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5 kid-friendly luxury safari lodges in Africa with Ker & Downey© Africa

Travel trends come and go, but a family safari in Africa is one travel trend that is here to stay. From exotic destinations to captivating wildlife, a safari in Africa promises to disconnect you from your digital devices and reconnect you with your loved ones through a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience. Luxury travel operator, Ker & Downey® Africa, curate highly personalized trips throughout the African continent from their home base in Cape Town. With their finger on the pulse of African travel, their team of experts compiled their top 5 family recommendations for the luxury safari lodge.

Attention to family-friendly detail, such as Lemala Nanyukie's Cubs Club, is what makes these lodges extra special. Credit: Lemala Nanyukie

Attention to family-friendly detail, such as Lemala Nanyukie’s Cubs Club, is what makes these lodges extra special. Credit: Lemala Nanyukie

Marataba Safari Lodge, South Africa

Located in the malaria-free Marakele National Park, Marataba Safari Lodge creates experiences that encourage families to spend quality time together without the distraction of our modern-day lives.  From accommodation, meals and activities, flexibility is key at Marataba. The exclusive lodge features four tented family suites that include a second room for your little ones, kitted out with storybooks, toys and games.

The dedicated kids area at Marataba Safari Lodge. Credit: Marataba Safari Lodge

Kids can not only spot the Big 5 on daily game drives, but the lodge also hosts a curated kids’ programme, Mack & Madi Kids Adventure Club. From animal tracking to pancake baking, your kids will be entertained under the supervision of the Mack & Madi Crew. 

Experience a family safari at Marataba Safari Lodge when you book Ker & Downey® Africa’s 12 day Family Vacation in Africa.

It is all about location, location, location at this luxury safari lodge. Check out that view! Credit: Marataba Safari Lodge

Jack’s Camp, Botswana

Your family will come face to face with inquisitive meerkats and walk in the footsteps of ancient bushmen at Jack’s Camp, one of Botswana’s most iconic camps. Located on the edge of the Makgadigadi Pans, the Bedouin-style tented camp is ideal lodge for the adventurous family. Discover the glittering salt pans by horseback or quad bike. Seek out unique desert species like the black-maned Kalahari lion on 4×4 game drives. Then, return to your oasis in the desert. 

Head out on horseback to experience the wild. Credit: Jack’s Camp

Note: Jack’s Camp will be closed for refurbishment between 01 October 2019 and 30 April 2020.  

Lemala Nanyukie, Tanzania

Lemala Nanyukie gives families direct access to Serengeti National Park, home to the annual Wildebeest Migration. Experience the thrill of Africa staying in Lemala Nanyukie’s luxury canvas tented suites. The suits are complete with a private pool to cool down in after warm days exploring the Serengeti. The camp hosts an engaging ‘Cubs Club’ where kiddies learn to identify Africa’s wildlife and become budding future conservationists. And what better way to end a safari day than by roasting marshmallows around the campfire under the African sky?

Come together at the Communal Tent, then enjoy your space in your own luxury lodge. Credit: Lemala Nanyukie

Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp, Kenya

Discover Kenya’s Maasai Mara when you stay at the award-winning Cottar’s 1920s Camp with your family. Home to the largest concentration of wildlife on earth, this safari experience promises to be a winner. The luxury tent suites ensure utmost privacy. They feature a private lounge and dining area. Families will make unforgettable memories on guided bush walks, day and night game drives and unique dining experiences surrounded by Kenya’s wilderness. 

Head out on family safari from Cottar’s Camp. Credit: Cottar’s Camp

Morukuru River House, South Africa

The exclusive use Morokuru River House offers a secluded haven for families traveling to Madikwe Game Reserve. Perched on the banks of the Marico River, Morukuru River House sleeps up to ten people. It features a private pool and plenty of space to spend time together as a family.

Enjoy a refreshing dip in this picturesque pool. Credit: Morukuru River House.

Morukuru River House is fully staffed. This includes the luxury of a private chef, butler, nanny and housekeepers, as well as a private safari guide and tracker for the ultimate personalized safari experience. Traverse the Madikwe Game Reserve at your own pace on daily game drives, guided nature walks and expert lead fishing safaris. Experience Morukuru River House when you book Ker & Downey® Africa’s 9-Day Luxury Family Safari in South Africa

Keep your eyes peeled on a Madikwe Game Drive. Credit: Morukuru River House

Want to plan a family safari to Africa? Or a stay in a these luxury safari lodge like these? Get in touch with one of Ker & Downey® Africa’s LuxVenture® Designers. They will craft the perfect itinerary for your family. 

Many of these lodges host one-on-one, up-close experiences of Africa specifically for kids. Credit: Morukuru River House


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