If you’re planning on heading to Africa for the safari of a lifetime, then there are plenty of things you need to do before you leave home in order to be prepared. Mostly it involves having all of the right equipment, but you should also get your vaccinations updated, and make a complete list of needed safety supplies, like sunscreen, Malaria tablets, water purifying tablets and other important items. If you’re planning on having your children with the importance of planning becomes even more necessary.
There Are Plenty Of ‘Child-Friendly’ African Safaris
There are lots of private lodges in Africa that cater to families with children. Most of the time they’ll have nice pools, with large cottages that can accommodate a group of 5 or 6 people, with additional tents for those that wish to sleep outside for the real ‘safari’ feeling.
The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is just one such safari lodge, plus they also have plenty of local tribespeople, the Maasai, that work on location that is very good with children. They give lessons on how to make a bow and arrow by hand, how to start a fire with only stones and sticks, and other worthwhile survival tips.
Jacki’s Camp Is Also Very Kid Friendly And On Private Property
Staying on a mostly private property can be an advantage since there will never be any problems with outsiders, poachers and thieves. With Jaci’s Camp, they’ve also gone to the extent of riding nearly all of the mosquitoes from any standing water, plus have kept the area Malaria free, which makes taking the preventative tablets unnecessary for the kids.
The owners of Jaci’s Camp have gone to great lengths to keep the safaris short so that children will enjoy the entire time without boredom. There are also games involved to keep the kids occupied on the drives into the jungle. They take the time to do many side educational programs for the younger children about the stars, bugs, plants and animals and how they’re all connected in nature.
The Footsteps Camp Is Another Safari That Is Designed For Kids
Since Jaci’s Camp is set on the edge of a huge lagoon that also has fish, there are boatmen and boats available to teach children the special ways that the locals fish for food. They also have educational classes showing the best ways to cook on an open campfire and surviving in the bush when lost.
There are lions nearby, so the children need to be at least seven to stay here and they must be well behaved and follow orders to remain safe at all times. Still, it only adds to the excitement of one of the best children’s safaris in Africa.
There is also the Pilanesberg National Park safari that is world renowned for being the best family safari in Africa, and since it’s only a couple of hours drive from the major South African city of Johannesburg, it’s easily accessible. Another great child-friendly safari is the Shamwari Game Reserve that is fairly expensive but well worth the price for the time of your life.
Going on an African Safari is a great way to help children learn the importance of preserving nature and limiting man’s encroachment. There are fewer and fewer big game animals each year due to hunting and poaching, so now would be a good time to take your kids while there’s still a chance.