Our Top Child-Friendly Lodges in Africa

When you go away on holiday in Africa on a family holiday, you want to be sure that your children are welcome at each lodge. You want to be sure that you can bond as a family and have time to be alone. This is why child-friendly lodges in Africa are so popular! Mom and dad can go on a game drive at night, knowing their children are safe back at the lodge, playing games and learning plenty. Children’s safari clubs are all the rage now too and your offspring get to go on their own game drives and bush walks, learning about the holistic environment.

Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp is child-friendly. This lodge hosts family in an intimate setting where you get exclusive attention to detail. Modern and luxurious, Little Bush Camp is also a home away from home. Expert game rangers treat you and your children to encyclopaedic knowledge about the bush ecosystems and the endemic wildlife. Look out for elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah on early-morning or late-afternoon open vehicle game drives.

A bit further away in Namibia’s famous Etosha National Park, you can take your children to the beautiful luxury of Onguma Bush Lodge. This child-friendly lodge is a family-oriented destination full of character and located in its own conservancy close to the eastern gate of Etosha. The 19 stone and thatch chalets are ideal for families, private and stylish, close to a communal area with swimming pool, open-sided thatch-roofed dining area and lounge. Enjoy the lush lawn and magnificent views towards the setting sun. Game viewing and birdwatching are excellent with about 30 species of plains game on the alert for the resident lion, cheetah and leopard populations. The black rhino has been introduced and there are more than 300 bird species on record.

Another great place to take your children for an unforgettable safari holiday in Africa is to Zambia’s Royal Chundu on the mighty Zambezi River. This award-winning lodge boasts a unique children’s club where trained staff arrange plenty of entertainment for the little ones. The Chundu Children’s Club presents things like a treasure hunt, frogging safari, butterfly and insect capture and release, fishing tag and release, cosmic safari, birding, and cooking lessons with the Chundu Chefs. On top of this, children under 2 will be cared for by childminders at the lodge, while parents find time together in a special wilderness atmosphere.

Victoria Falls is not far from Royal Chundu which is equidistant from both Chobe and the Falls. Why not book day trips to these destinations to show your children the white spray of the World Heritage Site and the amazing elephant herds along the Chobe? River Lodge suites boast large double showers, an infinity pool and 15 kilometres of private waterway all to yourself. And Island Lodge, for something more exclusive, features four remote private villas set between the baobabs, each with an open-air bath, infinity pool and private dining deck.

And then there is our very own Shamwari Game Reserve – The Pride of the Eastern Cape – and a top child-friendly lodge in Africa. This is Sarili Lodge, the perfect combination between a colonial and bush experience. Perfect for families or small parties. The décor emulates an old traditional farmhouse with interiors that reflect an easy living home lifestyle in a natural environment. The lodge features a child-friendly swimming pool, dining and lounge areas, courtyard barbeque area and special Children’s Menu. Child Minders are available at an additional cost.

Children will love the special “Kids on Safari” programme where kids aged 4 and older have a chance of a lifetime to view the Big 5, view a special educational film and visit the Born Free Foundation and Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Shamwari, meaning “my friend” in Shona, stretches 25,000 hectares over a malaria-free landscape and is one of the largest private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa.

Book one of our top child-friendly lodges in Africa and find the time to be you again.