Kids Activities at Tuningi

By Tuningi Safari Lodge on July 12, 2019

Tuningi Safari Lodge is one of the few Big 5 game viewing lodges in South Africa which specialises in family safaris. Our safaris cater to families with children of all ages, so that everyone can relax and enjoy their holiday.

In our experience, parents often have to compromise their family time in favour of an exclusive bush getaway as many luxury lodges do not cater for children. At Tuningi however, our kids programmes are tailored to family getaways, allowing parents and little ones to enjoy their experience on safari. Keep reading for further details on what our safaris for families in South Africa offer.

Game drives for children

Children 5 years and above are able to enjoy the twice daily game drives accompanied by experienced guides, their parents and other guests. Children under the age of 5 years old are issued with a workbook and taken out on their own, for shorter ‘bumbles’.

While parents enjoy the early morning game drives, the children will be looked after by the lodge’s professional child minders until they wake, after which they are taken to the main lodge for breakfast.

After breakfast, these children go on a 1 hour drive – called a ‘bumble’ – to one of the water holes with a ranger. In their Tuningi Workbooks, they can tick off the things they’ve seen such as dung, animals, spoor, birds and trees.

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Afternoon entertainment for kids at Tuningi

During afternoon game drives, treasure hunts for children can be arranged and an educational talk on the items found is given by a knowledgeable staff member. In the evenings, children can eat dinner in their room or they can enjoy an interactive dinner with a chef, who allows them to make their own foodie treats.

All other free time can be spent drawing, clay modelling, building puzzles, t-shirt painting, watching animals at the water hole, swimming and relaxing by the pool.

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The team at Tuningi is passionate about children, and we look forward to welcoming you and your little ones to the most exciting and memorable bush experience. There will always be a watchful eye of an experienced childminder available, to ensure your children are kept busy, happy and safe, while you relax and enjoy your stay with us.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our reservations team to enquire about our safaris for families in South Africa. You can reach us via email at or find our rates online here. We look forward to welcoming you to Madikwe Game Reserve in the near future!


Great family atmosphere

We are a french family of 5; we loved the setting and landscape around the lodge; and great attentions towards children (toys, games and drawings in the rooms) and a super nanny at lunch time to entertain. Game-drive was not outsanding but this is part of good or bad luck and our ranger is there for 13 years, a real pro: a lodge for visitors looking for authenticity in the bush ! Food… a bit too stylish and not our tastes but chef is adorable (and dinner at Boma a great experience).

Emilie D, France (April 2018)

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