The Best Safari Camps in Africa for Families

Many lodges and safari camps claim to be family friendly, but few actually are. We are all parents ourselves and take pride in visiting and selecting safari camps and lodges which are genuinely family friendly, but also offer something unique for parents as well. Read on to discover our favourites. 

1) LAIKIPIA WILDERNESS CAMP, KENYA

Our favourite family friendly camp in Kenya, if not the whole of Africa, Laikipia offers an off the beaten track intimate wilderness safari experience. The camp is ideal for families, children can go on adventure walks, swim, raft and fish in the river and scramble and climb on nearby outcrops and, of course, game drives are also available. If your family is active and likes to get out and experience the wilderness, then this is the perfect place for you.

Our rating

10/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Small intimate safari camp
- Superb Wilderness location
- Fly camping & Bush Walks
- Fantastic for Families

The best of Kenya for families, combining the wilderness of Laikipia North, superb safari in the Masai Mara and the beautiful Kenya Coast.

Tailor-made Luxury 13 days

Adults from $7,233 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $894 per person economy class from London

Families from $5,869 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $894 per person economy class from London

2) ANTS COLLECTION, SOUTH AFRICA

A fantastic malaria-free safari option, 2 1/2 hours norht of Jo'burg. No Big 5 here, but there are giraffe, buffalo, rhino and over 40 species of antelope. Accommodation is is boutique cottages with magnificient views, this is the ultimate place to come to unwind and reconnect with nature. The speiclaity here is horse riding and they have over 90 horses in their herd which are suitable for beginners right through to experienced riders. For non-riders, there are game drives, walking or simply relaxing and enjoying the views.

The Ant Collection

Madikwe & Waterberg

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Malaria free Waterberg safari
- Superb for families
- Horse Riding and Bush Walks
- Beautiful landscapes

Two week family holiday including some of the best family friendly lodges in South Africa & Malaria free safari in Madikwe

Tailor-made Luxury 12 days

Families from $3,229 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,251 per person economy class from London

3) MARA BUSH HOUSES, KENYA

A collection of three beautiful bush houses within private reserves adjoining the Masai Mara. The sense of privacy, wilderness, variety of activities and the tailored daily itineraries mean these houses are perfect for families. Each house is self-contained and has its own dedicated guide who, as well as taking clients on game drives, will teach you ho to shoot a bow and arrow Maasai style and will give you some insight into the Maasai culture.

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Exclusive Bush House
- Family Friendly
- Swimming Pool
- Superb Guides

4) LAKE MANZE TENTED CAMP, SOUTHERN TANZANIA

A great value wilderness safari camp in the heart of the Selous Game Reserve in Southern Tanzania, this lake side camp offers tented, rustic accommodation with vehicle & boat safaris available. With few neighbouring camps, you are unlikely to see other safari vehicles, so this is a chance to be far away from the crowds. If you are looking for a wlid adventure for your family, then this is absolutely the camp for you.

Lake Manze Tented Camp

Southern Tanzania

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Rustic tented safari camp
- Wilderness Location
- Comparatively good value
- Excellent wildlife

Superb safari and beach holiday combining the vast Selous Game Reserve with idyllic Zanzibar Island.

Tailor-made Classic 9 days

Adults from $4,612 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $958 per person economy class from London

Families from $3,606 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $958 per person economy class from London

5) GIBB'S FARM, NORTHERN TANZANIA

Located half way between the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara, Gibb's Farm offers beautiful famliy friendly accommodation in a tranquil and rural setting. Set within some lovely gardens and with views of coffee plantations, this is a peaceful slice of rural Africa, the perfect accommodation to complement a safari itinerary.

Gibb's Farm

Ngorongoro Highlands

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Tranquil hideaway
- Beautiful cottages
- Guided walks
- Mountain biking

A more adventurous take on the Northern Circuit - a fantastic privately guided journey including game drives, walking safari & cycling.

Tailor-made Luxury 1 week

Families from $3,040 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,213 per person economy class from London

6) THANDA, KWA-ZULU NATAL SOUTH AFRICA

If you want an exclusive, yet family friendly safari getaway, then look no further than Thanda. Offering luxurious family friendly accommodation, complete with private infinity plunge pool, outdoor shower and private sun deck and outstanding communal areas, Thanda does come with a high price tag, but is worth every penny. Fussy eaters and early dining times can be catered for and the guides and staff go out of their way to bring the safari to life for the younger audience.

Thanda Safari Lodge

KwaZulu-Natal

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Private infinity plunge pool
- Luxurious & spacious suites
- Family friendly

Combine superb big five safari at Rhino Ridge Lodge then relax amidst the luxury of Thonga Beach Lodge.

Tailor-made Luxury 9 days

Adults from $2,638 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,022 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,828 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,022 per person economy class from London

7) SIMBAVATI RIVER LODGE, GREATER KRUGER SOUTH AFRICA

Lots of lodges in the Kruger area claim to be family friendly, but we love Simbavati because it genuinely is. The lodge offers fantastic family accommodation; the family chalets offer privacy to parents with two bedrooms and also have a private deck overlooking the river bed. Communal areas include a large lounge area, kids room and a small outside play area, which is a rarity in Kruger lodges and allows children to let off a bit of steam between game drives. Add to this family friendly menus, enthusiatic guides and excellent game and you have a very good value family safari option.

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Family Friendly Lodge
- Swimming pool & play area
- Superb family accommodation
- 2 Game Drives each day

A holiday of a lifetime. Spend 4 days exploring the best of Cape Town, before heading to Kruger for world class safari.

Tailor-made Luxury 8 days

Families from $1,415 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,405 per person economy class from London

8) HILLSNEK, EASTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA

A lovely small tented camp located in the Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. This is the ideal location for families looking for malaria-free safari. The contemporary and comfortable tents can sleep up to four people and there is a small pool as well. Amakhala is home to the Big Five and is a convenient safari destination after exploring the Garden Route. A genuinely intimate and boutique option, for families who want to enjoy the great outdoors, but not at the expense of their creature comforts.

Hillsnek Amakhala

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Tourdust favourite
- Exquisite small camp
- Only three tents
- Stunning views

Classic Garden Route holiday including our trademark Cape Town experience, E Cape Safari and Coast.

Tailor-made 2 weeks

Families from $2,344 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,022 per person economy class from London

9) SANCTUARY SAADANI, TANZANIA

Unique camp offering safari, beach relaxation and snorkelling from one location. For many families not keen on lots of transfers and moving about this makes for the perfect relaxing safari and beach holiday, just fly in and enjoy!

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Safari Camp on the beach
- Game Drives
- Snorkelling and sand island picnics
- Dhow ocean sailing

Stunning bush camp offering a wildlife experience & pristine beach all in one location.

Tailor-made Luxury 8 days

Families from $3,040 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,085 per person economy class from London

10) MARA INTREPIDS, MASAI MARA KENYA

Yes it is big and commercial, but we've yet to find a camp in the whole of Africa that can match Mara Intrepids superb children's program. Mara Intrepids is located bang in the heart of the Masai Mara and guides are superb with kids. If you prefer to have organised activities for the children, then this is hands down the best choice. Heavily reduced prices are available in off peak periods (February half term, Easter, May half term holidays)

Mara Intrepids

Masai Mara

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Superb Mara location
- Swimming Pool
- Mid-sized Camp
- Family tents

Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Fantastic value safari & beach combination in KwaZulu-Natal. Enjoy big 5 safari and relaxed beach time.

Tailor-made Classic 8 days

Adults from $2,048 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,125 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,453 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,125 per person economy class from London

Excellent value introductory safari in an atmospheric small bush camp in the Masai Mara with superb big cat populations followed by relaxation on the beach in Kenya.

Tailor-made Classic 1 week

Adults from $2,034 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $894 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,835 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $894 per person economy class from London

Combine superb big five safari at Rhino Ridge Lodge then relax amidst the luxury of Thonga Beach Lodge.

Tailor-made Luxury 9 days

Adults from $2,640 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,022 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,830 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,022 per person economy class from London

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