South Africa Luxury Family Safari Holidays – Best Child Friendly Lodges

Child friendly safari’s in South Africa have become increasing popular over recent years, as this unique experience allows parents the opportunity to spend quality time with their children whilst successfully engaging the minds of the young and teaching older children valued lessons on nature, cultures and life. Now as a consequence more private game reserves have evolved particularly catering for families, offering family accommodation, private guides, nannies or specific children’s activities. So whatever your requirements from a child friendly safari holiday in South Africa, there’s certainly a safari camp perfect for you, that will ensure, the most incredible family holiday ever and memories to last a lifetime.

South Africa is a very popular child friendly safari destination, especially with the malaria free game reserves of the Eastern Cape and Madikwe area. The comprehensive transport infrastucture also makes travelling with young children an easier option.

Travel Essence would be delighted to recommend child friendly lodges that offer special safaris for children, and those that can offer exclusive use of villas or lodges complete with their own ranger and vehicle, allowing you to tailor-make your game viewing to suit your family’s individual needs. The Shamwari Game Reserve  and Madikwe Hills have been particularly popular with our discerning family clients.

To enhance your visit combine a wildlife adventure with a cultural stay in Cape Town or head out along the Garden Route, see whales, African Penguins and Cape Fur Seals, and perhaps stay a few days at the charming child freindly Grootbos Nature Reserve


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Where to travel:If travelling with younger children then the malaria free reserves in South Africa offer an ideal option. If this is your first safari experience then Kenya or South Africa, with their great game variety and comprehensive transport infrastructure would certainly be a good choice. However for the more experienced safari family or for those travelling with older children then Botswana, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Mozambique will offer awesome adventures of a lifetime.

A safari to best suit your family:If you are looking for a range of luxury amenities and facilities for younger children then consider a larger safari lodge that will also offer family specific accommodation. For something a little more personal and intimate, we can suggest a number of child friendly private smaller lodges that offer a warm welcome and exceptional hospitality. If you are keen to experience something a little more authentic without compromising on your comforts, then a luxury child friendly tented safari camp would be most suitable.

Budget: While a family safari holiday can appear to be expensive, be aware that in most cases they are “all inclusive” which typically means lodgings, meals and game drives are included. Kenya certainly offers the best value safari experience, while South Africa has a range of camps and lodges to suit most budgets. If money is less of an issue then Botswana is a fabulous safari destination.

Safari holiday extensions: If time allows you may also wish to consider two centres or a multi centre trip and Travel Essence will be happy to suggest a tailormade itinerary to ensure the best child friendly luxury holiday for you. Beach extensions to Mauritius and Zanzibar have been particular favourites with our client families

For more ideas of a Child Friendly Luxury Safari Holiday in Africa call our expert today 01932 863300


Madikwe Hills – Luxury Family Safari Lodge – South Africa

Madikwe Hills offers the perfect safari experience for families, as not only is it located in a malaria free region of South Africa, but there is also the opportunity to spot the Big 5 and all without jet lag ! ‘Little Madikwe’, a private camp within Madikwe Hills is made up of two suites accommodating up to 8 guests and is particularly popular for families with younger children, as they appreciate the private game ranger, child minder and personal villa assistant. In addition families can set their own meal and safari game drive times. Madikwe Hills offers an inspiring Junior rangers programme, making learn fun with educational activities to inspire children of all ages. For more details of a Child Friendly Luxury Holidays call 01932 863300 ENQUIRE

Shamwari Game Reserve – Luxury Family Safari Lodge – South Africa

This is a malaria free private reserve set in 25,000 hectares stretching along the Bushman’s River and only 45 minutes drive from Port Elizabeth airport. Shamwari provides a good introductory safari , especially for families with young children who want to experience some big game sightings but also want practical travel arrangements and child friendly amenities on site. Shamwari offers a great choice of accommodation, so families can choose between air-conditioned luxury tented rooms, Edwardian style manor houses and colonnial or African styled rooms. For more details of a Child Friendly Luxury Holiday in Egypt call 01932 863300 ENQUIRE

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