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Our Awards

Our dedication to providing the very best in family travel to Africa has been recognized by leading award programmes around the world.

LUX Life Magazine Travel & Tourism Awards

Best Family Travel Company 2021 – South Africa

MEA Markets 2020 African Excellence awards

Best Family-Friendly Safari Tour Experience Operator – Cape Town


LUXlife Magazine Hospitality Awards

Best Family Safari Tours Company – South Africa 2020


Business Excellence Awards

Best Family Safari Tour Operator 2020 – Africa

LUX Life Magazine Global Hospitality Awards

Best Sustainable Family Safari Operator 2019 – Africa

Eluxe Awards

Best Ethical travel experience 2019


In the Media

We love collaborating with the media to provide expert insight and craft unique stories that inspired family travel to Africa.

The Travel Magazine: Planning your post-lockdown adventure? Get inspired with these incredible tours and experiences

You will get to see an incredible variety of wildlife during a 6-night trip to Botswana in southern Africa. Read more

Good Web Guide: Jumbari: For Responsible Family Safaris to Africa

For anyone who is seeking an experiential holiday, one that will live in the memory forever, Jumbari’s responsible safaris are tailor-made to enjoy with the whole – often multi-generational – family in mind. Read more


Kids are a trip: All the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals you won’t want to miss

Jumbari Family Safaris, an ethical tour operator specializing in eco-friendly family safaris in Southern and East Africa is offering one-of-a-kind Black Friday Travel Vouchers valid for travel up until December 2021. Read more

Getaway Magazine: What the future of family travel in South Africa holds

In a webinar hosted by Jumbari Family Safaris discussing the topic of What does the future hold for Family Travel in a post-COVID-19 world? there was a collective optimistic outlook. Read more

InFlight Magazine, FlySafair: How will COVID-19 Affect Wildlife Conservation

Tanzania – A country of wild landscapes, diverse cultures, awe-inspiring wildlife and action-packed experiences. It is a thrilling and stimulating destination, making it an education playground for all ages. Read more

Travel Daily News – Jumbari Family Safaris joins internationally acclaimed Family Travel Association

Responsible family travel specialist, Jumbari Family Safaris, has been accepted as a member of the Family Travel Association based in the USA. Jumbari is one of only three representatives specializing in family travel to Africa to join the Association. Read more


Travel Magazine: We will travel again say companies: a glimmer of light in the COVID-19 darkness

The current climate for the travel industry may be murky, but the future looks bright. We talk to our friends in the travel industry to find out why. Read more

BizCommunity: Responsible travel company join the TREEVolution

Cape Town based travel company, Jumbari Family Safaris has partnered with Greenpop the not-for-profit forest restoration and urban greening organisation in an effort to promote sustainable travel by decreasing traveler’s carbon footprint when traveling to Africa. Read more

Tourism Update: Africa – the ideal family travel destination post-COVID?

In a webinar hosted by Jumbari Family Safaris, CEO of Ker & Downey Africa Group, Lee Kelsall, speculated that family travel would be top of mind for many travelling post-COVID. Read more

The Travel Magazine: Dreaming about travel after lockdown? Get inspired with these fabulous travel photos

Jumbari Family Safaris This photo is of a Microlight flight over Victoria Falls in Southern Africa. The magnificent waterfall on the Zambezi River is located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The surrounding Zambezi National Park is home to elephants and white rhinos. Read more

Tourism Update: People on the Move

Julie Graham has been appointed an inbound travel consultant at Jumbari Family Safaris. She was previously a travel writer for the TCB Media Group before joining Jumbari Family Safaris. Graham has travelled to Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Angola, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland, Egypt and extensively within South Africa. Read more

The Planet Edit: How will COVID-19 Affect Wildlife Conservation

“There is a growing concern about the impact of COVID-19 travel bans on conservation efforts in Africa,” says Lisa Nel, general manager of Jumbari Family Safaris, an award-winning sustainable travel company. “Tourism to Africa’s wildlife destinations plays a huge role in funding conservation projects, and the loss of tourism revenue has created a range of challenges.” Read more

Travel Weekly: African tour operator offers payment plan for safari vacations

In an effort to make African safaris accessible to more families, responsible travel company Jumbari Family Safaris has announced it is launching an interest-free Safari Payment Plan. The plan allows travelers to pay off their family vacation in interest-free monthly installments prior to their departure date. Read more

Ourgoodbrands: Bucket List Conservation Safaris for 2020

Some travel trends come and go, but exploring the world’s exotic destinations in an eco-conscious way is a movement that is here to stay. In the spirit of responsible travel, Jumbari Family Safaris has curated 3 conservation safaris to inspire eco-conscious family travel in 2020. Read more

Travel Weekly: Crowdfunding rhino conservation in Africa

Lisa Nel, general manager of Jumbari Family Safaris, said that while the drop is good news, the average of two and a half rhinos killed each day is clear evidence that more work needs to be done. “We strongly believe in passing on our knowledge to younger generations and educating them on the importance of preserving our environment and Africa’s wildlife,” said Nel. Read more

The Travel Magazine: 10 day Bush and Beach Family Holiday with Jumbari Family Safaris

The award-winning responsible travel company, Jumbari Family Safaris, invites travellers to experience a 10-day South Africa and Mauritius holiday, combining the ultimate bush and beach experiences for families travelling to Southern Africa. Read more

Travel Magazine: 5 eco-friendly safari holidays in Africa

Taking part in a safari experience in Africa is often placed high on the proverbial bucket list; the stunning landscapes, interesting array of wildlife and rich and varied cultures are just some of the reasons why. However, long-haul travel has a significant impact on our carbon footprint, and this is becoming an increasing concern for many travellers. Fortunately, it is still possible to minimise this by choosing to travel with an eco-friendly holiday company. Read more

Ourgoodbrands: Wild animal interactions, and why you should say no!

Africa’s unparalleled natural landscapes and legendary wildlife have attracted adventurous travelers for centuries. Seeing wild animals in their natural environment is a truly unique experience and the opportunity to have up-close encounters with wildlife is on the rise throughout Africa. Unfortunately, not all animal encounters are ethical. According to World Animal Protection, 75% of wildlife tourist attractions worldwide have a negative impact on wild animals. Read more

Pebble Magazine: Ecotourism Escapes

A safari is a bucket list adventure for many but how do you go about it in a responsible, ethical way? Jumbari Family Safaris do all the hard work for you. They pride themselves on being a responsible safari company that’s all about conservation of the countries like Botswana where they operate in, as well as of the communities they work with. From encouraging no plastic to donating to wildlife charities, Jumbari have ecotourism in the bag. Read more

Ourgoodbrands: 12 original & unusual gift ideas for an eco-friendly Chirstmas

We get a lot of people asking how they can bring their loved ones into the journey of sustainable living. The answer could be using social celebrations such as Christmas or Birthdays with the most original or unusual eco-friendly and ethical gifts. Read more

Ourgoodbrands: How to make responsible choices on your family eco-safari

Ethical travel is a driving force in the tourism industry and world explorers are becoming increasingly aware of how their travel choices can impact the well-being of the environment, wildlife and people of their travel destination. Traveling with a purpose is of utmost importance to a responsible travel company, Jumbari Family Safaris. Their tailor-made eco-safaris connect travelers to Africa without putting a strain on the natural resources or wildlife of Africa’s unique destinations. Read more

Travel Weekly: Disney continues to inspire safari operators

Disney films continue to inspire safari operators across Africa, with packages recently hitting the market that are designed to appeal to fans of “The Lion King” and “The Little Mermaid.”. Read more

Ourgoodbrands: 5 reasons to take your children on a family safari in Africa

Often portrayed as an experience limited to honeymooners, adults and senior travellers, safaris are fast becoming a growing trend for family travel. From Africa’s diverse cultures to its legendary wildlife, a family safari in Africa is one of the most exciting and eye-opening travel experiences a child can have. With a few of Africa’s safari lodges now catering specifically for families in terms of accommodation and activities, it is now easier than ever to introduce your child to Africa with the help of family travel experts, Jumbari Family Safaris. Read more

Barron’s: Good Company Ker & Downey Africa’s Focus on Sustainable Tourism

Ker & Downey Africa also operates two more specialized travel brands: Grand Africa Safaris, a destination management company specializing in luxury travel to East Africa, and Jumbari Family Safaris, which serves Ker & Downey Africa’s most eco-conscious clients traveling to Africa with their families. Read more

Luxury Travel Magazine: 5 Recommended Luxury Family Safari Lodges in Southern Africa

A time to disconnect from the everyday hustle and bustle, a family safari promises to reconnect you with your loved ones while exploring the natural wonders of Africa. Bid goodbye digital screens and television shows and say hello to a world where your children can come face to face with new destinations, cultures, people, food and wildlife. Jumbari Family Safaris believes that there is nothing quite as gratifying as seeing your child’s reaction to spotting their first lion or elephant on a game drive. Read more

Mail & Guardian: The Ethical Tourist

In 2012 the World Tourism Organisation (UNTWO) revealed that the number of international tourists had exceeded one billion and it expects that number to reach 1.8 billion by 2030. According to the Global Sustainability Dashboard, nearly half of the economic benefits derived from tourism comes from only 10 destinations. Read more

Mail & Guardian: 11-day Cape Town, winelands and responsible family safari with Jumbari Family Safaris

Responsible family safari company, Jumbari Family Safaris, invites you to explore the iconic city of Cape Town, the rolling valleys of the Cape Winelands and premier wildlife destination, Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, on their 11 day Cape Town, Winelands and Family Safari getaway. Read more

The Travel Magazine: 5 eco-friendly safari holidays in Africa

Taking part in a safari experience in Africa is often placed high on the proverbial bucket list; the stunning landscapes, interesting array of wildlife and rich and varied cultures are just some of the reasons why. However, long-haul travel has a significant impact on our carbon footprint, and this is becoming an increasing concern for many travellers. Fortunately, it is still possible to minimise this by choosing to travel with an eco-friendly holiday company.  Read more

Drift Travel Magazine: A Conservation Safari inspired by The Lion King

Responsible travel company, Jumbari Family Safaris has launched a Lion King-inspired itinerary in an effort to help raise awareness around lion conservation in South Africa. Traveling with a purpose is of utmost importance to Jumbari Family Safaris and each safari crafted by their team of experts focuses on supporting responsible tourism practices including wildlife conservation programmes in Africa. Read more

Ourgoodbrands: Top 8 recommended Eco-Lodges in Africa by Jumbari Family Safaris

An African Safari is the quintessential travel dream for nature lovers – and staying at eco-friendly lodges makes the experience even more meaningful. Jumbari Family Safaris has listed the top 8 recommended Eco-Lodges in Africa, places to enjoy nature in style and in a respectful manner while you cross this dream trip off your bucket list! Read more

ROAM Family Travel: How to Safari Responsibly

Challenges can arise as a responsible traveler in a foreign country. Often, while on safari in Africa, problems occur simply because travelers lack knowledge of what it means to be a responsible traveler. Eco-safari company, Jumbari Family Safaris has helped families enjoy sustainable vacations in Africa for decades. Based on our clients’ experiences, we’ve created this concise guide to responsible tourism practices to ensure that your African safari has a positive impact on the people and places you visit. Read more

Mail & Guardian: The vegan tourist

There is tourism and then there is speciality tourism. The latter is increasingly growing in popularity around the world as travellers look to countries, agencies and itineraries that reflect their ethical and personal life choices. Read more

Ourgoodbrands: The impact of ecotourism and ethical itineraries with Jumbari Family Safaris

We interviewed the team of Jumbari, based in Cape Town, South Africa. It’s been really interesting to learn about all that is involved in ecotourism and their ethical itineraries, as well as their incredibly powerful impact by partnering up with like-minded organisations and businesses. And as much as we go through all the eco-responsible practices, we also cover those “not-so-responsible” ones that most of us would not be aware of… Without further ado, hope you enjoy this interview with Lisa Nel, General Manager of Jumbari Family Safaris. Read more

Eluxe Magazine: Best ethical travel experience

Jumbari classifies itself as an experiential travel company, using environmentally sensitive properties that give their guests the opportunity to connect with local communities, learn and partake in wildlife conservation, support philanthropic efforts and create a positive impact on Africa. Our judges chose this company for all of those reasons, but also because: “it’s great that this is a family-focused company. Children really are our future, and putting them in direct contact with nature like this may well inspire them to protect endangered species and habitats.” Read more

Drift Magazine: Jumbari Family Safaris set to open in March 2019

Jumbari Family Safaris is the latest venture from seasoned African travel experts, Ker & Downey® Africa. Set to service the family inbound travel industry, Jumbari strives to simplify the challenging process of booking a safari for the whole family. With over 49 years worth of expert travel advice, the Jumbari team, led by Managing Director Lisa Nel, strives to create exceptional African moments for families to ensure their trip is one they will never forget. Read more