What is the best family safari in Kenya?
Safaris come in all shapes and sizes, as do families, so it’s not always an easy question to answer. Below, we split families, and safaris, into different categories, and name our favourite luxury family safari holidays for each.
Best family safari for teenagers – Lewa Wilderness
One of Kenya’s most well-established lodges, Lewa Wilderness is perfect for families with teenagers. The stunning wildlife and scenery are complemented by a wide range of activities, guaranteed to keep any teenager happy.
- Night and day game drives
- Riding stables
- Swimming in nearby waterfalls
- Tennis court and swimming pool
If that wasn’t enough, the lodge also has a retro yellow biplane, used for scenic flights over the plains.
Best family safari for under 10s – Cottar’s 1920s Camp
It’s hard to describe all the reasons we love Cottar’s 1920s Camp. Quite simply, they are the masters at taking care of families, particularly those with young children.
The camp is found on its own private conservancy, bordering the Masai Mara. The staff have all worked here for a very long time and have a genuine affinity for children. They understand what makes parents and little ones feel relaxed and entertained on safari, and deliver every time.
Children can learn bush skills, such as archery and spear-throwing. They’ll also be taught about nature and the many species that live in this area. In the evening, mum and dad (and the kids) can enjoy their own canvas bush bath, overlooking the Masai Mara.
Best family safari for toddlers – House in the Wild
We travelled here with our toddler and have yet to find a lodge where we all felt so relaxed.
House in the Wild is tucked away on the northern edge of the Masai Mara ecosystem, on 1,000 acre private estate bordering a vast private conservancy. Owned and run by parents, everything has been designed to make families feel at home.
The swimming pool is a little one’s delight, with a huge shallow area to splash around in. As well as accessing the world-famous Masai Mara, families can choose to stay and explore the estate, including bike rides, games of croquet and badminton, and exploring the huge, wild vegetable garden.
The rooms are spacious and carefully designed to give parents plenty of space, whilst still being close to children.
Best family safari with lots of personal space – Mara Bush Houses
When a family is travelling together, it can be important to have your own space to truly relax. Exclusive-use private houses are few and far between in the Masai Mara, so these hidden gems are a rare find.
The Mara Bush Houses are airy, well-designed with a swimming pool and private staff. Tucked away in a peaceful corner of the Mara North conservancy they are the perfect sanctuary for families to relax after a day of excitement and activities.
Complete with 3-bedrooms, each has been built with families in mind, offering total flexibility for families on safari.
Best for spoiling the family in style – Angama Mara
An iconic lodge, perched 1,000 metres above the Masai Mara plains, Angama Mara is certainly one for the bucket list.
Dotted along the edge of the Oloololo escarpment, all the tents come with jaw-dropping views. Furthermore, they have some of the most stylish and sumptuous design we’ve seen in Africa.
Game drives take place in the bountiful savanna below. At the end of the day, families can retire to the luxury of the lodge and enjoy the incredible home-grown food, as well as the well-stocked wine cellar. A stay here will make any family feel very spoiled.
Best family safari for large groups – andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp
Family-friendly, stylish and offering effortless experiences, andBeyond Kichwa Tembo is a Masai Mara institution.
With a total of 40 safari tents, it’s the perfect spot to visit with a large family group, as there is plenty to do for everyone. The pool is blissful, with stunning views across the Mara triangle. Kichwa Tembo is situated on a private concession, therefore, game drives and sundowners can be orchestrated to bring everyone together.
We are big fans, so much so that we took 28 members of our extended family here after our wedding in Kenya.
Best for conservationist families – Sarara Camp
Situated within the 850,000 acres of pristine wilderness that make up the Namunyak Wildilfe Conservancy, Sarara Camp is a very special place indeed.
For families looking for a truly unique experience, Sarara is a place of wonder. Its blend of experiential tourism, and community and conservation focus make it an undisputed forerunner in the world of sustainable tourism.
Guests can feel immersed in Samburu culture, visit Kenya’s first community-run elephant sanctuary and head out on horseback with local Samburu guides.
Best for family bonding – Ol Malo Lodge
This memorable lodge, set on an abundant private game sanctuary is in Kenya’s remote Laikipia plateau. Owned and run by the Francombe family, the focus is on sharing their family home with visitors from all over the world.
Guests can stay in the main lodge or the Ol Malo House. Activities include:
- Mountain biking
- Camel treks
- Game drives
- Helicopter tours.
There are no timetables, you set the pace. As such, Ol Malo Lodge is an oasis for family bonding.
Best for beach-lovers – Kinondo Kwetu
Kinondo Kwetu is a family-owned, boutique beach lodge, found on a private beach on Kenya’s south coast. The lodge has a reputation as a ‘home from home’ and a visit feels like just that.
Run by a Swedish family, the lodge has accommodation in a range of shapes and sizes, making it perfectly suited to families of any type.
As well as the beautiful beach to explore, there’s a cliff-top yoga deck, two lovely pools, and the opportunity to go horse riding along the beach. Ocean lovers will delight in the array of diverse water sports.
An escape here is the perfect way to spend time as a family, either before or after a safari.
Best for Instagram families – Giraffe Manor
For families looking to make their friends jealous on social media, nothing comes remotely close to the ultra-Instagrammable Giraffe Manor in the suburbs of Nairobi.
A magical place where giraffes visit for breakfast, a stay at Giraffe Manor is a one-of-a-kind experience unrivalled anywhere in the world.
This is a stately old home, full of character (aside from the long-necked residents), and families will marvel at how close and personal the experience is. Definitely one to brag about to everyone back home.
Plan your dream family safari with us
Now that we’ve provided some inspiration, you may be feeling the excitement of a family adventure in Kenya.
The best way to start planning a family safari holiday is to get in touch and let us know a little bit about you, your plans, and what your hopes and dreams are for the trip.
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