Extraordinary family safaris to Africa

Fun, unique, adventurous family safaris to Africa! We pride ourselves on being one of the first safari companies to offer exciting, wonderful bespoke safaris and holidays in Africa for families 25 years ago. This is where our forte lies and what we truly love to arrange for our clients. We painstakingly tailor each family safari around your family and in 25 years, no two family safaris that we have created have been the same! For children aged 6 and under, we normally recommend South Africa and for older children, all the rest of the countries will be perfect! Have a look below to see what activities each country offers to give you some idea and then contact us and we will walk you through the possibilities which will be right for your family - whether for a first time safari or the final family safari before they leave home!

These days, parents actually want to spend their holidays with their children! At The Explorations Company we have children ourselves, and we take them on safari with us each year; it is so enjoyable to witness our children’s wonderment and delight at their first encounter with wildlife!

Through careful, meticulous, dedicated research with our own families, we have assembled the perfect array of properties where the guiding is child-friendly and interactive, informative and fun in both game-rich and non-malarial areas. We look for a perfect balance between wildlife and culture, so their safari is educational, too!

Accommodation ranges from rustic camp-outs for a night, or a luxury mobile tented private safari camp set up for your family, to luxury tented camps, treehouses, or private houses and luxury villas.

Activities on safari range from traditional game-viewing by vehicle, to exploring on foot, learning about spoor-marks or tracks in the sand, perhaps taking a plaster of Paris mould for them to take home; they learn about the trees and plants and their medicinal properties, as well as about the night sky, how to canoe, how to fish, how to make a bow and arrow (and how to use it), and how to make a fire with no matches. We even have mini game-ranger courses!  Go horse-riding, camel-trekking with Samburu warrior (learning what it means to be a warrior in the 21st century), canoeing (minimum age requirement), riding elephants, cycling, and visiting schools.

How about one of our family safari and beach holidays? The ultimate African family safari combines well with the ‘ocean’: perhaps a chic, Robinson Crusoe-style lodge  or a private villa complete with its own staff, skipper and boat which allows you complete freedom each day. Often a villa is the perfect solution, allowing total flexibility at meal times. Many of our clients book a villa for a week, sometimes with another family who are friends of theirs, which allows them complete privacy and luxury. Perhaps have a week on safari and a week on the coast – the advantage being minimal travel and maximum relaxation!

You can also spend a week sailing on a catamaran if you prefer to be on the go! Children can spend hours searching for shells or being as active as they want – with water-skiing, sailing, kite surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing and swimming with dolphins all on offer.

Otherwise, please see what the different countries can offer you and your family below – and then call Nicola Shepherd, our family specialist, who would be delighted to talk you through the most suitable options for you or have a read of our blog on where to enjoy the best family holidays!

A safari is the finest, action-packed, fun-filled family holiday one can ever have!

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Botswana Family Safaris

Botswana Family Safaris

A family safari to Botswana is one of the most rewarding types of holiday that one can ever imagine! Accommodation can either be in a tented camp which is set up just for your family, in a more luxurious permanent tented camp, or in a luxurious lodge – whatever takes your fancy! In addition, we can arrange for you to spend several nights on a houseboat, where you can watch wildlife and fish as well – great fun!

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Kenya Family Safaris

Kenya Family Safaris

These are amongst the very best tailormade safaris for families! Kenya offers so much – not only in terms of diversity of wildlife and the bonus of being able to visit parks north and south of the Equator, but also in scenery and the culture, which is so important and utterly natural, and, we feel, as important as the wildlife.

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Madagascar Family Safaris

Madagascar Family Safaris

A Madagascar family holiday offers a really different and unique family experience. Whilst the country does not offer the concentrations or magnificent large animals that a traditional African luxury bespoke safari does, it does offer the most amazing holiday imaginable! One needs to be focused, as being the fourth largest island in the world, travel can be long, although we tend to use the local airline where possible.

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Malawi Family Safaris

Malawi Family Safaris

Malawi is an extremely rewarding country to visit for those searching for a slightly different family safari holiday. It’s impossible not to start off by mentioning the people. We have rarely come across such broad smiles and such friendliness – which makes it so hard to leave! It also offers the activity-seeking family so much to do! From the game-viewing safaris at Liwonde National Park, where one can see hippo and elephant and go out by boat, as well as by vehicle, to Mkulumadzi, where lion now can also be seen. For those wanting a more intensive, concentrated wildlife experience, one can always combine Malawi with Zambia safaris too, but with the development of the new Mkulumadzi reserve, we don’t think this is necessary any longer.

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Mozambique Family Safaris

Mozambique Family Safaris

Mozambique is a wonderful country to explore for a family holiday. Probably the best thing to happen along the coastline is the introduction of the 5-day dhow luxury safaris. These are simply fabulous and just perfect for the active family. Here one can either join a dhow or we would suggest, as we often do for our clients, taking a private dhow complete with skipper and crew. You then spend the first four nights sailing up the Quirimbas archipelago – simply sensational. This is a region of outstanding natural beauty, as well as being completely wild, untouched and entirely uncommercial.

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Namibia Family Safaris

Namibia Family Safaris

Namibia is a truly wonderful country in which to take a family on holiday! One of the main reasons is that it offers so much variety – which is the key to any successful holiday!
In fact, whilst one can see the wildlife in Etosha, Namibia is better known for its beauty, its rugged scenery, its deserts and the wonderful things one can do on the coast. A family holiday in Namibia really does offer something for everyone.

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Northern Tanzania Family Safaris

Northern Tanzania Family Safaris

Tanzania offers the most amazing family safaris in a variety of different ways! Firstly, one has the bush and then one has the beach in the form of Zanzibar, Unguja, Pemba and Mafia – the perfect combination for a Tanzania family safari.

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South Africa Family Safaris

South Africa Family Safaris

South Africa truly is a world in one country and particularly scores with families with younger children – because they have malaria-free game reserves, regions and coastlines. Here one can have the best of both worlds. It is equally good for families with adolescent children – as we can arrange anything from seriously good camping accompanied by a private guide in the Drakensberg Mountains, to horse-riding, going on family luxury safari, doing some great white water rafting and kayaking, some really good sailing, canoeing around penguins, climbing Table Mountain, zip-wiring 150 feet above the ground through canopies of trees, and diving with sharks!

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Southern Tanzania Family Safaris

Southern Tanzania Family Safaris

Tanzania offers the most amazing family luxury safaris in a variety of different ways! Firstly, one has the bush and then one has the beach in the form of Zanzibar, Unguja, Pemba and Mafia – the perfect combination for a Tanzania family luxury safari.

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Zambia Family Safaris

Zambia Family Safaris

Zambia luxury safaris offer the most superlative family experiences – both for younger and older children, although should one be interested in canoeing along the famous Zambezi River, then the minimum age is 16. The country offers some of the best wildlife to be seen and a great diversity of experience.

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Zimbabwe Family Safaris

Zimbabwe Family Safaris

Zimbabwe offers one of the finest wildlife experiences in Africa and her people are warm, generous and friendly, perfect for a family luxury safari. This country offers some wonderful experiences for families with both younger and older children alike.

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