Mastering the Safari Treasure Hunt

Posted on Jan 17, 2015

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Mastering the Safari Treasure Hunt


I remember my first treasure hunt.  I was 4 years old.  I followed simple clues, and a path on the floor to the treasure hidden in our kitchen oven.  It was play money, the best ever!


I wanted the precious hooligans in my life to experience a memorable treasure hunt too.  So I researched, wrote, designed, prepared, shopped…for weeks.  The end result was a pretty cool kids party, enjoyed by a 3, 5, 7, and 10-year-old!


I thought, why let all that work benefit just my family ~ why not share it with your family?  So here is my Kid’s Party Guide to Mastering the Safari Treasure Hunt. 


I’ve outlined all the steps I took.  I’ve also provided an opportunity at the end of this post to access free PDF printables for download.


What You Need


Invitation or Welcome Banner


Costumes or Props






I created a fun Invitation / Welcome Banner.

2014 Safari Treasure Hunt Welcome


I downloaded a free image, then uploaded that to a design program similar to PicMonkey to create the overlay that I wanted.  I made the image 8 1/2 x 11 for standard printing.  And wallah! You now have an invitation for each child.


I also taped one to the front door.

Safari Invitation



Now you may decide to do something a little more extravagant, especially if a lot of kids are involved.  Since it was an indoor party in the middle of winter with just my girls and my nephews, we kept it simple.




I planned on using Safari music from my Baby Einstein: Wild Animal Safari CD. They created their own wild animal noises during the hunt, but music was a good way to set the tone and get them excited! 🙂




I went to the Dollar Store and found the props, their “gear”, for the hunt.  You could also use items you have around your house.

Safari Hats
  • Safari hats
  • Walkie Talkie
  • Compass
  • Binoculars
  • Flashlight




The clues were the most difficult, and most time-consuming part of the preparation. Yet, they were also the most fun for me to do.


I again found free images.  I chose various animals you’d find on the African Savannah.  I then uploaded each image onto a template to design each clue.  I wrote clues, some of which I made up, others I found from a Google search, and still others I found from awesome pins I found on Pinterest.


Safari Treasure Hunt CluesI  incorporated a movement activity for each clue (i.e. ‘you found me now do a little dance’).  I also wrote an interesting fact for each animal on the bottom of each clue (i.e. ‘Lions can grow to 10 ft., longer than most cars’).  I had 14 clue cards in total.


Of course, what’s a treasure hunt without a treasure?  You can make it as inexpensive or expensive as you want.  I found lots of fun items at the Dollar Store.  The final clue giving the location of the treasure was read once a puzzle assembled from pieces of the African continent were assembled.


I glued the picture onto a square piece of cardboard, saved from a thin crust pizza box.  I promise it was clean! 🙂  The size was perfect, nearly an exact 8 1/2 x 11.  Then I cut along some of the lines of the picture, making sure to cut the clue into pieces in the process. I placed it all in a large Ziploc bag and stowed it in its hiding spot.



Treasure Trove Found




I used a vintage makeup case to store the treasure trove, and gently placed it in my dryer.






Above all, fun, sweet memories were made.  I hope they will forever remember their first treasure hunt with the same fondness that I recall my own!


2014 Safari Treasure Hunt Welcome

Invitation and Welcome

Safari Treasure Hunt Clues

14 Clues

Treasure Map Puzzle

Final Clue Puzzle




I loved my first treasure hunt. I wanted the same for my kids. Use my party guide to Mastering the Safari Treasure Hunt to create memories for your family.


P.S.  Don’t forget the Rainforest Treasure/Scavenger Hunt next!



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