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Tips for taking a Safari / trip with kids

It’s easier than you think. Determined to make your family travel dream a reality? Here’s our guide to the basics.

  1. Safety.
    The threat of Terrorism has become a global problem, make sure you contact your home affairs office regarding any destination you choose. If you would like to go on a safari make sure you stay in the bus during the safari because the animals are wild. Make sure the safari provider has the special seats for  kids so that they are safe while driving because some roads are rough.
  2. Stay Healthy During Your Safari.
    Looking after your family’s health is of course a top priority. Before you go, arrange the requisite vaccinations and antimalarials in plenty of time, and remember that some jabs (eg typhoid) can’t be given before a certain age. Carry a good first aid kit and discuss in advance what to do in an emergency; comprehensive travel insurance is a must.
    While it pays to be prepared, with all the fresh air and exercise you’ll likely be getting on the road, plus new, varied foods and plenty of mood-boosting family time, chances are you’ll all be healthier than ever while you’re away.
  3. Pack Light and Stock Up on the go.
    Will you be lugging around baby paraphernalia, or are you travelling with older kids who can carry their own stuff? Will you be backpacking or driving? Will you be with a driver guide during a safari ? Do you need to worry about seasons or will you stick to warm climates?
    Whatever your plans, pack as little as possible. You can buy nappies, baby food and even clothes as you go along – and you may well need to anyway, given the rate at which most children grow.
    Must-haves include a comfort object or two for small children, a lightweight sling for babies and toddlers, and a tablet or laptop loaded with games and movies for when the inevitable cries of boredom strike. A small backpack that young children can pack and carry themselves is a great way of involving them in the preparations.
  4. Get the Kids involved.
    Letting the kids take part in the day-to-day decision making is all part of the fun. Ask them for their ideas of what to do and where to visit; encourage them to write or draw in a journal daily; or give them their own child-friendly camera to capture the world from their own perspective.
    You may need to move slower than you did in your pre-children days. Most kids won’t take kindly to rushing around ticking off high-profile sites; it’s more relaxing for all involved to spend several days, if you are on a safari make sure you have a private driver guide and one who is patient,  flexible and child friendly. Make sure it is only you and your family in the bus to avoid any friction.
  5. Let Travel be their Teacher.
    Travel with school-age children and you’ll have to educate along the way. As well as setting time aside for formal study, draw inspiration from the world around you. Learn about art and history by visiting museums and ancient sites; use a trip to the market as a simple maths lesson; study maps to understand the geography of the countries you’re visiting; or encourage your kids to interact in the local language.
    There are numerous sites dedicated to homeschooling and many companies provide learning and teaching resources on their websites, including National Geographic), NASA (and the BBC)
    Of course, exploring the world is a positive learning experience in itself, and your kids are bound to gain valuable practical, social and language skills to show off when they get back home.

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