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There are several things to consider when taking your family on safari such as meals or babysitting. We highlight some important considerations.
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Children on Likoma Island, Malawi
There are many things to consider if you are planning to take your family on safari in Africa. Here we have listed some of the most commonly asked about subjects.
Malaria is present in Africa, so the whole family will need malaria prophylaxis. Malaria prophylaxis is available for children and your local GP should be able to advise you on the different drugs younger members of the family can take. Non-malarial countries include parts of Namibia and South Africa, while Mauritius and the Seychelles are malaria-free.
Flights to Africa are long – around eight hours to East Africa and eleven hours to Southern Africa. Many, however, are overnight, which means everyone can try and get a bit of sleep on the plane. One of the beauties of African travel is that there is very little time change when you arrive meaning nobody should suffer from jet lag.
In Namibia and South Africa, car seats can be booked in advance for young children. Just speak to the team to arrange this for you.
The lodges and camps that we’ve highlighted are excellent at catering for children’s tastes as well as meal times. If you have special requests for children’s meals speak to our team who can tell the lodge and have this all ready for your arrival.
A number of lodges offer babysitting for parents would like to put younger children to bed and enjoy a meal afterwards. Speak to the team who can advise which lodges offer this service and to arrange it for you.
A number of members of the Audley team have families themselves and our suppliers in Africa have often brought up their children deep in the African bush. Please do call us with any questions you have.
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