Biscuit baking, bug walks and pool picnics on a safari?
Yes, when you take the kids to Thornybush Nature Reserve. The 38,000-acre private game reserve in the northeastern Limpopo province of South Africa is one of the few in the country offering family safaris and child-friendly lodges.
The biggest player is the Thornybush Collection of four- and five-star game lodges.
It owns or operates nine of the reserve’s 11 lodges. Children are actively welcomed at both Thornybush Game Lodge and Serondella, while other lodges in the collection accept youngsters if the family books out the sole use of the camp.
Children must be six and older to go out on game drives. Your family is assigned a ranger-guide who enjoys interacting with young guests, and drives can be tailored to suit kids’ interests and attention spans.
Kids are unlikely to get bored on game drives – not when they see, almost within touching distance from their open Land Cruiser, a cheetah bloodily devouring an impala (gross!) or a hyena suckling her pups (cute!).
Continue reading our story on family safaris…
See our travel article, Family Safari in South Africa, published on the TravelAge West website. (And if you’re looking for a honeymoon-worthy, adults-only safari lodge, read our review of Simbambili Game Lodge in Sabi Sand Game Reserve.)