kwetu family fun on the Kenyan coast.

What next?

Our team of experts has travelled widely throughout Africa and the Indian Ocean and can offer expert advice on every type of safari from family and beach holidays to riding and primate safaris. If you are keen to plan the perfect family safari holiday do get in touch – chatting to people in person, by phone or email is what we do best. We listen, we explain, we answer all sorts of questions even those you didn’t know to ask, and finally we make suggestions. Whether this is your first time to Africa or your twenty first, we have a team standing by to help make the planning easy and the journey the best ever. Please get in touch whatever stage you’re at.


2 responses to “Planning the perfect family safari”

  1. Giulia Spratt says:

    Family of four (children ages 12 & 16), looking for safari & beach holiday, as cheap as possible. Tel 07788541516

    • Katy Duncan says:

      Hi Giulia, Thank you for getting in touch I have passed your details onto our team who will be in contact soon. All the best Katy

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