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A safari holiday with the family has adventure at its core, and there are few better places to explore with children in tow than the home of safari itself, Kenya. From spotting the Big Five in the Masai Mara and camel riding in Laikipia to enjoying some down time on its tropical beaches, Kenya is a brilliantly varied destination; perfect for a family getaway.
Kenya is one of only two destinations in Africa that is accessible by direct flight from the UK and once there, travelling around the country is relatively hassle free. Transfers by light aircraft are the perfect way to kick off a safari adventure and travelling around national parks and game reserves on the back of a 4x4 is a thrill that youngsters surely won’t forget.
Home to a catalogue of family friendly lodges and hotels, many of which are family run themselves, Kenya is well equipped to host children and teens. Unique activities abound across Kenya; so whether its visiting an elephant orphanage or setting sail on a traditional dhow, there are countless activities on offer to sate the adventure seeking appetite of children.
Saruni Mara and Wild
For the quintessential safari adventure in Kenya, combine quality time in private safari house, Saruni Mara, with safari packed adventure at the exclusive tented camp, Saruni Wild. With a tailored warriors workshop, designed especially for kids, Saruni provides the perfect setting for the myths and magic of the savannah to come to life. Private game drives and the expertise of local guides are perfect for both young and old to immerse themselves in Kenya’s wonderful wilderness.
When it comes to unforgettable destinations, Giraffe Manor is one of the most iconic. Earning its stripes (and spots) as a much loved family friendly property in the heart of Nairobi, this boutique hotel is the perfect place to begin or end a safari adventure in Kenya. Enjoying breakfast with one of the hotel’s habituated animals is an up close encounter that the whole family are bound to remember forever.
El Karama Eco Lodge
El Karama is a family run ranch in the heart of Laikipia, ideal for getting off the beaten track in Kenya’s bush and learning about the flora and fauna at home there. Their meticulously designed activity plan is perfect for kids, putting them at the heart of an educational programme, back in touch with nature and a world away from the distractions of home. Whilst decidedly no-frills, this property is just right for adventure loving families.
Pinewood Beach Resort & Spa
Pinewood is a fantastic option for families on Kenya's coastline thanks to its extensive offering of activities, on land and on water. From kitesurfing and water skiing to sailing and snorkelling, whether its splashing around in the shallows or exploring the nearby reefs, Pinewood is the perfect destination for young ones, teens and adults too.