Children on Safari
There's a common misconception that kids and safaris don't go together. How very wrong that notion is. While there are some lodges that do not welcome young children on safari, there are plenty that do! At Rhino Africa, we can make sure that your kids get to join the family on the adventure of a lifetime. With experienced child minders, safaris for little ones, kid-friendly activities such as 'cubs clubs', junior ranger training, and butterfly/fish/insect catch-and-release - there's plenty to keep tykes entertained while their folks enjoy some down time.
We have carefully selected a number of top-class safari lodges that cater well for families and will keep your children entertained throughout your stay.
The Londolozi Cubs programme packs in a bunch of fun and fascinating activities to give your kids a thorough understanding of their role in managing and conserving Africa’s incredible biodiversity. Here, children learn about themselves, other people and cultures, about building friendships and trust, and about survival in the wilderness. It’s ideal for wannabe young rangers. The Cub’s Den is equipped with fish ponds to splash around in, Land Rovers to pretend-drive, camp-out tents and an educational centre focusing on wildlife.
The Sanbona Gondwana lodge hosts a special “Kids on Safari” programme with plenty to keep the little ones active. A range of outdoor activities are available such as an interpretive trail through the garden of Gondwana learning about animals that occur on the reserve as well as tracks and important plants. Children can partake in various social, sporting and art activities such as bead making, clay making activities, face painting and star gazing.
The child-friendly Royal Chundu hosts the Chundu Children’s Club, a bespoke kids on safari programme aimed to entertain and accommodate your little ones. There are several activities offered by trained staff, subject to length of stay and guide availability. These include a treasure hunt, a frogging safari, butterfly and insect capture and release, fishing tag and release, cosmic safari, birding, cooking lessons with the Chundu Chefs, and much more.
At Ulusaba, they have many tricks up their sleeve to make sure that their younger guests love absolutely every moment of their safari adventure. It’s called Cub’s Club and every little one between the ages of 0 - 11 years is welcome. The specially-tailored activities on offer are remarkable, from safari backpacks upon arrival to treasure hunts, guided walks, and even a safari styled MasterChef! If that’s not enough to keep them busy then rock painting, coloured sand art and board games are sure to delight even the most energetic little rascal. Children are over the age of six are welcome to join their parents on game drives, which takes place in the private sector of Sabi Sand Region. Babysitting is also available at no extra charge. It is important to pre-book this service as it may be subject to season and availability.
Tintswalo Manor House is a comfortable, exclusive-use lodge for larger families and friends with a fenced garden and children’s rooms close to parents. The exclusive-use villa in the Manyeleti Game Reserve has three en suite bedrooms, one with an interconnecting children’s room and another the palatial master bedroom. Children are allowed on game drives at the discretion of the guide, but not on game walks.
Madikwe Safari Lodge is very child-friendly. Many of the staff have kids of their own, so they know what an unforgettable experience it is for children to be in the bush. They encourage parents to bring their children with on safari and cover all the bases, from child-friendly food to a full range of activities. Added bonus: Madikwe doesn’t charge for kids six years old or younger. They also don’t charge additional costs for any of the activities.
Machaba is located in the game rich Khwai area of the Okavango Delta and caters for children as well as to the seasoned safari traveller. Children aged five years and younger stay free and children 6-11 pay standard child rate, which is 50% of the adult sharing rate. There is a swimming pool for the children to swim and play in and game drives, nature walks, mokoro rides are also available. No children under 12, however, are allowed to participate in mokoro and game walk activities.
Victoria Falls River Lodge has a great ‘Junior Explorers’ programme. The idea is for the children to embrace the outdoors like a true African Explorer and learn all about the fascinating flora and fauna of the wild surrounds. There are also bush walks, fables by firelight, and a range of games to keep the kids busy. At the end of the day, there are stories around the fire of traditional African tales and if the weather is not agreeable there are a range of games for indoor entertainment.
Ngala Safari Lodge
Ngala Safari Lodge is a gracious, colonial-style safari lodge set on the very edge of the Kruger National Park in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve. It is renowned for its superb accommodation and provides an unbeatable family safari experience.
Ulusaba Rock Lodge
Ulusaba Rock Lodge is perched high on the summit of a koppie in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve with spectacular panoramic views over the African bushveld.
Kapama River Lodge
Kapama River Lodge is situated within Kapama Game Reserve and presents the perfect blend between luxurious safari accommodation and a generous bed capacity of 64 bedrooms.
Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp
Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp is a contemporary African themed lodge that is intimate and exclusive. The luxurious suites are hidden by dense bush and ancient trees and the living area is relaxed and inviting.
River Bend Lodge
River Bend Lodge offers a Big 5 safari experience from the refined comfort of a five-star luxury country house. Aside from nature lovers and outdoorsmen, the lodge caters to gourmands, business professionals, and families, with facilities to accommodate all.
Singita Castleton Camp
Singita Castleton Camp, an exclusive villa sandwiched between the Sabi and Sand rivers, facing out onto a teeming waterhole; a perfect getaway for friends and family.
Jock Safari Lodge
Jock Safari Lodge incorporates the romance and elegance of the past colonial era with its unique style of the indigenous Zulu and Shangaan cultures.
Honeyguide Khoka Moya
Khoka Moya is the ultimate school holiday escape for families wanting to experience an African safari. Although in a malaria area, it is the perfect family safari spot.
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