family travel - Top safaris for children
Written by Oryx
Seeing animals in their natural environment is one of the most wonderful experiences for children and something they will remember forever. Safaris come in all shapes and sizes, from experiencing the Big Five in South Africa to native animals in Scotland. Family travel writer Nichola West rounds up her top five safaris that the kids will love.
Highland Safari, Scotland
Setting aside the Big Five, Highland Safari take families out to spot everything from red deer to golden eagles. Children will love tracking red squirrels and travelling in 4WDs through the forest, mountains, and moors of Perthshire. In winter you can also look out for white mountain hares and snowy white-tailed ptarmigans.
Londolozi, South Africa
Londolozi Lodges are the height of luxury, and they also care strongly about family and creating an environment that is a child’s dream world. Their ‘Cubs Den’ holiday programme is as much about caring for the animals and conservation as it is about delighting in it.
Park Hyatt Hadahaa, Maldives
Park Hyatt Hadahaa has recently taken over Mutteyfushi Island – an uninhabited island where children will have the opportunity to go on a turtle safari to learn about the life cycle of these majestic creatures. The private island where the hotel is based is in one of the deepest atolls around the world and has ample opportunities to learn more about sea life.
Sabi Sabi Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Sabi Sabi promises a safari experience of a lifetime, and this includes even its smallest guests. Set in a wildlife oasis, it offers a programme for all children, including an opportunity to take part in bushcraft subjects such as tracking, map-reading, and learning all about the native animals. Children will be budding rangers by the time they leave.
Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya
Perhaps the only place in the world where you can have breakfast with a giraffe. Children can learn more about the endangered Rothschild giraffe thanks to the giraffe centre next door, and go on special guided tours to meet more of these beautiful creatures along with other wild animals.