Introducing your children to the thrill of an African safari is both great fun and a truly unforgettable experience.
Charlotte (pictured above) writes, “Some of the best family holidays I've had have been those in Africa where I've watched my own children gaze in wonder at giraffe and elephant, seen the awe on their faces when they see lion for the first time, and laughed at their surprised delight when they realise a safari tent is so much more than the one they use in the garden.”
"Aardvark Safaris' co-owners, John Spence and Richard Smith, have also travelled to Africa with their children and between the three of us we have plenty of experience of organising African family holidays. We can all confirm that African safaris make great family holidays - there is simply so much to see and do, that every member of the family, from the adventurous to the timid, the oldest to youngest, can have a thoroughly enjoyable holiday."
Family Safaris - Top Tips
- Take some entertainment for down time in safari camps - Nintendos, iPods, books, colouring stuff, playing cards, etc.
- Pack a small rucksack for each child to use as a day pack, great for taking in vehicles or planes.
- Be adventurous, children are more robust than you think and families often really enjoy simple fly camping and walking.
- Don't rush - we advise at least three nights per safari camp - and don't try to do too much on one family holiday.
- Do combine a couple of safari camps, you get to see different habitats and experience more of the country.
- A few nights on the beach complement a family safari perfectly.
- Make sure you have a pair of binoculars each.
- Take sunhats, sun-block and pack a fleece / windproof too - Africa can be colder than families expect.
These tips were written by our team member Francis Naumann who has taken his family on a safari holiday in Africa