Seven Custom Made Family Safaris in Africa

Africa is famous for tailor made safaris with reserves, lodges and parks scattered throughout the vast continent and cradle of human kind. A custom made safari is the perfect option for a family vacation.


Discover Africa have selected the best locations on the map for tailor made safaris and custom made family bush vacations.


Kruger National Park

South Africa


The Kruger National Park is the flagship of South Africa’s national parks and reserves. The park is home to an astonishing number of bird, plant and animal species with 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. The Kruger National Park is one of the world’s best known and most loved Big Five reserves offering visitors a range of options assisting in the process of building tailor made safaris.


The park has a wide selection of bush camps, private lodges and a number of options in regards to accommodations ranging between bungalows and camp sites with access to electricity. Rest camps in the Kruger National Park have pools, cafes, restaurants, phones and shops for the daily bits and pieces. The Kruger Park is outstanding and one of the best choices if you are considering one of Africa’s tailor made safaris.


Maasai Mara National Reserve



Maasai Mara is primarily grassland, acacia trees and riverine forest. It is world renowned and warmly regarded as Africa’s greatest wildlife reserve, situated in southwest Kenya. Maasai Mara National Reserve spans over 1,510 sq. kilometres raising 1,500-2,170 meters above sea level and is 270 kilometres from Nairobi, the capital city taking between 5 and 6 hours by road or 40-45 minutes by flight.


Maasai Mara is Kenya’s best option if you are after the greatest of tailor made safaris. The reserve is home to many of Africa’s wildlife species including the famous Big Five. The best time to visit the Maasai Mara is between July and October with the migration from Serengeti in Tanzania.


Serengeti National Park



Above: Serengeti National Park wildlife


The Serengeti National Park, the Maasai Mara Game Reserve and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area combined preserve and protect the largest, greatest and most varied selection of wildlife on earth with one of the last unspoiled and unbroken great migratory system left and an impressive conservation record. The Serengeti National Park contributes to as much as 14% of Tanzania’s land area.


Serengeti is three times the size of Maasai Mara in Kenya and one of greatest locations for family vacations and tailor made safaris. From June to August you can witness the great migration towards Kenya although it may be difficult to pinpoint the exact location of the wildebeest migration at a given time which is why guides are useful when looking to see the spectacular, world famous affair presented by Mother Nature herself.


Okavango Delta




Above: Botswana’s Okavango Delta


North of South Africa we find the beautiful country of Botswana, which is home to the Okavango Delta. This area makes for some of the world’s best game viewing experiences. It is the perfect location for a family vacation offering visitors to the region the opportunity to see the Big Five and a span of other wildlife at the Okavango Delta National Park.


The Okavango Delta is known to be the jewel of Botswana boasting one of the world’s greatest fresh water wetlands in the remote northern region. Annual floodwaters make their way from the Angolan highlands over 1,000 kilometres away and finding their way to the Okavango River where the cool rushing waters spill over the mind blowing and miraculous Okavango Delta.


Queen Elizabeth National Park



In 1952, with the help of Douglas Hillocks, the Queen Elizabeth National Park was established and today is home to more than 95 mammal species and over 612 species of birds not to mention being the backyard of the Mountain Gorilla who live in the beautiful rain forests of Uganda. You can visit the Gorillas by booking guided tours which allow you to track and sit with these gentle giants.


The Queen Elizabeth National Park gives guests the opportunity to visit Lake Edward and Gorge with a number of protected rest camps. The park remains one of the top travel destinations in Africa for tailor made safaris attracting thousands of international and local visitors year after year.


Etosha National Park




Above: Etosha National Park wildlife. Photo by Dalene Ingham-Brown


Etosha means ‘place of dry water’ named after the local pan in the region which shimmers silver under the African sun, contrasting and complimenting the dusty Namibian semi desert, thorn tree outcrops and grassland savannah. The pan only retains water after heavy rains and this occurs only a few times a year encouraging blue-green algae growth and attracting thousands upon thousands of pink flamingos.


The Etosha National Park presents visitors to the area with some of the best game viewing on the continent, including the endangered black rhino, an abundance of antelope and all the cats. Among the cats you could have the luck of seeing King of the Jungle, the lion, and the rest of the Big Five collection. Etosha National Park is a must-do if you are considering one of Africa’s great tailor made safaris.


Niassa Game Reserve



Mozambique is home to the Niassa Game Reserve. Niassa is vast, covering 42,000 km², and offers visitors to the park the opportunity to view fantastic wildlife. If you are considering planning a great family getaway and researching custom made safaris, then considering the Niassa Game Reserve is a brilliant option.


Lugenda Wilderness Camp is one of the best camps in the reserve where guests can opt in to take guided game drives, hiking and stunning stargazing. The park currently has one of the largest concentrations of the highly endangered African Wild Dog with over 200 of these K9 critters on the reserve. Niassa Game Reserve gives guests the opportunity to see the Big Five and all the big African cats.


Author Bio: Jacqueline Freer

Born and bred in South Africa, Jacqueline is an obsessive reader and hiker and loves discovering... all the time. As a copywriter for Drive South Africa , she believes social media is the future and plans to conquer Africa with adventure safaris in Africa.


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