It’s no secret that a family safari to Africa’s remote destinations can be a costly experience. However, your budget should not deter you from ticking off a family safari experience from your bucket list. For families looking to keep their creature comforts and avoid blowing their budget, our team of expert consultants has put together our 5 recommended family safari lodges – and the best part? Kids stay free!
Located in a private concession in Hwange National Park, The Private Hide offers an exclusive safari experience for families traveling to Zimbabwe. A family-owned camp, The Private Hide welcomes kids of all ages, offering mosquito-proofed tented suites that can sleep a family of four. With a private guide and safari vehicle at the ready, families are free to explore Hwange’s vast playground at a time that suits them best. If your little ones aren’t feeling up to a day out on a Big 5 safari, relax by your private plunge pool and watch as elephants, giraffe, zebra and antelope visit the nearby waterhole.
Located in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Rockfig Safari Lodge offers families a luxury safari experience in South Africa. With only six chalet suites, the lodge is ideal for exclusive-use bookings for multigenerational families. Rockfig Safari Lodge welcomes children of all ages and families who stay are guaranteed a private safari vehicle at no extra cost, allowing complete flexibility for your safari experience. The open-plan kitchen is a firm favourite with youngsters, and evenings can be spent marveling at the chefs preparing their meals from the counter.
Jaci’s Safari Lodge is a firm favourite for families traveling to the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. The lodge welcomes children of all ages and offers an array of activities and child-friendly amenities – ensuring all members of the family get the most of their safari experience. Families can enjoy daily game drives alongside expert guides and cool off in the swimming pool after a day out in the African bush. The Terrapin Hide will be a highlight for youngsters where they can witness the resident crocodile gliding in the water and elephant drinking from the banks. Jaci’s Pups Club engages littles ones through interactive activities from baking classes with the chefs and molding animal tracks with Plaster of Paris to guided ‘bush walks’ along the Marico River and arts and crafts using recycled materials. The lodge has toys and games on hand and provides child-minding services for adults in need of some free time.
Located in the winding channels of the Okavango Delta, Delta Camp is one of the few camps that accommodate little ones in the region. Delta Camp is raised safely above the lagoon where you can witness elephants wading through the reeds from the comfort of the lodge. The camp offers families a private guide – at no additional cost – who will guide your family through the Delta on mokoro safaris, as well as a guided walk to Chief’s Island. Families can introduce their little ones to the Delta’s local communities with a visit to the local village.
Witness one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World with your family when you stay at Victoria Falls River Lodge. Located on the banks of the Zambezi River, this eco-sensitive lodge features a Luxury Family Tent with a private plunge pool. Little ones from the age of 4-7 can discover Zambezi National Park on kiddie-friendly game drives, while children from the age of 4-11 can explore the camp surrounds and riverbank on a guided bushwalk. To end off the day, your little ones can partake in Fables by Firelight – a tradition of toasting marshmallows over the bonfire while listening to traditional tales from Africa.
Want to experience Africa’s unique destinations with your family in tow? Get in touch with one of our expert consultants who will help curate your ethical travel itinerary.