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Located on Santa Cruz Island, we invite you to join us at Galapagos Safari Camp, for the most authentic and fulfilling Galapagos land experience your family will ever encounter. Inspired by the magic of African Safari camps, you will find yourself at the crossroads of exploration, science, adventure all while surrounded by breathtaking views and wildlife. After a full day of activities, why not enjoy a relaxing afternoon while the children enjoy Kid's Club
Enjoy the flexibility to choose among several different inclusive 'safaris' already designed with daily guided excursions
Experience the Galapagos Islands in a unique camping environment surrounded by a 55 hectare farm that is rich in bird life, and giant tortoises!
Relax in an uninterrupted space painted with natural scenery after a long day of cruising to surrounding islands
Example Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Land of the Giant Tortoise
Day 2: Activity Day
Day 3: Explore a Neighbouring Island
Day 4: Fishing Adventure
Day 5: Charles Darwin Research Station & Bay tour
Day 6: Sunrise walk and departure
*Please note: The above itinerary is only an example and days can be shortened or extended.
*Galapagos Safari Camp also offers a Dive Safari program upon request. Please contact us for more information.
Sample Daily Itinerary
Day 1: Land of the giant tortoise
Your family’s naturalist guide meets you at Baltra Airport. You will cross the narrow Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island, and then drive up to Galapagos Safari Camp. While you settle in, your guide will capture your children’s imagination with an overview of the animal species they are soon to encounter. After lunch, you may explore our 135 acre farm, pick local tropical fruit, harvest cacao seasonally, and spot local birds. Before sundown, visit the lava tunnels and search for giant tortoises roaming the National Tortoise Reserve.
Day 2: Activity day
After breakfast, visit a neighboring organic coffee plantation to learn about responsible small-scale farming in the Galapagos, and the children have a chance to pick coffee beans if season allows. Then drive to the enormous Cerro Mesa crater for a short walk in the wetlands that is home to a wonderful variety of birds and the occasional bathing tortoise. After lunch at a local restaurant, jump on bikes for a downhill ride to Garrapatero Beach, where the contrast of mangroves, black lava, white sand, and turquoise water, along with its bird life and flamingo lagoon, is magnificent. Explore the bay in sea kayaks, accompanied by marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and countless shorebirds. In the evening, back at GSC, parents can relax while the children take a private art class with a local artist.
Day 3 - Explore an uninhabited island
Spend the day spotting wildlife and snorkeling on one of the uninhabited islands easily accessed by a day-yacht from Santa Cruz Island. The exact island location depends on travel dates, but options include North Seymour, South Plazas, Santa Fe,and Bartolomé, all of which are rich in wildlife and offer wonderful snorkeling opportunities. Please note this is a shared boat excursion unless requested otherwise. Destination will depend on your dates.
Day 4: Fishing Adventure
An excursion with local fishermen is a favorite among children visiting us. This excursion is both a wildlife experience and a cultural exchange opportunity. We are involved in a program with the National Park Service that aims to engage local fisherman in tourism activities as an alternative means of income, with the added benefit of protecting local fisheries from depletion. The fishermen have very safe and modern speedboats, which we charter privately for the day. With your guide acting as translator, the fishermen share anecdotes from a lifetime at sea, and the children learn local fishing tricks. After fishing, you’ll land on a deserted beach and may snorkel in a spot known only to locals. If you prefer to limit fishing and enhance the snorkeling or beach experience, your guide is there to adapt the day to your preferences.
Day 5: Charles Darwin Research Station and bay tour
Visit the famous Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about its preservation efforts and scientific research. The children will have an up-close experience with the tortoises that are the islands’ namesake. Parents can enjoy free time to wander around Puerto Ayora, while your guide takes the children to a local playground or on a tour of the local fish market on the waterfront. After lunch, take a speedboat to Tortuga Bay, a white sandy beach with basking marine iguanas, and shallow turquoise waters teeming with white-tip reef sharks and fish. Or you can join a snorkeling boat that will take you to frolic with sea lions.
Day 6: Sunrise walk and departure
Enjoy the serenity that Galapagos Safari Camp has to offer. Relax, walk, or enjoy the sunrise from our observatory before departure to your next destination.
Departs - Daily
About Galapagos Safari Camp
The Galapagos Safari Camp is a perfect option for those looking to supplement a cruise, avoid a cruise, or for those travelers simply looking for a more customized and private way to explore the Galapagos, such as families (with or without small children) or honeymooners.
The brainchild and passion that created Galapagos Safari Camp were those of Michael and Stephanie Mesdag. An inspiring, warm, sophisticated, yet down to earth polyglot couple. They dreamed up the idea to build Galapagos Safari Camp while climbing a tree on the property before the arrival of their two beautiful children who now live with them onsite…along with their infectiously happy-go-lucky dog, Beta. The concept of Galapagos Safari Camp is similar to that of the well-known established luxury tented safari camps in Africa. To live this way in the wild visitors are intimately close and connected to the natural world they have come to visit while not sacrificing any of the comforts well-healed travelers have come to expect.
Safari Camp Accommodation
Our 9 luxury tents are raised on wooden platforms, and offers comfortable interiors, custom-made furniture, en-suite bathrooms with good water pressure, hot showers and flush toilets, private balconies with ocean views and safari furniture.
Family Suite Room
We also offer a three-bedroom suite as an alternative to our tents. Located next to the main lodge we consider it an ideal solution for families with younger children. It houses six guests, features a master bedroom and two twin rooms as well as a playroom.
Airport transfers and ground transportation
All meals during the stay
Activities and visits detailed in the itinerary
Boat excursion with snorkelling on a shared basis*
Wetsuits and snorkelling equipment
English-speaking naturalist guide
Chartered fishing experience
What's not included?
Passport, visa, immigration fees
Travel protection plan
Galapagos National Park entrance fee US$100 per adult / US$50 per child under 12
Tourist Transit Card US$20 per person
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Additional option to take a private guide or to charter the boat for a fully private experience.
Rates quoted are per person.
'Child in Double' applies only if there are two adults on the trip.
'Child in Triple' applies to one child under 12 sharing with two adults.
Family Suite is quoted on the basis of 6 guests, thus price will vary with less guests.