Introducing your children to the wonders of an African safari makes for a great family holiday. Children love learning about the natural cycles of the earth, the predator hierarchy and the fascinating ways animals adapt to their environment.
However, it’s important to consider what will be the best family safari experience for YOU.
• The age and attention span of your children
• Their ability to travel long distances happily (either by car or by air)
• Trade-off between seeing animals in an accessible region (minimising travelling time) versus seeing wildlife in a more remote, wilderness location?
• Your attitude towards malaria?
• What sort of trips does your family enjoy? Adventurous or laid back? Lots of activities or time alone in a pristine environment? Always together or some time apart?
• Whether you’d like a specialist family safari programme (available at selected lodges in South Africa, Botswana and Zambia) or have a more relaxed free-form family safari in Africa?
We have carefully chosen a selection of lodges in Southern and East Africa that specifically cater for families and children. These comfortable lodges welcome families with children and lay on special features, kid’s food and specialist guides specifically for your family safari. Some lodges offer children’s activities like bush treasure hunts, bead-making and bedtime-safaris from African storytellers. The experience is not only an adventure, but also a learning experience.
Guides are hand picked for all of these safaris. They are selected for their rich African personalities, love of children and ability to light the spark of imagination in little ones. The whole family will quickly feel it has adopted a new member. With years of folklore, storytelling, a solid knowledge of the bush, animals and tribes, guides offer a journey where parents can relax confident that the kids will have a great time. Exploring coffee farms, Masai villages, Ngorongoro Crater and camping in Africa’s greatest wilderness, the Serengeti, means no one goes home without a sense of adventure. Days are tailor-made from dawn to dusk to match children’s ages, interests and levels of adventure.