Start off with somewhere like Laikipia which is a really beautiful and wild region in Kenya, just north of the equator. There are lots of ranches here which are simply fantastic, that offer the perfect place to acclimatise. With swimming pools, horses for riding, rivers to swim in and tube on, fishing, some with tennis courts - yet all within a wildlife environment, this is the perfect place to begin to wind down. Add a wildlife researcher in for the day and it truly gets interesting. Sleep out beneath the stars and go on a camel safari here too - either just for the day or for several days, camping out each night and learning about the local Samburu culture and what it takes to become a warrior in the 21st century. Learn all sort of bush survival skills, too! Visit a school or a clinic. You can even sleep out in a treehouse! This is the perfect beginning!
From here - its off to the Masai Mara -where its vital to have your own private vehicle guide. Either have a luxury, private mobile camp erected just for your family, or stay at a beautiful tented camp or lodge. Perhaps even sleep out in a treehouse for a night. For the more active family, have a couple of nights on a walking safari.
For those wanting a greater dose of safari, choose Meru, Samburu or Amboseli for a complementary experience. The Chyulu Hills offers riding again, as well as following blood hounds that are used for tracking, and you can sleep out on your own verandah. This area has lovely wildlife and elephants with the largest tusks! And for those who want to get closer to nature, of course, there is the Daphne Sheldrick elephant orphanage to visit in Nairobi or the giraffe sanctuary.
Then either onto the coast - in Kenya or Tanzania - where there is such a wide choice - from chic, Robinson Crusoe retreats, to family styled lodges with plenty of watersports, to boutique hotels and five star resorts or stay on one of the many lakes. Lake Victoria offers everything you find on a beach - and even wonderful beach sand as well as fabulous fishing and banana boating!