Visiting Africa with your children could be one of the most interesting, fun and educational holidays you ever take as a family.
There are obviously many factors to take into account, especially if travelling with younger children, but we are hugely enthusiastic about family safaris and have the expert knowledge and understanding to ensure you and your children’s expectations of Africa are met and exceeded.
Some huge positives about Africa as a family safari destination:
- Africans themselves live in a very family orientated society and have an affinity with children
- Africa is easily accessible from Europe with little time difference (no jet lag)
- There are a good variety of family-friendly safari camps and lodges, often with specific family accommodation options
- There are great beach destinations to combine with the best safari regions
- English is widely spoken and western food is readily available
- Most countries now have a very good tourism infrastructure, so relatively little time needs to be spent travelling
- The overall quality of guiding is excellent, with guides able and happy to entertain and educate children as well as adults
A few realities do however exist:
- Much of East and Southern Africa is prone to tropical diseases and is malarial (not all), so children may need to have inoculations and take malaria prophylactics (malaria free safaris are possible in South Africa).
- Some safari camps and lodges do not take children under a certain age – often 12 years
- Some safari activities are not suitable for younger children, such as walking safaris, gorilla and chimp trekking, canoeing or horse-riding – the age limits vary but can be as high as 16 years
- Immediate access to full medical facilities may not always be possible, although all properties will have first aid facilities at the minimum
Travelling with kids may occasionally seem like hard work. However, with Africa offering such wonderful opportunities for you and your children, any efforts you make are likely to be rewarded many times over.