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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?
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Children with Maasai warrior watching giraffe in Kenya
Game drive with kids near cheetah
Family in Serengeti on safari
Family on safari by lake at Ol Malo lodge in Laikipia Kenya
Kid friendly walking safari in Masai Mara Kenya
Exterior family cottage Kinondo Kwetu
family horseride
Zarafa Dhow Suite Botswana
children roasting marshmallows with guide at footsteps camp
Leobo Lodge Waterberg South Africa exterior
Kid and father with guides on walking safari near giraffe Tswalu Kalahari
Family arrival at Morukuru Farm House in Madikwe South Africa
Children and father with binoculars in bush
Jabali private house exterior at night
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Horse back safari near giraffe in Lewa wildlife conservancy
family on walking safari watching solitary elephant
Boys learning archery with Maasai warrior Kicheche Mara Camp
Children tracking with conservation guide in Kenya
Kids hiking near Table Mountain
Game drive viewing a solitary male lion
Mother and child canoeing on Garden Route coast
Children watching meerkats in Makgadikgadi
Teenagers rafting down river past elephant at Laikipia Wilderness Camp
Family Safaris FAQ
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Walking safari with San bushmen
Kids walking safari with guides at Lemala Ewanjan in the Serengeti
Family hike in the Kalahari
Girl taking surfing lesson at Durban Beach
family watching cheetah on game drive in okavango delta
 
Botswana is Africa’s most exclusive safari destination. Each enormous private reserve has just one or two luxury lodges guaranteeing a series of private experiences as you travel 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.
 
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Children with Maasai warrior watching giraffe in Kenya
 
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 luxurious 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.
 
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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 destination that can offer a malaria free family safari. The accommodation can be amazingly luxurious, and the wildlife is very abundant. It’s a good choice if you want to combine a luxury safari with other kinds of travel.
 
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Family in Serengeti on safari
 
In Tanzania, the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are truly spectacular settings filled with great herds and big cats. We take your family on a luxury safari far from the crowds and minibuses. Your adventure is complete 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.
 
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Family on safari by lake at Ol Malo lodge in Laikipia Kenya
 
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.
 
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Kid friendly walking safari in Masai Mara Kenya
 
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.
 
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Exterior family cottage Kinondo Kwetu
 
Kinondo Kwetu is our favourite boutique beach lodge on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast. This owner-run beach haven is perfect for families, secluded on 16 private acres of Diani Beach. Fill your days with horseback rides, tennis, thrilling watersports and of course, relaxing on the beach and splashing in the surf.
 
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Ignite your inner explorer with a stay at Camp Kalahari, where the comfortable canvas tented suites are reminiscent of an African adventure from an earlier era. With a range of activities for all ages and two family suites, this is an excellent camp for discovering the enchantment of the Kalahari with your youngsters.
 
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Zarafa Dhow Suite Botswana
 
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.
 
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children roasting marshmallows with guide at footsteps camp
 
Craving an adventurous family safari? Footsteps Camp is one of our favourite properties in the Okavango Delta for intrepid travellers looking to get out and explore the wilds of Botswana. You’ll have three tents, a chef, guide and vehicle all to yourselves, as you spend your days learning to track wildlife. The skills you will learn are interactive for all ages and together, you’ll forge some of your best travel memories.
 
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Leobo Lodge Waterberg South Africa exterior
 
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.
 
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Kid and father with guides on walking safari near giraffe Tswalu Kalahari
 
Set amidst two rolling mountain ranges, the Motse legae and Tarkuni homestead are the ultimate private sanctuaries 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.
 
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Family arrival at Morukuru Farm House in Madikwe South Africa
 
A collection of exclusive-use bush villas, Morukuru Family welcomes you with top-notch personal service. The unrivaled range of activities, outstanding personal service, expert guiding and world-class cuisine make this portfolio of villas some of the best malaria-free safari properties in South Africa for families or a group of friends.
 
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Children and father with binoculars in bush
 
Mkombe’s House is the first and only private house in the Serengeti. This is one of our favourite choices for families who want a classic Tanzania safari in exclusivity with expertly personal and attentive service.
 
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Jabali private house exterior at night
 
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.
 
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kiba point exterior
 
A secluded hideaway in one of the most remote game reserves in Tanzania, Kiba Point is a rustic retreat from modern life. Here your days pass at your own pace, whether you choose to explore by open-sided jeep with a private guide, or intrepidly explore the bush on foot. Since you won’t see any other people while you’re here, it’s the perfect African escape to enjoy with your family.
 
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Horse back safari near giraffe in Lewa wildlife conservancy
 
Travelling 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.
 
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family on walking safari watching solitary elephant
 
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.
 
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Boys learning archery with Maasai warrior Kicheche Mara Camp
 
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.
 
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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.
 
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Children tracking with conservation guide in Kenya
 
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 while travelling and be at the cutting edge of conservation on your luxury safari.
 
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Kids hiking near Table Mountain
 
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.
 
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Game drive viewing a solitary male lion
 
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.
 
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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.
 
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Mother and child canoeing on Garden Route coast
 
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 luxury travel for your family to relax, explore, surf, snorkel and enjoy the wildlife on and around the coasts.
 
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Children watching meerkats in Makgadikgadi
 
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.
 
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Teenagers rafting down river past elephant at Laikipia Wilderness Camp
 
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.
 
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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.
 
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Family Safaris FAQ
 
A safari is a family holiday that your children will cherish forever. Over the last 30 years we have received hundreds of questions from both parents and children alike. We have answered some of the most frequently asked below.
 
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A top quality safari is the ultimate family travel experience. Shared adventures in beautiful scenery, the thrill of discovery. A sense of freedom in the great outdoors. Amazing accommodation amidst our world’s most inspiring, fragile landscapes. A safari is also highly educative — experienced among unfamiliar cultures where great issues like climate change are a critical reality for wildlife and people.
 
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It’s been a tough job because there are so many to choose from. But, we’ve finally chosen our Top Ten experiences for a Family Safari to Kenya. In no particular order:
 
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With children, you’re often tied to travel at Christmas, Easter or in the summer. Call us to discuss which locations are best for the kind of safari you’re seeking at the time of year you wish to travel. We’ll take into account the weather patterns, the main animal migrations and best beach options to create the perfect family safari.
 
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Walking safari with San bushmen
 
Booking your family safari to Botswana opens a door to a world of exciting adventures. From the minute your Cessna touches the bush strip, your family will explore the wilds with expert guides. These extraordinary enthusiasts love to share their understanding of the bush and its wildlife. They will take you into the beating heart of Botswana walking, driving, on the water and even riding horses.
 
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A sighting of any one of the Big Five is a cause for great excitement. But spotting a rhino in the wild? It is one of those things that dreams are made of. At around a tonne in weight, and generally considered to be the second largest land mammal, they shouldn’t be hard to see, but poaching has devastated population numbers. Park authorities have to be very cautious with any information they share about rhino numbers and regarding their whereabouts. An encounter, therefore, truly is a privilege.
 
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Kids walking safari with guides at Lemala Ewanjan in the Serengeti
 
If you think that being on safari is all about sitting in a vehicle, think again. With Africa Exclusive, your luxury family travel to Tanzania will be full of adventure and new experiences.
 
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Namibia is a spectacularly unusual place for a family holiday. You can see enormous numbers of elephant, rhinoceros, big cats and plains game, yet the main attraction is the incredible variety of desert landscapes.
 
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Coming face to face with a quarter ton silverback is something you just have to do sometime in your life. This is one of the single most emotional animal encounters that you can have and is something you’ll never forget.
 
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Family hike in the Kalahari
 
For families of all ages there is so much to see and do in South Africa, making it an excellent and diverse travel destination. We’ve chosen ten of the best experiences to immerse you in the culture, wildlife and beautiful places of this remarkable country.
 
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Girl taking surfing lesson at Durban Beach
 
There are so many travel experiences your family could enjoy on a luxury holiday in South Africa that we’ve had to make another list of ten more! They include exciting ways to encounter wildlife, meet the people and explore the landscapes.
 
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Zambia is the perfect place for a real family safari adventure. You can track elephants and giraffe on foot with an expert guide. You can paddle a stable Canadian canoe down the Zambezi watching zebra and antelope drinking at the water’s edge.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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