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Introduce the wonders of
Africa to your family through
a life-changing safari

Family safaris are always special. We’ve talked about these before and feel inspired to bring your attention to them again after some particularly exceptional trips taken recently with Guided Safaris Africa by big, happy family groups!

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There is nothing more heart-warming for us than hearing about the joy and pleasure these uniquely bonding times bring. And introducing children and grandchildren to Africa is an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

The excitement of incredible family journeys begins the minute you start planning.

Here, you’ll find some “tasters” to get your imagination going. Work your way through all the links and see what appeals… Wildlife experiences are essential, of course, but we can build in some activities, cultural interactions, historical tours and top it all off with a wonderful beach break to make the perfect family safari.



Ellie Crosby and her family enjoyed a wonderful safari with us in Zimbabwe and Botswana this year.

Family pics by Stewart Crosby

“(We have) just got back from the most AMAZING trip I have ever taken, and I just wanted to say, on behalf of my entire family, thanks so very much for planning and executing such a grand adventure!”

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The Hadza Experience - Tanzania

The last nomadic people of Africa live in Tanzania and you and your family can share an amazing adventure with them. This is a structured experience, but the Hadzabe tribe do not put on a show for tourists; this is truly authentic. Join the men as they hunt using traditional bows and arrows or accompany the women as they forage for fruits and berries. For children, this is a great way to open their eyes to other cultures and ways of life. Ask us about how we can build this experience into your family safari.

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The Hide Community Trust - Zimbabwe

The Hide Community Trust is a non-profit organisation, committed to conservation and sustainable community development. It has had great results in a short time and, as it runs alongside The Hide Safari Camp in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, guests are welcome to join in on various community initiatives such as tree planting, working with local farmers, visiting the school and their impressive nutritional food garden, as well as their women’s centre where they create beautiful crafts out of recycled goods. Contact us if you’d like to include this experience in your itinerary.

 




Spice plantations and ancient architecture - Zanzibar

These walking tours, ideal if you are staying in Stone Town en route to a post-safari beach break, offer an exotic glimpse into the 16th century, when spices were valuable commodities on trade routes. Visit a plantation and connect with local people on a morning spice tour, peppered with interesting insights and romance.

 

Constructed from coral stone during the 19th and 20th centuries, Stone Town was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000 and offers a heady mix of Arab, African, Indian and European cultures and architecture. We can arrange a walking tour through the narrow, labyrinthine streets where you will visit mosques, churches and temples… your guide will take you to the old slave market, Darajani market place, the House of Wonders, the Old Fort and the Sultan’s Palace. Zanzibar is a wonderful extension destination to a Tanzania or Kenyan safari. Get in touch if you are interested.



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Meet the Elephants of the Zambezi - Zimbabwe

This special safari is designed to give you the chance to meet the magnificent elephants of the Zambezi Valley in Zimbabwe. Our aim is to improve understanding of the incredible work that is being done by the Zambezi Elephant Fund (ZEF) and your participation in this safari will contribute greatly to their efforts. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet interesting and inspiring people, get up close to incredible wildlife, share time with John Stevens and enjoy some fun elephant-related activities! Would you like to meet the elephants and make a real difference? Contact us now.




Imire Rhino & Wildlife conservation - Zimbabwe

Imire Rhino & Wildlife Conservancy is dedicated to protecting wildlife and strongly believes that rural communities and conservation programmes can successfully thrive side by side, working together to ensure the protection of our natural heritage. Imire is an incredible place to visit, bursting with the energy and dedication of the wonderful Travers family, who have made it their life’s work to sustain, create, enable, understand, protect and inform in the areas of wildlife and environmental conservation, rhino breeding and release, ecological research, community development and education. A short visit or a longer family volunteering trip is possible at Imire. Get in touch if this interests you. It is an experience that changes lives!




Pack for a Purpose

We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers to make a lasting impact in the community.


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Victoria Falls - Adventure Capital of Africa


There’s so much for families to do in Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We can include any of these and more in your safari itinerary. Victoria Falls is a natural hub in the region – begin or end your safari here when you visit the rest of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana or South Africa.

  • Scenic Flight of Angels helicopter tour

  • Tour of The Falls - walk in the rainforest and take in the awesome beauty

  • Village Tour - visit a local village

  • White Water Rafting - for the older members of the family, this one gets your heart pumping and is unforgettable!

  • Sundowner Cruises - a more sedate activity along one of Africa’s most iconic rivers, the Zambezi

  • Hi Wire activities - leap into, swing down or zip across the gorge, heart-pumping and exhilarating!

  • Canopy Tour - perfect for families and a great way to explore the gorge from up on high

  • Jet boat transfer and lunch at The Elephant Café - Livingstone, Zambia - we can arrange this special excursion of elephant interaction and gourmet dining

  • Horse Trails

  • The Life of David Livingstone - 45 minute talk

  • Art Activities - painting with elephants, painting on a breakfast cruise, painting in a cultural village, sketching the Victoria Falls

  • Steam Train excursion and dinner

  • The Boma Dinner and Dance Experience - wild and wonderful, with an exciting array of food, including local delicacies



Mokoro - Okavango Delta, Botswana

The Okavango Delta is made up of deep channels and rivers, meaning that the focus is on water-based activities. Mokoro trails, mostly seasonal from around May to October, are a unique way to see wildlife, silently skimming through the waters. You sit in the mokoros, which are like dugout canoes, and your poler stands behind you and poles you along. This is a quiet activity, as you sit, relax and enjoy the passing scenery.



Other Exceptional Experiences

Go on a scavenger hunt in Mana Pools with Robin Pope Safaris; take a houseboat trip on Kariba, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world; go walking and fly-camping in the Luangwa Valley with Norman Carr Safaris; stay in Giraffe Manor in Nairobi before embarking on your Kenyan safari; see adorable baby sea turtles on their moonlit walk from egg-hatching to the sea in Kwa-Zulu Natal, climb Table Mountain or visit Robben Island in Cape Town, South Africa.

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“We are already dreaming of our next African adventure…”


While every safari country offers something different and special, it’s to these countries below that many will turn for a first family holiday in Africa. We have superb camps, houses and lodges in our portfolio that welcome families and provide unforgettable experiences.


 

Where would you like to take your family on safari?

We can arrange the best of one destination or offer a combination that will make your dream family safari a reality! John Stevens loves to explore many more countries in Africa – let us know if you want to go further afield!

YOUR GUIDE - JOHN STEVENS

Why have a private guide accompany you on safari? It’s not always an option, depending on budget, but it’s definitely worth considering for a trip of a lifetime. Private guides not only share their knowledge of wildlife and the bush, but they also get to know your preferences, especially as the safari progresses, ensuring that your experience is perfectly suited, rewarding and unique. On a family safari, your private guide ensures that not only are the adults kept happy, but that the younger members of the family are engaged and stimulated, too. John Stevens is wonderful with children, as many will attest, and you will be so pleased to have him accompany you on your family safari!


“John Stevens is a private safari guide like no other, a legend among his peers and a man with an international reputation as a uniquely charming companion and a consummate professional. He is someone who inspires his clients with total confidence, while providing them with the ultimate experience of the African wild.”

  1. Combine two or three locations and camps in your itinerary to experience different habitats and wildlife.

  2. Children are more resilient than we often give them credit for - ask us to throw in a simple fly camping or walking experience.

  3. Pack a small rucksack for each child to take on game drives and walks – it’ll be handy on the plane, too.

  4. Spend at least 3 nights in each camp, no need to rush from one place to the next.

  5. Make sure every member of the family has their own pair of binoculars.

  6. Discourage devices but do bring along disposable cameras, if you can, to keep the kids busy and amused on game drives or walks.

  7. Bring plenty of sunscreen, a good hat and a warm fleece for early mornings and evenings.

  8. Many camps offer family tents or safari houses, which are large enough to accommodate the whole family. Small safari camps can be hired on an 'exclusive use' basis. For a family or a small group, these can provide the ultimate in exclusivity: your own safari at your own pace.

  9. With younger children, it is often best to fly between destinations rather than drive. We can arrange these flights, either with scheduled transfers or private charters.

  10. Opt for a private vehicle for game drives. In some camps, it is mandatory to book a private vehicle if you are travelling with children.

  11. Parents are often worried about travelling to malaria-affected areas, but it is easy to arrange a safari in a non-malaria area.

  12. Set expectations at the beginning of the safari – let your children know that it often takes time to see the animals and patience is a virtue!


There are so many options, so many adventures out there, just waiting for wonderful people like you to come and experience them! We cannot wait to help you plan the most incredible journey you’ll ever take, one that you, your children and grandchildren will talk about and treasure for years to come.
Get in touch today with your ideas!


Best wishes from John, Nicci, Sarah and Laura



 


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