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10 Best Family Safaris in Africa

If you're looking for an unforgettable African family safari experience, look no further than Africa. This vast continent is home to some of the most amazing wildlife reserves in the world, and there's something to appeal to everyone in a family safari holiday. From incredible animal sightings to outdoor adventures and cultural experiences, Africa has it all. In this blog post, we'll take a look at 10 of the best family safaris in Africa – so get ready for an adventure!

Check out our best countries to Safari in Africa or our Guide to Gorilla Trekking in Africa.

Giraffes at Giraffe Manor eating at the house- Kenya
Giraffe Manor- Kenya

Safaris to Africa are a truly unique experience and once you start, you won’t be able to stop! Most people don’t really think of a safari to Africa as a family holiday, but actually, safaris to Africa are perfect for kids and parents. Shaun, Stanley Safari’s founder, has two children himself, so he knows what it’s like to travel with kids.

Family Safari Holidays

Africa has a wide range of family safari holidays to choose from. Whether you want a family safari in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa or any other African country, there’s something for everyone – and it can all be tailored to suit your family's needs.

Kids learning from Local Guide at Chem Chem Forest
Kids learning from Local Guide at Chem Chem Forest

Things to consider when planning a family safari

When it comes to family safari vacations, there are certain things you need to consider. Firstly, make sure that the accommodation is family-friendly and suitable for all ages, in our list we have focused on family-oriented lodges. Secondly, think about activities that everyone in your family can enjoy together – and make sure there’s something for everyone. Finally, make

A guide to our Best 10 African family Safaris destinations in Africa.

10) Solio Lodge (Kenya - East Africa)

Solio Lodge, found in the Laikipia county of Kenya, is another great luxury family safari destination. Children can run wild in the safety of the gardens surrounding the lodge. The family unit has spacious common areas, perfect for spending time as a family, but also offers privacy if needed. There’s also a wide range of activities from game drives, to helicopter tours and everything in between to keep you busy during your stay.

9) Alphonse Island (Seychelles - Indian Ocean)

This little atoll in the Indian Ocean is known as Alphonse, Seychelles.

This private island resort is famous for its unrivalled beauty, pristine beaches and the large number of experiences offered.

Located just an hour’s flight from Mahé, it’s not too strenuous to travel with children and what you find on arrival is well worth the extra travel time. Alphonse is a fisherman’s paradise, with some of the best saltwater flyfishing in the world, as well as great bluewater fishing experiences. Older kids might try their hand at scuba diving, but there are also excellent snorkelling opportunities. The fact that there is only one resort on the island means that the entire thing is safe and yours to explore.

8) Azura Benguerra (Mozambique )

If you’re looking for a luxurious tropical paradise, look no further than Azura Benguerra in Mozambique. Villa Amizade is the perfect family accommodation at the resort. The villa has 2 bedrooms and ample living space, including a private swimming pool, perfect for the little ones to enjoy to the full. The villa is right on the beach, offering true luxury while not distracting from the simplicity of sand, sea and sky that Mozambique is so well known for.

7) Giraffe Manor (Kenya -East Africa)

Giraffe Manor, found on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, is a bucket list location and a truly one-of-a-kind stay. The manor house dates back to the 1930s and exudes the kind of old-world charm you dream about. What makes it truly unique is the herd of Rothchild’s Giraffe that come to join you for breakfast, making this the ideal family selfie moment.

6) Chem Chem Forest Lodge (Tanzania)

Also located in Tanzania, Chem Chem Forest Lodge is an exclusive-use camp, perfect for families and groups looking to experience a truly bespoke safari experience. The lodge houses a maximum of 8 adults and 2 children. Marvel at “big tusker” elephants who make Chem Chem their home, enjoy sunsets at the lakeshore and keep your eyes peeled on night game drives.

5) Songa Migrational Camp (Tanzania)

Another fantastic family safari location is the Songa Migrational Camp in Tanzania. The camp moves with the migration from the hills of Kogatende in the north of the Serengeti to the short grass plains in the south.

The camp has a family tent option and children are welcome at the camp. There are great game viewing opportunities with all-day safaris, walking safaris, private game drives and outdoor dining at both the northern and southern camps.

4) Zarafa Dhow Suite (Botswana, Selinda Reserve)

If you’re looking for an exclusive luxury safari, Botswana is the place to go and the Zafara Dhow Suite in the Selinda Reserve is one of the most exclusive, luxurious safari camps in the country. With just 2 large ensuite rooms and a communal lounge and dining area, the Zarafa Dhow Suites are taken on an exclusive-use basis ensuring the utmost luxury and exclusivity with all activities carefully designed around the family's interests.

3) Somalisa Acacia (Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park)

African Bush camps are well known for their incredible Safari lodges throughout Southern Africa. Their Somalisa Acacia in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, is a camp designed specifically for family groups. The Ngwana Club was designed specifically for kiddies on safari and includes bush walks (nature walks), cooking lessons and other age-appropriate activities with some of the best local guides in Africa.

2) Londolozi Pioneers Camp (South Africa Sabi Sands)

Situated in the world-famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa, Pioneer Camp in the Londolozi Game Reserve is the most secluded lodge of the group’s lodges and offers accommodation for between 6 and 12 people.

This timeless homestead has interconnected rooms and a plunge pool, making it the perfect safari location for the whole family. Families are also offered tailor-made twice daily game drives with private guide age appropriate for kids, conducted by experienced guides who are excellent with kids and will keep them entertained throughout the game drive. You can expect a truly bespoke safari experience, perfect for your family.

1) Tswalu Tarkuni Camp (South Africa, Southern Africa)

Tarkuni Camp, located in the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve in South Africa, is a private homestead that caters for up to 10 people. Complete with spacious common areas perfect for a group, as well as a plunge pool, the lodge is a great place for an adventurous family that doesn’t want to skimp on the good stuff! Kids will love the specially created itineraries, designed just for their age group and interest!

A bit more about Family Safaris

Cultural Visits and Tours

If you’re looking for an educational family safari that goes beyond the game-viewing experience, cultural tours are a great way to learn about the local people and their history.

Why no visit the Masai Tribe in the Masai Mara?

Masai at Chem Chem Forest
Masai at Chem Chem Forest

Stanley Safaris offers family-friendly cultural tours in some of Africa’s most captivating destinations, such as Tanzania, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Visit traditional villages, learn about the history and culture of these places, explore ancient ruins, and meet the people who call this land home.

Adventure Safari Tours

For a family that loves an adrenaline rush, there are plenty of adventure safaris to satisfy your needs! Try mountain biking or white-water rafting in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park, or take a hot air balloon safari over the tree tops of South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Stanley Safaris can arrange family-friendly adventures that are tailored to your family’s preferences and ages.

Beach Holidays

You don’t have to leave your family behind to enjoy a beach holiday in Africa. Stanley Safaris can arrange family-friendly getaways to some of the continent’s most beautiful beaches, such as Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago, Zanzibar or Mauritius. Enjoy family activities like snorkelling, sailing and kayaking, or just relax on the white sandy beaches.

Sup'ing at Alphonse Beach Lodge-Seychelles
Sup'ing at Alphonse Beach Lodge-Seychelles

Multi-Generational Family Safaris

Multi-Generational families also have special family safari packages. Stanley Safaris can arrange family-friendly activities and special accommodations for between 6 and 12 people.

Stanley Safaris is dedicated to making your family safari a truly memorable experience that you will treasure forever. Contact us today to find out how we can make the family safari of your dreams come

In Conclusion

No matter what type of family holiday you’re looking for, Stanley Safaris can help make your family safari dreams come true. Contact us to learn more about our family safari packages and how we can create a tailor-made family safari that’s perfect for you!

With so many family safaris and activities to choose from, you can have the family adventure of a lifetime with the help of Stanley Safaris. Let us make your family safari an extraordinary African experience!


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