Traveling to Kenya with kids is one of the most eye-opening experiences. The days spent here are like living in a storybook, with each page telling its own story. Furthermore, there are numerous places and activities to enjoy during your family vacation in Kenya, and here are some of the best things to do with your kids in Kenya:
1. Visit the David Sheldrick Elephant Trust
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, located near the Nairobi National Park and The Giraffe Centre is a great place for kids to visit and witness the orphaned elephant calves as they guzzle milk and frolic in the mud. The orphanage is open daily for visitors for one hour, between eleven o’clock in the morning and twelve O’clock in the afternoon. Visitors who are also interested in adopting an elephant are welcome to reserve a five o’clock appointment in the evening when the elephants return to the stockades for the night
2. Visit the Giraffe Centre
The Giraffe Centre, which protects the critically endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, is a must-visit for families with children. Here, you can combine serious conservation with fun activities like hand-feeding or even kissing the giraffes from a raised wooden structure, which is a memorable experience for both adults and children.
3. Enjoy the Hot Air Balloon Safari Over the Mara Plains
Nothing beats a hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara with your kids. This experience lets you see the animals from above with your entire family as you fly over the savannah, and upon landing, you’ll be served with special champagne bush breakfast. The disadvantage of this experience, however, is that it can be quite expensive, costing approximately $ 450 per person.
4. Take a Camel Ride in Laikipia Plains
A camel ride is an exciting alternative to the traditional game viewing experience. This safari allows you and your kids to get up close and personal with zebra, giraffe, and ostrich while keeping an eye out for lion, black rhino, and the elusive African painted dog. Camel safaris can be anything from half-day, full-day, overnight, or a short walk.
5. Take a Bicycle Ride Across Hell’s Gate National Park.
Hell’s Gate National Park, located near the shores of Lake Naivasha, is an excellent destination for families to spend a day outside in a natural playground. Kids will definitely enjoy cycling across the park as well as walking downhill between the massive cliffs that flank the park’s entrance. The landscape is dotted with zebra and impala, with the occasional giraffe ambling. In the afternoon, you can wind up your trip at the nearby Olkaria Geothermal Spa which offers swimming in geothermal pools.
Some of the Things to consider when choosing a lodge for your Kenya family safari:
- Consider a fenced lodge or camp because kids are not permitted to roam freely in an unfenced lodge and it can be dangerous at night when animals wander onto the property.
- Consider whether there are any structural risks, as some lodges have open decks that drop a few meters beneath.
- Finally, consider whether the lodge has a shallow pool or a children’s play area.
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