SAFARI IN EAST AFRICA
When it comes to traveling to Africa with children, it takes both the expert eye of a professional travel designer AND real, first hand experience as a parent traveling with children to create the perfect safari experience everyone in the family will love.
East Africa, including Kenya and Tanzania, is the Africa most people have in mind when they think of Africa and is always our suggestion for a first time safari in Africa. Here you have the iconic Acacia trees, bright red sunsets, strong Maasai warriors, colorful ladies in the markets, and of course prolific wildlife and big game on the Serengeti plains.
Videre Travel's founder, Sarah Fazendin, spent over a decade working in the African safari industry. Safari in Africa holds a special place in our heart. Our signature itinerary has - literally - been years in the making. Developed hand-in-hand with our partners on the ground - your family can experience the coolest, new wildlife experiences, spectacular remote camps and lodges all perfectly suited for families with plenty of special touches thrown in along the way!
While every itinerary we plan is customized for your family, here is a sample itinerary highlighting our favorite experiences organized with a pace perfect for families.
*Private experience feeding and learning about baby elephant orphans
*First-hand look at one of Africa's most successful wildlife conservation areas in Northern Kenya
*Big Cat and Great Wildebeest Migration viewing in the Serengeti ecosystem
WELCOME TO AFRICA
Spend your first day in the lush, green Nairobi neighborhood of Karen. Enjoy lunch alfresco before heading to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage where you will spend time with baby elephants. Learn how this wonderful organization supports orphaned elephants, rehabilitating them so they can go back into the wild, and join in on their bedtime routine.
DAY 2 - 4
Kids (and adults!) will be excited to get the safari started and see some wildlife. Northern Kenya is a great place to begin a safari in Kenya. If you look at a map of Kenya, you’ll notice that the vast majority of the northern part of Kenya is dry and relatively uninhabited.
Heading north towards Ethiopia, the terrain becomes dry, arid and extremely harsh. However, there is a magic area between the more populated, rich and fertile areas and this dry arid land, which is what is typically referred to as Northern Kenya.
Here you’ll find several private wildlife conservancies and game areas that house magnificent populations of wildlife accessible only to the guests staying at these private safari camps
DAY 5 - 7
There is nothing quite like the Masai Mara. While the protected national park is fairly massive on it’s own, the greater ecosystem includes several private wildlife concession areas. With no fences or paved roads, the wildlife moves freely.
Located in southwestern Kenya, the Masai Mara is arguably the world’s top safari big game viewing eco-system. In addition to healthy populations of big cats, the Masai Mara is also home to the Great Wildebeest Migration, at it’s peak during the summer months.
(OR Optional extension to the Swahili coast or a few days relaxing on the Indian Ocean.)