This post about kids on safari is written by Kate Bergh of Cedarberg Africa, a specialist tour operator for Southern Africa with a strong interest in family safaris. Contact us if you would like to talk to a specialist about your family safari.
As a mother of three, I’m all for introducing children to the wonder of African wildlife: the bush is a natural arena for learning about the cycles of the earth, the predator hierarchy and the fascinating ways animals adapt to their environment. So a family safari in Africa could well be your best trip ever! But it does require some thinking around kids on safari.
Family game drive at Tuningi Safari Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve
Here are some happy family safari tips we’ve learnt over the years. Some you may know, some may be new…
To answer the question of when is the best time for the Serengeti migration, we need to first understand that the animals move in continuous cycle in search of water and fresh nutritious grasses.
Up to two million wildebeest and half a million zebra live in the Serengeti National Park along with thousands of gazelles, impala and other antelope. This in turn attracts the predators which make this area a piece of dramatic open air theatre.
When people think of Family Safaris, Namibia is perhaps not the first country that springs to mind, mainly because of the long distances involved. But if your family are seasoned and adventurous travellers, then a Namibia family safari holiday should definitely be on your short list!
As with South Africa, the great thing about a Namibia family safari is that its not just about the wildlife. This desert country offers loads of variety for kids from climbing some of the highest sand dunes in the world to clambering over rocks looking at ancient Bushmen rock engravings at Twyfelfontein to exploring the eerie ghost town of Kolmanskop near Luderitz.
The scenery in Namibia is quite unlike anywhere else in the world and there’s excellent game-viewing in Etosha and Damaraland, with the chance of seeing desert-adapted elephants and rhino.
On the coast near Swakopmund, there are some great adventure excursions for older children and their parents alike. How about kayaking on Walvis lagoon with the seals and pelicans, heading out on an ocean safari in search of whales or taking the amazing Living Desert tour in the Namib desert or an exhilarating quad bike ride on the sand dunes?