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:
A hands-on Kenyan experience with orphaned elephants and lion conservation monitoring!
This safari is especially put together for families—to educate, bond, thrill, and have fun!
Intensively engage with Samburu and Maasai tribal communities in Kenya – designed for families and kids!
This itinerary features an opportunity to work with orphan elephants in the wild—a unique experience!
Enjoy a tour for everyone’s interests, including wildlife, stunning vistas, volunteering, and relaxation with your family.
Contribute to long-term conservation of elephants and visit the stunning wilderness of Ruaha National Park.
Spend your vacation giving back to others in Tanzania. One of our most popular trips — great for all ages!