Going on a safari in Africa can be one of the most exciting trips a family can ever take – however, with such a massive continent and options to contend with, it can take some planning to get a family safari holiday right when there are so many considerations. Firstly, the temperature has to be just-so and the strong African sun has to be protected against (to avoid sun-stroke and sunburn), also tropical diseases such as malaria have to be prevented.
South Africa is such a good option for families, because during our summertime the temperature and sun levels are lower than that of many other East African countries. As South Africa’s in the southern hemisphere, it’s winter there during our summer, resulting in dry, warm, crisp days and cool nights. Plus, water quality is better (you can drink tap water in most areas of South Africa, reducing the risk of a wobbly stomach) and there are several malaria-free game parks, so children don't have to take malaria pills and you don't have to worry every time a mosquito comes along.
What’s more, the infrastructure in South Africa is better than that of other African safari destinations, therefore roads are excellent. This means you can rent your own car and set your own schedule, make stops when you want, return to your hotel when children tire and plan the length of your own drives around the wildlife parks – bliss! South Africa also has plenty of smaller, private wildlife parks where you can see a lot of animals in a short amount of time, which is ideal for working with children’s shorter attention spans.
Top Safari Hotspots For Families include:
- The Garden Route and Eastern Cape – they are filled with beaches and game parks in close-proximity, resulting in a winning combination with children.
- Kruger National Park – Get close up to the Big Five in the private game reserves nearby.
- Cape Town and Victoria Falls – not technically safari destinations, but sightseeing here is a must before you go home!
- Madikwe Game Reserve - Michelle Obama and her family visited this child-friendly region a couple of years ago – so if it’sgood enough for the President’s wife, it should suit us mere mortals...
- Shamwari Game Reserve – Stay at the new, family friendly Riverdene Lodge, which has fab childcare services, including a supervised playroom, a children's co-ordinator and child minding
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