Taking kids on safari can be a daunting prospect but it doesn't have to be. There are some world class safari lodges that cater for both parents and their children through carefully designed children programmes and activities. These kids safari experiences are designed to engage kids' minds with their natural surroundings and to subtly expand their knowledge base in the natural sciences. There is no better classroom than the learning environment mother nature provides. Going on safari with children takes children out of their comfort zones whilst giving parents time to relax and wind and enjoy their safari experience. Here are the Safari Index's best safaris for families with younger children.

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Chobe Safari Lodge

Why we like it: Easily accessible; Variety of activities in the area; Various accommodation types; Family-friendly

Chobe Safari Lodge is situated on the edge of Kasane Town in Botswana, on the banks of the Chobe River on the border of Chobe National Park. Right on its doorstep is the meeting of four African countries: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Chobe Safari Lodge is therefore an excellent getaway near to Chobe, Victoria Falls and Caprivi. The lodge's…

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Governors’ Camp, Masai Mara

Why we like it: Superb location during Great Migration, Sweeping river and plains views; Big cats hotspot; Old Africa safari camp

Created in 1972, Governors’ Camp set new standards in luxury for a tented camp and today it’s still considered one of Africa’s best. Governors Camp was erected on a a prime spot of land in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, which, almost a century ago, was first exclusively reserved for Kenya’s colonial Governors. The luxury tented camp…

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Hlosi Game Lodge

Why we like it: Fantastic family bush lodge in a malaria-free environment; Well-designed family suites

Hlosi Game Lodge is a small 14-room, four-star game lodge in Addo, near the city of Port Elizabeth, offering rich wild life game-viewing and luxurious game lodge accommodation for the whole family. Our six suites and eight luxury tents lie along a gentle curve of a hill above a river plain, and offer wide-open views from your private deck. The…

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Kapama Southern Camp

Why we like it: Modern camp, Exceptional design and decor. Plenty of amenities. Superb family suites,

Southern Camp is the proud new addition to the Kapama Private Game Reserve family, and is situated in the south of the reserve set against the backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains. All 15 suites at Southern Camp have full en-suite bathrooms with picture windows to enjoy the surrounding scenery and birdlife. Air conditioning, minibars and tea and coffee stations are…

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Mabula Game Lodge, Waterberg

Why we like it: Malaria-free; 'Cubz Club' children safari programme; Proximity to Johannesburg and Pretoria

Convenient, elegant and understated luxury, an encounter with South Africa’s bushveld awaits at Mabula Game Lodge. The lodge is located just two and half hours’ drive from Johannesburg in the ‘Malaria Free’ Waterberg region of the Limpopo Province. Diverse landscapes, including grassland plains and rocky outcrops create the ideal habitat for the Big 5 as well as the little creatures…

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Mfuwe Lodge, South Luangwa

Why we like it: Animals walking through reception! Large luxury bush lodge with all amenities; Exceptional wildlife viewing; Fantastic spa

Mfuwe Lodge is located in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park very close to the entrance of the park (a couple of km away). This lovely bush lodge provides all the comforts and facilities you could want, right in the heart of the African wilderness. The lodge's thatched buildings and viewing decks are situated on the banks of a lagoon, in…

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Mukambi Safari Lodge, Kafue

Why we like it: Centrally located, Range of accommodation options, Variety of activities available including boat based safaris, Easy access from Lusaka

Mukambi Safari Lodge is found on the banks of the Kafue River in Zambia, and is widely known as “The Gateway to Kafue National Park”. The lodge provides a host of accommodation options in one of the largest national parks in Africa. Guests can choose to stay in either a 2 or person en-suite chalet, or the classic luxury safari…

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Nottens Bush Camp, Sabi Sands

Why we like it: Quaint and relaxed family-run camp Exceptional Big 5 game-viewing; Beautiful pool and gardens

Nottens Bush Camp is a family-managed camp in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. It is a small camp with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where guests are made to feel right at home from the minute they arrive. There are eight rooms which are laid out as intimate garden cottages around camp. There is plenty of space…

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Rufiji River Camp, Selous

Why we like it: Remarkable location up on a riverbank; Natural materials used in construction; Variety of activities

Rufiji River Camp enjoys an enviable location high up on the banks of the Great Rufiji River in the Selous Game Reserve. Spectacular sunsets are chorused by hippos grunting and a plethora of bird song. The camp is seasonal and is closed for the months of April and May. Rufiji River Camp was redesigned in 2009 to compliment the perfect…

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Seba Camp, Okavango

Why we like it: Children and family-friendly; Beautiful location and setting with lagoon views; Excellent Delta game-viewing

Seba Camp, blending beautifully into the ancient riverine forest of majestic hardwood trees, is situated in the diverse and productive Abu Concession in Botswana's Okavango Delta. Overlooking a perennial lagoon with prolific birdlife and visiting pods of hippo, the camp has eight well-appointed, spacious tents elevated from the ground, each with an en-suite bathroom and a private deck with magnificent…

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The Bush House, Madikwe

Why we like it: Great value lodge, Malaria free Big 5 game reserve near Johannesburg and Pretoria

The Bush House is found in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa. It is owner-managed lodge and is one of the original farmhouses in the area. The lodge is a home in the bush: it allows guests to feel part of the family. Enjoy delicious meals and South African wines in the Boma under inky skies and the…

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