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.
Popular destinations for Children on Safari
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 gardens of Gondwana to learn about animals that live on the reserve as well as other interesting tidbits about animal 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.
Tintswalo Manor House Safari Lodge is a comfortable, exclusive-use lodge for larger families and friends with a fenced garden and children’s rooms close to parents. This villa in the Manyeleti Game Reserve has three en-suite bedrooms, one with an interconnecting children’s room and another with a 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 our 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 Camp is located in the game rich Khwai Concession
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 between the ages of six and eleven pay standard child rate (50% of the adult sharing rate). There is a swimming pool for children to play in and game drives, nature walks, and mokoro rides are also available.
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 their wild surroundings. There are also bush walks, fables by firelight, and a range of games to keep the kids busy. If the weather is not agreeable there are a range of games for indoor entertainment.
Other great child-friendly lodges