“The biggest lesson from Africa was that life’s joys come mostly from relationships and friendships, not from material things. I saw time and again how much fun Africans had with their families and friends and on the sports fields; they laughed all the time.” – Andrew Shue (American actor)
What more could you ask for in a destination like Southern Africa, than to enjoy some family time with your children.
- It brings us back to a life we knew growing up
- 100% natural settings with trees, stars and endless savannas
- Install’s an appreciation of the Africa’s natural beauty
- Takes away the rush of our daily lives
- It teach children to respect our wildlife
- Memories lasting a lifetime , and stories for generations to come
- Hardly any time to get bored
Southern Africa has many places that accommodate families however there are some hotels and lodges that cater perfectly for families. Below are just 3 choices that come to mind
African Bush Camps
The Best Part About Memories is Making Them – Travel can be a wonderful time for a family to bond and a safari is a great way to connect through disconnecting from the normal routine. Everything is new and exciting; seeing an elephant for the first time, making pizza out in nature, or learning the call of an eagle. Watch African Bush Camps Family Adventure Safari video to see why their family-friendly camps are the best on offer.
You can see how families become a part of their family, hosts entertain children with games and activities while guides ignite a sense of wonder and curiosity in the kids they teach. Their guides are experts in explaining, in fun and interactive ways, how everything in the ecosystem is interconnected, making it an enriching educational experience.
“Travelling in the company of those we love is home in motion.”
– Leigh Hunt
“We did not inherit the land from our forefathers. We have simply borrowed it from our children.” – NATIVE AMERICAN PROVERB
Samara offers an adventure for all ages. Family-owned and family-run, they are passionate about educating the next generation of conservationists and opening their eyes to the wonders of the wild. Inspiring educational activities combined with a breathtaking malaria-free setting make Samara the epitome of a child friendly safari.
Kids Programme & Babysitting
The Samara Kids Programme, part of our child friendly safari activities, caters to children up to 12 years old.
Experienced staff will engage your children in a variety of age-appropriate, fun and educational activities whilst you relax and unwind.
- ‘Outdoor classroom’ bush excursions in the lodge grounds
- Track identification
- Rock painting like the Khoi-San
- African crafts
- T-shirt making
- Orienteering & navigating
- Board games
When parents are away from the lodge, babies and toddlers younger than 2 years old must be placed under the care of the experienced childminders available. This babysitting is available during game drives and over dinner. A dedicated children’s menu is available at both lodges, and special requests can be accommodated.
Activities for teenagers
Unlikely to take kindly to being grouped in with the ‘kids’, we have a host of activities ideally suited to teens and young adults.
These activities cater to those already into the Big Outdoors as well as those who simply want to get that perfect ‘Insta-worthy’ picture to show friends back home.
- Air rifle target practice
- Bush walks (minimum age 16 years)
- Sleep-outs (weather dependent)
- Conservation activities
- Overnight trail (minimum age 16 years; subject to ranger availability)
The activities described above can also include parents, allowing you to reconnect as a family on an exciting wilderness adventures.
ELEFUN CENTRE AT SABI SABI BUSH LODGE
Families with children are always welcomed at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge, and children are afforded a bush and nature experience, from the youngest to the eldest members of the family. The EleFun Centre is a fully-fledged children’s facility within the lodge environs, which fosters awareness and an appreciation of nature.The EleFun Centre offer hands-on, interactive activities designed for children between the ages of 4 and 12 years. Age-appropriate bushveld themed activities are guided, and supervised, by qualified staff, and include bushcraft subjects such as bush survival, bugs & birds, tracks & signs of wildlife – all environmentally sensitive subjects that every child will find fascinating.
There is time for creative hobbies, while the afternoon sessions are fun-filled with games. Selected rangers lead bush walks and talks, and the childcare professionals provide specially planned midday child-friendly game drives, based on the topics covered in the rangers course, at the time of your visit.
The beautifully designed centre also includes a wonderful, secure outdoor play area. While set itineraries will take place every morning and afternoon, children are welcome to enjoy the facility between formal sessions. Parents and/or guardians can relax and enjoy the incredible safaris, have a pamper session in the Amani Spa or just kick back and enjoy some private time, knowing that their children are reveling in their own special bushveld experience.
JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAMME
10:00 – INTRODUCTION TO JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAMME (AGES 4- 12)
Childcare professionals will introduce the variety of activities that are required in order to qualify as a Junior Ranger. These will of course be based according to their ages.
11:00 – 12:00 – ADVENTURES WITH NATURE
This is the time for interactive bush activity. Weather permitting, a Ranger – or the EleFun co-ordinator – will lead the children in and around the lodge grounds on a walk, and for the older children there are additional midday educational drives out into the bush. The young Junior Ranger group will learn interesting facts about the Sabi Sabi bushveld and the animals, e.g. bugs & birds, bush survival or tracks & signs of nature.
12:00 – 13:00 – HOBBIES AND CRAFTS
In cases of inclement weather, children will enjoy an arts and crafts session, where boys and girls can enjoy hands-on projects, all relating to nature and the natural world – this could get messy but they definitely won’t be bored.
13:00 – 14:00 – CLOSED FOR LUNCH WITH PARENTS OR GUARDIANS
14:00 – 15:30 – GAME TIME
We encourage all the children to join us for our indoor and outdoor afternoon games which are really fun as well as educational. There is a spacious outdoor area with an obstacle course, a maze, open field to play soccer or enjoy some water sports and jungle gyms. There are also general knowledge quizzes based on African animals and they learn different animal sounds too.