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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 of any age 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, for children under 5 years parents are required to sign a waiver and children must be indicated on the booking. This does not include Rubondo Island where the minimum age for children is 5 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. 

There is no minimum age at Dunia Camp however children under 5 must be indicated in your booking. The minimum age for the remainder of our "Better-Rated" Family Friendly camps is 5. 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 5 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

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.
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.
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DAY 1 Your Family Safari

Welcome to Kenya!
Accommodation: Mara Bush Houses, Maasai Mara
Activities: Imagine your own house in the bush, right in the very heart of one of Africa’s most famous and game rich areas. A bush house where the wildlife comes right to your front door.
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