Top Tips for Planning a Family Safari

Posted on September 24, 2016, featured in Press

Can a Family Go on Safari?

Yes! For kids and adults alike, an African safari is the perfect holiday adventure the entire family will cherish. You and the young’uns will not only get the chance to come face-to-face with amazing wildlife, but also be immersed in an immensely different culture, providing a one-of-a-kind learning experience that will transcend the generations. Planning a family safari, however, can be a little overwhelming. So, we’ve put together some great tips to keep in mind before booking.

Why You Should Take Your Kids on Safari

Organize Your Safari Together

stock-family-safariOrganizing one of the most memorable trips on earth can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be (and certainly one you shouldn’t or don’t want to do on your own). To make things easier and more fun, involve the whole family in the planning process. Read up on the country’s history, the places you want to visit, and the wildlife you hope to see, like the “Big Five” –Cape buffalo, rhinoceros, elephant, lion, and leopard. Heck, you could even learn a few words of the local language. Including the family when you prepare for your trip is going to get everyone super ramped up and bursting with anticipation—a huge part of the magic of an African safari.

 

Plan When to Go On Safari

The peak season for an African safari is in the dry season. This is the time of the year when wildlife is easier to spot. Animals are more likely to gather around rivers and waterholes, and the grass is shorter, allowing for greater visibility. That said, if you do decide to travel outside this season, you will still have an unforgettable safari experience, as most parks offer year-round wildlife viewing.

Choose a Family-friendly Lodge

Stay in a family-oriented lodge that provides suitable game drives for kids or baby-sitting possibilities. It will give you the chance to take a break for a few hours and get some time for yourselves. If you are not sure which camps are family-friendly, let us know. We can help you find the most suitable lodges that offer great programs, keeping your kids entertained and you happy!

Arrange For a Private Safari Vehicle

"Okavango Delta, Botswana, 2008" Bruce Rosenstiel STOCKIf you can manage it, arrange for a private safari vehicle for your family. It will probably cost you more, but it will be well worth the extra cash. Having your own private vehicle means you won’t have to share it with other guests during game drives. Once you’ve had your fill of watching a pride of lions lazily enjoying an afternoon nap, you can simply move on. You will have the flexibility to enjoy the drive at your own pace without worrying about other travelers’ schedules.

Entertain Your Adventure-seeking Teens

Is your adventurous teenager coming along with you? Then why not head on over to Zambia’s Victoria Falls? It is known the world over for its adrenaline-fueled, heart-pounding activities, like bungee jumping and white water rafting. After they are done, you and your adventure-seeking teens can take an exhilarating walking Safari walk in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. Or for something completely out of the ordinary, Namibia has some sand dune surfing, delivering thrills that will last a lifetime.

Choose the Right Safari Agency

stock-cheetahWhen it comes time choosing a safari agent, don’t leave anything to chance. To ensure the ultimate family vacation, you’ll want to go with an agent who has the experience and know-how to craft a truly unique travel experience. That way, you can rest assured knowing your trip will be expertly organized with the greatest of care, promising you and your family a breathtaking adventure like no other.

Planning a family African safari? We would be delighted to help turn your dream of an incredible safari holiday into a reality. To know more about taking a family African safari trip, contact us today!

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