Exploring the world with your family is one of the best ways to spend your time. Making memories, seeing new places and trying new things are incredible experiences, but doing them with the ones you love is even better!
One thing that all families should experience is a safari. Seeing animals in their natural habitats is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, and here are six top tips for taking your family on a safari.
1. Decide where to go
When it comes to choosing the destination for your safari, it’s important to look at which animals are available in which places. For example, in Kenya, you might see leopards and flamingos, as well the Big Five, which consists of lions, leopards, the rhinoceros, elephants, and Cape buffalo. Another thing to consider is where you’d like to stay. With a family, you might not want to rough it camping and could instead choose a hotel or villa to enjoy comfort and practicality.
2. Research the tour guide
One thing that makes a big difference in the quality of your safari experience is the tour guide you go with. Each one will have a specialty, perhaps photography or conservation, but if you’re traveling with children you might want to look at reviews to find one that’s good at engaging children. This will improve your experience so much more, as you don’t want a tour guide who isn’t a big fan of kids!
3. Mix up activities
Safaris often offer multiple ways to see the animals, from a vehicle to a boat or a hot air balloon, and mixing it up will allow you to get a different view, as well as keep everyone excited. There are also other activities offered locally which will be fun to enjoy between animal sightings. Make sure you get to do other things alongside the safari for a really amazing trip.
4. Be prepared
As with anything when it comes to children, the key is to be prepared. Make sure you have plenty of snacks in your bag and something for the children to do in case they get bored. The weather on a safari can be quite unpredictable, so having layers that they can take off and put on as needed will be really helpful. A warm jacket, some waterproofs, and gloves might come in handy – it’s better to have them and not need them!
5. Get your children involved
The best way to get your children excited about the trip is to get them involved. Before you leave, read some books about the types of animals you might be seeing and have conversations about what it might be like. On the trip give them their own pair of binoculars, a camera, and an identification booklet, so that they can tick off the animals as they see them.
6. Manage expectations
Sometimes on a safari, the animal sightings can be quite a few and far between, and children are not known for being patient! Find a way to keep them engaged throughout the rest of the safari, by pointing out the plants, insects etc. A good tour guide will be able to tell the children stories and facts to keep the excitement levels up, even when there’s not much to be seen.
It might seem quite daunting to take your children on a safari but if you follow these tips you will have an amazing time and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Do you have any other tips for taking your family on a safari? Feel free to add them in the comments section.
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