Three camps perfect for traveling with the kids

It’s not easy to find the right combination of wild and family-friendly. That’s where we come in. These three safari camps across Africa offer unique activities designed around families and children so that you can make the most of your safari experience whatever your age.

Kwandwe Ecca – South Africa

The Basics:

Kwandwe Ecca sits within Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. The lodge offers only six suites total, it's a cozy and relaxed atmosphere where you don't need to worry about too many other guests. Children of all ages are welcome.

Family Factors:

  • A private vehicle and ranger are included with the family suites.

  • Kwandwe is a malaria-free game reserve, so you can check extra medical visits off your to-do list.

  • On arrival, kids receive a special welcome gift. This includes an Eco-nect Guide with animal checklists, themed games and activities, and a junior (under six) or senior (six and older) pledge to ‘live green’, crayons/ pencils, and an age appropriate gift from the Kwandwe gift shop.

  • Scavenger hunts across the reserve and designed into a game drive. You’ll follow a map and clues to collect special items to then be used in an activity like making fire with sticks, art activities, etc.

  • Treasure hunts across the reserve which incorporate some basic compass navigation and keeping track of and learning about major landscape features.

  • Assist in gardening projects at the local Mgcamabele Community

  • Children’s menu with fun and nutritious mealtime options. Think: fish cakes with veggies and homemade chips and DIY pizzas with fun toppings. Plus, the interactive kitchen caters for children, with cooking and baking classes between safari activities

  • Babysitters available at no extra cost

  • The lodge also has a dedicated play area with TV & DVD player, books & puzzles, arts & crafts kits and a chalk board wall; a shared pool

Footsteps Camp – Botswana

The Basics:

Footsteps Camp is tucked into the remote and private Shinde Concession within Botswana’s world-renowned Okavango Delta. It’s home to just three Meru-style tents with a no-fuss, back-to-basics attitude.

Family Factors:

  • This camp is part of a unique “Young Explorers” safari designed specifically for families with kids.

  • Exclusive-use of Footsteps Camp with a professional guide, personal chef, waiter, housekeeper and dedicated Mokoro guides. That means every day is designed around your family’s specific needs and desires with full attention.

  • Young Explorers guides know how to keep the kids engaged with educational and inspiring activities while you enjoy some peace and quiet in Botswana’s premier wilderness.

  • The emphasis is on learning how to track game both on foot and in 4x4 safari vehicles. Children learn how to: make small animal traps; start a fire from nothing more than two sticks; recognize different animal spoor; identify a range of birds; try poling a Mokoro; fish; and shoot an air rifle at tin cans.

  • At the end of your stay, kids receive a Young Explorers certificate, tshirt and cap.

Saruni Samburu – Kenya

The Basics:

Saruni Samburu is in the heart of the Kalama Community Conservancy in northern Kenya which borders Samburu National Park. The region is dominated by acacia-grasslands and forests, and is the ancestral homeland of the Samburu people, whom the camp works closely with. This is not your typical “family” camp, but it has some very special activities we feel are perfect for families with older children.

Family Factors:

  • 2 large infinity pools with incredible views

  • Visits to local caves featuring historic rock art

  • Trekking excursions up Mount Ololokwe, the Samburu tribe’s sacred mountain - ideal for getting out extra energy

  • Warrior Academy: Learn about the local cultures directly from a “moran” (“warrior”). This includes: Learning and trying bush skills first-hand, hearing the folklore and ancient wisdom needed to survive in this unique region; track wildlife like following an elephant or a leopard, and learn survival skills; visit an original Masai village; learn how to use bow, arrows, pangas and spears; build a bush camp; tend goats and cattle whilst listening to Masai or Samburu stories and songs; learn how to bead and create traditional Masai or Samburu crafts

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