Whatever your child's age, a family safari is one of the most exciting and rewarding family vacations available.
There is lots to do including walking safaris, game drives and wildlife spotting, and in many African countries accommodations are very family-friendly. From lodges in the Okavango Delta and private houses in Zambia, to beach hotels offering kids' clubs and swimming pools, Africa really can cater to children of all ages.
A number of the African countries you can visit with Audley also pose little or no malaria risk, making your vacation with the kids a stress-free and relaxing experience.
Information for parents on safari
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.
Flying to Africa
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.
Ask the team!
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.