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Family Safari Vacations

See animals in their natural habitat, watch a herd of elephants walk past your vehicle, spot a mother cheetah with her cubs, or listen to a pride of lions roaring at night – a family safari vacation is a magical experience you will never forget.

 

At Yellow Zebra we understand the importance of creating safaris that suit the whole family. Whether you’re traveling with teenagers or as part of a large multi-generational family group with parents, grandparents, and kids of all ages, we will design a trip to suit everyone.

Don’t just take our word for it!

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‘I was recommended Yellow Zebra. The dedicated team were both knowledgeable and incredibly patient. We opted for Tanzania – the less-visited south rather than the majesty of the Great Migration in the north.... It was perfect. The format is standard – the experience anything but.... It was – hands down – the best vacation we have ever had.’
Emily Turner – Co-founder Angels & Urchins (family magazine)

The best safari destinations for kids

To help you start planning your family safari vacation, here we recommend specific destinations, as well as family trips we've designed around the age of the children traveling:

 
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Under 5 years old

If you're traveling with very young children, the main priority is to travel to areas that have no malaria. As virtually all of Africa lies within the malaria belt, the only destination we would recommend for families with very young children is South Africa. There are a number of malaria-free vacation reserves in South Africa, which can easily be combined with Cape Town and the Garden Route, or even the beach destination of Mauritius – Africa’s most family-friendly beach destination.

5–10 years old

For families with children between the ages of 5 and 10, we would recommend a safari vacation to either South Africa or Kenya. South Africa’s parks (both non-malarial and malarial areas such as the Kruger) are well set up for children, with a number of lodges offering excellent children’s programmes that occupy the middle of the day during safaris. Kenya is also an extremely good destination for family safari vacations. The Maasai Mara offers superb big-game viewing, while the Laikipia and Lewa area offers a large range of activities, and also interaction with local cultures.

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10–20 years old

The whole of Africa opens up for families with older children, especially as children of this age do not necessarily need the range of non-safari activities offered in the destinations we recommend for younger families.

One of our favourite destinations for families with older children is Tanzania, especially the north of the country where the Serengeti and Ngorongoro region have the perfect balance of big game and great lodges, as well as authenticity and adventure. Trips to Tanzania can also include a cultural element, as the Maasai tribe lives throughout the region. The beaches of the Zanzibar Archipelago are also a superb place to finish. Botswana is also a wonderful destination, but it is expensive – you have to expect to pay Africa’s highest safari prices if you go there.

Adventurous families

If you think your children are able to handle the kind of wild experiences Africa can offer, we really recommend that families with children over 10 consider a more adventurous trip.

Southern Tanzania is particularly ideal for adventurous families, as it has many small camps where the focus is on adventurous activities such as boating, fly camping, and walking. Climbing Kilimanjaro is also an option for a family wishing to do something different during their safari-focused vacation. Zambia is our other recommendation. It is home to the most adventurous safari in Africa. Walking is the highlight here, while there are also a number of canoe safari options on the Zambezi river.

 
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