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A Guide to a Meaningful African Family Safari

Travel has the ability to transform. An African safari is a unique bonding opportunity with loved ones. Wildlife sightings will please every member of the family. Children will be awestruck as the giraffe, zebras and elephants of their textbooks are brought to life. Parents will love seeing their children gain new insights, while experiencing diverse cultures. What better way to inspire our future global citizens?

Whether traveling with young children, teenagers or several generations, our safari specialists can guide you to select the right destination, and personalize a family safari based on ages and interest.


Here are some tips to plan the perfect safari while making travel matter.

Where to start?

The needs of each family will be different. Choose a destination, then decide on pace, and experiences. Some families are very active and prefer constant engagement, while other families, prefer longer stays with less packing and unpacking.

Young families

Activities are fun and engaging, while being educational. Little ones will be amazed to learn that dung beetles roll dung 250 times their own weight. They will squeal with laughter at the donkey like braying sounds of the African Penguin.



South Africa offers a well-rounded experience, with cosmopolitan cities, a rainbow nation of richly diverse cultures and spectacular scenery. Combined with high quality malaria free safari options like Shamwari Game Reserve, this is the perfect destination for families with very young children. Kids will have the experience of a lifetime on our Family Safari in South Africa while learning the importance of conservation at Shamwari’s Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries and Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. A dedicated Kids Adventure Centre will keep children entertained with pizza making, cookie decorating, rock climbing walls and climbing towers. At Grootbos, they can go on treasure hunts in milkwood forests and pony rides in the paddock.


Something we often hear is my kids need to be kept busy so that they don’t get bored (that’s parent code for they need to be looked after and kept busy so they don’t give me a hard time and I get to enjoy myself too). Southern Africa Through a Child's Eyes is tailored to meet the special needs of young families. Sabi Sabi’s Elefun Center supervised ranger led activities teach kids about bush survival, and bugs CSI, while parents can relax and enjoy the incredible safaris, or have a pamper session in the Spa. Victoria Falls River Lodge “Little Livingstone’s” children’s activities will have your little ones embracing the outdoors like a true African Explorer.



Tweens and Teens

Boring textbook biology is brought to life on nature walks and game drives with experienced guides. Surrounded by the sounds and smells of nature, learn about medicinal herbs, animal tracks, and micro ecosystems, and how everything is inter-connected.




Botswana is the benchmark when it comes to sustainable ecotourism practices in Africa. Access to these pristine settings and stunning landscapes are generally by light aircraft. Accommodations for the most part are tented, best suited for families with tweens and older children. Made for soft adventure, Family Safari in Botswana and Victoria Falls explores the Okavango Delta’s secret channels on boat rides and traditional dugout canoes and the seasonal floodplains in 4x4 safari drives. Tag on Victoria Falls for a view of “the smoke that thunders.”

Multi-generational families

Africa encourages you to leave the bustle behind, slow down to her rhythm, recharge and re-connect. Enjoy the simple pleasures, like the serenity of a sunrise over the savanna, fiery sunsets and starry nights around a campfire, sharing the day’s adventures.

Tanzania - A Family Safari in Tanzania is a wonderful engaging experience for both young and the young at heart. Gain insight into different cultures, and traditions. Learn new skills, like shooting with a bow and arrow, or how to start a fire with a stone and twig from a Maasai. It is easier said than done. Families can bond together by building a school desk and making a profound impact on someone’s education. At Gibbs Farm, guests can tinker around with the carpenters, the desks can be engraved with a personalized message and families can personally deliver the desks to a school.



At African Travel, we create transformative experiences filled with life changing moments. All trips mentioned include 24/7 concierge support with experts both in Africa and across North America to assist, medical evacuation, flexible booking terms, and a contribution made to support local communities or wildlife.

For more information or to tailor a trip, contact your favorite travel advisor or a safari specialist at 800-421-8907 or request a quote.




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