Family safaris are one of the exciting child-friendly holiday options in South Africa. Several luxury safari lodges provide outstanding offerings to families, with carefully tailored programmes bringing fun and learning to all ages. From bug spotting to mask making, from clay-play to bush Olympics, our lodges have come up with some wonderfully imaginative activities for the young ones.
At Londolozi’s fabulous Varty and Founders Camps in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, a Cubs Programme brings fun and fascination to young guests aged 4+. Wilderness survival skills, stories about different peoples and cultures – and even blogging, are part of the learning. Kiddies’ turf includes splash-about ponds, campout tents and an educational centre where wildlife is the main event. Activities include spoor identification, bird watching, bug catching, African dance, fishing, bead making, paper mache, baking and bread making. Mail us.
A wonderful safari experience for children is offered at Jock Safari Lodge in Kruger National Park. Families are accommodated in a standalone family lodge, and safari activities are tailored in consultation with the family. Kids can participate in junior ranger training, a night walk in the camp, chef activities, crafts and games. Child minding is available at the lodge. Mail us.
Children also have an amazing holiday at Sabi Sabi’s Bush Lodge (Sabi Sand), where the EleFun Centre keeps them busy, with the emphasis squarely on nature. Age-appropriate activities are offered, such as bush walks and talks, children’s game drives, tracking, bird identification, bug viewing and map reading. Arts and crafts, and indoor and outdoor games are also part of the fun. Mail us.
Hidden away deep in the Kruger National Park, Lukimbi is another luxury family safari option. Their kiddies’ programme features face painting, bush Olympics, clay-play, a touch-and-feel walk, art classes, mask making, swimming and wildlife videos. Family activities include informative bush walks, a tracker course, bush theatre by Lukimbi’s creative staff, slide shows, talks, dress-up events and wildlife quizzes. Child-friendly menus are offered, and babysitting is available. Mail us.
Tuningi Safari Lodge is a great destination for a family safari in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Game drives, treasure hunts, educational talks, special kiddies’ dinners with the chef are all part of the fun and learning. Mail us.
In the Karoo region of South Africa, Samara private Game Reserve welcomes children of all ages and provides a wonderful menu of child-friendly activities. These include bush walks, spoor identification, rock painting, dung spitting competitions, traditional crafts, orienteering and navigating, storytelling and sleepouts. Mail us.
Mail us to book safaris and other accommodation in South Africa, or call +27 21 797-7122.