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Top tips for planning a family safari in Africa

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Exploration, adventure, educational and fun… Africa is a great family safari destination!

What could be better than having the African Bush as your playground! With a little thought you could be embarking on the holiday of a lifetime where memories are recalled and photographs thumbed for years to come.

Look out for child friendly safari camps and lodges, here you’ll find safari activities tailor-made for children with shorter game drives and a more hands on approach. Children will love discovering African bugs and beasts (both large and small) and eager to learn essential survival skills and techniques for tracking animals. We’re not short on content to fire the imagination!

Our child friendly lodges have special guides, swimming pools and children’s menus – Fancy riding camels and meeting the Maasai in Kenya? Meet local school children, go fishing and try a little spore identification in the South Luangwa, Zambia or perhaps head to the Kruger National Park in South Africa for your best chance of spotting the Big 5 – elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino? Tell us your wish list and we’ll come up with the safari to match.

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Zambezi’s top tips for planning a family safari in Africa…

  • It’s a good idea to include lodges that offer walking or boating as well as the usual game drives
  • avoid long transfers and drives between camps/airport, we advise staying within one country
  • travel in low season – there’ll be fewer guests, you’ll have the guide’s undivided attention and it will keep the cost down too!
  • visit fewer camps or lodges spending longer in each
  • hand-picked lodges and camps – many with combined water and land activities. Swimming pools are always a good option for relaxation (for you) and fun (for the kids) in between the game drives
  • it’s worth thinking about the cultural side of things… perhaps meet the Maasai
  • professional safari guides are used to taking families with young children in to the bush – this is a key factor to the whole family’s enjoyment of the safari
  • wildlife checklists are a good idea – who can be the first to spot….
  • age restrictions – we advise checking if there is a lower age limit for children, some camps have such restrictions for safety purposes.

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If you’re a larger family party or a couple of families planning a safari in Africa it’s worth considering a private safari house, this option gives you the flexibility of having your own guide and together you can come up with your own schedule.

Why not have a twin centre safari and wind up relaxing on one of Zanzibar’s soft white sandy beaches - the perfect ending to an amazing family safari.

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