Africa safaris are the things of bucket-list dreams and are beautiful experiences to share with your children. Our extremely diverse continent and its landscape is an enormous outdoor classroom that provides opportunities for unique developmental, cultural and educational benefits as well as the opportunity to gain a true appreciation for the value of wildlife and the environment up close that you and your children will savor for a lifetime.
Tip 01: Stay in a family-friendly safari lodge or Camps
First off, it is important to know that most lodges or camps have a minimum age requirement and this may influence your plans – this is typically between 8 and 12 and even in some cases 16. Most of the lodges that do allow children younger than this won’t allow them on game drives, both for safety and disruption reasons, unless you book a private game vehicle. And we don’t want the little ones to be left out, so it’s important to know which lodges cater specifically for your children’s ages.
Our experts will help you choose the best among the mid-range or Luxury lodges and Camps for your family,
Tip 02: Keep the kids busy on your family safari
It’s essential to be able to mix up activities and keep the kids guessing, we know that kids and patience don’t necessarily go hand in hand, as game drives can become tedious for them. So, it’s important to know where shorter, kid-centric game drives take place, where they can partake in archery, craft-making and hiking or where they can learn animal tracking techniques among many others; whilst you attend game drives or bring your inner child out and join your young ones.
Tip 03: Choose a malaria-free safari destination
The fear of contracting malaria on safari should definitely not stop you and from visiting our beautiful continent, however, if you would like to avoid the risk entirely there are excellent malaria-free game reserves in Tanzania.
Tip 04: Pack lightly
Recall the last outing you had with your kids? You probably took everything you may have needed and even more of what you didn’t. You don’t want to be lugging around a lot of extra weight on a family safari so a little planning can go a long way. Furthermore, if we’ll be booking your chartered flights between destinations, there are luggage restrictions. Generally, this is a 20kg weight limit per person in a soft bag.
Tip 05: Don’t forget your back-up
The reality of a safari is that you may spend time waiting, with little activity, to spot animals. Whilst many of us could stare over the savannahs, oceans, deserts, plains, lakes or forests into the distance pondering the meaning of life for hours, children may not be quite as interested. The first thing to do is to try to manage their expectations and, after this fails, bring out the coloring books, animal checklists, animal and bird books or even an iPod. This should keep them absorbed whilst you keep your eyes on a watering hole or the treetops for an elusive leopard.