Friday, December 8, 2023

6 Tips to Plan a Family Safari Holidays in Africa


From an early age, children are enthralled by nature and animals. Taking your children to Africa on a safari holiday is a perfect idea. Whether you have older children or younger ones, you will likely have a wonderful time together.

A luxury adventure holiday like this one should be a lifetime trip. Not to mention, such a trip requires you to do plentiful research on safety instructions and follow precautions on making the trip family-friendly.

Hence, planning out every detail is imperative. Keep reading this guide as we list down the top tips on planning a luxury safari holiday with your family.

Plan Your Safari Together

The best way to build excitement for your upcoming family vacation is to plan it together with the whole family. Read up on Africa’s history, which animals you will likely encounter, and what background information you need to know about each place you visit. Doing this makes it quite exciting, but it also makes it much more interesting while you are there.

Decide When to Go

It is essential to determine when you will be visiting Africa if you want to maximise viewing as many animals as possible. Some months are ideal for a safari trip, while others are not. We recommend that you go during the drier seasons, which are anywhere between December and April.

We don’t recommend that you visit in April or May because this is the rainiest time of the year in East Africa. Hence, you won’t be able to see as many animals because visibility will be scarce, and the weather will be unsuitable for any outdoor escapades. 

Decide the Destination Carefully

When travelling on a safari holiday with children, it is vital for you to do plentiful research on the destinations. A typical safari adventure requires travelling to remote locations in Africa, which means that you and your family will need to be contained in a vehicle for long hours.

If that is difficult for your children, consider looking up other, more suitable safaris. Whichever safari you are considering, doing your research is vital. Additionally, it would be best if you also asked safari camps and your tour company what safety precautions they take during safaris.

Check Age Limits

It is quite dangerous for younger children to be around wild animals, so most tour operators or safari camps tend to have age limits. They typically don’t allow children below the age of twelve to accompany them on tours. Before booking your tickets and hotels, you should look up the age limit for all places you intend to visit. If you book your tickets through a reputable travel company like SevenTravel, they would help you with figuring out the age limit of every place and destination you intend to visit.

Invest in a Private Tour or a Local Guide

We highly recommend booking your trip via tours or guides for a destination like Africa and a trip like a safari holiday. SevenTravel can help book the perfect vacation for you by including the best safaris with knowledgeable local guides.

Such guides can make a difference to your trip since they will engage with your children, educate them about the wildlife, and tell you about the local culture, history, and lifestyle. They will take the pressure off of you by explaining everything about the animals to your children so that you can unwind and relax on your holiday.

Carry Books and Binoculars

A pair of binoculars would be your best friend on a safari holiday in Africa. When you finally catch a glimpse of a rhino or lion, you don’t want to be seen in the middle of a tug of war between siblings over binoculars. Hence, each member of the family should carry one of their own. Luckily, if you have booked a luxury safari camp, each individual will be provided with a pair of binoculars.

Furthermore, you should give your children books that provide information on each animal they will likely encounter during their safari trip. It will make the journey more exciting, and children would be able to spot the differences between various species.

Don’t Forget to Capture the Moment

Giving them their own cameras would also be a smart tip if you have several children. This way, you would be making the most out of your safari trip and never miss a chance to capture an important moment or when you catch a glimpse of an exotic animal.

Always Stay Vigilant

Lastly, taking children on a safari trip where they would be in close proximity to wild animals requires you to stay vigilant. Other than that, your kids need to be aware of the safety precautions around animals. Safari rangers and other experts would be around at all times to provide vigilance and protection. Regardless, you must stay on the watch at all times.

Final Words

If you dream of taking your kids on a safari holiday to Africa, follow all of these tips to make the most of it. Moreover, consider booking your trip with SevenTravel. As a luxury adventure company travel, we know how to curate and design trips that will leave you in awe.

We’re here to guide you and help you make your trip to Africa one that you and your family will remember for the rest of your lives

Author Bio: Rhodri Andrews

Rhodri Andrews is the Head of Content at SevenTravel, a luxury travel company based in Mayfair, London, that specialises in once-in-a-lifetime experiences. SevenTravel is all about the kind of travel that forges deeper connections with the countries you visit, encouraging you to linger for longer with trips that last ten or more days. Rhodri manages all of SevenTravel’s content, bringing to life the countries, regions and unique tailor-made experiences its clients will discover as well as all the useful information SevenTravel clients need to know before they head off on a luxury holiday of a lifetime. He crafts content for all SevenTravel’s luxury holiday destinations, whether it’s the Arabian charm of Oman to the Amazon jungle of Peru and everything in between. Through his natural curiosity and passion for travel, he also brings SevenTravel’s one-of-a-kind experiences to life, from trekking through the Patagonian wilderness to exploring Morocco’s souks and medinas. Whether you’re a couple, honeymooners or a family embarking on an exciting luxury holiday, the experiences are crafted to suit your personal preferences.