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…
The vast majority of family-friendly game lodges in Africa offer extra activities for younger kids. However, a few have taken the needs of older children on safari to heart as well. What exactly does this mean in practice? What’s the difference between family-friendly game lodges for younger or for older children? Lets compare and contrast two safari lodges, both suitable for family safaris, but in different respects:
Warning: if your kids are adventurous and you’re, well, not so gung ho, don’t let them read this post…
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?