Bringing children with you on your safari experience in Africa provided by safariFRANK can be a great way to create some unforgettable family memories and give the kids an experience that they will cherish forever. Not many kids can say their parents took them to see the lions and elephants they learn about in school – so your tots will really appreciate it!
Of course, taking children on any kind of elaborate overseas trip is going to be more complicated than if you were going with a group of adults. There are some obvious and not-so obvious considerations you need to think about when taking children on a safari in Africa so that they can remain safe and get the most out of the experience.
With all that said, let’s take a look at some tips for taking kids on a safari in Africa.
Make sure they can do everything you can
Because of the inherent liability issues that small children often present, you may find some activities and vacancies have a strict age restriction. Sometimes this can mean you will need to pay extra for a private vehicle that has more insurance to protect your children and the added costs can cripple your holiday budget.
Doing some research beforehand to make sure you don’t encounter any surprises can help you save a lot of money in the long run. The last thing you want to deal with is crying children when they realize your poor planning means they can’t enjoy the safari in Africa you promised them.
Camping trips can be better
A camping safari in Africa may be superior if you are taking children because you won’t be surrounded by a lodge filled with other adults and their families. Being stuck in a big group vehicle with others can be frustrating for your children, especially if you are grouped with an obnoxious photographer who wants to stop every couple of metres.
Teach the kids about the environment
Taking your kids on a safari in Africa is also a great opportunity to teach them valuable lessons about ecology, environmentalism and conservationism. They will get to see one of the best preserved and protected natural ecosystems and learn about the threats that human exploitation of the environment brings to their favourite animals.
Framing the experience as something that the kids are lucky to get to see before it disappears can help make them better world citizens.
Get them excited in the lead-up
It’s not hard to get kids excited for a safari in Africa but you can make the anticipation even greater by exposing them to videos, books, images and other information about the native wildlife and plants. Even a movie like the Lion King is a perfect way to get everyone in the mood.
Don’t make the trip too long!
While adults will often find themselves booking extra days or even a week when they don’t want their safari in Africa to end – doing so with kids isn’t so practical. While an adult can make do with less for a few days extra, a child is going to feel the sting of extra days you haven’t prepared for much more.
With this in mind, make sure your safari in Africa is a short to medium length and only go longer if you have older children with you.
Hopefully this article has given you some more insight into bringing children on a safari in Africa.