Southern Africa

What families say about safaris with Wilderness

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Janine Avery


Family safaris

Looking to introduce your little ones to Africa for the first time? Turning the illustrated elephants and lions from their story books into a tangible reality? Perhaps you’re looking for a way to reconnect with your teens? Need something exciting to discuss, something to thrill so they’ll look up from the blue light of the screen? Need a central meeting point for a meet-up with sisters, or brothers, scattered around the world? Or maybe you want to get the grandparents and grandkids together for a great adventure? To celebrate something special perhaps, a significant milestone, a coming of age, or simply life itself.

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Celebrate something special


No matter what your family looks like or who you’re travelling with this year, Wilderness is here to make your dream safari happen. With ample activities for the young, and the young at heart to enjoy, from e-biking in the Namib Desert to barge trips in Botswana, a dedicated team of staff catering to kids, and travel specialists on hand to arrange a seamless journey from start to finish, your family holiday can easily be everything you dreamed it could be.



But don’t just take our word for it, keep scrolling to join fellow family travellers post-trip, to find out just what they thought about their own safaris.


“This is a boy who doesn't like dirt or sand in his shoes, who doesn't really care for the outdoors – a city boy. And yet after three days at Wilderness Little Kulala and three days at Wilderness Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, here he is having a ball running through the sand, without a care in the world! Upon our return to California, he notices the sky, he marvels when we see an animal dart across the road, and he looks forward to a walk in the park. His life was changed by Wilderness!” – Jessica Vapnek, USA



“So far removed from anything these children have ever known: pristine, vast, pure… and far, far, far from the madding crowd. Away from screens, soccer matches and daily schedules – just us, together! With the warmest smile in Africa, Lettie, our guide, fascinated the kids with the wonders of this diverse and wild area. He captivated their minds when speaking of his own local childhood and, at the same time, held us adults mesmerised as he led us on our adventures”. – Monica Jooste, guest at Wilderness Vumbura Plains, Okavango Delta, Botswana.


“All of us truly loved Wilderness Doro Nawas! Your generosity of spirit, attention to details and kindness to our children have made memories which we will treasure. Our favourite lodge in Namibia for sure. Location is superb. Thanks most of all to Irene for her kindness to my daughter, you guys really made something special here and it was a privilege to meet you all and benefit from your hospitality. You made us feel so at home.” - Parnwell Family, Spain.


“Wilderness Little Makalolo was the first safari trip my family had ever been on. It was such a special place. The rooms are clean, comfortable and let you feel like you are truly one with the beautiful surroundings. Our guide, Leo, was so wonderful. He was fantastic with my kids and so knowledgeable. The food was out of this world and the wildlife was abundant. We visited the local village school and surrounding area one afternoon between game drives. It was a highlight for sure. I highly recommend anyone do this. It really makes you appreciate why you are in Africa and gain a better understanding of the culture in Zimbabwe. I can't say enough great things about Little Makalolo!” – Stroud family, United States.


“Our stay at Little Vumbura was so amazing, words cannot describe it! The staff was ALL so wonderful, warm and welcoming, we were sad leaving them behind. Every detail was perfect and well executed – from the fragrant washcloths upon arrival to the camp every day, the food and personalized service, the picnics and sundowners in the bush, and kids' bush buddy, the list goes on, we were beyond happy! Our guides were just terrific and knowledgeable! They showed us so many incredible animals and shared so many fun experiences honing in on even the smallest animals. We couldn't be happier and miss all our new friends at the camp!” - Hopkins Family, United States.


“Over the years, I have been fortunate to have guided numerous families on safari and I always found it heart-warming to see how a safari provides the ideal platform for a family to create memories. Meeting up with these people years later and seeing how they refer to the great times they had on safari is extremely rewarding. In this day and age, there are very few places that offer this kind of breakaway where people can re-connect with one another. A trip to Botswana is definitely a great place for that.” – Simon Stobbs, Wilderness Chief Sales Officer


“We stayed for two nights at Wilderness Kulala Desert Lodge with as a family (two adults and three children). This was one of our best experiences in Namibia. The staff is extremely friendly and we felt welcome all the time. The children loved every bit of it. We had two unforgettable sundowners in the desert and the Sossusvlei tour is a must”. - Dosp_12 on TripAdvisor, Germany


“You know pretty quickly that you've come to someplace special when you arrive at Wilderness Little Vumbura. Rooms are fantastic, food is delicious, and of course the game one encounters in the surroundings, what you are really there for after all, is plentiful. But what really makes the place special is how great the staff is. They are all very invested in making your stay memorable in the best way, and frequently surprise you with creative ways to enhance the visit. Do not hesitate to bring your children – they are absolutely outstanding with kids. They make sure they have something to eat that they like and even have someone dedicated to looking after them, someone who is terrific at entertaining them, whether it's playing games, baking cookies or making bracelets. How many hotels can say that? As for the guides, they are outstanding – very knowledgeable and entertaining. Overall, this camp provides an unrivalled safari experience, and I urge anyone wanting to get the most out of their adventure to choose this special place with a wonderful staff!” – TedFour on Tripadvisor, USA


"So great! Had to go a long way to find the elephants this morning, but it was worth it. While we were watching them Zeke said, ‘I think this may be one of the best times in my life.’ Worth noting that the Wilderness camps were exceptional, their guides extremely knowledgeable and fun to spend time with, and their staff among the friendliest I've met anywhere”. - Brook Wilkson, and her 10-year old son Zeke at Wilderness Hoanib Skeleton Coast, Namibia.


Let’s plan your next journey


When we say we’re there every step of the way, we mean it, literally. From planning the perfect circuit, to private inter-camp transfers on Wilderness Air, and easing you through Customs. We’re with you on the ground, at your side, 24-7, from start to finish. Ready to take the road less travelled? Contact our Travel Designers to plan an unforgettable journey.