Family Safaris In Kenya

Listen to an audio version of this blog post! Just press the play button below. What’s more natural than children and animals? Visit any zoo and you’ll see kids’ natural affinity for our four-legged and winged creatures. Now imagine taking your family on safari to view all sorts of wildlife up close on the savannahs and hills that are their natural home. Kenya is the perfect spot for a family safari in Africa, as members of all ages can enjoy special time together in this magical place. Go for a hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara, see the elephants parade by Mt. Kilimanjaro, or play on the sands at Diani Beach. If you’ve ever considered an African family safari, a vacation in Kenya checks all the boxes for fun, adventure, safety, and family-friendly lodges.

Let’s Start in Nairobi

Kenya’s busy capital city is a starting point for many safaris throughout the country but it’s also a great place for easy and accessible family wildlife adventures. Your youngsters will share their delight with Kenyan schoolchildren as they get up close to giant Rothschild’s giraffes at the unique Giraffe Centre. Kids can climb the feeding platform, hold out pellets of giraffe food and watch as a giant green tongue licks them away!

Who doesn’t like baby elephants? Your whole family will gush over the orphaned baby elephants as they come charging for their giant baby bottles. This is the scene at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, home to baby elephants who also like to roll in the mud and kick soccer balls about.

For a super-quick trip to a real wildlife park, a ten-minute ride from downtown will land your family at Nairobi National Park. Within sight of the city’s skyscrapers, you’ll discover lion, rhino, giraffe, zebra, and so much more – all in the wild, and yet just minutes from your hotel.

More Easy Family Safaris

Want to take the family on some easy trips to nearby national parks? These one-day tours can be part of a larger package or serve as quick outings from Nairobi:

Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha – You can visit both in a day and be rewarded with beautiful acacia forests, home to giraffe, antelope, zebra, and all sorts of birdlife such as stork, pelican, and bright pink flamingoes. You can even go on a sailing safari at Lake Naivasha. And a guided bicycle tour at nearby Hell’s Gate Park will bring your family up close to gently grazing giraffe, zebra, and buffalo.

Amboseli National Park – Kids of all ages love the sight of the park’s families of free-ranging elephants as they march before the towering backdrop of world-famous Mt. Kilimanjaro. Elephant sightings are guaranteed.

Ol Pejeta Wildlife Sanctuary – Lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and… chimpanzees? Yes, so close to Nairobi this special reserve has all the big game but is also the only place in Kenya where you can see chimps in a special wild habitat.

Family Memories at Masai Mara

It’s Kenya’s most famous park and features an event your kids will always remember. From June to October, the Great Migration, a stunning display of wildebeest and zebra flood into the park on their annual trek. The Masai Mara holds millions of these herding animals stretching to the horizon. Share this memory with your family forever. 

Legendary Tsavo Parks

There’s something enchanting about giant elephants rolling in the red-dusty soil and giving themselves a rosy “makeover”. The youngsters will be delighted. The big Tsavo Parks, East and West, are special reserves with plenty of wildlife and unexpected treats like hidden lush oases with hippos and crocodiles, and a big rhino sanctuary protecting dozens of the gentle creatures. Best of all, the parks are a quick trip from the Kenya coast for a one, or several day safari.

Don’t Forget the Beach

What’s a family vacation without a trip to the beach. Kenya’s golden coast is a perfect spot to wrap up a safari vacation and Diani Beach is both beautiful and family-friendly. Set on the tropical Indian Ocean, all generations will enjoy activities from snorkeling to jet skiing, to camel riding.

Family Lodging

Evenings are just as important as safari time on the savannah. We offer the finest family-friendly accommodations with evening bonfires, night game drives, and features like children’s pools and babysitting.

Family safaris in Kenya – it’s where special memories are made.

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