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Enjoy a Family-Friendly African Safari at Shamwari Reserve

by Eugenia Lazaris

Jan 20, 2023

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Destinations / Africa

Taking the family on an African safari vacation is a trip of a lifetime, one no family traveler will ever forget. From delicious cuisine and unique cultural experiences to the beauty of the rugged landscape and majestic animals roaming the plains, this trip is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


But when planning a safari with a family, there are a few challenges to consider, from pre-trip vaccinations to keeping little ones entertained despite long days riding in a vehicle searching for wildlife. Choosing a safari destination designed to not only keep little ones entertained but also safe is key to a successful and memorable African safari vacation.


Shamwari Private Game Reserve, located in Paterson, South Africa, is a great option for families with its Riverdene Family Lodge, designed specifically to give families a relaxing and entertaining place to unwind and experience Africa’s incomparable wildlife. Guests can enjoy both driving and walking safaris to see Africa’s plentiful wildlife, including the Big 5 (lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and rhinoceroses), and can also enjoy viewing wildlife from a distance beyond the perimeter of the lodge.


The grounds are fenced in and considered malaria-free, ensuring safety for your little ones at all times. The Kids on Safari and Teens on Safari programs are designed specifically to give them safe, memorable experiences, while teaching them about the importance of respecting and conserving nature and wildlife while visiting the reserve’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary. They also can enjoy zip lining and time at the swimming pool and playground.


Children aged 4 and older can accompany their families on the safari drives and trips to the rehabilitation center, while children must be at least 6 years old to visit the reserve’s Born Free rescue centers. Shamwari offers a children’s coordinator to help with planning and arranging activities for the kids. There are also nanny services available for an additional cost for families with children too young to attend the safari excursions.


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