Kenya safaris

Amanda's verdict
A family safari is the ultimate I-Spy and there’s no better place to get spotting than Kenya’s wildlife reserves. Pride of place on your itinerary, the Masai Mara not only offers your cubs the chance to tick off the cast of The Lion King, but also to take part in other exciting activities like night drives and walking safaris. Wash the dust off afterwards with a few days at the coast.

Recommended tour operator: Mahlatini

Mahlatini says

Kenya fully deserves its reputation as the perfect choice for a family safari holiday, with its vast plains, superb safari lodges, stunning coastline and an opportunity to view the ‘Big Five’.

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Of all the safari destinations, it’s Kenya that has best embraced families with a wide choice of family-friendly camps and lodges, exceptional child-friendly guides, special meal times and child-minding services, camp activity programmes and the ease of combining a safari holiday with down time on pristine white sand beaches in Kenya and throughout the Indian Ocean.

If time is short – the perfect option for a half-term break – our Lakes and Landrovers family safari packs a punch for all ages. As well as the chance to see the fabulous flamingoes on Lake Naivasha, there’s also a stay at Governor’s Camp in the Masai Mara. The BBC’s Big Cat Diary team was based there and it’s always a thrill for guests to see the famous lion, Notch.

This 13-day Kenya and Mauritius safari and beach combination is a popular option, kicking off in Kenya’s Masai Mara. Stay at the Kichwa Tembo tented camp with its jaw-dropping views over the Kenyan plains and the chance to see the Big Five. When not out on game drives, there’s a gorgeous pool to relax in. Next stop is a week in your own two-bedroom villa with a private pool at the Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius.

Another terrific safari and beach option combines the Masai Mara with the luxurious Baraza Resort & Spa on Zanzibar island. Find out more here.

Our well-travelled and expert team takes pride in organising the perfect holiday – many of us have children and know, from first hand experience, how to plan the best family experiences in Kenya from picking the best flight timings to the ideal lodge depending on the kids’ ages and interests.

Find more about Mahlatini’s family holidays in Kenya. Or see our full selection of family holiday ideas.

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