Lots people ask. Is it safe to take my children on a safari in Kenya? The answer is yes!
Safaris for families are educative, adventurous, fun filled and great way for a family to
take a memorable holiday in Kenya.
Children aged from 2 years or older will enjoy a safari in Kenya. Game drives, lodges
and tented camps with swimming pools and lots of children based activities will keep
the young ones busy as the adults keep watch or awaken their inner child and partake
in the fun filled activities on offer on a safari in Kenya.
Most people worry about malaria on a family safari. This should not be a problem in
Kenya as long as you take the following precautions:
Take anti-malaria medication. This should be taken 2-3 weeks before you start your
travel. Your doctor should be able to advice on this. The side effects are not pleasant
but the adventure you are about to embark on is worth the temporary discomfort.
When in Kenya, day times are ok as mosquitoes are inactive. Wear long sleeved
clothes that cover most body parts. Apply mosquito repellant on the exposed body
parts and wear a hat.
Sleep under a mosquito net (all lodges and camps provide this. If it is not over your
bed please request for one and it will be provided). Ensure you tuck in the net properly
and this should keep the mosquitoes away.
Game drives may get boring for children if taken on full days. It is better to break the
drives into morning and afternoon sessions. The time in between can be spent
swimming, taking nature walks, spotting wildlife and birds that occasionally roam close
to your camp or visiting Masai villages to learn about their traditional way of life.
Family Safari Itinerary.
Day 1: Arrive at JKI Airport, pick up and drive to The Nairobi Safari Club for rest and
overnight. the carnivore restaurant where they serve an excellent dinner for meat lovers
(Vegetarians are also catered for). Meat includes ostrich, crocodile and camel amongst
other traditional delicacies that are roasted over charcoal and carried on your dinner
table. Head back to The Nairobi Safari Club for rest and overnight.
Day 2: You have a full day in Nairobi; you shall get to visit the National Museum and
Snake Park, the David Sheldrick wildlife trust where you learn about the rescue,
rehabilitation, care and eventual release into the wild of elephants. Visit the giraffe
centre to hand feed the Rothschild giraffes. Have lunch. Visit the Mamba village to see
Day 3: Head Northwards through the central highlands to Samburu. Arrive for lunch at
Ashnil Samburu Luxury Tented Camp. Samburu Ashnil is located on Buffalo Springs
Game Reserve by the banks of Ewaso Nyiro River.
It has a total of 30 luxury tents providing a lovely view of the Ewaso Nyiro River and
the surrounding rugged landscape. After lunch head out for a game drive before dinner
and overnight at Ashnil Samburu camp.
Day 4: Full Day in Samburu. You have a morning game drive in the Buffalo Springs
reserve spotting wildlife before returning to camp for breakfast. After breakfast as the
sun heats up you can take a dip in the swimming pool. You could also take a guided
nature walk on foot spotting animals or learning about the flora and fauna of the
Samburu eco-system from the resident naturalist this could be fun activity for the kids.
After lunch head out to the Samburu National Reserve for a game drive before
returning for dinner at the Ashnil Samburu Camp. In the evening, enjoy Samburu tribe
cultural talks and dances before retiring for the night.
Day 5: After Breakfast and a short game drive, head from Samburu and have a short
stop over at the equator. Head to Olpejeta Ranch; arrive for lunch at the Sweet Waters
Luxury Tented Camp. Sweet Waters has a total of 39 luxury tents and offers extra beds
and baby cots for children on request
The Camp is strategically located around a water hole with a photography hide where
you can get close to wildlife and take photos. The Camp has a swimming pool and
offers lots of child friendly activities. Head out for an afternoon game drive before
dinner and overnight at Sweet Waters luxury Camp.
Day 6: Full day in Sweet Waters. Head out for an early morning game drive before
breakfast. After breakfast you could take the below optional family friendly activities.
Camel rides, guided bird walks, board games, cultural visit to Ereri Manyatta. All
activities are chosen on site and are at an extra cost. Have lunch and relax by the pool
before visiting the chimpanzee sanctuary and the Rhino conservancy. In the late
afternoon head out for a game drive spotting Africa’s big cats before heading back to
Sweet waters for rest, dinner and overnight
Day 7: After Breakfast drive from Olpejeta Ranch via the coffee and tea plantations of
Subukia to Thompsons falls where you stop for a view of the beautiful water fall. Drive
on to Lake Nakuru arriving for lunch at Lake Nakuru Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. The lodge
is located on Lion Hill inside the Lake Nakuru National Park. It offers a great view of
Lake Nakuru. In the Afternoon you shall have a game drive along the lake shore
spotting flamingos, pelicans, rhinos, buffalos, lions, leopards amongst other animals.
In the early evening head back to Sarova Lion Hill for rest, dinner and overnight.Nile crocodiles. In the late afternoon head back to your hotel to freshen up before to
Day 8: Have breakfast and a game drive on Lake Nakuru till mid morning. Drive to
Lake Naivasha arriving for lunch at the Naivasha Sopa Lodge. The lodge is located
right at the edge of Lake Naivasha and is home to giraffes, waterbucks, Columbus &
velvet monkeys and hippos. Have lunch before heading out on a boat ride on the Lake
spotting hippos and fish eagles as they dive to catch fish. Land on the crescent island
where you have a walk around the island spotting wildlife found here before sailing
back to Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge for rest, dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Have breakfast before heading down the Rift Valley. Have a bathroom stop at
Narok town where you can purchase some snacks before driving on to the Masai
Mara, arriving for lunch at Ashnil Mara Luxury Tented Camp. The camp is located
alongside the Mara River. In the late afternoon have a game drive before dinner and
overnight at the Ashnil Mara.
Day 10: Full day in Masai Mara.
You have the option of taking a full day game drive in the park with packed lunch or a
morning and afternoon game drive. In between game drives you could have a swim at
the pool, visit the Masai Village or book a guided nature walk at the hotel reception. In
the late evening return to the camp where you have dinner and on your final evening
enjoy ongoing Masai traditional dances and cultural talks around the blazing fire.
Day 11: Have breakfast and a final game drive. Bid the Mara goodbye and head out to
Nairobi arriving in the early evening. Drop off at the airport for your flight home.