Wondering where to stay on your family safari? Our expert luxury travel designers have chosen their favourite kid-friendly camps and lodges. Discover properties in Botswana, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania — then, give us a call to start planning.
Seba Camp is located in the heart of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, a vast expanse of open grasslands, rich forests, swaying palm trees and crystal pure waterways. This is one of the most family-friendly properties in Botswana, with two family suites and specialist guides and activities that are both engaging and fun for children.
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.
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.
With amazing wildlife and a spectacular kids programme, Okuti Camp is one of our favourite properties for first time family safari-goers. The Maunachira River serves as a permanent water source, offering exciting boating safaris year round. Children seven and up are welcomed and the camp is wheelchair accessible, making it a truly accommodating luxury travel destination.
It’s no question that Botswana, Africa’s most exclusive safari destination, has its share of stunning camps. The Geoffrey Kent suite at Chief’s Camp takes luxury to lofty new heights and is the perfect abode for discerning families. Set on pristine Chief’s Island in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve, the only word that can sufficiently describe this safari-chic haven is palatial.
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.
Known as ‘the Place of Plenty’, the Mombo wildlife area on Chief’s Island is one of the most game rich in the Okavango. Little Mombo is the smaller, more intimate sister property to Mombo Camp. With just four tented suites and strikingly lavish decor, the camp is every bit as private as it is luxurious. It’s a must-stay for families with older children seeking 5-star accommodation in the wilds of Botswana.
Located on the Private Kwara Reserve, Splash Camp is an excellent safari property for single families and groups alike. We love it for its versatility, but also for its array of activities and top-notch guiding. Read on to learn more and then speak to our experts to begin planning your family travel to Botswana.
Linyanti Ebony is the ultimate luxury family safari camp in northern Botswana. Tucked away between the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park, Linyanti is a series of river-fed marshes with prime wildlife viewing. Linyanti Ebony welcomes children of all ages and we love the specialist guides who tailor activities for all ages.
For luxury, privacy and activities for all ages, we recommend Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge. The lodge is stunning in its natural-hued design and sits within 55,000+ acres of wilderness with exclusive traversing rights. There are only twelve suites, so all that land is yours to explore free from other tourists. Exciting safari activities await young children with &Beyond’s WILDChild programme.
Saruni Wild is one of our favourite camps in the Masai Mara for families with children of all ages. This is one of the smallest camps in the region, nestled in a remote valley of the private Lemek Conservancy on the very northern edge of the Mara plains. The experience here is that of a true African adventure, with local Maasai guides leading you and your youngsters on exhilarating game drives, bush walks, and even showing you what it takes to live like a Maasai Warrior.
Tucked away on a 200,000-acre private reserve, Saruni Samburu is excellent for a family safari. We love the six spacious villas, set right into the mountainside, with verandas overlooking the best views in Kenya. A wealth of activities await you, from camel safaris to cave walks, bush breakfasts to village visits.
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.
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.
Lewa House is more than simply a place to rest your head after your safaris. It’s the intangible warmth of being welcomed as family by owners Calum and Sophie McFarlane with the touches of home that make it a unique experience. You’ll wake in your thatched cottage to share biscuits on the veranda with the resident ‘go-away-birds’, soaking in the landscape of gently sloping plains and distant mountains.
Owner-run Alfajiri Villas on Kenya’s Diani Beach are among the most luxurious properties in Kenya. We love this property for larger groups and families who want an exclusive-use beach retreat after their time on safari. Owners Marica and Fabrizio have designed and built each of the three spacious villas and every item of furniture, lending Italian chic to traditional beach style. There truly is nowhere else like it.
If you’re searching for the ultimate in luxury for your family safari, we may suggest ol Donyo Lodge. Six suites emerge from the landscape of Kenya’s Chyulu Hills. Relais and Chateaux accreditation ensures the very best in wine and fine dining. Pair that with myriad ways to explore the 275,000 acres of private wilderness. Combine with sister-camp, Mara Plains for an indulgent Kenyan safari.
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.
From the time you arrive, owners Steve and Annabelle Carey embrace you into their safari family. They invite you to make their home in the wilds of northern Kenya your own. This is the place to reconnect with nature on an authentic bush camp adventure.
Sosian Lodge is an age-inclusive adventure playground, welcoming guests of all ages. Not only is Sosian set on its own 60,000-acre private conservancy, it's a working, free-range ranch. To stay here is more than going on safari, it's a firsthand immersion into Laikipian life.
Ant’s Nest is one of the best places in Africa for a family safari. Arriving at Ant’s Nest, you’re welcomed into the family of owners Ant and Tessa Baber. They built the lodge to show people of all ages the magic of this pristine wilderness environment. It is located in the malaria free Waterberg Game Reserve north of Johannesburg and is surrounded by stunning landscapes of hills, forests, areas of open savannah and rivers.
A spectacular private game reserve in the Eastern Cape, Kwandwe offers families a unique Big Five safari experience. The reserve is huge—54,000 acres to be precise—and has one of the highest land to guest ratios in Africa. Of their five intimate lodges, Ecca is our favourite for families, with modern facilities and special activities curated for small children.
Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge is an intimate and luxurious safari lodge in the heart of the Madikwe Game Reserve. Little Madikwe is the lodge’s private villa, which welcomes children of all ages. Your safari experience is entirely at your pace, with a private pool, viewing deck, game drive vehicle and ranger.
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.
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 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.
Pioneering family safaris can be found in South Africa at Madikwe Safari Lodge. Their Lelapa Lodge literally means ‘family’ and is set up to perfectly accommodate parents and children of all ages, including several designated family rooms. 12 spacious suites offer comfortable lodging and specially tailored kids programmes ensure an outstanding experience for even the youngest of guests.
To stay at Grootbos is a unique reconnection with nature. The spacious suites and exciting combination of land and marine based safaris make this perfect for family travel in South Africa. This is the ultimate blend of luxury and adventure.
There’s hardly a more luxurious hotel in Cape Town than the One & Only. It has a prestigious location right on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, perfect for exploring the boutiques, beaches and restaurants nearby. With decadent suites and the only luxury kids clubhouse in Cape Town, this is our top pick for families.
The &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s most unique safari destinations. There are seven distinct ecosystems and a handful of intimate lodges to choose from. Our favourite for families is Mountain Lodge. The views are stunning and the suites spacious, while the activities on offer will keep the kids busy from dawn till dusk.
Children will love the magic and adventure of staying at Tsala Treetop Lodge. What could be more fun than staying in a luxurious suite suspended among a forest canopy on the Garden Route? The cuisine, wine and service are all top notch, so there’s plenty for parents to enjoy, too.
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.
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.
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.
Cresting the rim of its namesake, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is a favourite of ours for parents and children alike. The vistas of the crater are visible from everywhere in your suite, surrounding you with the sunlit beauty of one of Africa’s most spectacular landscapes. Children of all ages are welcome here and will love picnics on the crater floor as well as the WILDChild programme.
Chem Chem is a wildlife reserve nestled between Lake Manyara and Tarangire national parks, with just three luxury lodges. Little Chem Chem is an eco-sanctuary, perfect for families, where the love of the environment that the owners have is evident everywhere you look. Simply by staying here you are making a difference, since tourism levies go directly to the local communities and conserving the land it's situated on.
Palatial in style, Baraza is a resort that is reminiscent of the children’s tales Arabian Nights. A stay in Zanzibar is a relaxing accompaniment to an exhilarating Tanzanian safari with just as many activities, for parents and youngsters alike. Choose to spend your days diving and snorkelling among the coral reefs or windsurfing across the waves.
Seeing the Great Migration is one of life’s greatest privileges. Our favourite way is in an ultra-private, mobile camp, carefully positioned to give you the best views of the ever-moving herds. For discerning families seeking luxury and privacy, our answer is &Beyond’s Serengeti Under Canvas. It is moved around five times a year, giving you a front-row seat no matter when you visit.
One of our favourite ways to cap off a safari is with a week on the beach. In Tanzania, there’s no better place to go than Zanzibar. For families after exclusivity, we love super secluded Matemwe Beach House. You’ll have the whole place to yourself with a host of aquatic activities to keep you occupied.
The July and August school holidays coincide with Tanzania’s dry season. If you’re planning family travel to Tanzania at this time, then we’re sure to include a stay in Tarangire. Animals from across the country gather en masse to the permanent water sources here and there’s no better place to stay in the thick of the action than Oliver’s Camp.