4 Tips for Planning a Meaningful Safari with Kids
Most families think of an African safari as a transformational bucket-list adventure. But many don’t realize how many kinds of safaris choices there are. The world’s second largest continent is incredibly diverse with different landscapes, culture, languages, wildlife and even available activities. With a little research, you can find the perfect fit for your family – a tour that is both exciting and relaxing, while offering learning experiences for the entire family.
Here are four tips to keep in mind:
Tip 1: Figure on a minimum of two weeks. An African safari is not an experience you want to rush. Just getting to many African countries from the United States can require a long journey with many connecting flights. You’ll want to give your body time to adjust and allow yourself to fully experience this incredible place, which may mean taking long road trips outside of a capital city to your safari destination.
Tip 2: Choose the most family-friendly destinations. While the majority of the African continent is safe and welcoming, some parts are off limits even for the most intrepid travelers. While the political climate in some African countries is changeable, certain countries are particularly stable, democratic and peaceful, making them infinitely more appealing for a family vacation. For kid-friendly safaris, look to the great national parks of South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe as safe bets.
Tip 3: Consider your children’s ages. Generally, we advise that safari experiences are best for children 6 and up. Kids of all ages tend to love wildlife, but we find that when the children are at least 6 years old, they are best able to handle the demands of travel and the heat, and able to fully appreciate going on a game drive or walk. While most safari camps, lodges and activities welcome children, some impose minimum-age restrictions due to safety reasons. In these circumstances, special arrangements typically can be made for alternative activities for children between the ages of 3 to 7.
Tip 4: Look for opportunities to do good. Beyond the sheer thrill at seeing magnificent wildlife in their natural environment, you should also look for opportunities to learn about and connect with local communities. There are plenty of opportunities for your family to give back through various activities such as visiting a boma or homestead in a village near a national park, serving on conservation projects that help to sustain wildlife and biodiversity, or taking cooking or language lessons from local residents.
At Global Family Travels, our Africa tours emphasize authentic cultural immersion experiences that will give your family a true taste of the continent. You’ll be able to get up close and personal with the people, the wildlife and the environment and see how they thrive together.
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