Is seeking the “big five” of an African safari with little ones a good idea? We vote yes – but only if it’s done well. A family safari has the potential to outshine any other childhood travel experience. The classic game drive, however, isn’t always geared towards kids. Elevate gets it right with outside-the-box family safaris tailored for any age from tots to teens.
We make planning easy! Have a chat with one of our Africa experts, and we’ll work with your dates, budget, and interests to create a perfect, custom safari.
We do the legwork of recommending the best lodges, organizing your transportation, and planning every detail of your trip — so you can focus on what’s really important: spending time with your family.
We do things differently to turn traditional safaris into family adventures as imaginative as your kids’ art projects. Here’s how we make a family safari as mesmerizing (and complaint-free!) as possible:
- We’ll take time to get to know your family and all its quirks. That’s how we design a trip just for you – lots of listening, exploring what you like, and nixing what you don’t. No family situation or request is too complicated to tackle.
Family Travel IQ
- We’ve sent enough kids (including our own!) on travel adventures to know what makes them tick. Picky eater? We get it. No long drives? Perfectly understandable. Kid-friendly lodging with adjoining rooms or family suites? Check. We’ve tracked those down. Seriously. We know what details work for kids journeying far from their habitats.
Safaris + Goodness
- Like all Elevate journeys, our family safaris have a lot of heart. We go way beyond the “game drive-lodge-repeat” of standard safaris. We mix in close-up cultural exchanges, zoomed-in animal encounters, and even opportunities to lend a hand locally. We can add a meaningful volunteer component to any safari — just ask!
- We specialize in crafting journeys that everyone can join — from grandma and grandpa to teenagers and kids.
Here are a few of our favorite family itineraries to get you started:
Kenya: Family Conservation and Community
A hands-on Kenyan experience with orphaned elephants and lion conservation monitoring!
Kenya: Family Eco Safari
This safari is especially put together for families—to educate, bond, thrill, and have fun!
Kenya: Living With Warriors Family Safari
Intensively engage with Samburu and Maasai tribal communities in Kenya – designed for families and kids!
Kenya: Private Elephant Adventure
This itinerary features an opportunity to work with orphan elephants in the wild—a unique experience!
South Africa: Service and Safari
Enjoy a tour for everyone’s interests, including wildlife, stunning vistas, volunteering, and relaxation with your family.
Tanzania: Elephant Conservation Service and Safari
Contribute to long-term conservation of elephants and visit the stunning wilderness of Ruaha National Park.
Tanzania: Service and Safari
Spend your vacation giving back to others in Tanzania. One of our most popular trips — great for all ages!