From Big Five spotting, to nature walks; from cultural excursions to sunset boat cruises, there is something for everyone on our Family Safari. Incredible African safari destinations await exploration with African Bush Camps. In Botswana, discover the secret paradise of Linyanti Ebony, located in the Chobe Enclave, and watch the spectacle of nature and a wildlife bonanza unfold before you. Thorntree River Lodge in Zambia is nestled on the banks of the mighty Zambezi, where a combination of culture and adrenalin will entertain the whole family. The Baobab Villa at Bumi Hills is the perfect safari pit-stop for the whole family, where authentic safaris meet laid-back luxury and you can reconnect and recharge along the ‘African Riviera’. The warm heart of Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park, is home to Somalisa Acacia and the ultimate family safari adventure, where families can learn about nature and experience incredible up-close encounters with wild animals in their natural habitat. Our family camps boast family-oriented tents with interleading walkways and connecting bedrooms, creating an ‘under-one-roof feeling’ and comfort for the whole family. Our Child Specialist Guides offer practical and educational activities for the kids and expeditions that will delight every generation. A family safari adventure with African Bush Camps is the trip of a lifetime that allows you to enjoy a hassle-free holiday in Africa that is as indulgent and relaxing for parents as it is exciting, educational and fun for the children.
A day in the life of a family safari is fluid, exciting, varied and full of special moments that will live on in family history for a lifetime. Our child specialist guides tailor their safaris to families for the duration of their stay, taking into consideration the age of the children and any special interests or requests, promoting a philosophy that embraces families in the wild. Children are welcomed into camp with a special Ngwana Club starter kit, which includes a book bag, a colouring book featuring the animals they are likely to see on safari and colouring pencils. A wide range of activities are on offer, incorporating tailor-made activities for children of all ages, including:
- Bush Walks Around Camp
Children go on bush walks around camp with their guide, where they are presented with fun and unique learning opportunities. Spoor identification, discovering the traditional uses of plants, bird watching and hunting for the ‘Little 5’ highlight the intangible experiences that they can’t get in the ‘real’ world. After a bush walk, children will be given a ‘Junior Guide’ certificate, which will encourage them to become our future conservationists with a passion for wildlife who will help us to protect our heritage.
- Ngwana Club Cooking Classes
Eating well is a big part of a memorable safari experience and that includes a family feast. At Somalisa Acacia and Linyanti Ebony, there are wood fired pizza ovens. Children are invited to design their own pizzas with our chefs in camp, and families are encouraged to have a taste test competition. We also include a ‘make-your-own-slushy’ station in the warmer months, providing both entertainment and an icy drink on a warm afternoon.
Our child specialist guides enjoy sharing the history and folklore of the area and their people. Your child specialist guide will dress in authentic tribal regalia and perform a play, imparting their traditional history and legends, including an interactive drumming session.
- Arts and Crafts/Beading
An arts and crafts corner is set up for children, a place where they can let their creativity run wild after the stimulation and inspiration of their new surroundings takes hold. Here, children can thread beads to make a bracelet or necklace to take home as a memento of their time in the bush, as well as indulge in colouring in and picture painting.
- Fireside Story-telling After Dark
Story-telling and star-gazing with your child specialist guide, accompanied by hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows around the fire. This is a time to reflect on your day, your time spent together as a family and the memories that will last a lifetime that have been made together whilst on safari.