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Kids on Safari – Game Lodges that entertain the kids

Updated Sunday, 31 March 2024

Kids on Safari ~ Welcome to a world of wild wonders and family adventures! Here are some extraordinary game reserves around South Africa that offer exciting and educational programs for children.

From thrilling safaris to interactive wildlife experiences, we delve into the best destinations where young explorers can connect with nature and learn about conservation, on a thrilling Kids on Safari Experience.

… IN MPUMALANGA

Lion Sands Tinga Lodge – Sabi Sands

Lion Sands Tinga Lodge Kids on Safari

Sit back and relax, while we ensure your young adventurers are well taken care of with an array of activities such as milkshake sundowners, scavenger hunts, baking and beading.

These activities are designed to ignite their adventurous spirit, boost their creativity and pique their curiosity. Each child will receive their own backpack or cap, games, and gifts to add to their excitement.

We also cater to their dietary needs with our child-friendly meals. Additionally, we provide child minding services on demand.

Jabulani Safari – Kruger Park

 Kids on Safari at Jabulani

Embark on a journey of wildlife discovery with our JabuJuniors programme, specifically tailored for as a Safari for kids. In this immersive wildlife haven, youngsters will partake in a variety of exhilarating adventure activities while gaining knowledge about Africa’s diverse wildlife.

The programme is open to safari enthusiasts of six years and older without any time limitations. Your little ones willemerge as budding JabuJuniors Conservationists or earn their credentials from our esteemed JabuJuniors Ranger Academy.

They will also receive personalized certificates as a memento of their unforgettable Jabulani Game Reserve and South African wildlife encounter, which they can treasure for many years to come

Simbambili Game Lodge – Sabi Sands

 Kids on Safari in Sambambilu Lodge

Our exceptional teams are committed to creating a splendid array of family activities that promise an unforgettable stay for all.

We have specially curated activities, such as guided bush walks for children to discover the fascinating world of insects and plants, coupled with delightful baking sessions.

If you’re keen on encapsulating the cherished moments of your stay, we also offer services to arrange a private family photo shoot to keep the memories alive.

Inyati Private Game Reserve – Sabi Sands

 Kids on Safari

The Young Rangers Programme offered for parents travelling with young kids provides a fun and educational “Kids on Safari” experience for children.

Through the program, children will learn how to use all their senses to fully appreciate the beauty of nature. By the end of the program, children will receive an Inyati Young Rangers certificate.

They will have acquired skills such as making tricky bird calls, understanding how plants use offensive smells to protect themselves, tracking and identifying spoor, and navigating using the night sky.

Fitzpatricks Villa at Jock – Kruger Park

 Kids on Safari

On your arrival at Fitzpatrick’s at Jock, our host or dedicated ranger will help your family plan activities based on your family structure, children’s ages, and prevailing weather conditions.

We provide free-of-charge child care during game drive hours and can arrange additional child care beyond these hours for an extra fee. Each child will be given a gift pack filled with small presents, the majority of which can be used during their stay.

For safety reasons, we limit the exploration of children aged 5 and below to drives within the Jock concession. However, children aged 6 and above are welcome to participate in regular game drives, for the full Kids on Safari experience.

If your family prefers to explore in a private vehicle, we can arrange one for your exclusive use, with a daily surcharge added to your bill.

Chitwa Chitwa – Sabie Sands

 Kids on Safari

Upon receiving approval from the dedicated guide, children aged 6 and above are allowed to join the safari trips with adults.

For children who are younger, we have set up specific activities that will be outlined during the family’s arrival briefing.

We also offer a distinct Chitwa Children’s Eco Experience for an enriching and fun learning experience.

… IN limpopo

Safari Plains – Mabula

 Kids on Safari

Our children’s entertainment program is filled with a plethora of fun activities that will keep the kids occupied for hours on end.

With a diverse selection that includes everything from movie screenings to kiddie yoga sessions, nature explorations, and kiddie safaris, there’s no shortage of enjoyment for every child.

Mabula Game Lodge – Bela Bela

 Kids on Safari

At Mabula Game Lodge, we pride ourselves in offering a range of engaging activities for children.

Our kid-friendly stargazing and wildlife safaris offer a captivating learning experience about the Big Five, the Small Five, the Ugly Five, and other species that inhabit our lodge.

Children can further engage their playful side with a range of indoor and outdoor activities, including tug of war, egg and spoon races, sack races, and coloring.

We also provide a playstation for those kids who enjoy digital fun.

Kololo Game Reserve – Vaalwater

 Kids on Safari

Our experienced guides are ready to take your children on a Kids Safari during mid-mornings.

The Kololo ranger will lead them on a bushveld expedition, providing a fun and interactive learning experience about nature.

Various activities are included to make their stay more enjoyable. Kids will also receive a Bushveld Safari Book filled with fun questions, coloring pages, and puzzles about animals to help them remember this exciting adventure.

Jembisa Bush Home – Melkrivier

 Kids on Safari

Jembisa family safaris take pride in creating a variety of unique activities that cater to the specific needs and interests of each family group. Our size enables us to maintain flexibility in our safari programme, ensuring a bespoke experience for every family.

Children are fond of Jembisa, where they can experience an exciting safari adventure, learn about the marvels of nature, and leave with the skills of a mini-game tracker. This shared Kids on Safari experience leaves a lasting impression and creates a memorable holiday.

We provide nanny services for children under the age of 2. For children aged 3-5, we offer game drives that can be enjoyed with their parents, as well as little 5 bug and bird walks and a games room.

For children between the ages of 6-10, we have activity packs, quizzes, bug hunts, and more. Our older guests, aged 11-15, can enjoy walking safaris, archery, fishing, camp outs, game drives, and plenty of other thrilling activities.

Marataba Safari Lodge -Thabazimbi

 Kids on Safari

Here, families can find a tranquil haven where their children can enjoy a myriad of adventures under the guidance of our experienced caregivers at Mack & Madi Kids’ Adventure Club.

We warmly welcome children of every age group. The little ones can learn how to track animals, camp in the wilderness, and watch fascinating outdoor movies beneath the starlit sky while being completely surrounded by nature.

They will relish this newfound sense of freedom and adventure, creating lifelong friendships along the way.

Shiduli Private Game Lodge – Karongwe

 Kids on Safari

At Shiduli Private Game Lodge, Game Drives are not available at our Game Reserve to children under the age of 6 years. However, we do offer a special children’s programme at the Little Paw Centre, which is available for an additional charge.

We also provide babysitting services, but these are subject to availability and do come with a fee.

Kambaku Safari Lodge – Timbavati

Our own family’s experience living in the bush has inspired the creation of the Kubs Program at Kambaku Safari Lodge.

We aim to nurture children’s natural curiosity and love for nature by providing them with opportunities to explore and appreciate the wonders of the bush.

Through our program, we hope to entertain, educate, and inspire children as they discover the beauty and diversity of the natural world around them.

Royal Malewane – Thornybush

The bushveld acts as a distinctive blend of an educational environment and recreational area, where our Guides delight in introducing children and teenagers to the wonders of the natural world.

We offer a variety of activities tailored for kids of different ages, along with optional childcare services, allowing parents to relax with peace of mind. Through our Royal Rangers program, each child is provided with a comprehensive bush backpack, enabling them to participate in safari adventures and document their wildlife sightings.

Additionally, our Junior Rangers program gives older children the chance to enhance their tracking skills.

Letamo at Qwabi Private Game Reserve – Bela Bela

Our facility offers a unique and engaging experience for children of all ages. With a designated kids club, the little ones can enjoy a variety of activities such as playing with games and toys, clay making, craft creation or simply relaxing and watching TV.

For outdoor fun, a jungle gym and kids’ pool are available for their enjoyment.

For the adventurous ones, kids safari walks are catered for. Children aged 6 and over may be allowed on game drives, subject to the ranger’s discretion.

For the younger ones, under the age of 6, separate mid-morning game drives can be arranged upon request. We ensure that all activities are not only fun but also safe, providing a memorable experience for the children.

Misava Safari Camp – Klaserie

The Game Reserve offers a variety of entertainment options for children, including board games, DSTV, a library stocked with books, and an infinity pool.

Additionally, your child can join our educational Kidz Club led by our qualified field guides, where they can enjoy fun, interactive, nature-based activities while you relax.

Serondella Game Lodge – Thornybush

Engaging children in activities centered around family and nature is an excellent way to foster a deep connection between them and the environment.

At Serondella, our children’s programs are carefully crafted to offer hands-on experiences and educational opportunities within the wilderness.

Through these initiatives, kids can enjoy a fun and inspiring way to learn about the natural world, cultivating a lasting bond with nature.

Simbavati Waterside – Kalserie

The journey into the wild enthralls people of all ages and, with an expert tracker and guide spearheading the safari drives, parents can let go of the task of keeping their children occupied.

The Cubs Club children’s center is a perfect spot for younger ones to mingle, offering games, bean bag lounges, and avenues for artistic exploration.

If desired, we can provide a facilitator to engage your children post-breakfast with an array of activities such as decorating cupcakes, bug/treasure hunts, crafting animal face masks, colouring activities, board games, wildlife-themed DVDs, scrapbooking, and more.

The guide might also instruct your older child in the art of archery or lead a brief excursion examining animal tracks around the lodge, offering engaging and educational experiences in the wild.

Zebras Crossing – Modimolle

At Zebras Crossing, our goal is to ensure that Kids on Safari have the most enjoyable and memorable experience possible.

Our destination is specifically designed to cater to kids of all ages, offering a variety of exciting adventures and educational opportunities.

With a wide range of activities and amenities available, we guarantee that your little ones will be entertained and engaged throughout their visit.

Thornybush Game Lodge – Thornybush

Kids at our Thornybush Game Lodge receive a backpack upon arrival and are paired with experienced game rangers who excel in interacting with children.

The little ones can enjoy activities like poolside picnics, educational walks guided by the rangers, and exciting treasure hunts.

Tintswalo Safari Lodge – Manyeleti

Tintswalo has designed the perfect children’s bush program to ensure that young ones make the most of their time in the wilderness.

Upon arrival, the kids will meet their field guide and tracker, receive a workbook, learn about safety procedures, and receive a list of exciting activities that await them.

Each child will be provided with a kiddies bag containing essential bush tools such as a notebook, binoculars, crayons, compass, and a water bottle.

Karongwe River Lodge – Karongwe

Discover the wonders of the Little Paw Centre, offering a unique children’s program for an extra charge per child each day.

Engage in thrilling activities such as baking, animal tracking and more. There is a swimming pol and a viewing deck.

Pezulu Tree House Lodge – Hoedspruit

Explore the wonders of the bush with our Junior Ranger Course, a two-hour hands-on experience that immerses your children in the world of animals and plants.

From the comfort of your private balcony, witness herds of animals passing by or come face to face with a giraffe.

… IN the Eastern Cape

Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge – Fish River

Children who arrive at the reserve are greeted with a special welcome gift. This gift includes an activity book filled with animal checklists and themed games etc. They also receive crayons or pencils to engage in creative activities.

Exciting adventures await the children at the reserve, such as Minnow’s fishing trips and treasure hunts that involve using the landscape’s features to uncover hidden treasures.

When back at the base, kids can participate in various activities like beading, ‘Chefs-in-Training’ cooking lessons that include baking and pizza-making, eco-educational board games, sand art, and listen to African bedtime stories.

These activities ensure that children have a fun and educational experience during their stay at the reserve.

Samara Karoo Reserve -Graaff Reinet

The experienced staff at Samara will engage your kids in a variety of age-appropriate activities, catering to both younger and older children.

Younger kids can enjoy activities such as track identification, painting like the Khoi-San people, walking stick carving, storytelling, T-shirt painting, Spekboom planting, orienteering, and navigating.

They will also receive a goodie bag filled with activities and treats to make their stay even more magical. Using the bush as an outdoor classroom, kids will learn about the diverse range of creatures we share our planet with, from bugs and beetles to the “Funny Five.”

Older children can partake in more grown-up adventures like air rifle target practice, bush walks, sleep-outs, conservation activities, and overnight trails.

Samara offers something for everyone, ensuring that each Kid on Safari has a memorable and enriching experience during their stay.

Hlosi Game Lodge – Amakhala

Our camp offers a safe and enjoyable experience for families with small children or those who prefer not to encounter wild animals.

You can observe wildlife and birdlife from the comfort and privacy of your own viewing deck or luxurious deep-soaking tub.

Various activities are available at specific times throughout the day, with our Children’s Coordinator on hand to guide parents and children on what options are available.

Founders Lodge – Shamwari

Join our Bear Grylls Survival Academy for a thrilling self-rescue adventure designed for young adventurers. Under the guidance of expert instructors, participants will learn essential survival techniques and put them to the test in just two hours.

They will gain valuable skills and knowledge on how to survive in the wild, ensuring an unforgettable experience at the lodge. In addition to survival training, kids can engage in tracking and data capturing activities.

From identifying signs of small insects to tracking the movements of larger animals like giraffes and zebras, children will have the opportunity to explore the diverse wildlife found in our private reserve.

Nature walks and game drives offer a safe and exciting way for young explorers to connect with nature and learn about the environment around them.

Glen Harry Game Reserve – Graaff Reinet

Childrens game drives are a fun activity for kids to enjoy the outdoors and learn about nature.

Nature walks are a great way to explore the surroundings and appreciate the beauty of the environment.

Stick bread making is a hands-on experience that allows children to get creative in the kitchen. Cupcake making is a fun and tasty activity that kids will love.

River Bend Lodge – Addo Elephant Park

We offer a diverse range of kid’s activities to keep them engaged, allowing adults to take a well-deserved vacation break.

Enquire about our unique mobile playrooms, the educational mini-rangers programme, or our fun-filled Baking-with-the-Chef classes. These offerings aim to provide the children with a memorable vacation experience.

We also offer family safari trips tailored for families with young children so they get to experience the full Kids on Safari experience. These trips are arranged in separate Game viewer vehicles to maintain safety and enjoyment for all our guests.

Kariega Main Lodge – Kenton On Sea

Children are actively encouraged to participate in game drives and river cruises, as well as enjoy the playroom stocked with DVDs, books, puzzles, coloring books, and more for entertainment during bad weather.

Kids can also take part in safari-like activities including guided trails, target practice with a slingshot, arts and crafts activities, and even try their hand at creating bushman paintings.

Gorah Elephant Camp – Addo Elephant Park

At Gorah, children aged 12 and above are taken on an exciting journey back in time to explore the magic of the unique camp and the amazing Addo National Park.

Our team at Gorah ensures that children have a blast during their stay.

Our guides make sure to spend quality time with the kids during game drives and back at the camp. They impart knowledge about the history, nature, and wildlife of the African bush.

Shamwari Riverdene Family Lodge – Shamwari

Riverdene Family Lodge offers a comprehensive kids program featuring access to the Adventure Centre and Kids Club. It also includes visits to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Born Free Centre.

Parents, upon arrival, are encouraged to sign up their children for the Kids on Safari Adventure Centre. This ensures the young ones have a mix of indoor and outdoor activities to engage in throughout their stay.

For those under the age of four, child minding services are available at an extra charge, as these children are not yet of age to partake in the thrilling game drives.

Kuzuko Lodge – Addo Elephant Park

Our ranger-guided activity programmes cater to a variety of age groups.

The Wilderness Ramble is perfect for the little ones. The ‘Do it like the Koisan’ programme provides a unique experience for older children.

Furthermore, we offer a kids safari that is open to all children who are 6 years old and above.

… IN the garden route

Gondwana Game Reserve – Mossel Bay

Our specialized Junior Ranger guides are dedicated to welcoming young rangers and engaging them in interactive activities during game drives.

Children will have the opportunity to learn how to identify various mammals, birds, Fynbos species, and even the stars.

The Junior Ranger Program also includes Junior Ranger packs and a completion certificate for those who participate.

Botlierskop Private Game Reserve – Little Brak

Kids over 6 years old can enjoy Horseback Safaris and Guided Game Drives. Additionally, they can participate in Fishing excursions and the Junior Ranger program, to get the full Kids Safari experience

There are Kids Spa Treatments that include various massage treatments. These activities are perfect for your children to have a fun and memorable experience.

Garden Route Game Lodge – Albertinia

At the Garden Route Game Lodge, children of all ages are welcomed with specially designed programs to engage them with nature.

The children’s program aims to foster awareness of the environment and the valuable lessons nature has to offer.

Various activities like bush survival skills, children’s game drives, and guided bush and insect walks are available for children, all supervised by our dedicated staff to give your kids a full and engaging Kids on Safari experience.

… IN the western cape

Aquila Private Game Reserve – Touws River

Guided by experienced safari leaders, this engaging outdoor journey will provide your young adventurer with knowledge about the remarkable creatures that inhabit Aquila, as well as the vital role of conservation.

From tracking lion spoor and elephant dung to understanding native trees and the hidden gems of the reserve, children will have a thrilling adventure identifying animals, forming new friendships, and making unforgettable memories.

Junior Rangers also enjoy a range of activities including making fire, tracking animals, identifying different species, and planting trees.

Gondwana Family Lodge – Sanbona

Kids visiting Sanbona can look forward to an unforgettable experience with our Kids on Safari packages.

From engaging activities and interactive welcome packs to optional child minding services, parents can relax knowing that their little ones are in good hands.

… IN the northern cape

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve – Kalahari

Safari days are meticulously designed for each family, taking into account their unique preferences.

The schedule includes drives and walks as well as periods for dining and rest. Depending on the age and specific interests of your children, the duration and nature of each activity, whether in or out of the vehicle, may vary.

Also on offer are bush walks, picnics, horse riding, and even pizza making and cookie baking experiences.

The Junior Ranger programme adds more fun and learning with activities like archery, spoor identification, casting, and teaching kids how to track animals.

… North West Province

Tau Game Lodge – Madikwe

The club offers a fun-filled experience for kids, starting with a short game drive and followed by a treasure hunt and arts and crafts activities.

Each child receives their own Cubz Club backpack containing a wildlife activity booklet with an animal sticker checklist, a deputy ranger sticker badge, a certificate, and a t-shirt.

Rhulani Safari Lodge – Madikwe

The Rhulani Kids kit includes an activity book that will keep our younger guests entertained throughout their entire stay.

During the break between morning and afternoon safaris, our field guiding team offers a complimentary bumble drive experience for those not participating in the regular safaris.

This mini safari, lasting approximately an hour, is open to the whole family and includes activities such as tracking, bug finding, and identifying animal dung.

Our kiddies’ corner is a hub of excitement with games, books, movies, and animal toys to keep the little ones entertained.

Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge – Madikwe

Children of all ages can enjoy the stimulating, educational, and entertaining activities offered in the bush surroundings.

From archery and bush baking to animal tracking, beading lessons, t-shirt painting, and face painting, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Younger children can join in on daily bush bumbles, while children over the age of 6 years can accompany their parents on scheduled game drives for a full Kids on safari experience. It’s a wilderness adventure that ensures children get the most out of their experience.

Impodimo Game Lodge – Madikwe

At Impodimo, we warmly welcome children of all ages and strive to provide an unforgettable safari experience for both kids and parents.

Our specialized program for young ones caters to various age groups, offering a mix of entertainment and learning. Every child receives a personalized welcome package filled with treats and engaging activities to enjoy in between safari adventures.

While children aged 6 and above can join the game drives, we also provide a special ‘kiddies bumble’ designed to keep the younger ones entertained.

Mziki Safari Lodge – Rustenburg

The Junior Ranger course at Mziki Safari Lodge is designed to be a fun and educational experience for children aged 6. They participate in a range of activities that aim to teach them about the wonders of nature.

From going on game drives to track animals with our experienced rangers, to learning about animal behavior and even trying out survival skills, there is something for every young adventurer to enjoy.

These activities are not only entertaining, but they also help children develop a deeper appreciation for the natural world around them.

Madikwe Safari Lodge – Madikwe

The fun never stops at our resort! The tailor-made kids’ program offers a variety of exciting experiences for the whole family to enjoy.

From tracking animal footprints, meeting our friendly bearded dragon Debbie, and playing pool games, to baking, arts and crafts, and dressing up for imaginative plays, there’s something for everyone.

End the day with outdoor movies and a delicious dinner under the stars.

Tuningi Safari Lodge – Madikwe

Following their morning meal, the children embark on a 1-hour journey with a ranger to a nearby waterhole.

Prior to their excursion, those old enough are equipped with a workbook, allowing them to keep track of all the fascinating things they encounter, from dung and diverse wildlife to unique bird species and trees.

The one who manages to mark off the most number of sightings is rewarded with a surprise upon their return to the camp.

Additionally, on certain special nights, the younger children are given the opportunity to enjoy a private boma dinner under the guidance of a chef, where they have the pleasure of crafting their own delightful treats.

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