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Top Family Safari Activities

We list our top 25 family activities you can do while on safari such as sliding down a sand dune in Namibia or walking with meerkats in Botswana.

Children making fire, Namibia

Children making fire, Namibia

Family activities while on safari

There are a surprising number of things to occupy young children on a safari holiday in Africa, from kayaking with seals, to making plaster casts of animal tracks. Here is our top 25 ideas:

Namibia  1) Sliding down a sand dune at Sossusvlei. 
2) Kayaking with seals at Pelican Point.
  3) Staying up well past bedtime at a floodlit waterhole in Etosha.
Botswana 4) Going on a sunset boat trip to spot elephant on the Chobe River. 
  5) Learning to track animals with the guides at Shinde Camp.
  6) Walking with meerkats at the Makgadikgadi Pans. 
Zambia 7) Playing football with the children from Yosefe School.
8) Cooking crocodile cakes with the chefs at Nkwali Camp.
9) Making elephant dung paper at Kapani Lodge.
10) Eating bacon and sausages in the middle of the South Luangwa National Park.
Malawi 11) Bicycling around Likoma Island at dusk.
Kenya 12) Dressing up as a Samburu warrior at Sabuk Lodge, then riding a camel.
13) Hot air ballooning over the Masai Mara.
14) Watching the stars of the BBC's Big Cat Diary on a game drive in the Masai Mara.
Tanzania 15) Camping in the Serengeti on a private camping safari.
16) Picking your own spices on a Zanzibar spice farm.
17) Sailing a traditional dhow across Chole Bay on the Mafia Islands.
18) Examining animal dung in the Selous.
Mozambique 19) Collecting shells on Pansy Island in the Bazaruto Archipelago.
20) Looking for turtle tracks on the beaches of Benguerra Island.
Madagascar 21) Having afternoon tea with the lemurs at Anjajavy.
22) Looking for leaf geckos in Amber Mountain National Park.
23) Holding a chameleon the size of your thumbnail in Andasibe.
South Africa 24) Go on a bush bumble to make plaster casts of the animal tracks you discover.
25) Helping the ranger prepare the 4X4 for your next game drive.
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