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Ontdek Kenya safaris is renown for Kenya family holidays that concentrate on selected parks with the advantage that you get quality time devoted to game viewing rather than spending your days hopping from one park to another on a tight safari schedule.

Kenya family holidays

This 9 days southern Kenya family holiday is very suitable for adventurous teenagers and it starts with the Swara plains, a private game conservancy, then moves on to Amboseli National Park at the foot of the snow-capped Kilimanjaro and finishes with Tsavo, the land of the man-eater lions.

This Kenya family safari is very ideal for families with interests in bird watching and wildlife photography, as there is enough time per location and the scenery ranges from the snow-capped Kilimanjaro while in Amboseli to very dramatic hills in Tsavo.

Read this when planning a vacation with children in Africa.


Day 1 + 2. Swara Plains Conservancy. 2 overnights at Acacia Camp

Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to Acacia Camp in the Swara Plains Conservancy.

A brief about Swara Plains:

This 20,000 acres ranch is old wild Africa at its very best: wide open savanna grasslands, tall yellow fever trees, endless views, over 3000 resident population of easy to see plains game and +270 birds species. Swara Plains is part of the Tsavo-Amboseli eco-system and with exception of elephants, rhinos and buffaloes all the other plains game found in Tsavo and Amboseli are also found here. You will see big herds of oryx, elands, wildebeests, giraffes, monkeys, hartebeests, zebras, impalas, Grant's and Thompson's gazelles, warthogs and the occasional gerenuk (= giraffe-neck gazelle) in total absence of mass tourism. There is also a good number of cheetahs and leopards.

The number of visitors to the ranch is deliberately kept small by having a camp (Acacia camp) with only 13 rustic and still comfortable bandas (cottages) making this a place to see game without being surrounded by safari mini buses.

Good food is a big part of a travel experience, and as the owner/manager of Acacia has a long history of managing some of the well known tented camps in Kenya, in Acacia you can expect top kitchen with a touch of home cooking.

2 days in Swara will be for vehicle game drives and/or soft game viewing walks.

Read more about the Acacia Camp.

Family tour in the Swara Plains: Masai Ostrich

Days 3,4+5. Kenya Family Holiday in Amboseli

After breakfast we head south to Amboseli National Park which is at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro and has the advantage of having many swamps that are fed by underground rivers coming from the mountain. Its beauty lies in seeing the big game including the elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, impalas, Grant's gazelles and elands with the backdrop of the snow-capped Kilimanjaro. This is a place for great photos also justifying our tour as a photography safari.

With 425 species of Kenya birds, our 2 days here should be able to give us a chance to see Vultures, Eagles, Bustards, Sandgrouses, Hornbills, Longclaw, Chats, Falcons, Owls, Redshanks, Stints...

Overnights at the Kibo Tented Camp.

Day 6,7+8. Kenya Family Holidays in Tsavo

After a breakfast we'll drive through open bush country dotted with acacia trees on our way to Tsavo National Park.

This is the largest national park in Kenya, divided into Tsavo West and East by the Nairobi-Mombasa highway. Coming to Tsavo, immediately after Amboseli, presents us with an opportunity to compare how similar species of wildlife look different just because of their habitat. The elephants of Tsavo are of a deeper color than those of Amboseli. Again, while in Amboseli the joy was in seeing the elephant families in the open plains, in Tsavo it is in the surprise of seeing a family at the least expected moment emerging from the bush.

For 3 days enjoy extended but relaxed game drives looking out for all the big game + cats as well as plains game such as zebras, gazelles and giraffes.

We stay for 3 nights at the Severin Safari Camp, a luxury tented camp with superb sightings on the surrounding hills.

Day 9. Flight Tsavo - Nairobi

Take a domestic flight Tsavo - Nairobi where day rooms are reserved for your family for use till 6.00 p.m. Evening transfer to the airport for outbound flight.

Itinerary changes on your Kenya family holiday may be made due local conditions beyond our control.

Our attractive price based on the size & composition of your family includes all accommodation as per itinerary, all meals from breakfast of day 2 through lunch of day 9, all transport Nairobi-Nairobi and airport transfers, bottled water during the walks, services of guides, the park entrance fees and a Flying Doctors Evacuation cover. The only extras on you are spendings on airfare to Kenya, airport taxes, visa, insurance, drinks, tips and expenditure of personal nature.

For a consultation on family safaris in Kenya, contact Ontdek Kenya safaris. We have over 20 years of experience in travel with children in Kenya.