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John Stevens Guided Safaris Africa has a great deal of experience in planning and leading private family safaris. ‘Family’ is defined as parents and/or grandparents, with children.

This type of safari needs an entirely different approach and careful planning, especially when younger children are involved. 



Being a father of three, John understands well the need for a family safari to be active and varied, that Africa has to come alive and be fun for everyone – but for children the experience needs to be a learning one in the most subtle and exciting way.

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John is a quiet and patient teacher who is never happier than when sharing his knowledge and passion for the bush. He loves explaining the habits of an elephant, identifying birds, teaching how to track a lion, as well as bush survival skills such as making string, lighting a fire (without matches), or finding water.

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Walking is important for children, allowing them time to let off some of their boundless energy. Safety is a factor on any safari, but especially one involving children. 



Parents are the best judge as to whether they think their children are ready for a safari; more particularly, whether their children are capable of listening to and obeying instructions. This is imperative when on foot, walking amongst wild animals. Many safari camps and operations do not cater for children. It is our business to know these things and to find the best spots for the whole family’s enjoyment.

Richard Ferris Burton, Explorer 1821 – 1890

“The gladdest moment in human life is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands.'
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“The gladdest moment in human life is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands.'

Karen Blixen

“There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and makes you feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.”
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“There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and makes you feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.”

Anita Desai

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”
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“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”

Mark Twain

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Karen Blixen, Out of Africa

“You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.”
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“You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.”

Charles Kingsley (Writer 1819 – 1875)

“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”
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“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”

Gustave Flaubert

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
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“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

John Muir

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”
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“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”

Sylvia Dolson, Joy of Bears

“If you reconnect with nature and the wilderness you will not only find the meaning of life, but you will experience what it means to be truly alive.”
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“If you reconnect with nature and the wilderness you will not only find the meaning of life, but you will experience what it means to be truly alive.”

Marcel Proust

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
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“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.”
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“I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.”

Bartle Bull, Safari. A Chronicle of Adventure

“Even today, to visit Africa is a feast for the senses. The bush literally brings one’s faculties to life, as you learn to see better, to smell for the first time, to be silent and to listen.”
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“Even today, to visit Africa is a feast for the senses. The bush literally brings one’s faculties to life, as you learn to see better, to smell for the first time, to be silent and to listen.”

Bill Bryson

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”
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“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”

Anon

“Travel not to find yourself, but to remember who you've been all along.”
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“Travel not to find yourself, but to remember who you've been all along.”
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