Updated: Aug 9
An African Adventure is certainly a transformational bucket-list trip, particularly if you are planning to spend time in nature, viewing the incredible wildlife. The word safar actually means “journey” in Swahili, and safaris play an important role in Africa’s economic empowerment, conservation, and sustainability.
The world’s second largest continent is filled with diverse landscapes, culture, languages, wildlife and even available activities. With a little research, you can find the perfect fit for your family adventure to Africa that are filled with community experiences and wonderous opportunities to view the Big 5 animals, and hopefully one that is both exciting and relaxing, while offering learning experiences for the entire family.
Four Tips for planning a Family Adventure to Africa:
Tip 1: Figure on a minimum of two weeks for a Trip to Africa
An African safari is not an experience you want to rush. Just getting to many African countries typically requires 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 African 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. And be sure to find an outfitter that supports local communities and offers fun adventures and culinary experiences while you are out viewing the glorious wildlife of Africa!
Tip 3: Consider your Children’s Ages for Safari Outings
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 Support African Communities and Engage Locally!
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 African Adventures offer authentic cultural immersion experiences to support the local community and wildlife, which 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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