The best safari lodges for families
15 April 2019
Is the only thing you haven’t done on your “travel checklist” to finally achieve all your childhood dreams an African Safari? That being said, you are concerned about your children’s comfort and security on the savannah, even though they’re big lovers of wildlife. In order to put you at ease, here is our list of all-inclusive lodges that are perfectly designed for the ENTIRE family. And exclusively for you, Little Guest (a collection of family high-end hotels) has created an extraordinary safari tour to take you to South Africa, from Cape Town to the famous Kruger Park.
Just as the name indicates, the idea of staying in a “lodge” is to allow you to stay closer to the wildlife. Your group will be staying at a location that has privilege access to a reserve where wild and rare animals spend their days happily in their natural habitat. At first, it may seem inappropriate to bring young children along on these trips because of how far you must travel. However, the lodges offer your children an exceptional safari experience in the best possible conditions. Let’s take a look at the best locations in our collection.
1 – SINGITA PAMUSHANA LODGE
The magic of Zimbabwe
In the deep South-East of Zimbabwe, on the Malilangwe natural reserve, you will find the Singita Pamushana Lodge village. With 8 luxury suites and one five-room villa, this location is always a favorite for young rangers who want to learn more about African flora and fauna.
Children love: The nannies at the baby-sitting service, jumping on the trampolines, the tennis and table tennis competitions, the board games, DVDs and puzzles placed in the room, the swimming lessons, the star gazing, and the meals custom made by the chef.
Parents love: The night time safaris, the Bush spa where they offer African Head Massages, the cruises organized at sunset, the fishing, the astronomy classes, the bow shooting lessons and the visits to the Kambako Living History Museum.
Activity you can’t miss: visit of the Kambako Living History Museum.
2 – Singita Ebony Lodge
In the heart of the private reserve of Sabi Sand, very close to the Kruger National Park
Perched above the Sabi River, in the private reserve of Sabi Sand, the superb Singita Ebony Lodge offers particular attention to its mini rangers. An incredible number of activities and experiences are dedicated to children, without skimping on the comfort and desires of their parents.
Children love: The complimentary stay for kids younger than 2 years old, the workshops for mini rangers, the stargazing moments, chasing the butterflies, the colouring books and board games in the rooms, the children’s treatments in the spa, the cooking lessons and visiting the schools in the neighbourhood
Parents love: The fresh and sophisticated food created by the Chef, the rare and high-end wine tastings, the massages for couples at the spa, and the opportunity to sponsor a school.
Activity you can’t miss: the night walks organised by the lodge
3 – MADIKWE SAFARI LODGE
Suites with a panoramic view
In the North-East region of South Africa, just a few kilometers from the Botswana boarder, you’ll find the luxurious Madikwe Safari Lodge! This 5-star destination offers children plenty of learning programs and recreational excursions lead by attentive and devoted professionals.
Children love: The complimentary stay for those younger than 5 years old, the half-priced stay for those between 6 and 15 years old, the complimentary kids-club, the “Eco-House” with eco-friendly recreational activities, the savannah exploration, the bunkbeds and the night time games.
Parents love: The hotel’s exceptional location, the in-room massages, the chef’s generous and fresh cuisine, the safaris and the complimentary bottle of champagne with every excursion, seeing the milky way, the spa and the suites with panoramic views.
Activity you can’t miss: meet the rhinos, an endangered species protected by Madikwe Safari Lodge
4 – MARATABA SAFARI LODGE
4 hours from Johannesburg
In the North-East of South Africa, the superb Marataba Safari Lodge – voted Travelers’ Choice Laureate 2019 on TripAdvisor – is situated at the foot of the massive Waterberg. The hotel consists of 15 elegant tent suites and one outdoor pool, as well as a refined bar and restaurant, as well as in room massages.
Children love: The complimentary stay for those younger than 5 years old and the half-priced stay for those between 6 and 15 years old, the children’s menu, the footprint hunt, the family safari excursions, the orientation games and the educational and entertaining activities offered by the complimentary kids-club.
Parents love: The family suites, watching for the Big Five from the Tree House, the variety of trails organized on the reserve, the hotel’s baby-sitting service, the onsite doctor, the full body massages and the yoga retreats.
Activity you can’t miss: go on a wild hike in the Waterbeg National Park (for the most adventurous)
5 – SINGITA Serengeti House
In the heart of the Serengeti Park in Tanzania
Nestled in more than 4 million different species of animals and plants, the Singita Serengeti House offers an eco-friendly, contemporary, sophisticated, and luxurious experience. This private house is made up of 4 suites, 1 infinity pool and 1 fitness room. You can enjoy a stunning setting
Children love: The nannies at the baby-sitting service, the “Mini Ranger” environmental education program, the family safari excursions, the board games placed in the rooms, the stargazing and animal sightings, the painting classes and the children’s menus.
Parents love: The gastronomy, the mountain biking, the bow shooting, the hot air balloon rides over the savannah, the visits to the neighbouring villages, meeting the anti-poaching team from the Singita Grumeti Fund, the local wines and the extensive spa treatments.
Activity you can’t miss: visit one of the 21 neighbouring villages that are camp’s partners
6 – Safari tour in South Africa
A piece of cake
Prepared by globetrotting mothers for demanding families in search of luxury and comfort, this safari tour in South Africa crosses the most beautiful sites in the region. Equipped with their hats and boots, the little adventurers set off to discover Cape Town, Johannesburg and the famous Cape of Good Hope..
Children love: whales dancing along the coastal town of Hermanus, the eco-pedagogical activities of the selected high-end accommodation, the penguin colony of the Cape of Good Hope, the African farms you meet on a safari and the delicious restaurants with a playground overlooking the sea.
Parents love: the delicious South African wines to taste during the trip, the sun setting on breathtaking landscapes, picnics in the shade of the pines, the children’s smiles when they see the sea lions lounging in the port of Hout Bay, the spas, swimming pools and lagoons in the sublime luxury hotels carefully chosen by our team.
7 – Our final advice
For more than a perfect stay
- Africa is so beautiful, but sometimes it can catch you off guard if you don’t protect yourself! We have selected the 8 best sunscreen products for babies to help you protect their fragile and delicate skin.
- The only undesirable animal you may encounter on your way is the naughty mosquito. To avoid disaster, children are protected from bites with these parental advice.
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Jean-Philippe, 34 years old, musician and travel lover, from Brussels, Belgium