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Family Safari experience

Take your family on their greatest imaginable adventure - an Asilia Family Safari in the vast and unspoiled wilderness of East Africa. With a highly skilled guide at your side you will discover untamed Africa like few others ever do.  

We accommodate families with children from 6 years up in a selection of spectacular camps and lodges. You can choose to base yourself in a rustic secluded bush house or, with only a sheet of canvas between you and the stars, in one of our beautifully designed tented camps.

Our bush guides have a wealth of insightful experience that has been handed down through generations. And, with their intimate knowledge of the area, they will watch over you, fascinate you and your children with bush-wise facts, traditional games, local folklore and incredible stories of life in the bush.

Bring your family and explore the real Africa with us. We can’t wait to welcome you to a world where adventure rules and no second is the same.

Our Family Friendly Camps

Families are welcomed at all of our camps and lodges. However, due to location and available facilities some may be more suitable to families than others.

Family Suitability Level: BEST
These camps offer excellent family safaris. Personal attention, guiding, accommodation and service is focused on creating a superb safari experience for families.
 
There are guaranteed private safari vehicles for families of 4 or more; special activities and programs for children, including but not limited to: the identification of animal tracks, learning about local cultures, guided nature walks and bush skills.
 
No minimum age restrictions. However, parents are required to sign waiver for children under 6 years.

Our safari camps and lodges offering an ‘excellent’ rated Family Safari Experience include the three Mara Bush Houses, Naboisho Camp and Rubondo Island Camp.
 
And our private beach villa on Zanzibar, Matemwe Beach House, with its own private chef and activity guide is superb for family beach holidays. 

Our Camps & Lodges:

  • Mara Bush Houses
    Imagine your own house in the bush, right in the heart of the Maasai Mara. Acacia House, Mara House and Topi House are ideal for a couple, family or group on safari.
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  • Naboisho Camp
    On a private conservancy, that is an example of conservation and communities working together, Naboisho offers an opportunity to gain an understanding of the Serengeti Mara ecosystem.
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  • Rubondo Island Camp
    An exclusive camp nestled on an uninhabited island, home to chimpanzees, elephants and the elusive sitatunga.
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  • Matemwe Beach House
    On Matemwe beach lies one of Zanzibar’s most homely family escapes. Matemwe Beach House is the perfect holiday home for a family or small group wanting a private slice of this beautiful coast line.
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Family Suitability Level: BETTER
Families are accommodated in larger family tents with separate bedrooms. The individual needs of families are well cared for but we do not have specific outdoor activities for children due to the surrounding environment.

Combining pristine wilderness with the intimacy of a timeless tented camp, Dunia Camp offers superb game viewing all year round from its secluded location in the heart of the Serengeti.

These safari camps guarantee a private safari vehicle for families over 4 persons at no extra cost in low season. In high season families with children under 12 are obliged to use a private game-viewing vehicle at an additional cost. 

The minimum age is 6 years. However there is some flexibility on this rule and exceptions can be made depending on camp occupancy. Please contact us and we will make every attempt to accommodate your wishes.

Our Camps & Lodges:

  • Dunia Camp
    Combining pristine wilderness with the intimacy of a timeless tented camp, Dunia Camp offers superb game viewing all year round from its secluded location in the heart of the Serengeti.
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  • Olakira Camp
    Olakira is a luxurious under-canvas camp that moves with the seasons, following the wildebeest herds through the Serengeti to ensure a front-row seat at the greatest show on earth.
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  • Rekero Camp
    Rekero Camp has a long and proud history in the Mara that lends to it a depth of character and low-key authenticity that is the hallmark of this luxury tented camp.
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  • Sayari Camp
    This upmarket camp is one of the finest in Africa, offering luxurious lodgings in some of the best Big Five country on the continent.
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Family Suitability Level: GOOD
Families are warmly welcomed in these camps but we do not offer special family tents, activities for children or personal guides. Children are accommodated in a separate tent or by adding a third bed to a tent. Only children over 6 years.

Our Camps & Lodges:

  • Little Oliver's
    Little Oliver’s is a small, intimate and exclusive camp. Its 5 exquisitely appointed tents have sweeping views over a nearby floodplain that is always well populated by wildlife and migratory birds.
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  • Kimondo Camp
    Kimondo is a migration camp,  following the herds as they migrate across the plains of the Serengeti, ensuring that guests are always within striking distance of this age-old natural wonder.
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  • Nomadic Camp
    Nomadic Camp is an exclusive and very nimble mobile safari experience that takes guests to the most exciting corners of the Mara. Places where many other safari goers rarely get the opportunity to go.
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  • Ubuntu Camp
    Following in the footsteps of the Great Wildebeest Migration, this traditional safari camp receives incredible praise from guests for its authenticity and warm hospitality.
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Family Activities


  • Family Game Drive
    Take off into the wilderness with your highly skilled, personal guide. Uncannily, he almost always knows where the action is. By day, spot wild animals, like elephant, buffalo, lion and cheetah from afar and approach them with stealth and caution. Enjoy a picnic under the widest blue sky imaginable and view the expanse of Africa through eyes that are truly open for the first time. By night, drive under a blanket of shimmering stars and wait for the telltale reflection of eyes in the headlights... A game drive with the ones you love is an unforgettable family experience. 
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  • Nature Walk
    There is no better way to experience the African bush than on foot, where the tracks, beetles and bugs spring to life. It is likely that you will get close to larger mammals with Asilia’s experienced walking guides but this is the chance to take a closer look at the little things and appreciate the African bush from the earth upwards. You will focus on identifying the different bugs, tracks and interesting plants around the camp
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  • Local culture
    Did you know that, aside from cattle, the Maasai people value children as extremely important and they are considered to be a blessing on the tribe? On an Asilia Family Safari you can choose to visit a nearby village and learn about their culture and customs, make pen pals and buy traditional handcrafts.
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  • Spoor Tracking
    With the right knowledge, the track or spoor of a wild animal is not only a method to identify the animal but also an indication of its welfare. A dragged spoor from one hoof and crisp impressions from the other is a likely indication of an injury. Your personal guide will take you on a wonderful journey of learning about animals from the dung and spoor they leave. You can ask them to make a plaster mould of a track that you find fascinating or take a mould of your footprint and that of a lion so that you can compare sizes.
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  • Dung Identification
    Dung tracking is interesting if you’re not too squeamish. Fresh pooh could mean the animal is nearby and old dry dung could mean the animal passed through the area weeks ago.Your guide will teach you what food an animal prefers simply by looking at its dung. By taking notes, photographs and collecting samples of different dung and spoor castes, your child will accumulate terrific material for a school project or class presentation.
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  • Baking
    Preparing food in the bush far away from a supermarket or a bakery calls for more than your fair share of ingenuity. The Chef at your camp or lodge is always willing to share a trick or two with children. Baking fresh bread in a pot on the fire or making griddle caked is always a treat when served hot with melting butter and a golden pool of wild honey.
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  • Bush Skills
    Ever wondered where most of Bear Grylls’ survivor techniques originally come from? Look no further than the bush craft that originates in Africa. Imagine how proud your children will be when they show their pals how to make a fire without matches, how to make a toothbrush from a twig and how to find their way in the bush without a compass. Your personal guide will always be there to make each day on safari a valuable and enriching experience for your children.
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  • Maasai archery training
    Even today the Maasai rely entirely on traditional weapons to hunt and defend themselves. The long graceful spear with which they fearlessly face lions, the Maasai sword, huge shield and elegant bow and arrows are still their favoured weapons. The skills in handling these weapons are handed down from generation to generation and who is better equipped to teach your child to shoot accurately with an undersized bow and blunt arrows than a Maasai warrior. With infinite patience, care and kindness they take the young ones through the drill of aiming, draw the bow and letting the arrow loose at the target.
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  • Stargazing & stories
    For thousands of years tribesmen in Africa have looked to the night sky for meaning and inspiration. The Maasai of East Africa saw the Pleiades above the horizon from September to mid-May. They knew that these 6 stars, which stayed in a group like a herd of cattle, were only visible during the rainy season. The Basotho bushmen of Southern Africa saw the southern cross as a giraffe with an outstretched neck and the Zulu (of the same region) interpreted it as the tree of life. These myths legends are as alive in Africa today as they were then and your Asilia personal guide will teach you all he has learned from his forefathers about the stars, their meaning and how they affect life on earth.
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Our Experienced Family Guides

Dickson Nabaala - Guide at Mara Bush Houses
Dickson joined Asilia in 2011 soon after graduating from Koiyaki Guiding School. Having done his practical training at Rekero Camp, Dickson's passion and desire to learn and guide was duly noticed and he soon found himself going along on game drives as a spotter for the very experienced guides, Fred Ronko, Salaash Morompi and Jackson Looseyia. “In the short time that he has been with us he has grown from strength to strength and this is evident in the glowing reviews he receives from our guests. We are so proud of him and he has become a wonderful addition to our guiding team adding youthful energy and enthusiasm.” Rainee Beaton, Manager Mara Bush Houses.
Salaash Morompi – Guide at Mara Bush Houses
Salaash originally joined the Asilia team as a waiter almost ten years ago. His natural ability to converse with people and his inherent love for nature and wildlife soon saw him join our elite team of guides. Salaash is a people’s person — always mindful, caring and helpful. His knowledge of the wilderness and wildlife is extraordinary and the manner in which he passes on his information is entertaining and insightful. Its no wonder that many guests ask for him by name.
Benjamin Kisemei - Guide at Naboisho Camp
Ben has a great eye and an extraordinary passion for the bush. He is equally at home when taking guests on a walking safari or on a game drive and shares his terrific local and cultural knowledge in an easy and professional manner. Guests often remark on his wonderful sense of humour and vivid descriptive style when passing on information. Ben loves people and is passionate about children. His background in teaching has clearly equipped him well for the important role of family safari guide.” Roelof Schutte, Naboisho Camp Manager & Walking Safari Guide.
Fredrick Ronko – Guide at Mara Bush Houses
Fred has been part of our team of guides for 16 years. Together with his friend and guiding partner Jackson Looseyia — they transformed and set the highest standard of guiding in the Mara and Kenya. Fred is revered as a brilliant guide with a wealth of experience. Having worked on Disneynature’s documentary film ‘Big Cats’ as well as alongside some of the world’s leading wildlife photographers his skill is particularly helpful to those seeking to capture iconic wildlife images.
Habibu Hamadi Kissio – Guide at Rubondo Island Camp
Habibu is the perfect guide for a unique habitat like Rubondo Island. His great love for sport fishing and hiking have taken him all over the island and he knows the area like the back of his hand. “He is one of the most knowledgeable guides I have ever had the pleasure to meet. He is patient, attentive and his 25 years of experience clearly shows when he points out the tiny things we would never normally pay attention to." Janine Bronkhorst, Manager at Rubondo Island Camp.
Hamza Visram Raza – Guide at Dunia Camp
Hamza studied tourism in Arusha and is a graduate of the Asilia guide-training program. He is based at Dunia Camp and also guides at Asilia’s camps in the northern Serengeti. “He is patient and calm, is quick to smile, has a lovely sense of humour and is a brilliant guide and driver. He has a wonderful way with children too. Playing with them, telling animal stories that relate to life in the bush and in the village. Always reliable — Hamza is a top-notch and highly skilled guide”. Kathryn Eybers, Sayari Camp Manager.
Martin Kasaine Kimorgo (guide) & Risa Ole Rakwa (Spotter) – Guides at Rekero Camp
Martin was mentored by the legendary Mara guide Jackson Looseyia and worked as a guide spotter for him. “He makes an instant connection with children and makes sure game drives are fun and interactive. He is great with games such as bows & arrows. Risa loves children (having 4 of his own) and makes sure game drives are never boring! He is happy to spend afternoon siesta hours, when parents are enjoying a snooze, to take children on nature walks around the camp or teach them how to make a fire the traditional Maasai way. As a team these two are unbeatable.” Clea Earnshaw, former Rekero Camp Manager.
Calson Luka - Guide at Sayari Camp
Calson graduated from Mt Meru guiding school in 2006, joined Asilia in 2012 and successfully completed the Asila guide training program three months later. Today he is based at our award winning Sayari Camp. “With Calson’s passion for his homeland and its natural heritage along with his vast knowledge and caring nature he will not only guide you, but open your hearts to Tanzania’s incredible wildlife and culture. His fun loving nature and delightful sense of humour makes him hugely popular with both children and parents.” Kathryn Eybers, Sayari Camp Manager.

Suggested Family Safari Itinerary

Family Package
A Family Itinerary Designed Just For You
The Family Package has been designed specifically with your family in mind, we've taken care of everything you may need when travelling as a family.
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Dunia Camp & Matemwe - Family Itinerary
Dunia Camp & Matemwe - Family Itinerary
Have a look at this suggested family itinerary that includes both the Serengeti and Zanzibar beach!
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Dunia Camp & Rubondo Island Camp - Family Itinerary
Dunia Camp & Rubondo Island Camp - Family Itinerary
Enjoy a family safari that includes both the Serengeti and Lake Victoria!
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Family Safari
Special Offers
Asilia have some special offers in place to consider when planning a family safari. Please make your travel agent aware of them
FAMILY SAFARI OFFER: DUNIA (SERENGETI) & RUBONDO ISLAND CAMP (LAKE VICTORIA, TANZANIA)
VALID: 13 Jun 2014 to 19 Dec 2015
FAMILY SAFARI OFFER: DUNIA (SERENGETI) & RUBONDO ISLAND CAMP (LAKE VICTORIA, TANZANIA)
Family safari holiday in the Serengeti combined with a family adventure on Rubondo Island.
FAMILY SAFARI OFFER: DUNIA (SERENGETI) & MATEMWE BEACH HOUSE (ZANZIBAR)
VALID: 13 Jun 2014 to 19 Dec 2015
FAMILY SAFARI OFFER: DUNIA (SERENGETI) & MATEMWE BEACH HOUSE (ZANZIBAR)
For a Dunia Camp (Serengeti) and Matemwe Beach House (Zanzibar) combination holiday.

Mickey (USA) Mara Bush Houses

June 2014

"Our travel agent recommended that we stop half way through our African Safari for several days to relax, unwind and enjoy Africa. What a brilliant suggestion! And this is an ideal place to do it at. 5 star service - 4 staff looking after our family - amazing cooking - I even asked for recipes - the decor /architecture of this 3 bedroom home is stunning and so well suited to the environment. A watering hole outside the door with 2 outdoor dining places, grass for the kids to run around on, a swimming pool and BBQ area, and close to lots of wildlife to visit. The drive to the top of the hill where the house is situated is an adventure in itself, it was such a thrill! After so many days on dusty, bumpy roads, 4 nights here was just what we needed. There was plenty to do, but we didn't feel bad just relaxing and watching the animals at the watering hole as we updated our Facebook pages and edited our photos using the free internet provided. We certainly intend to come back here again with even more of our family."

Ronald H (Wisconsin, US) Mara Bush Houses

January 2014

"We are an adoptive family with 3 children from Kenya & Ethiopia. This was the highlight of our 3 week adventure. We had the pleasure to spend time at a village where our daughters played and sang with the local children. Oh, and the pool was an additional blessing. We were spoiled; 3 course meals, chai, homemade sweets, evening fires, warm water bottles in your beds. The Mara Bush Houses are our new favorite place on earth!"

Silke L (South Africa) Matemwe Beach House

July 2013

"We spent 5 nights at Matemwe with our 15 year old daughter and it was an exquisite stay. Everything was perfect. From the wonderful greeting that left one feeling like a minor celebrity :-) to our departure the friendly staff were helpful, attentive, genuine and professional at all times without ever being obsequious.The rooms and facilities are exactly what we like - stylish yet simple, luxurious without being ostentatious. The lodge is in harmony with its surroundings and the relationship with the local community respectful and engaged. Meals were excellent. We were very active and made good use of the surrounding beaches and sea from dawn till dusk to snorkel frequently swim, walk, sail and generally justify the delicious 3 meals a day."

Sophie V (CPT) Mara Bush Houses

May 2014

"We stayed at Mara Bush House for 3 night with our 3 year old girl and our friends with 2 small children. We were a bit anxious to take our daughter to East Africa on a safari but we had the most amazing time. The house was stunning with a waterhole in front of the house and a nice big pool.
The Maasai staff were just so friendly and professional and the food was all very delicious. The staff played with the kids all the time and even taught them how to use a bow and arrow.
Our guide Fred was just the best. He taught the children so many things while driving around and seeing all the animals. And distracted them when they got tired or over enthusiastic when they had to sit calm. It was just perfect! A great family experience!"
Sophie V (South Africa)

Sophie V (South Africa) Naboisho Camp

May 2014

"We stayed at Naboisho camp for 3 nights and took our 3 year old girl.
We were a bit anxious to take our little girl to East Africa but we are very glad we did. It was such a fantastic family experience. The camp managers also have 2 little girls so it was such a child friendly holiday.

We had the most stunning sundowners on the plains under an acacia tree. Kids running around and parents drinking gin tonics. The camp staff organized activities for the children to keep them busy and there were babysitters available at night.

During the day we took them on 1 or 2 drives and this went also very well because the guides were so professional. We can really recommend this Asilia Africa camp."
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Rekero Camp, Kenya
Rekero Camp, Kenya
Rekero Camp has a long and proud history in the Mara that lends to it a depth of character and low-key authenticity that is the hallmark of this luxury tented camp.
Ubuntu Camp, Tanzania
Ubuntu Camp, Tanzania
Following in the footsteps of the Great Wildebeest Migration, this traditional safari camp receives incredible praise from guests for its authenticity and warm hospitality.
Ubuntu Camp, Tanzania
Ubuntu Camp, Tanzania
Following in the footsteps of the Great Wildebeest Migration, this traditional safari camp receives incredible praise from guests for its authenticity and warm hospitality.
Naboisho Camp, Kenya
Naboisho Camp, Kenya
On a private conservancy, that is an example of conservation and communities working together, Naboisho offers an opportunity to gain an understanding of the Serengeti Mara ecosystem.
Sayari Camp, Tanzania
Sayari Camp, Tanzania
This upmarket camp is one of the finest in Africa, offering luxurious lodgings in some of the best Big Five country on the continent.
Ubuntu Camp, Tanzania
Ubuntu Camp, Tanzania
Following in the footsteps of the Great Wildebeest Migration, this traditional safari camp receives incredible praise from guests for its authenticity and warm hospitality.
Dunia Camp, Tanzania
Dunia Camp, Tanzania
Combining pristine wilderness with the intimacy of a timeless tented camp, Dunia Camp offers superb game viewing all year round from its secluded location in the heart of the Serengeti.
Olakira Camp, Tanzania
Olakira Camp, Tanzania
Olakira is a luxurious under-canvas camp that moves with the seasons, following the wildebeest herds through the Serengeti to ensure a front-row seat at the greatest show on earth.
Oliver’s Camp, Tanzania
Oliver’s Camp, Tanzania
Walking safaris are the specialty of the camp, and the depth of knowledge and experience of the camp naturalist guides makes Oliver’s Camp a firm favourite amongst safari enthusiasts.
Olakira Camp, Tanzania
Olakira Camp, Tanzania
Olakira is a luxurious under-canvas camp that moves with the seasons, following the wildebeest herds through the Serengeti to ensure a front-row seat at the greatest show on earth.
Rubondo Island Camp, Tanzania
Rubondo Island Camp, Tanzania
An exclusive camp nestled on an uninhabited island, home to chimpanzees, elephants and the elusive sitatunga.
Matemwe Lodge, Zanzibar
Matemwe Lodge, Zanzibar
Overlooking a shallow coral fringed lagoon on the quieter northeast coast of Zanzibar, Matemwe’s peaceful location and relaxed atmosphere, makes it the ideal place to unwind.
Matemwe Retreat, Zanzibar
Matemwe Retreat, Zanzibar
Combining the spirit of Zanzibar with the highest standards of luxury, Matemwe Retreat’s secluded villas are considered the most exclusive choice on this exotic island.
Matemwe Beach House, Zanzibar
Matemwe Beach House, Zanzibar
On the chalk white Matemwe beach lies Matemwe Beach House; the perfect holiday home for a family or small group wanting a private slice of this beautiful coast line
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