Imagine how your child will react to the sight of the animals of the savannah.
With an open-mounted gaze or enthusiasm?
We all want to create unforgettable experiences to share with our children. And there’s nothing quite as amazing as a safari in Africa.
But without proper preparation, holidays with children can become something to be endured.
Below, we give you 9 tips on how to enjoy the best safari with your children – before, during and after the trip.
A lot of thought and consideration tends to go into your choice of holiday. Especially when travelling with children.
Are you travelling with young children or older children?
What kind of family holiday do you normally go on?
And once you have purchased your holiday, how should you prepare for the trip?
Most of our destinations are doable with children.
On the whole, the older the children are, the more they’ll appreciate the experiences that adults appreciate.
But when travelling with younger children, it’s a good idea to give a little extra thought to the holiday you choose.
Think about the following:
Families are different.
And we holiday in different ways.
When choosing a tour for your family, make sure there’s something for everyone – and avoid trying to pack in more than your children can manage.
If your children are not interested in animals, a 100% safari holiday might not be the best trip for them.
There are many options to combine a safari with other experiences, such as a beach holiday, a city break or other nature experiences such as the Victoria Falls.
Combining a safari with a beach holiday is perfect for a lot of families as you have time to fully unwind and digest all that you have seen and done.
Before you leave, it’s a good idea to prepare yourself for what you’re about to experience.
You need to pack, you’re going to fly, and you can prepare for the activities that await you in Africa.
In fact, it’s a good idea to talk about what happens on the actual safari.
It might seem like basic advice, but it’s important!
Remember to go to the toilet before going on the game drive.
Once you’re out on the savannah, there’s no way you can get out of the car to pee.
Involve your children by letting them create their own memories.
Bring books so that you can learn about the animals you see and make checklists so that you can tick off the animals as you spot them on the savannah. It’s a good way of keep the kids occupied.
You could also:
Our safari destinations are generally safe.
The child-friendly lodges are typically fenced, but if you stay at a regular lodge, this may not be the case. So, you should always keep an eye on where your children are.
A big part of travelling is also digesting all that you have seen and done on your return home.
Here are a few tips on how to make your holiday last a little longer.
You know what the holiday was like for you, but how was it for your children?
It’s interesting to hear about the holiday from your child’s point of view. The things that you think were the most amazing may not be the ones that blew your child away.
So let your child tell you and perhaps enrich you with thoughts on your shared experience that may not even have occurred to you.
Most people take a lot of pictures when they’re on holiday, and if you’ve let your child take some pictures, there are bound to be a lot of fun and unforgettable memories in them.
Use the photos; have them developed or put together a photo album together. That way, you can also remember your amazing travel experiences in pictures long after the holiday is over.
As mentioned above, your children experienced the holiday in their own way. Let them tell friends and family about it.
Talking about the holiday from their unique perspective, allows them to digest all that they saw and did, while developing as people.
A safari really is something that will bring you closer as a family.
Spending several hours together in a safari car, where there is not necessarily something happening all the time, gives you time to talk to each other and really be together. It gives you a unique opportunity to find out what’s going on in your children’s and each other’s lives in a completely different way to at home and on other types of holidays.
Are you ready to go on safari with your children and enjoy the experience of a lifetime?
We recommend that you contact our travel consultants to find the tour that best suits your family.
A holiday in Africa is generally an experience that only happens once or twice in a lifetime, so ENJOY IT!
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