The excitement of Africa is a treat for all ages: great fun, but also a bonding experience no one in your family will ever forget.
Charlotte (pictured above) says it best.
"Though I've been on countless safaris, the ones that stand out in my mind are the ones where I've been able to see my own children catch their first glimpse of giraffe and elephant, wonder written vividly on their faces. There have also been some unforgettable moments: the delight and excitement when they tracked their first lion, the cries of joy when they rushed around their first safari tent and realized it was far more luxurious than any tent they'd ever seen before."
The co-founders of Aardvark, John and Richard, have traveled throughout Africa with their families. Between us we have years of expertise in arranging safaris that suit every age and taste. Though our children range from the brave to the cautious, Africa's natural wonders enthrall them all.
Family First - Useful Tips
- Relaxation is important on safari, especially for the young. Bring along favorite activities for quiet afternoons in camp: coloring pencils, playing cards and ipods can all help young minds recharge. Every child likes to feel special, and small backpacks of their own can heighten the adventure. This means they can carry what they choose for journeys by vehicle or plane.
- Don't be too conservative in your plans. Children are often stronger and braver than we think, and while safe with their parents, expert guides are quite happy to go on walking safaris and fly-camping adventures.
- Slow the pace. When traveling as a family, three nights in each camp is really the minimum: that way everyone can settle in and make the most of the experience.
- Make each camp different. By choosing safari camps in very different habitats, you'll ensure new sights and experiences come thick and fast.
- Put a beach in your plans. Almost all children love the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, enlivened by dugout canoes and friendly local families. It's not enough for grownups to have their own binoculars. Your children also need their own.
- Dress to impress. Hats and sunscreen are essential, but Africa can also be cold, especially at night. We can advise whether warm clothes will be necessary. Safari clothes are best in muted colors: too much contrast frightens off game.
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