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Kenya is a dream destination for many of us and I am very jealous as Sarah from A Family Travel Blog and her daughter prepare to go on a safari in Kenya this year. Sarah shares her tips for the best things to do in Kenya with kids below!
Kenya is home of the quintessential safari experience. On the vast plains of the Masai Mara, you’ll encounter Africa’s majestic big game, proud tribal people and the blaze red sunsets and lone Acacia trees that we’ve all seen in photos and on film.
A safari in Kenya is life changing. And all the more so when you experience this destination together with your children.
If you’re planning a family safari in Kenya, here are 8 things to do with kids in Kenya that you should not miss…
The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is an exciting, and moving, introduction to a safari in Africa. Every day, this hugely successful orphanage for baby elephants (ages 0 – 5) opens it’s doors to the public for one hour of feeding and play time.
This is a great opportunity to learn about the majestic elephant while supporting one of the most successful conservation organizations in Africa.
Located near the elephant orphanage, the AFEW Giraffe Center is also a great place to visit for kids in Nairobi. For a few dollars, you can access the giraffe center and museum, where you can learn about the endangered Rothschild Giraffe as well as feed them!
While the experience doesn’t take very long, it makes for a fabulous photo opportunity!
Hopping into a small bush plane is the definition of luxury in Africa. Not only do you avoid long, bumpy road transfers to get to your safari camp, but you have the opportunity to view Africa’s wildlife from above! Landing on an airstrip in the Maasai Mara always makes for great GoPro footage!
Lion, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, leopard and Cape Buffalo; these are Africa’s Big Five. You’ll likely see these magnificent creatures, and so much more. While Africa’s big game is exciting to see, be sure to pay attention to the smaller wildlife and the birds to gain a deeper appreciation for the African bush.
Ahh, the sundowner! Invented and perfected in Kenya, the best safari guides will expertly position you in the best location to view a striking African sunset, with cool drinks in hand and snacks at the ready.
In addition to the magical experience of spotting Africa’s big game in their natural habitat, East Africa also offers a unique opportunity to meet with and experience authentic local people. The colorful Maasai, draped in red cloths and adored in brightly colored beads, showcase a unique culture and ancient way of life.
There is perhaps no luxury greater than sleeping under canvas while on safari in Africa. Falling asleep to the sounds of the African bush all around you, and awaking to fresh, hot coffee and cake delivered to you before sunrise, is memorable to say the least. Do not miss the opportunity to stay in a tented camp in Africa.
While this experience will set you back at least $600 per person, there is perhaps nothing more exciting than slowly floating just a few feet above the Big Five. You’ll set out just as the sun crests over the horizon, and end with a delicious, hot champagne breakfast after what is sure to be one of the most thrilling experiences of your life.
Have you visited Africa with kids?
You can read more about Sarah, her family travel experiences and her trip to Kenya on A Family Travel Blog
You can also read our guides to South Africa with kids here.