Sabi Sabi Kids Program

Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge offers a great kids-friendly safari experience. If you are worried about taking your kids on a safari holiday, thinking they will become bored too easily, this lodge is the perfect choice to ensure that doesn’t happen.

The EleFun Centre was created by childcare professionals. Your kids will have their own special place to indulge in wild fun.

Putting the Fun in Education

The Sabi Sabi Bush lodge was designed with the whole family in mind. The EleFun Centre is a special kids facility situated in the safety of the lodge. It’s not just about keeping the kids out of trouble while the adults relax, the activities aim to instil greater awareness and appreciation of nature.

While designing the space, the childcare professionals kept in mind that it needed to be a safe space, that made learning a fun activity. The interactive activities are hands-on, catering for kids between age 4 and 12.

The various bushveld-themed activities are age-appropriate, hosted by qualified staff who guide and supervise the kids. Subjects include bugs and birds, tracks and signs of wildlife, and bush survival. All the bush craft activities tackle environmentally focused subjects, keeping the kids constructively entertained for hours.

The Perfect Balance Between Play and Learning

Kids can spend the whole day at the Sabi Sabi EleFun Centre if they want to. In the mornings a variety of creative hobbies are explored. And the afternoons are filled with educational games. The kids are also taken on special bush walks and talks with the rangers. There are also scheduled midday kid-friendly game drives hosted by a childcare professional, exploring the topics of the ranger course.

The centre features a secure outdoor play area, perfect for a mini safari adventure within the safety of the Sabi Sabi Bush lodge. While the activities are structured at certain times during the day, kids are welcome to keep themselves busy in the play area when they aren’t participating in the formal sessions.

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Sabi Sabi EleFun Centre offers families the opportunity to strike the balance between family time and recharge moments for the grownups without the kids around. Book yourself a pampering session at the Amani Spa while the kids are exploring nature.

Programs are designed to be flexible, catering to the needs of kids according to their age and interests. The structured programs change regularly. The learning sessions are balanced with arts and crafts activities.

The Junior Ranger Program

The program is offered to kids aged 4 to 12. It is structed to be age-appropriate. Mini exploration outings are conducted with a ranger creating a little safari walk around the grounds of the lodge. Older kids are taken on an educational game drive into the bushveld.

Kids learn fascinating facts about the Sabi Sabi bushveld and the animals that call it home. When the weather is too cold for playing outside, kids are kept busy with arts and crafts sessions. Without the kids even realising it, they still learn while getting their hands dirty, the natural world and nature is used as themes for the crafts they create.

The centre is closed between 13:00 and 14:00, giving families a chance to have lunch together. Your kids can then also tell you about all the interesting things they had been learning about during the morning activities.

From 14:00 to 15:30 both indoor and outdoor games are offered. Again, the kids won’t even realise that they are learning while having fun, the games were created by the childcare professionals to enforce the classroom learning sessions content.

The outdoor area features a maze, obstacle course, field for ball or water sports, and lots of jungle gyms. To exercise the brains in a creative way as well, the kids can participate in quizzes about African animals, using animal sounds as well.

Book Your Family Safari at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

Exposing your kids to the wonder of the African bushveld, will open their eyes to an amazing new world. Whether you are a regular visitor to the bushveld, or it’s your first African safari, Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge is a great choice for a family-friendly holiday.

The Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve is situated in the world-renowned 65 000-hectare Sabi Sand Reserve, on the South-Western side of the Kruger National Park. You can see the Big Five (rhino, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and lion) as well as more than 200 other animal species that roam the bushveld.

You can reach Sabi Sabi via a direct flight from O.R. Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) to the Sabi Sabi airstrip. Or you can fly to the Skukuza Airport, Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (Nelspruit). It is a 5-hour drive from Johannesburg.

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Londolozi Kid’s Program

At Londolozi, providing family fun is very important. Since the lodge opened, four generations of the Varty family have enjoyed the wonderful child-friendly safari space created. The bushveld surrounding the Londolozi camps, is any child’s dream come to for a wild adventure!

The Londolozi Cubs program has been tweaked over the years to offer excellent edutainment (education with entertainment built in) for kids of all ages. Every day on holiday will turn your little ones into budding young rangers. While learning more about the African bushveld, they will also learn more about their role in conserving Africa’s amazing biodiversity.

Reasons Why You Should Book A Family Safari Holiday at Londolozi

Some families have regular outings into the bushveld. Others will splurge on a safari holiday only a few times during their kids’ childhood. Whether you are a big lover of the wild African lifestyle, or only plan on experiencing it in small doses, there are many great benefits to consider.

Teach Your Kids to Appreciate the World Around Them

Nowadays most people live in urban jungles, rather than wild ones. By taking your kids out of their usual living circumstances, you will challenge their outlook on the world. There’s something special about the smells, sounds, and sights of the African bushveld. By exposing your kids to the rugged natural world, you instil a greater appreciation for it in them. Even in the urban jungles, nature still abounds, but it’s sometimes harder to take notice of it.

Reinforce A Thirst for Knowledge

Your kids will most likely be learning a lot about the natural world at school. On a safari you can give them a deeper experience of the theories they are exposed to. During your safari holiday, your kids will be able to see in practice what they have been learning about in class.

Expose Your Kids to The Unknown

If it’s your kids first safari, they will be exploring a whole new unknown world. And in this world, there are also new people to meet and learn more about. Exposing your kids to different cultures, is one of the most enriching experiences you will ever offer them. Outings are scheduled to the Shangana Cultural Village, situated near the Londolozi camps.

Londolozi Kids Program Fishing

Reconnect as A Family

Moving outside of your usual routine is always a great opportunity to reconnect. Removed from the daily distractions of school and work routines, you can schedule alone-time as a family. An escape into the African bush is a great way to recharge as a family unit.

Learning While Having Fun at Londolozi

The Londolozi Cubs program is not just about keeping the kids entertained while the adults relax. In the Cubs Den kids explore who they are, learn more about other cultures, as well as learn how to build friendships. For the city kids, learning how to survive in the wilderness will expose them to a whole new world.

Londolozi has gone above and beyond offering just a program to keep kids busy, building a special Cubs Den that provides hours of fun. Let your kids embrace the rugged safari lifestyle – splashing in the fish ponds, “driving” their own Land Rovers, and sleeping in the campout tents. It also features an educational centre, where wildlife is put under the microscope and young minds filled with information.

All the indoor fun is balanced by outdoor adventures. The Cub Coach, an expert naturalist, takes the kids on guided bushveld excursions, still within the safe boundaries of the camps. Kids get to dive into nature and explore it through all their senses.

Fun Activities at Londolozi

Two of Londolozi’s camps are geared towards family fun. The Varty and Founders camps are perfect for kids between the ages of 6 and 16 years. Only children above the age of 6 are allowed on game drives. When venturing outside the camp, a qualified Cub Coach supervises activities. Exploring is always conducted near the safety of the safari vehicle.

Outdoor activities

  • bird watching
  • bug catching
  • spoor identification
  • dung spitting
  • fishing
  • clay pigeon shooting

Indoor Activities

  • Paper Mache
  • candle making
  • baking
  • African dance
  • bead making
  • singing and drumming
  • gumboot dancing

The Future Ranger Course is offered to kids from age 6 to 12. The course topics include ecology and conservation, bird identification and mammal behaviours, plants and their medicinal uses, know your Land Rover, understand your weapon and the human place in nature, as well as Shangaan lessons.

Keep the Safari Memory Alive

After you return home from your epic family safari adventure, you can keep your kids excited about the African bush by following the Cubs Den Blog. You can also download the Londolozi iBooks before or after your trip.

The Ultimate Safari Holiday at Londolozi

If you were unsure whether your kids would benefit from a safari experience, rest assured. At Londolozi family fun is one of the number one priorities. Besides all the edutainment activities, the lodge also offers babysitting services. Strike the perfect balance between family interaction and couple recharge moments.

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