Our tips on how to get the best Family safari
Bring the little ones along on an adventure the whole family can enjoy. Our family safaris feature child-friendly lodges often with family rooms or adjoining rooms that keep your child’s safety and comfort in mind. Many have fantastic ‘kids programs’ to keep them entertained, child-friendly meals and guides who are engaging.
1. The most important decision you’ll make is your choice of camp! Finding the right balance between adventurousness, comfort and security is critical to having a safe and happy trip. We highly recommend you go to a Lodge which has a family programme.
Khwai Tented Camp, Chilo Gorge, Elephants Eye and Victoria Falls River Lodge in Zimbabwe all have standout family programmes and in Botswana
Footsteps Camp, Duba Plains, Selinda Camp, Lagoon Camp, Mashatu Main Camp and Meno a Kwena are standouts.
2. Book a private vehicle. This will allow you greater flexibility than on a shared vehicle meaning you can opt for shorter drives or more frequent stops. Flexibility is key when you have little children.
3. Plan ‘down time’ eg – some days without activities. No matter the irresistible call of the wild, sometimes your kids just need to sleep and play. Stay somewhere with a pool- this will be invaluable in entertaining them on long hot days. Also, remember you can also spot just as much from camp as from a vehicle.
4. Keep kids entertained by bringing a camera and/or binoculars for your children to use on game drives and an animal checklist to tick off what they have seen. We also highly recommend colouring books and a few old-fashioned board games for the time in camp.
Going on a safari with kids is a life-changing experience. The landscape is an enormous outdoor classroom – and safari guides will be some of the most inspiring teachers your children ever have.