A fly-in safari that begins and ends in big game country, this 8-day tour has been designed for families with older children aged about nine to 12. Each of the three lodges on the itinerary welcomes older children and there are dedicated adventure clubs waiting for them that offer child-oriented safari activities with local guides and naturalists. There are walks, sports and adventures to local villages as well as swimming pools and Wi-Fi access – something for every child. And since the lodges also have spa treatment suites and masseuses, there is something for parents and gown-ups, too.
Your safari begins in Kenya’s capital Nairobi but not in a city hotel. Instead, you spend your first night in Africa looking out for buffalo, lion and even rhino from the viewing deck of Ololo Lodge, set on the edge of Nairobi National Park and a ‘real-deal’ way to start the trip. The focus then moves north to the Samburu National Reserve, your chance to see the diverse wildlife of Kenya’s drier savannahs, including several animals absent from the Masai Mara National Reserve, the third chapter to this wildlife-intensive safari. The Masai Mara is, of course, most famous for the annual and seasonal Wildebeest Migration. Your accommodation – Mara Intrepids Camp – is well positioned for dramatic river crossings when the wildebeest herds arrive from the neighbouring Serengeti and is an amazing game-viewing destination at any time of year.
Well-paced with plenty of time at each major safari destination, this tour is perfect for families looking for a comfortable and activity-filled holiday with all the smaller details to suit each age. It combines easily with a beach holiday on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast too – the ideal way to reward your family after all those early mornings on safari.