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Kenya for families

 
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.
Kenya is the ‘original’ safari country. We take you away from the crowds onto exclusive reserves where your family can experience the best of Africa in privacy, and stay in luxury accommodation. You have the ‘quantity’ of the great herds, yet with Africa Exclusive you also have an experience of unrivalled quality. In the long summer holiday months, over a million animals join the Great Migration across the Masai Mara. Amboseli, beneath snow-capped Kilimanjaro, rift valley lakes and the ancient volcanic hills of Samburu are all magical settings.

Kenya is one of the few countries where you can meet tribal people in a natural way. Learn bushcraft from a Maasai warrior, walk across the rift valley with the Samburu and their camels, and learn about their way of life. New private reserves are opening all the time as safari lodges and tribes collaborate to conserve rhinoceros and other endangered species. See this work in action while encountering big cats, giraffe and all kinds of animals in the company of the finest guides.
Boys and father on game drive watching rhinos in Laikipia
Children on game drive vehicle watching rhinos Meru Wilderness Camp
Family sundowners at Governor's Camp in the Masai Mara
hot air balloon over elephant herd
Horse back safari near giraffe in Lewa wildlife conservancy
Girl learning to throw spear with Maasai warrior
Children tracking with conservation guide in Kenya
Girls running with Maasai guide on safari
Boys learning archery with Maasai warrior Kicheche Mara Camp
Girl in tent reading book at Governor's Camp
Classic canvas safari tent and outdoor dining at Saruni Wild Masai Mara
Saruni Samburu lodge family villa lounge view
Cottar's family tent with twin beds and dining
Family walking across the lawn at Lewa House
Aerial view of Alfajiri's Cliff Villa on Diani Beach
Guest suite veranda with inward view
Exterior family cottage Kinondo Kwetu
Guest tent exterior at sunrise with view
Exterior of main lodge at Sosian
Boys and father on game drive watching rhinos in Laikipia
 
Choosing the right country is the starting point in creating the perfect luxury safari for your family. You’ll want to know about the seasons, wildlife and how you will travel in-country. On safari in Kenya, you can expect exciting game viewing, a range of activities, privacy and the chance to engage with local cultures. Call us and we will listen carefully, making sure that we start with the right country. We’ve set out here some of the features of a Kenya safari.
 
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Children on game drive vehicle watching rhinos Meru Wilderness Camp
 
Getting the right combination of locations and choosing the most appropriate lodges within them requires experience. It also requires a good perception of your priorities and interests, your preferred comfort level and the ages of your children. A family safari is a big, maybe a once in a lifetime holiday, so it’s vital to get it right! This is why we take time to listen to you and design every trip uniquely.
 
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Family sundowners at Governor's Camp in the Masai Mara
 
As with many good questions, there is a short answer and a longer one. The short answer is that the main rains in Kenya arrive in early April and usually peter out in early June. Some safari lodges close then, using that time to refurbish and take a break. Kenya also sees “short rains” fall in November, though this is still a great time to visit.
 
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hot air balloon over elephant herd
 
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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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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Girl learning to throw spear with Maasai warrior
 
Forget thoughts of bumping around in crowded minibuses! An Africa Exclusive safari takes you into the wilds to enjoy the real Africa in many different ways. On private conservancies you are set free to walk, ride horseback, quad-bike, even sleep beneath the stars. Drift silently in a balloon at dawn above plains filled with wildlife. The key to unlocking these worlds of adventure is your guide. Hybrids of Bear Grylls and David Attenborough, they will keep you safe, keep you fascinated and show you Africa as you dreamed it could be.
 
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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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Girls running with Maasai guide on safari
 
To meet people who have grown up in a culture different from our own is one of the best things about travel. Our children’s horizons can be broadened by meeting peers who have been raised in a Samburu village. Kenyan cultures are colourful, musical, joyful and rooted in the land. On your luxury Kenya safari you will delight in warm welcomes and have opportunities to make new friends.
 
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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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Girl in tent reading book at Governor's Camp
 
A safari is a blend of activity and relaxation in a series of spectacular places. You will be out encountering the wildlife early morning and late afternoon when the animals are most active. Between those times you will relax in the comfort of your safari lodge. But don’t worry, there will be plenty of activities to occupy restless children; many lodges also have Wi-Fi.
 
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Classic canvas safari tent and outdoor dining at Saruni Wild Masai Mara
 
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.
 
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Saruni Samburu lodge family villa lounge view
 
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.
 
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Cottar's family tent with twin beds and dining
 
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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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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Family walking across the lawn at Lewa House
 
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.
 
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Aerial view of Alfajiri's Cliff Villa on Diani Beach
 
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.
 
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Guest suite veranda with inward view
 
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.
 
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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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Guest tent exterior at sunrise with view
 
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.
 
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Exterior of main lodge at Sosian
 
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.
 
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