Exploring the reserves of Africa provides the chance to see magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. From the sweeping drama of the landscape to the exotic sights and sounds, a safari is a wonderful experience like no other.
But how about if you’re part of a family with children; should you wait to discover the beauty that the African continent holds? It may sound surprising but there’s no reason that you can’t enjoy a safari holiday as a family.
Some people may be put off by the long flight times to countries such as South Africa from the USA, however once you arrive you’ll be blown away by the sights and sounds of the continent, and make memories that will last a lifetime!
Here are some of the best reasons why you should take your children on an African safari.
1 ) BRING NATURE TO LIFE
Children can learn about animals in school but there’s nothing like seeing things firsthand. Being able to see both small and large animals in their own habitat will awaken an appreciation for the natural world which will last a lifetime.
It’s all good and well, seeing exotic animals in a zoo, but when you see them in their natural surroundings it is a truly remarkable sight you’ll never forget.
Seeing rhino, elephants, leopards and lions wandering majestically over the savanna is something neither you nor your child will ever forget. And the smaller creatures are just as fascinating too!
Until you travel there and see it for yourself, it’s impossible to truly understand how alive Africa is.
2 ) FAMILY BONDING LIKE NOTHING ELSE
It’s easy to build up the idea of a family holiday in your head, but the reality ends up being a disappointment. With children stuck to their electronic devices and reluctant to enjoy planned activities, it’s not always the bonding time you may have hoped for.
A safari takes the whole family out of their comfort zone, and far away from the pressures of work and the constant presence of social media. The memories you’ll make on safari won’t be matched by any other type of holiday, and you’ll all remember it as a very special time.
I guarantee you that as soon as your family becomes immersed in a foreign culture on a safari tour, then modern life and its fascinations will come to a halt as you absorb the beauty of the experience.
3) KIDS EXPERIENCE NEW CULTURES
It’s helpful for children to learn about other cultures and ways of life at a young age, to encourage acceptance, tolerance and an open mind. Visiting another country provide an opportunity to experience a different culture and connect with other people who lead a very different lifestyle.
Nowhere is this more true than in Africa, where on a safari your children will have the chance to meet and talk to trackers and others who live a long way from towns and cities.
They’ll return from safari as an expert on African cultures, but the experience of hearing exotic languages spoken and seeing a completely new way of life will be even more important.
4) IGNITE THEIR IMAGINATION
It can be hard to relate to things which you haven’t seen or experienced, so a safari is the perfect opportunity to expose your child to new sights, sounds and sensations.
From the iconic sight of the now-endangered baobab trees on the horizon to the animals calling in the distance as the sun rises, a safari will provide your child with the stimulation they need to connect with their imagination.
It’s almost impossible to go on a safari and not feel inspired. Children will be utterly absorbed in their surroundings and will return with experiences they can draw on in the future.
5) IT’S COMFORTABLE & LUXURIOUS
While it’s true that you may have some early mornings as you head out into the African bush, the overall safari is a luxurious and comfortable experience.
It’s possible to camp but there’s usually a minimum age limit of 12, so for younger families it’s lodge accommodation.
On a game reserve, the accommodation is spacious, cleverly constructed and fitted with everything that you might need during your stay. Many lodges have pools and it’s also possible to find places which offer child-minding services and activity centers for youngsters.
This provides you with the opportunity to enjoy some quality adult-only time and for your children to take part in local crafts and activities.
6) THERE IS NO NEED TO WORRY ABOUT MALARIA
Traveling with children is always more daunting than going overseas on a trip with adults, but a safari isn’t as risky as you might think. Guides and rangers are always on hand, and there are many game reserves in Africa which are completely malaria-free.
For example, the eastern cape of South Africa is free of malaria so you can enjoy a family holiday without panicking if you hear the buzz of a mosquito!
And even if you choose an area that is not Malaria free, with the right precautions (the use of DEET and long possibly white or light colored clothing, the risk is almost down to zero.
7) SAFARIS – THE FAMILY HOLIDAY THAT EVERY CHILD DESERVES!
Safaris will awaken your child to a world of new experiences and begin to foster a fascination with the natural world, and an appreciation for the planet.
Modern safaris are very safe, providing an opportunity for your family to enjoy some memorable time together in a landscape which is completely compelling.
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