Experienced trackers and guides suggest age 10 for bringing kids on safari, though they have—and will—take younger children. Considering vaccinations pre-trip, trans-Atlantic flight schedules, time spent sitting quietly in vehicles on game drives, and limited independent activity, 10 or older ensures the greatest outcome.
At Nairobi’s Giraffe Manor in Kenya, a 1930s building celebrates classic British colonial décor, yet kiddos will most appreciate the herd of friendly resident Rothschild giraffes which often poke their heads into the restaurant in search of treats—an ideal “warm-up” to game drives. Lewa House offers beautifully designed “huts.” Three are original thatched roofs, while an additional four new structures emulate the originals and are fully sustainable. All meals are served family style with fellow guests. We loved this family-operated property.
A rare offering while on safari, a horseback ride in Kenya’s Lewa Wildlife Conservancy may reveal the elusive black rhino.
A small, three-foot high cement pyramid marks the bush border between Kenya and Tanzania. Here, it’s hard to see the difference between the two countries, but as you travel deeper into both, the varying landscapes are distinct. Kenya is higher in elevation and therefore much cooler (we wore down coats at night). Tanzania is dryer, with warmer temps and desert landscapes featuring rocky outcrops. Both feature rustic river camps and refined resorts with prominent vistas.
The advantage of staying at a tented river camp? Action. Packed. In Tanzania, the Singita’s Mara River Tented Camp is perfectly poised for crocodile viewing, hippos, and wildebeest river crossings.
Kenya’s Angama Mara, meaning place of miracles, suspends travelers in the clouds with panoramic views over the Maasai Mara and majestic sunrises that serve as your wake-up call.
Catch an unforgettable African dawn via a hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara desert in Kenya. Spy lions mating from a birds-eye view. Post flight, a champagne toast and gourmet brekkie is served from the field.
There is something raw and otherworldly about witnessing the natural phenomenon known as “The Great Migration” in Eastern Africa between Tanzania and Kenya. It is the largest animal migration in the world with almost two million wildebeests, zebras and other mammals traversing through predator-filled territory in search of water and greener pastures.
The more sought after viewings of the migration typically take place between July and September between the Serengeti and Masai Mara Reserve, although weather conditions can change this from year to year.
While the lucky travelers who happen upon this spectacle are sure to mark this as a veritable life-changing experience, there are plenty more memorable encounters to round out your safari. Soak up the stunning landscape from your sundowner hike or remote bush dinner and feel the pulse of the people and high-spirited school children during a visit to a local village. Accommodations range from remote 5* tented camps to luxury safari lodges and even air safaris. From start to finish, there is no doubt the African spirit will leave an imprint on your soul.
To witness the wonders of “The Great Migration” please contact Lindsey Woodcock.