Family Friendly African Safaris
Our research identified seven family-friendly safaris in Africa. We have included resorts and safaris in different regions and countries and tried to showcase the different experiences available in the areas. For each resort we determined that they are family-friendly based on the information on their website. The resorts are The Stanley Wing Safari, Tswalu Motse South Africa, Baines River Camp, Sun City and Madikwe luxury safari, Addo Elephant Lodge & Safari, the Jabulani Safari, and Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp.
The Stanley Wing Safari — kenya AND TANZANIA
The Stanley Wing Safari, by Micato Safaris, includes Kenya and Tanzania and is advertised as a luxury safari. The safari offers different options for accommodation. The Fairmont Norfolk has played host to Winston Churchill and Teddy Roosevelt. For a more rustic feel, travelers can choose the Ol Tukai Lodge. The Fairmont Mara Safari Club offers guests private tents, with private verandas overlooking the hippo filled Mara River.
The highlights of the safari include, horseback riding along the base of Mount Kenya, and a visit to a chimpanzee sanctuary. Travelers can expect to see a variety of animals, including elephants, lions, giraffes, and zebras. The safari is also a way to give back, as for every safari sold, the owners send an African child to school.
Tswalu Motse South Africa — SOUTH AFRICA
The Tswalu Motse Lodge is located in South Africa on the Tswalu Game Reserve. This all-ages lodge offers family suites, with two bedrooms, perfect for traveling with teenagers who require their own space. The stunning setting has a swimming pool and offers an intimate safari experience.
The safari includes, vehicle and walking trips, horse riding, and overnight sleep-outs. Animals on the reserve include white and black rhinos, lions, cheetahs and aardvarks. Additional activities include archery, and tracking bush walks.
Baines River Camp — ZAMBia
The Zambezi River Safari Lodge is located in Zambia on the Baines River. The lodge offers two-bedroom family suites. Each individual cottage overlooks the Baine River and spa treatments can be enjoyed in-suite or on the private veranda.
Safaris can be enjoyed via vehicle, walking or a river boat. The river boat puts animals more at ease than traditional safaris, allowing for a different viewing experience. River canoe trips are also available for families with children over the age of 12. Animals that can be seen on the safari are elephants, warthogs and hippos.
Sun City and Madikwe Luxury Safari — SUN CITY AND MADIKWE
The Sun City and Madikwe Luxury Safari provides an activity filled start to the trip, followed by a traditional safari. The tour begins in Sun City at the Cascades Hotel. Set in a tropical paradise, the hotel is set on a golf course and includes lots of entertainment options. On day three, the tour moves to the Madikwe Dithaba Lodge, set on 60,000 hectares. The safari includes a vehicle safari to see lions, wild dogs, and other wildlife. When not on safari, the lodge offers activities for all ages, including games, and entertainment.
Addo Elephant Lodge & Safari — EASTERN CAPE
Situated on the Eastern Cape, the Addo Elephant Lodge & Safari is a 4-star lodge set away from regular tourism. The Elephant Lodge offers environmentally friendly suites, with views of the reserve. The lodge offers family suites and large wooden decks with private spa baths.
The Addo Elephant Safari offers the chance to walk with and even ride on elephants. This safari is a unique experience to see elephants in their natural habitat and interact with them. Guests can also see the Big 5 during the safari and enjoy activities like mountain bike ride, Addo Zipline & Giant Swing, and sand boarding.
Jabulani Safari - KRUGER AREA, SOUTH AFRICA
The Jabulani Safari has received the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the last five years and is located in the Greater Kruger Area of South Africa. The resort has a main lodge, suites and villas to accommodate a range of travelers. The suites are set in privacy and each offers a private heated plunge pool on the deck.
Safaris offered include walking and game drives. The Rhino Conservation Safari allows guests to see white rhinos and conservation efforts currently underway. Another unique experience at the lodge is the opportunity to take a hot air balloon ride over the reserve.
Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp - KENYA
Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp is located in Maasai Mara in Kenya. The camp allows for a luxurious, yet authentic safari and camp experience. Set in on a 7,608-acre private conservancy, guests stay in cream canvas tents. Family tents are available and guests can enjoy the pool or baths overlooking the reserve. Guests can experience guided vehicle and walking safaris, visits to the local Masai village, waterfall swimming, and Masai Warrior school.