A private cottage in the Olare Orok Conservancy straddling the Mara reserve. Topi House offers a private guide, chef & 4x4.
Rolling savannah, glowing sunsets and wildlife rich plains are what most of us picture when we think of Kenya; and you won’t be disappointed. Fitting the ‘Classic Africa’ image, Kenya is bound to give both you and your young ones the experience of your lifetime and watching the mixture of excitement and pure adrenaline on their first lion encounter is just priceless.
Between July and November, the Great Migration in the Masai Mara means some spectacular wildlife sightings for the entire family as millions of wildebeest and zebra swarm the plains, under the watchful eye of the big cats and crocodiles. But this is not the only time this incredible area is good for wildlife, in fact Kenya has a higher concentration of game than Tanzania throughout the year, and the parks are smaller. Smaller parks means shorter drive times – and less ‘are we there yet?’ from the kids in the back – although it is possible to get from lodge to lodge, and park to park, via light aircraft, eliminating hefty drives altogether. So your only drives will be out on safari as you watch the stories of the Africa savannah unfold before your eyes…
Of course, the wildlife is inspirational to any child, but it is not the only draw to such a great family safari destination. The Masai people are well known for being fantastic with children and there will be no lack of activities to keep them entertained. From making their own bow and arrows, catching and studying butterflies and joining in a traditional rain dance, to planting trees, learning about the local fauna (such as the toothbrush tree), tracking animals and riding camels. Some lodges and camps even provide bush treasure hunts and mini walking safaris just for your young ones, all with English speaking, knowledgeable and fun guides!
Beach time is a great way to chill out with the family after all those bright early mornings and the excitement of all your wildlife encounters. This is also a fantastic way for you to spend time together, flick through your safari photos and share your stories.
Of course, the powder-white sands of the Kenyan coast alongside some crystal waters and excellent snorkelling make it no hard feat.
Kenya has one of the best developed tourism sectors in Africa and we ensure that our guides, accommodation and travel conform to the best safety standards. Families can be placed in fenced camps allowing for peace of mind, especially at night when wildlife is at its most active.
Kenya is a superb destination for adventurous families on safari looking for that ultimate African experience. Young people can enjoy anything from feeding giraffes at Giraffe Manor and learning rain dances to game drives, balloon safaris and making friends with the local Masai children, not just a fun experience, but an educational one too.
Renting your own ‘family safari house’ is a great idea for families and big groups, essentially giving you your very own home out in the bush. Acacia House, Mara House and Topi House have been designed for that perfect family safari, with ample space, your very own private driver/guide and chef and access to a swimming pool, great for some relaxation under the hot African sun. There is also the spectacular Lewa Wilderness Lodge which actively encourages younger guests, allowing for some ‘adult only’ time, without losing any of that luxury one expects from a Kenyan safari. Or for something wholly unique, stay at Giraffe Manor where you will be joined over the breakfast by hungry giraffes.Many lodges, camps and hotels in Kenya are happy to arrange child care services, so please make sure you speak to us about your specific child’s needs and we can arrange somewhere that is perfect for you and your family.
Contact one of our Destination Specialists to start planning your journey.