Explore private reserves full of wildlife. Share unforgettable adventures in company of expert guides. We’ve been arranging the finest, personalised family safaris for 30 years. Is now the moment for your family to take a holiday of a lifetime?
Botswana is Africa’s most exclusive safari destination. Each enormous private reserve has just one or two superb lodges guaranteeing a series of private experiences as you fly from one exquisite location to the next. Expert guides will take your family on safari among big cats and vast elephant herds in beautiful deltas and deserts.
Kenya has the ingredients for an amazing family safari. Your children will love seeing vast numbers of animals in iconic African settings. Stay in amazing and exclusive accommodation on private reserves. Enjoy adventures on foot, horseback and by open vehicle with Africa’s finest guides. Your children can see pioneering conservation work in action and meet remote tribal communities. Maybe end with a few days by the coast.
With vibrant cities, rich history and culture, scenic coasts and mountains as well as thrilling wildlife regions, South Africa can justly call itself ‘a world in one country’. This is the only country that can offer a malaria free safari. The accommodation can be amazingly luxurious, and the wildlife is very abundant. It’s a good choice if you want to combine a safari with other kinds of holiday.
The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are truly spectacular settings filled with great herds and big cats. We take you far from the crowds and minibuses with your own private guide, staying in exclusive accommodation. Families with older teenagers will love the wildly remote Selous, Ruaha and Mahale, where you can walk, canoe and even track chimpanzees. Round it off on exotic Zanzibar.
Discover the remote corners of Kenya’s Laikipia Province, a vast and impressive landscape defined by rocky hills scattered with traditional tribal villages and camel trains traversing the arid wilderness. Staying at the family-owned Ol Malo House ranch, you’ll explore this area on horseback, hikes, drives, and flights, ensuring a thrilling adventure for all ages.
Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp is our favourite property for a truly exclusive family safari in the Masai Mara. Located outside the national reserve on a private conservancy, Cottar’s combines authentic style, inspired guiding, immersive activities and fantastic attention to detail. All of which creates an unforgettable African safari.
Camp Kalahari is one of just three camps set in a million acres of private land in the Kalahari. Accepting children of all ages and with a laidback, early twentieth-century explorer’s atmosphere, this is an exciting camp where your family can explore the Martian, palm-dotted Makgadikgadi salt pan. Spring visits offer the unique opportunity to watch 50,000 zebra migrating from the Okavango to munch on the fresh layer of post-rain grass.
Zarafa is one of the most exclusive camps in Botswana with just four luxuriously appointed marquee style tented suites. With a maximum of eight guests, the emphasis here is on individual hospitality, privacy and serenity. A family of up to five may like to treat themselves to the sumptuous Dhow Suites – the most exclusive private property in Botswana.
Leobo Private Reserve is located in the malaria free Waterberg region of South Africa, just a few convenient hours from Johannesburg. This is an exclusive-use, adventure playground, perfect for large family getaways or groups of friends. The 12,000-acre reserve spans rivers and lakes, rolling valleys and jagged escarpments.
Set amidst two rolling mountain ranges, the Tarkuni Homestead is the ultimate private sanctuary on the vast Tswalu Kalahari Reserve. Recently redesigned to uncompromising standards of comfort and elegance, Tarkuni is an exceptional choice for families seeking a tranquil, exclusive-use escape.
Mkombe’s House is the first and only private house in the Serengeti. Named in honour of Mkombe Mniko, an inspirational guide, the house is built amidst the rocks of the Kogakuria Kopje in one of the richest mammal habitats in Africa.
Discover Tanzania’s largest and most remote national park in exclusive, sophisticated comfort. Jabali Private House is a hidden retreat in Ruaha National Park, deep within the country’s wild south. The expert team will guide active families off-the-grid for a true wilderness escape.
With Africa Exclusive you don’t just see Kenya’s wildlife, you encounter it. Every animal, bird and insect owns a fascinating life story, telling how it thrives against the odds. And, each plays its part in balancing the delicate ecology of the landscape. Your professional guide will share their deep understanding and love for wildlife. The way they tell the life story of the humble rhino beetle you find on a walk will be as fascinating as that of a huge black rhino.
Going on safari can be much more than just watching animals from a vehicle. Africa Exclusive sets your family free to enjoy the wilds with the best guides. Walking is one of the most exciting ways to explore and learn about the real Africa.
Discovering Kenya together on a family safari is a unique bonding experience which adults and children will adore. You will lay down memories that will be treasured for years. In fact, we sometimes receive invitations to arrange a family safari from parents who have fond memories of their first African experience with us as children. There are also opportunities for the children to become Maasai warriors or junior rangers and enjoy their own specially-adapted safaris.
It’s 180 miles from Kilimanjaro to the middle of the Serengeti. Packed into that space you have Africa’s tallest mountain, the great Rift Valley, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti plains. And more besides! Enormous numbers of animals roam these panoramic landscapes. The way the scenery unfolds is spell-binding so we suggest exploring it all in a special private safari vehicle with an expert guide.
Competition for land, the fragmentation of habitats and the encroaching desert are all starkly live issues in Kenya. To be sustainable, the solutions have to benefit the people and the wildlife. Imaginative ways are being found to protect habitats and enable people and wildlife to thrive together. Your family can see this in action and be at the cutting edge of conservation on your safari.
Cape Town is one of the world’s iconic cities and its scenic setting matches Rio and San Francisco. Downtown there are shops, entertainment, sports stadiums and cosmopolitan restaurants. Cape Town is where the cold Atlantic and warm Indian Ocean meet. You can swim and have fun in the warmer waters and watch penguins beside the cold waters. You’re sure to want to ascend Table Mountain and if you’re an active family with teens, the hike up may be more fun than the cable car.
The exclusive lodges that we use employ the most personable, knowledgeable guides. Having a top guide is the biggest factor in a successful, enjoyable safari. Imagine gliding silently along an Okavango waterway in a mokoro canoe, as zebra and impala graze the grasslands. Or cantering on horseback with your guide alongside giraffe. In the Kalahari, take an early morning walk with a San Bushman as he explains the ancestral secrets of survival.
In terms of safaris Southern Tanzania is Africa’s greatest area of untapped potential. Stretching almost from the Indian Ocean westwards to Lake Tanganyika are four spectacular and barely touched wildlife reserves. Selous, Ruaha, Katavi and the Mahale Mountains are wild places where an adventurous family can enjoy the safari of a lifetime.
South Africa has one of the world’s most spectacular coastlines. It stretches 1,770 miles from the Namib desert, through the Cape to the tropical forests of Mozambique. From Namibia to Cape Town, the cold South Atlantic breaks against an arid, rocky shoreline. From Cape Town eastwards, the Indian Ocean waters become ever warmer. We can arrange for your family to relax, explore, surf, snorkel and enjoy the wildlife on and around the coasts.
Children aged 3-11 will delight to see wild animals in their natural environment. With Africa Exclusive your safari will be expertly designed to match your family’s needs and interests. We use the best guides and arrange superb accommodation in the wilds of Africa.
Our family safaris are authentic and simply amazing. Your family has a unique mix of personalities and aspirations so we will create a unique safari just for you. We use only the finest camps, the best guides and create unforgettable adventures in the wild places of Africa.
Planning your first family safari? We understand that you might be wondering about malaria. Our safari experts are here to reassure you that your family can enjoy a safari without concern.
Many of Africa’s best safari regions are low to very low risk of malaria, particularly if you travel during the summer holidays. There is also a range of malarial prophylactics for both adults and children that can be prescribed by your GP or Travel Clinic.
If you would prefer not to take malaria tablets, then South Africa has many malaria-free regions that offer excellent Big Five safaris. We explain this in more detail here — read on and then call us to start planning your family safari.
We arranged for Melanie and Mark to take their three young children on a safari holiday of a lifetime at Easter. They flew between three superb safari lodges and finished with four days at a luxury beach lodge by the coast. The whole family loved every minute.
The Burton family recently shared with us their experience going on safari in South Africa's malaria free Madikwe. With two young boys, Shari and her husband wanted an incredible experience that would fascinate the entire family. We sent them to three incredible properties where they could encounter diverse wildlife, creating memories to last a lifetime.
The Hunter family got in touch with us recently to tell us all about their favourite family holiday to Africa. When they called us to enquire, they explained that they wanted an unforgettable family adventure out in the wilds of Africa. We chose Chongwe River House in Zambia's Lower Zambezi where the family could enjoy varied activities, see lots of wildlife and indulge on their holiday. Nicole Hunter wrote a lovely piece on her blog, Go Far Grow Close, where she shared her experience in depth and which we hope you will enjoy reading a snippet of below.