AFRICAN FAMILY SAFARIS
Here’s how a normal safari day goes pretty much anywhere in Africa: Get up early before sunrise to do a game drive that lasts a few hours, head back for breakfast, chill, eat, drink, nap at the lodge during the heat of the day, and then you head back out for an afternoon game drive for a few hours which usually includes sundowner cocktails, and then back to the lodge for dinner. Fun fact, if you just replace the word “lodge” with “house” and “game drive” with “grocery store” you basically have our normal weekend schedule at home right there! Safaris are perfectly set up for kids (and parents) nap schedules, which is yet another reason it’s perfect for kids of all ages.
Beyond game drives, Gondwana offers hiking, fishing, mountain biking and a Junior Ranger program for kids under 12. The kids got a fun Rangers backpack upon arrival with safari booklet, activities and some other gems that kept them entertained for long enough for us to order a sundowner. In the Junior Ranger Program, our kids made bow and arrows to enact a real-life Hunger Games for us to watch and took walks to the elephant graveyard, which was a set of bones from various animals that had met their Mufasa fate. Kids can do short game drives to see the flora and fauna around the property as well as the birds and the bees, which hopefully means I’m off the hook for that parental convo.