Kenya Family Holidays

From the central highlands of the Laikipia Plateau and Lewa Downs, to the wide open plains of the Maasai Mara and the rolling green hills of Chyulu, a Kenya family holiday provides a huge variety of activities and adventures to suit everyone. 
Enjoy action-packed game drives goggling at some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife, or view it from above in a hot-air balloon. Ride on horseback (or even on camels!) through rolling grassy plains amongst herds of antelope, or your family may prefer to drive quad bikes down dry river beds before camping out under the stars. With fabulous Indian Ocean Coast options a stone's throw away, whatever your unique family dynamic, a Kenya Holiday caters for all.  

Why a Kenya Family Holiday?

  • Whilst most countries over egg the pudding in terms of their diversity, Kenya doesn’t come close to giving you the full picture. Kenya has a LOT going on.
  • The Big 5 safaris & incredible big cats of the world famous Masai Mara in Kenya are well known, but it’s not always clear to people that Kenya’s coastline is also incredibly advanced in terms of offerings for families. There are fantastic beach resorts for absolutely everyone. 
  • From a young age some parents like to give their children a culturally-rich experience, and Kenya has this in abundance with the traditional Masai cultures. 
  • The Great Migration makes its way to the Mara & cross crosses over the Mara River in Kenya and Tanzania every year during the school holidays from July - October, a sight for any age to behold. If you can face the wrath of the head teacher, September is the absolute best time to be there in our opinion.
  • Kenya has always been a leader in the field of the luxury safari experience and this speaks volumes when children are involved. Camps really know how to cater for every age, and ensure each individual has an equally memorable stay.


Which are the most family friendly safari lodges for a Kenya Holiday? 

Here are some of our absolute favourite family safari lodges in Kenya, starting with the hugely fun Lewa Wilderness Trails. This lodge in  Lewa Downs offers a huge range of activities including walking with endangered rhino, horse riding, walks, and it has a tennis court and swimming pool. It is a luxury lodge but not over the top; it sets a really friendly tone for a perfect Kenya family holiday.
Ol Lentille is our Laikipia pick for the best family safari lodges in Kenya; with a world-class spa and loads of activities, this is enough to get our vote. Ol Lentille goes even further for families as it is comprised of private houses, fully catered and exclusive – a luxury home that is definitely away from home!

&beyond’s Bateleur Camp is our Mara pick for one of the best family safari lodges in Kenya. Secluded, luxurious, and with the WildChild programme, your kids will be busy from dawn ‘til dusk: tracking and fishing, making bows and arrows, beading, crafting and painting, as well as fun in the lodge garden or kitchen; all carried out in the care of friendly staff, from rangers and trackers to child minders and cooks. 

Kenya Safari Itinerary Planning 

Most itineraries begin off your international flight in Nairobi, then Kenya is your oyster! Just as for any holiday to Kenya, the best advice for getting the most out of your Kenya family safari is to stay off the beaten track, keeping time in the busiest parks to an absolute minimum. Mombasa is the hive of package holidays, and we avoid this area completely, including Tsavo which is its nearest safari park.

Amboseli is the second busiest park after the Masai Mara; the only reason to come here would be for the iconic picture of elephants in front of Mount Kilimanjaro, and if you absolutely must get that shot then Tortilis is the only place to stay here. The Masai Mara is justifiably renowned for its outstanding game, and this inevitably draws the crowds, but there are some great options for enjoying the Mara in peace. 
Kenya has excellent flights and a Kenya family safari can be combined with a beach holiday in Mauritius or the Seychelles, if the coastline of Kenya doesn’t interest you. It is also painless to cross the border into Tanzania to explore some of their world-class game reserves, finishing up on the Tanzanian coast for a spot of diving world-class reefs.


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How much does a Kenya Family Safari cost? 

It doesn’t take long to realise that a Kenya safari (or safari full stop) isn’t a cheap holiday option, especially when you are bringing the family. But if you play it right, you really can do a great value and incredibly memorable family trip.

Lodges can range from around USD $400 per adult per night (about half this for kids) for a superb safari in the heart of the action, in very comfortable but more basic accommodation, ranging all the way up to just shy of $2,000 for some of the incredibly opulent Mara lodges. Again, kids are priced at a much lower rate.

When looking at the trip as a whole, including the logistical costs, a week-long trip combining a couple of safari areas can range anywhere from USD $10,000 all the way up to $40,000 for a family of four.

Top 5 Kenya Family Safari tips 

  • Ask us about child rates; some camps charge child rates up to 21 years old and you can get some great deals.
  • Sadly, the summer holidays coincide with peak season in Kenya – although the game viewing is great, rates are high and it can be busy. Look at doing a safari during half term instead for lower rates and still some fantastic game.
  • Go for camps and lodges with diverse and interesting activities – keeping the kids entertained is the key to a fun and successful family safari. 
  • Look at booking interconnecting rooms or tents, especially when you have younger ones. Often camps and lodges won’t allow under 12’s to be unaccompanied overnight, so ask us which lodges offer these! 

Where to go with young children on your Kenya Family Safari?

A lot of camps and lodges have a minimum age of 6 years old, and organising a trip with kids younger than this can be a bit tricky. On safari your best bet is generally some of the larger hotel style safari lodges, as they tend to have a more enclosed and permanent structure so are a little more relaxed on ages. You can also combine this with the beach where there is so much for young kids to do!

For teenagers - your call is always the best! Talk to an expert about the best fun lodges and camps which will leave your teenagers with many options of activities. However, we generally find that unless really young, children of all ages are completely in awe of the fantastic African wildlife – how could you not be?

How do I combine the beach with a Kenya Family Safari?

It’s so easy! There are some great beach options in Kenya, which is lucky enough to have a vast Indian Ocean Coastline. It is also very easy to reach the colourful island of Zanzibar, a gem for family beach getaways with so many activities and fun quirky boutique hotels to be enjoyed. Zanzibar provides something for all ages here, from small boutique lodges with big family villas, to big resorts with kids clubs and babysitting services. Activities are similarly diverse – scuba diving, snorkelling and dolphin safaris are just a few of the kid-friendly things on offer. 

Is it safe to take children on safari? 

Yes! There are of course, potential dangers when in the bush and particularly when wild animals are involved. The freedom of these animals is part of the beauty of safari. That being said, the camps and lodges have very stringent policies in place and methods for keeping people safe, so as long as you always follow the instructions given to you by staff and guides, you will be perfectly safe. As a company we only work with well-established safari camps and lodges, all of which have impeccable safety records. 

Kenya Family Safari Vs. Tanzania Family Safari 

Both are superb, and both have their own huge plus points when it comes to a family safari. Tanzania has some really beautiful lodges and a bit more choice in terms of safari and beach destinations, Southern Tanzania is particularly good for a hassle free, great value family getaway.

But Kenya has the experience and it has been a top safari destination for far longer than Tanzania. Kenya’s longevity means that the family safari has been perfected… guides are superbly trained and enjoy teaching kids about the bush; many also have special activities for kids.

Kenya Family Safari further details:

Between us here in our office we have visited almost every lodge or hotel in Kenya that is worth talking about, and re-visit regularly to see what’s changed. The best way to book a Kenya Family Safari is to get in touch and have a chat with us, or come in and see us in our offices in Putney. Email us on [email protected] or give us a call from the US on 1866 356 4691 or the UK on 020 8704 1216.




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