Wildlife, sometimes called ‘photogaphic’ safaris were once the preserve of the adventurous and hardy traveller but over the last fifty years safaris have move into the mainstream with many more areas having been made more easily accessible. In addition more lodges and camps offer a wider variety of accommodation including those suitable for families with children and a larger range of activities to keep children interested.
The safety of all guests on safari is of paramount importance and this is perhaps an even more important aspect when children are part of the party. This starts with the accommodation where family ‘units’ have interconnecting bedrooms with exterior doors for the children’s side, so that parents can sleep at night knowing that their children are secure. Those camps that have family accommodation can be identified on this site by a symbol representing a tent with an ‘F’ within it. Camps such as Anderssons in Namibia, Mvuu Lodge in Malawi and Kalahari Plains Camp in Botswana.
Most camps accept children as young as six as long as family accommodation is available or an extra bed can be be placed in the bedroom with the parents, the latter though is not always possible. What activities that children can do varies from camp to camp, the most usual exclusion being game walks.
Activities have also been tailored so that apart from game drives, the most usual form of wildlife viewing, your children can experience a wide range of experiences with specially trained rangers such as learning what to look for when tracking animals, and looking at the smaller flora and fauna that is all too easily overlooked to learning about the culture and lifestyles of the local people.