Travelling families look for unique experiences created specifically with their needs in mind. From exclusive villas to fit the whole family to some of the world’s finest hotels, we have a network of lodges that offers guests just that; luxurious accommodation, idyllic settings and the flexibility of a family-friendly environment.
Singita Castleton is famous for its exquisite location, exclusive luxury and superlative experience. When it comes to families, their approach is to steer clear of set programmes. Instead, fluid itineraries are planned around each family for the duration of their stay.
Londolozi specialises in family guides who can take care of the birding needs of the grandparents, the photography needs of the teens, the big cat needs of the parents and of course the mud-fights and tree-climbing needs of the littlies (who can also join the Cubs Den programme).
Phinda Mountain, Phinda Homestead, Ngala Safari Lodge and Phinda Zuka by &Beyond all feature the newly launched WildChild programme. A private guide exposes youngsters to conservation and principles of guiding among other activities, and then they go on drives in a private vehicle with the whole family to be part of the safari experience.
Madikwe Safari Lodge is in a Malaria-safe area, which means that even kids under 5 can safely and enjoyably immerse themselves in the wonder of the African bush and a Big 5 game experience.
Jaci’s Lodges in Madikwe – one of the first luxury lodges to open it’s doors wide to kids – over the years they have perfected the family holiday down to the last detail from grown-up relaxation to cultivating mini conservationists through hands-on involvement.
Tintswalo Safari Lodge follows daily themes such as Shangaan culture, tracking, stargazing and insects & birds. For each theme, a talk is given, a game drive followed by an activity such as painting or collage and mosaic making. The day ends with some authentic Shangaan story telling. Kids work with an activity workbook designed for children of school-going age. Activities for toddlers are organised too.
Shamwari, situated in the Eastern Cape, is a perfect malaria-free, safari holiday. Accommodating family and friends, the facilities, spectacular location and passion for the environment make this an unforgettable destination. The Kids on Safari programme teaches the importance of conservation.
Sanbona Gondwana Lodge, just 3 hours drive from Cape Town, has developed a range of children’s activities and youth-focused initiatives. A Junior Ranger programme teaches appreciation of birds, Fynbos and the night skies. Kids make their own fishing rods and spoor moulds, complete a safari booklet as they go along, and leave with a certificate. Other family-type activities include picnics, guided hikes, biking and fishing.
Grootbos is something different. Set in the heart of the Cape coastal region, making it easy to connect to both The Cape Winelands and Hermanus, with Big 5 Marine Safaris that include whales and great white sharks. The reserve has the most magnificent floral displays with horse riding, walking, wines, dining and a forest spa.
Royal Chundu is set on a private stretch of the Zambezi River in Zambia, giving young and old both respite and thrill. The only lodge along the Zambezi that does not share its waterways with other Zambian operators, it has unsurpassed tranquillity just 30 kilometres upstream from the Victoria Falls where adventure abounds.
Tongabezi is privately owned and run, combining an exclusive ambience with the legendary warmth and hospitality of the people of Zambia. Experience the majestic Victoria Falls, the mighty Zambezi River with all its wildlife, and the numerous other activities for the whole family.