Experience the thrills of the African bush with the entire family. Today, children are more and more able to get in on the action with many lodges and reserves welcoming children over the age of eight. Whether your family is looking to fully immerse in the culture and [become a Masai warrior – ] or view the plethora of wildlife from horseback, here is a list of the top ten family friendly safaris guaranteed to suit everyone’s needs.

Tourists dancing with the maasai at the saruni Kenya, Africa
Become a warrior for a week under the guidance of the Masai’s ‘Moran’ or Warrior class with this once in a lifetime family learning holiday offered by Saruni Samburu, Saruni Mara and Saruni Wild. Families will learn first-hand the bush skills, folklore and ancient wisdom necessary to survive in one of Africa’s richest wildlife regions. ‘Go bush’ and gain experience in wildlife tracking, using bow, arrows and spears, and building a bush camp. With this Safari, families get an inside look into how the Masai and its warriors view the world and live among its wildest beasts. Arrive a tourist, leave a warrior.
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A familiy observing wildlife at the Robin Pope Safaris Zambia, Africa
For parents looking for a kid-friendly safari [t], look into Robin Pope Safaris. There are a variety of fun-filled activities the whole family can take part in, whether they go on game drives, nature walks, or birding for beginners, these activities offer a great opportunity for some good olde fashioned family bonding (the fun way). For times parents want to break away from the kids, Robin Pope Safaris will look after them. While parents are enjoying some rest and relaxation, kids may visit nearby villages to meet local children, help the chef make a cake, or go fishing.
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Children watching the lake at the Norman Carr Safaris Zambia, Africa
For those families who prefer more structured trips,check out Norman Carr Safari’s Luangwa Lion Cubs itinerary. Located in the South Luangwa National Park, this 7-night safari with private guide and vehicle is ideal for a family. Not only are game drives tailored with children in mind, but activities such as ‘become a game ranger for the day’ and ‘learn to make a traditional clay pot in the village’ are great ways for kids to learn about their new and exciting surroundings.
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A family doing various activities at the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve Safaris South Africa, Africa
Kids love Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge’s Elefun Centre so much that they leave a part of themselves behind when it’s time to leave. The EleFun Centre offers hands-on activities for both the Junior Tracker (4 to 8-years-old) and Junior Ranger (9 to 12-years-old). Kids can enjoy a little bit of everything with arts and crafts, games, bush walks and game drives. Not to mention all of the activities are overseen by a professional with the warm, welcoming attitude the Sabi Sabi staff is best known for. At the end of their magical adventure, children are invited to leave their handprint on the wall as well as a photograph they shot during their visit to commemorate their once-in-a-lifetime journey.
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A maasai walking with tourists at the Cheli & Peacock Safaris Kenya, Africa
Looking for a home away from home? Try staying in one of Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp’s four spectacular ‘family tents.’ Each tent features an en suite bathroom, living room, fireplace, nanny service, a children’s menu and crib so they have all the comforts of home. When families are not relaxing in the luxurious tent, they can be creating unforgettable family memories. Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp offers many family-friendly activities that are uniquely African, like game drives, cultural visits, and bush meals.
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A family taking part in activities at the Camp Jabulani, Zindoga Villa Safaris South Africa, Africa
The Zindoga Villa at Camp Jabulani is fitting for a family with younger children. With a villa all to themselves, families won’t miss the luxuries of everyday life and Camp Jabulani will adjust their accommodation to suit anyone’s needs. When it comes to keeping the kids happy, a team of caregivers are on hand to take care of the kids while parents enjoy, let’s say, an elephant-back safari. Not to mention the host of fun activities to occupy the kiddies with the Team Tusker Program. Kids are immersed in the abundance of wildlife while participating and learning about their new surroundings. Kids can partake in what many would call unique opportunities, like dung throwing. Here kids will ask their parents for time on their own too!
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A child enjoying the wildlife at the fairmont mount Kenya, Africa
For those families looking for a more traditional vacation experience with some safari on the side, stay at the Fairmont Mount Kenya. Settled among clipped lawns and decorative ponds, the Fairmont offers an elegant, but mainstream hotel atmosphere with the option to experience more traditional safari activities. Children will be looked after and entertained by hotel staff. For the younger kids, pony rides, swimming and trips to the animal orphanage will keep them more than enthusiastic while parents head out to view game by horseback. There’s a variety of options for teens too, including mountain biking and fishing.
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A family doing some activities at the Samara Private Game Reserve South Africa, Africa
The Samara Private Game Reserve boasts a special program that caters to children. The program takes kids on supervised adventure safaris complete with private dinners at the Lodge. . One of the most unique features of the Reserve is the Aardvark reed enclosure where kids can climb and play amongst wrought-iron cut-outs of animals found on the reserve like the two meter high giraffe legs, which are bound to wow any youngster.
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Children doing some activities at the Royal Chundu Zimbabwe, Africa
The Royal Chundu welcomes families with children of all ages to come enjoy a special getaway where you can both relax and explore Upon arrival, kids are welcomed with a treasure hunt and Adventure Passport to familiarize them with their new surroundings and the staff so they are comfortable and entertained. The Adventure Passport includes great activities like flower pressing and insect catch and release, which will keep their minds focused and interested giving parents a little break. The Royal Chundu also offers a Children’s Club that features a daily program of adventures for kids to take part in while parents enjoy some of the adult-only activities the Royal Chundu offer.
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A family having breakfast at the Giraffe Manor Kenya, Africa
For families not looking for a full-on safari experience, stay at The Safari Collection’s Giraffe Manor. This child-friendly hotel has the unique feature of being home to a herd of very playful Rothschild giraffe. Guests have the chance to feed the giraffe at the kitchen table or front door of the manor. Giraffe aren’t the only African wildlife families might get the chance to view; the giraffe share their home with a variety of birds, warthogs and even the rare bushbuck. The manor features a suite that is ideal for families and the all-inclusive rates include admission to the African Fund or Endangered Wildlife Giraffe Center. The manor is surrounded by forest and boasts views of Mt. Kilimanjaro to the south.
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