No matter what age you are, a holiday to Africa is guaranteed to be a life changing experience. So why wait, at an andBeyond Safari lodge you can give your children the opportunity to experience Africa from an early age, on a trip that’s safe, exciting, and utterly unforgettable. Children are provided with a diverse range of tailored activities, all overseen by camp staff and rangers, who supervise their undertakings with the utmost care and attention, amusing and teaching their young charges.

There are a number of lodges and camps across Africa which cater for children but few do it as well as the andBeyond lodges. Lodges such as Phinda Mountain Lodge, Ngala Safari Lodge and Kirkman’s Kamp (all in South Africa) are dedicated to catering for families providing well-designed family rooms and offering children’s programmes for children aged 3-12 (and child minding for younger children).

 Phinda Mountain Lodge South AfricaTaylor playing tracker for the dayFamily holidays provide the perfect opportunity for quality time with the children but ideally they should also give mum and dad some much earned rest. andBeyond understand this and on the afternoon of your arrival your children will be whisked off for a crash course in bakery. While you’re taking a dip in the pool or having a nap back at your room, the kids will be beavering away under the supervision of the lodge’s resident chef; rustling up some delicious cookies to be enjoyed over afternoon tea.

However, fun for the kids really starts when they receive their special andBeyond Planet Manager backpack. Each backpack is filled with a magical mix of things to keep them entertained but foremost amongst them is the Eco Guide. Assigned their own ranger, kids complete this interactive booklet; learning more about the natural world in the process and how to care for and protect the planet’s natural resources.

Mum look what I caught!Saying hello to the bushbuck around camp

They can also learn the skills they need to be a real life safari ranger by collecting bugs, pods and feathers, learning how to identify game and how to be an animal tracker. At the end of their safari experience, and with the completion of their Eco Guide, each child is presented with an official Planet Managers certificate, a sign of their newfound knowledge and achievement.

But let’s not forget one of the main reasons you’re here: a Big Five safari. It’s a safari unlike any other as your kids garner all kinds of wildlife knowledge, from what rhino horn is made of to why an elephant has big ears, they are guaranteed to be buffs on all things Africa by the end of it. Plus, while they’re discovering the joys of the bush you can watch the sunset and indulge in a tasty sundowner drink.

Matthew and his sister Taylor on a game driveMatthew's 6th Birthday Safari

Feeding children on a holiday can often be a parent’s nightmare trying to cajole children into eating unfamiliar foods. Thankfully the staff at andBeyond lodges have thought of this and provide a well thought  out fun, children’s menu, perfect for fussy eaters including tasty treats such as python’s penne pasta, wild dog’s hot dogs, prickly porcupine’s pizza etc.

Meanwhile, a separate boma allows your children to be just like grown-ups; provided is a special table at which they can sit, along with a nice warm campfire and some quintessential marshmallows to toast. Bedtime is made extra special though, as waiting on your child’s bed is a bedtime story, specially prepared by the lodge.

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, NamibiaOn the look out in South AfricaAfrica is the ideal playground where you can spend quality time together as a family exploring the great outdoors. It will be an adventure beyond anything you or your children have ever experienced before and one sure to provide lasting memories. If you are interested in an andBeyond safari for your family your options for South Africa include: Phina Mountain Lodge at Phinda Private Game Reserve (KwaZulu Natal),  Ngala Safari Lodge in the Ngala Private Game Reserve (Kruger National Park), Kirkman’s Kamp in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve (Greater Kruger) and for Namibia include: Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namib Desert.

One of Mahlatini’s clients recently stayed at Phinda Mountain Lodge, for her son’s Matthew’s 6th birthday. She sent us an email, detailing how happy she was with the service received:

“We had an absolutely amazing time, it really was so awesome. The staff were incredible and really went out of their way with the kiddies, there was so much focus on them which was great, they were never left out! Accommodation awesome, service great, and I’m not too sure how to even describe the food; I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so much, am still trying to recover! Was delicious! We had great game drives, lots of good viewing, especially cheetah and lion! Think they knew it was Matthew’s birthday and all came out to play! Matthew’s bday was very special; they had a pressie on the bed for him and had a chocolate cake for him at dinner with them all singing. And, like I said, I think the animals knew that day to come out. When we stopped for a coffee break on our morning drive they loved the pancakes that were waiting for them! And our ranger took Matthew to catch a fish, well I’m not exaggerating when I say he caught a fish as big as him, which was awesome for him as every time him and his dad have tried fishing they haven’t caught anything! 

Thanks so much for organizing an unbelievable trip for us, we really appreciate all your help with everything! Only problem is that Taylor already mentioned she would like to go there for her birthday too! Oops, we’re in trouble now!”

To see the video blog we made of Matthew’s birthday safari

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If this has peaked your interest why not read Mahlatini’s blog: 10 things to consider when planning a safari for your family.  Hopefully this will prove useful in planning process.