East Africa is a destination of incredible wildlife, pristine beaches, diverse cultures, and thrilling experiences. It is a stimulating landscape for both young and old and welcomes families with open, generous and warm arms to its magic. Traveling together as a family provides a unique opportunity to bond and strengthen relationships through spending uninterrupted time together in spectacular surroundings. Our expert travel team at Jumbari has gone to great lengths to source the very best family-friendly lodges in East Africa and experiences that are designed to inspire, ignite a passion for Africa, and create lasting memories for you and your loved ones.
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One of the top family-friendly lodges in East Africa, Lemala Ewanjan is a proud member of the Lemala Authentic Camps and Lodges portfolio and is ideally located in the heart of the Serengeti in the game-rich Seronera Valley – renowned for year-round game viewing, with an abundance of rivers and large populations of big cats. It is the perfect destination for a family bonding safari experience and, like all Lemala camps, offers a great children’s programme called Lemala Cubs. This exciting offering includes activities that serve to educate and enhance your child’s experience of Africa, its culture, and its animal inhabitants.
Activities include: walking and talking with the local Maasai to learn about their culture and life in the bush; identifying different animal and bird species; learning how to use spears and bows and arrows (blunt) like the Maasai, and even being part of the preparation of meals with the chefs in the kitchen. The team at Lemala truly go out of their way to provide an unforgettable experience for the whole family.
Stay at Lemala Ewanjan on our 7 day Serengeti Family Safari.
Another family-friendly gem in Tanzania is Gibb’s Farm – an actual working coffee, organic fruit and vegetable, and animal farm. Situated on the forested slopes of the iconic Ngorongoro Crater, with widespread scenic views of the Great Rift Valley, the farm is an ideal base for an exceptional safari experience.
And when not on safari, kids will have the unique opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with the farm’s resident fauna which includes chickens, goats, pigs, ducks, geese, donkeys, and cows. They can even assist with some of the farmyard chores like milking cows, and picking vegetables for meals. There are two 2-bedroom farmhouses on the property which are perfectly suited for families and exude a charming farm cottage feel with plenty of space to run around. This farmyard playground offers a truly unparalleled family experience in East Africa.
Experience Gibb’s Farm with your family on our 11 day Bucket List Family Vacation in East Africa.
Close to the border of Tanzania, Elewana Sand River Mara is situated on the bank of the river after which it is named. The tented camp is within the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya which is renowned for its world-class game-viewing and large concentration of leopard, cheetah and lion. All the properties in the Elewana portfolio welcome children to experience the magic of Africa and do their utmost to impart a love of the continent that will remain embedded in them for life.
Local Maasai warrior and bush training, a visit to a local school, as well as guided walks and drives are just a few of the many children’s activities on offer that are specially designed to inspire a love of nature and learning about different cultures.
Situated within the pristine Amboseli National Park, with unrivaled views of one of Africa’s crowned jewels, the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro, Ol Tukai Lodge should be on the bucket list of every nature-loving family. With a large, swimming pool, tennis court and children’s club to keep the little ones busy, it is perfect for a family safari experience in Kenya.
Spend your days enjoying the lodge’s spectacular surroundings and amenities, or on guided game drives through the Amboseli National Park, where giant herds of elephants can be enjoyed against the backdrop of the mountain. Nights can be spent around the campfire, listening to the local Maasai telling folk stories and teaching visitors about their culture. It is the ultimate family-friendly safari experience for both young and old.
Stay at Ol Tukai Lodge when you book our East Africa Children’s Safari.
After a stint in the bush, why not treat you and your family to a tropical beach experience in paradise at Gold Zanzibar Beach House and Spa. Located on the northwestern tip of the Zanzibar island, on one of the best beaches in Zanzibar – Kendwa Beach – this breathtakingly beautiful resort is your one-way ticket to a ceaseless summer.
With an array of fun beach-related activities, like world-class snorkeling, diving, and other water sports, as well a kid’s club that is jam-packed with fun daily activities and babysitting, the entire family is cared and catered for. Zanzibar is a truly epic East African beach destination and should not be missed as a stop on your family adventure.
East Africa has a great appeal for families wanting to experience a bush or beach (or both!) safari, and we at Jumbari are here to make your dreams as a family come to life with the top family-friendly lodges in East Africa. Contact one of our expert consultants and book your next family adventure today.