Extraordinary family safaris to Africa

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Fun, unique, adventurous family safaris to Africa! We pride ourselves on being one of the first safari companies to offer exciting, wonderful bespoke safaris and holidays in Africa for families. This is where our forte lies and what we truly love to arrange for our clients.

We painstakingly tailor each family safari around your family and in 27 years, no two family safaris that we have created have been the same! For children aged 6 and under, we normally recommend South Africa and for older children, all countries will be perfect! Contact us and we will walk you through the possibilities which will be right for your family - whether for a first time safari or the final family safari before they leave home!

These days, parents actually want to spend their holidays with their children! At The Explorations Company we have children ourselves, and we take them on safari with us each year; it is so enjoyable to witness our children’s wonderment and delight at their first encounter with wildlife!

Through careful, meticulous, dedicated research with our own families, we have assembled the perfect array of properties where the guiding is child-friendly and interactive, informative and fun in both game-rich and non-malarial areas. We look for a perfect balance between wildlife and culture, so their safari is educational, too!

The Explorations Company, where no two journeys have ever been the same

Activities on safari range from traditional game-viewing by vehicle, to exploring on foot, learning about spoor-marks or tracks in the sand, perhaps taking a plaster of Paris mould for them to take home; they learn about the trees and plants and their medicinal properties, as well as about the night sky, how to canoe, how to fish, how to make a bow and arrow (and how to use it), and how to make a fire with no matches. We even have mini game-ranger courses!  Go horse-riding, camel-trekking with Samburu warrior (learning what it means to be a warrior in the 21st century), canoeing (minimum age requirement), riding elephants, cycling, and visiting schools.

How about one of our family safari and beach holidays? The ultimate African family safari combines well with the ‘ocean’: perhaps a chic, Robinson Crusoe-style lodge  or a private villa complete with its own staff, skipper and boat which allows you complete freedom each day. Often a villa is the perfect solution, allowing total flexibility at meal times. Many of our clients book a villa for a week, sometimes with another family who are friends of theirs, which allows them complete privacy and luxury. Perhaps have a week on safari and a week on the coast – the advantage being minimal travel and maximum relaxation!

You can also spend a week sailing on a catamaran if you prefer to be on the go! Children can spend hours searching for shells or being as active as they want – with water-skiing, sailing, kite surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing and swimming with dolphins all on offer.

Otherwise, please see what the different countries can offer you and your family below – and then call Nicola Shepherd, our family specialist, who would be delighted to talk you through the most suitable options for you or have a read of our blog on where to enjoy the best family holidays!

A safari is the finest, action-packed, fun-filled family holiday one can ever have!



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The Explorations Company

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour and catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore – Dream – Discover - Mark Twain - You can view clips of some of our own favourite discoveries here.

100% Tailor Made

- Utterly designed and tailored around you and your requirements

- Totally unique every time you travel with us

- We use only the very best hand picked guides which can make the difference between a  good holiday and an outstanding one

Priceless Knowledge

- Established over 27 years ago we have been around longer than most

- Our specialists come from, have lived in or travelled extensively in the regions we cover

- Unparalleled knowledge provides you with the best possible experience

Making a difference

- Philanthropy is our philosophy

- Our founding principle is to always ‘put something back’

- An amount from each holiday is donated to our selected conservation and humanitarian charities

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How many people in your party?

Children under 12

What Do Our Clients Say?

‘Greetings. this has turned out to be a paradise in so many ways....so a big thank you from us.

Wonderful support from your company over here....we were met at the airport (with flowers!!!!!) and introduced to our personal guide who is fabulous. Can't get over the attention to detail ....cool flannels, chilled water, fresh juice on arrival, bag full of thoughtful goodies for our trip, wonderful rooms with bathrooms bigger than our bedroom at home(!) and we were upgraded to a suite and as I write we are listening to tropical birdsong as we look out over the lagoon from our balcony. Wow!!!!!

I could go on but I'll spare you.

Thanks a million

Judy and Mike’

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