Planning a safari to Africa can be an exciting experience. However, if you are considering bringing your kids along, you may have lots of question regarding safety, accommodation, activities, and so on. But there is no need to worry. The great news is that you can take your loved ones on a safari to safe and accommodating destinations where all of you will have the time of your lives.
You can join the millions of families that fly in to experience the magic of Africa – one destination at a time. Life changing travels like these are not just about the wild and different cultures; they are about creating unforgettable memories as a family.
This article will highlight some of the top tips to help you get the most out of your planning.
Plan as a family
Since you will be travelling with your kids, it’s a good idea to include them in the planning process. You can do a little research about your destination country, including its history, people, wildlife and so on – it will make the trip more enjoyable.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Africa is between December and April when the weather is warm, and visibility is excellent. If you are travelling to East Africa, then February, March, September and October are the best time to view wildlife in their natural habitat.
Best places to visit
You have endless options when it comes to African Safari. Destinations like South Africa’s Kruger National Park, Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve are perfect for a family adventure. These family safaris are a great way of viewing Africa wildlife, sceneries, landscape and also interact with the local cultures.
Best places to stay
This will highly depend on your family’s preference. There are numerous hotels, as well as camps, to match people’s different needs and preferences. But since you are in for an adventure, you may want to try out a tented safari camp that gives you a 360-degree view of the scenery. Many tourists say they cherish the memories of their contact with rangers and guides along with other guests during meal times. Unlike lodges that usually have many people; tented camps have fewer people, enhancing the intimacy of game-viewing experience.
Selecting the best safari
Since these safaris aren’t created equal, its best to do your homework upfront to find out which one suits your needs. A few things to watch for include:
- An itinerary that introduces you to the lifestyle, customs, clothing, dances, and rituals of the locals – this is an essential part of the process and will also be interesting for your kids
- A vast range of wildlife viewing and eco-adventure (especially if you have teens)
- If you have small kids, your ideal itinerary should provide enough time for them to run and roam around on their own (also check for afternoon naps)
- The service provider’s reputation on environmental matters
- What the past clients (especially those with kids) are saying about them