Nothing prepares you for your first encounter with an elephant or a rhino when out on safari. Whether you choose a budget self-drive expedition or a private safari where you view the animals from an open game vehicle, the expressions on your children’s faces as they see these incredible creatures for the first time is one you will treasure forever.
Travellers are often reluctant to take their kids on safari because they're worried about logistics. While it's true that some game lodges don't take young children, there are also plenty that do, with many of them offering special kids programmes. Your little ones can participate in arts and crafts to get acquainted with local wildlife and plants, use their own checklists and binoculars on game drives and, in some places, even cook with the chef. In the Eastern Cape, we can book you into RiverBend Lodge for a thrilling elephant experience while your kids head off to complete the Mini Rangers programme.
If your dream is to go to Botswana, we offer itineraries that include the Young Explorers safari, a specially designed safari that allows families to discover the African bush together. Activities are planned with the whole family in mind, and parents can enjoy some peace and quiet while expertly trained guides teach the kids how to track game, start a fire from two sticks and pole a traditional dug-out Mokoro.
We offer safari accommodation specially designed for families, complete with childminding services so you get the chance to have a break. We can arrange for you to have your own private vehicle so you're not tied into a schedule with other guests.. We'll carefully select your destinations according to age appropriateness, and we have a long list of malaria free reserves if you don't want to risk it.
Going on safari with kids needn't be a headache - in fact, with the right game reserve and accommodation, it could be the best family trip you've ever taken. Contact our consultants for more details on our kid-friendly safari packages.