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Some countries are more geared towards a family safari than others - some for example have malaria free game parks. We list the pros and cons of those countries where you can safari with your family.
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Night time at Edos Camp in the Central Kalahari, Botswana
When travelling with a young family you need to carefully consider vaccinations, malaria prophylaxis and also proximity to wild animals. Accordingly, some countries - and their associated accommodation - are better suited than others.
Botswana is not the most child-friendly country in Africa and many of the lodges are unsuitable for children. Teenagers will love the wilderness and probably the luxurious nature of the camps, but families with younger children need to select their camps carefully.
Kenya has long been a family friendly destination. Many camps have dedicated children’s programmes and safari camps can be combined with excellent options on the beach. The Masai Mara is ideal for families due to the large number of game on view.
Madagascar’s lack of dangerous game makes it a good country for families. In addition to all the wildlife, there are lots of different activities to enjoy such as snorkelling, swimming, bicycling and kayaking.
Malawi is an excellent option for families due to its diverse scenery and activities. There is game to see in Liwonde, tea to pick in the Thyolo region, a mountain to climb in the south and then of course the lake.
Mozambique’s coastline is ideal for families with its long sandy beaches and no development. In addition to swimming and snorkelling, visitors can enjoy diving, sailing, horse-riding, fishing, kayaking, visits to local markets and more.
Namibia is an ideal country for families. The south is malaria free, many of the camps are fenced and guest farms are run by people who’ve bought up their own children in the bush.
South Africa lends itself incredibly well as a family destination. Not only are many of the safari lodges family-friendly but many of the private game reserves are malaria-free which can be a major factor when deciding where to go.
Tanzania is family friendly with a number of camps and lodges in the game reserves and family cottages on the beach. Activities are diverse and include everything from game drives in the Serengeti to roasting coffee in the Ngorongoro Highlands.
Zambia was one of the first countries to pioneer the family safari and as a result there are a number of camps that actively welcome children. Camps are unfenced so are not suitable for very young children, but slightly older ones will thrive in Zambia.
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