Family Safaris

Spending time together in the wild is a great way to connect as a family. It’s a rare youngster who doesn’t leap at the incredible opportunity to encounter favourite animals from screens and books, but in their home territory. And what adult isn’t overcome with emotion to see kids encounter charismatic species in the wild for the first time?

The safari experience captivates all age groups and, with a tracker and a guide leading the game drives, parents are relieved of the responsibility to “entertain”. Parents get a real break, to do something that is undeniably educational – but everyone thinks is a thrilling treat.

We believe the African bush is an incredible natural classroom. It introduces kids and young adults to the complexities of ecosystems while they just think they are having an amazing adventure. The joy of a Simbavati safari is that you don’t just get to pay for Summer Camp; you get to share and bond with your family as they develop an affinity for nature. Everyone is learning (with not a whiff of worthy self-improvement) and you’ll find your guide often exclaims about some new observation too.  

Game Drives

On game drives, because a safari guide is the leader of the temporary game spotting “team”, parents are relieved of much of the responsibility to “entertain”. The whole family gets not only a real break but one that gives rise to recounted tales for years afterward. 

If parents DO fancy some quality adult time, River Lodge is most suitable for smaller humans who may need some extra family-friendly facilities. The Cubs Club kids centre is an ideal place for younger kids to hang out with games, bean bags and arts and craft opportunities.

On request, we can offer someone to entertain your kids after breakfast with various activities from cupcake decorating, bug/treasure hunting, making animal face masks, colouring in, board games, wildlife DVDs and scrap booking and more.

Your guide may also teach your older child the skill of archery or to do a short walk looking at animal spoor around the lodge.

This allows parents some quiet time for reading or a visit to the spa.

Simbavati Family safaris at Simbavati Lodge Collection


Each of our family-friendly lodges offers slightly different accommodation. River Lodge has two-bedroom family chalets. Camp George has inter-leading suites and is fenced. Amani has only four bedrooms with two on each side of the lounge. And Homestead is an exclusive use villa designed with families in mind. Check out each lodge accommodation for more details.

This is education by stealth, and it’s a hands-on, interactive experience