Tailored from £24,700 per family excl. flights
14 days Laikipia, Borana Wildlife Conservancy, Masai Mara, Diani Beach
14 days Laikipia, Borana Wildlife Conservancy, Masai Mara, Diani Beach
Safaris are an enchanting experience at any age, and children in particular know to have fun with nature. This family safari itinerary to Kenya has been designed to ensure that children’s needs are front and centre at every stage of the way, whilst ensuring there’s plenty of interest, relaxation and luxury for the adults, too.
Visit Borana’s real-life pride rock featured in Disney’s The Lion King, become a junior warrior in-training at Saruni Mara’s Masai Warrior Academy, enjoy wildlife-themed arts and crafts at El Karama, in and amongst exciting game drives with expert guides who know exactly how to ensure children are captivated by the world around them.
The safari ends with a spot of relaxation at the pristine Diani Beach, where world-class snorkelling and marine life safaris are on hand for those still keen to explore.
We can tailor this Kenya family itinerary to suit any age group, however we recommend this family safari trip for children roughly aged 8 – 10 years and up. Older children and teenagers might find Tanzania or Zambia exhilarating, whilst families with very small children might prefer a malaria-free safari in South Africa.
Karibu! Welcome to Kenya. From your moment of arrival in Kenya, you’ll be swept up in the warm welcome that awaits all guests to this captivating country. At the airport, a Wayfairer Travel representative will greet you and escort you to your accommodation, perhaps opting for the elegance of Hemingways’ Nairobi, overlooking the jade-green Ngong Hils. Here, you can catch up on some sleep or lounge by the pool in anticipation of the adventure to come. Of course, if your family is simply itching for the adventure to begin, we know all the best spots in Nairobi.
The world-famous David Sheldrick elephant orphanage is the perfect introduction to playful baby elephants and cheeky young rhino, all of which are looked after by their dedicated ‘step-parents’. Alternatively, head to the Giraffe Centre, where you even can feed these calm and gentle creatures.
This morning, rise early to board your Safarilink flight to Laikipia, a beautiful county in the heart of Kenya. Today, your animal-spotting begins in earnest. Try your hand at a game of animal bingo, keep your eyes peeled for lion cubs clambering all over their snoozing parents, and learn all about the creepy crawlies that seem small, but which actually support the entire ecosystem.
Your base for this leg of your safari will be El Karama Eco Lodge, which loves nothing better than helping families get back to nature. Their guides will keep the excitement rolling, with a range of fun and educational activities tailored to your children’s interests and ages. From making sculptures with termite clay to tracking footprints, their expert guides know how to keep inquisitive youngsters engaged and happy.
From El Karama, take a daytrip to Ol Pejeta, where the world’s last remaining northern white rhino are protected. This is a once-in-a-generation experience and certainly a powerful message to share with children, who are the future of wildlife protection.
Borana Wildlife Conservancy is perhaps ‘Lion King’ country at its finest. In fact, it is actually home to the real-life ‘Pride Rock’, said to have inspired the movie location. Here, game drives are led with children’s ages and attention spans in mind, and the guides are expert at keeping their young helpers on the look-out for the Big Five, and possibly even a Pumbaa or two (sidekick Timon – a meerkat - is not actually native to Kenya).
Young guests will be greeted with a safari-themed activity booklet to fill out and learn with, and days can be spent splashing about in natural springs, fishing for tilapia or catfish in the rock pools below pride rock, visiting the farm, meeting other children at the local school, or even going on an exciting bush walk around the lodge grounds.
All Borana’s guides have children of their own and love spending time with youngsters, meaning that parents can relax and take a few hours to themselves at the spa or by the pool. Borana is also one of the best places to learn about the important and sometimes dangerous work that rangers undertake in order to protect the Conservancy’s most elusive residents: black rhino. Tracking experiences can be arranged for adults or families with older teenagers.
The most iconic of Kenyan safari destinations, the Masai Mara is a wildlife lover’s dream. Another opportunity to spot the fabled Big Five and even cheetahs, it offers a wholly new experience for visitors as all game excursions are led by Maasai warriors.
The warriors will welcome you and your family into their spectacular, wildlife-rich home, sharing generations worth of knowledge, folklore and local customs. Families with children will particularly love taking part in the Warriors Academy, where Maasai and Samburu Moran (warriors) teach exciting survival skills and put you through your paces as junior warriors.
You will learn traditional methods of tracking animals (whilst following a real-life elephant or leopard), build a bush camp, learn traditional ways of life, as well as how to craft tools from nature’s provisions and much more. You will be based in Saruni Mara’s spacious and beautifully-appointed Family Villa.
After a week of adventuring in the wilderness, it’ll be time for some rest and relaxation. We suggest you head to Diani Beach, where a warm breeze lifts off the Indian Ocean and cools you as you relax on the beach or by the pool, perhaps catching up on your travel journal. The Almanara Executive Villas are perfect for families and come with a private chef and butler, to ensure your every need is catered to.
For those with some energy left, Diani Beach is a haven for water sports, as well as snorkelling and paddle boarding. Take a Ngalawa – a traditional fishing boat – out to a sand island and explore the iridescent reef beneath turquoise waters, or paddle alongside dolphins and turtles. For something a little different, head to the verdant Kaya Forest, or pay a visit to the Colobos Monkey Trust. Tennis and horse riding can also be arranged.
It’s time to bid you farewell as you depart Kenya, hopefully soon to return. You will check-out from Almanara and be driven to Diani Ukunda,from where you fly in a light aircraft back to Nairobi. A Wayfairer Travel representative will meet you at Nairobi Wilson and escort you to the international airport, in plenty of time for your flight home.
One of Kenya's most unique safari lodges and the only small boutique lodge in the Mara, Saruni Mara is undeniably charming.
Tucked away in the foothills of Mount Kenya in Laikipia, El Karama Eco Lodge is set among a gorgeous family-run cattle and wildlife ranch.
Set in a leafy suburb in Nairobi, the grand & regal Hemingways Nairobi is a luxury hotel offering personalised service in a fantastic location.
Located in the spectacular Borana Willdife Conservancy, Borana Lodge is the ultimate launchpad for an adventure in northern Kenya.
Situated on the central stretch of Diani Beach on the Southern Kenyan coast, Almanara Boutique Hotel offers lxuury accommodation for couples & honeymooners.