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Multi-Generational Family Safaris

A multi-generational family safari in Africa promises to be one remembered and talked about for many years after. It won’t just be the wildlife sightings that will stay in the memory but the landscape too, the sunsets and the fireside meals. Africa has a way of bringing people closer together and turning a holiday into a celebration.

A family safari is also far easier to plan and enjoy than people might think. Many safari camps and lodges have dedicated family activity programmes and facilities – playgrounds and baby sitters – while others offer exclusive-use safari villas, complete with private guide, vehicle and chef.

We have selected travel destinations that span a broad range of experiences. Many of our South African safari destinations, for example, are malaria-free and suitable for families with younger children. Safari destinations in Botswana and Zambia on the other hand are better suited to older multi-generational families.

For the most authentic family safari under canvas, consider a tailor-made camping safari. Moving between private campsites in some of Africa’s best wildlife reserves, you have a professional guide to lead game drives and a friendly team to take care of everything at camp.

Browse our best family safari destinations and selected tours below or simply contact us with an idea about your African family safari and we’ll take it from there. Please also visit the Botswana Family Safaris page to get more information.


South Africa - Madikwe

Malaria-free Madikwe Private Reserve lies on the edge of the Kalahari and is recognised as a great conservation success story. Home to the Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo) it is also an important haven for rare animals such as wild dog and brown hyena.

Many Madikwe lodges are particularly suitable for families, offering special activity programmes, kids’ meals, entertainment and child minders. There are also exclusive-use villas with private guides, housekeepers and a chef, and if you feel like a break from the wildlife, Madikwe is between a two and three-hour drive to Sun City, the biggest and boldest family entertainment resort in Africa.

South Africa - Sun City

Home to a giant water park, two championship golf courses, restaurants, casinos and theatres, Sun City can comfortably lay claim to having something for everyone. There is a huge list of things to do and see around the main resort but next door is malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park, one of South Africa’s most bio-diverse conservation areas and home to the Big 5.

You can choose to stay with the bright lights of Sun City. The resort has four hotels and you can book morning and afternoon game drives in Pilanesberg as well as hot-air balloon safaris; alternatively you can stay at safari accommodation in Pilanesberg itself. There are several safari lodges suitable for a family, and you will have the advantage of armchairs overlooking waterholes as well as night drives and under-the-stars bush dining.

South Africa - Garden Route

Drive a little further past the beaches and forests of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay and you arrive in big game country. The malaria-free Eastern Cape is home to several Big 5 private reserves with family-friendly accommodation. There are game drives to enjoy, guided walks and canoe adventures, and many reserves are within easy reach of the Eastern Cape’s beaches.

With Port Elizabeth as a local travel hub, the Garden Route safari destinations are easy to combine with Cape Town. Hire a car in Cape Town and work your way along the Garden Route to the Eastern Cape reserves, after which you return your car at Port Elizabeth and fly out.

South Africa - Kruger/Sabi Sands

South Africa’s flagship reserve has two main regions: the Kruger National Park itself, and the private reserves that border it. The best known private reserve is the Sabi Sands but the nearby Timbavati and Thornybush Private Reserves are equally as good for wildlife and have similar family-friendly accommodation and activities.

It is all about the big game experience in the Kruger and its private reserves. Indeed, the Sabi reserves have a reputation for delivering the best sightings of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo anywhere in Africa. Explore by 4X4, on foot with guides, and from the comfort of a private suite with waterhole views.

Botswana & Zambia

Perfect for a multi-generational family looking for adventure, independence and flexibility, Botswana and Zambia are home to some of the largest and healthiest populations of big animals in Africa. Ask us about exclusive-use safari villas and family tents in Chobe, the Okavango Delta, Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa. We can even add on Victoria Falls and the beaches of Lake Malawi for a grand finale.

Unfenced camps, adventure activities such as walking and canoeing plus limited in-camp facilities for very young children make these destinations suitable for families with children from the age of six and older. See Botswana Family Safaris.

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From the very first contact we’re very happy about the respond time and quality of information from safari-online.com. Based on the received first tailor-made quote, which is a weblink with all the details about the flights, photos of the lodges etc. we knew that this is “our” partner for this trip. Our expectations were excelled!!!

Lukas (Germany)
Best trip I have ever been on. Highly recommend.

Would highly recommend. Safari online asked questions when booking and were efficient and knew exactly what we were looking for in terms of accommodation and animals were wanted to see. Gave advice on a few little extras with no pressure, which we did and am very grateful which make trip even more exciting. Would definitely recommend booking with them.

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Excellent service and they supplied good suggestions for our holiday they also organised all internal flights and arranged check in for us so we had no worries while on holiday. We have had a most memorable holiday staying at wonderful places thanks to Sabrina and Safari Online. Would recommend Safari Online to organise your holiday.

Lorraine (UK)
Safari Online were extremely efficient and absolutely charming to work with.

Our 28-day itinerary took us to South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. A magnificent and unforgettable adventure. Everything ran smoothly and efficiently from the flights, transfers, rides, connections, etc. Absolutely wonderful! Can’t thank them enough!

Ann and Mario (Canada)
Safari Online made our fantastic family holiday dream come true!!

Safari Online have been nothing but professional and incredible from the time we made our first enquiry to the last day of our stunning holiday. Nothing was too much trouble for Walter. We are now starting to plan our next family Safari for 2019. Guess who we will be booking with??? Safari Online we hope you are ready!!!!!

Penni (AU)
It was a safari of a lifetime and exceeded all of our expectations!

Our mom grew up in Central and South Africa so we had visited the continent many times. My sister and I wanted to take our teens and husbands to Africa to experience the magic. We had a limited budget but big and specific expectations and by some miracle Walter was able to manage both.

Heather (USA)
Professional, patient, efficient and responsive. Met all our travel needs and requirements spot on

Communication was excellent – I asked A LOT of questions and did a ton of research myself and Walter was extremely patient with me and very responsive. he was straight forward and extremely professional. Tour itself was excellent – an incredible experience and one never to be forgotten. Everything was spot on.

Karina was absolutely instrumental to our safari success.

Our experience with Safari Online was excellent. After becoming very frustrated trying to search for a safari destination on our own, we turned to Karina for help and she was a lifesaver.  We had an amazing safari adventure at the lodge–the experience of a lifetime–and are so grateful for her help. We literally couldn’t have done it without her!

Chris (USA)
An incredibly well organised tour with no hassles whatsoever.

Safari Online understood our needs and was able to present us with sensible options to choose from. It was evident that this tour operator has knowledgable and experienced agents who can arrange a seemless tour. We were provided with a professional online itinary which was comprehensive and easy to use, knew exactely what to expect, and encountered no stumble blocks along the way.

Gwen (AU)
Walter has always been an excellent communicator and has supported us fully

We have been to Africa for 24 of the last 27 years so know a bit about what is involved. Walter has arranged the details for the last couple of years, and has done a superb job. He is always quick to respond and comes up with answers immediately……..no evasive tactics, always head-on!

Roger (UK)