Congratulations! You have just landed on the step by step guide to help you plan your first family safari to Africa. In fact, these are the top tips for travelling in Africa with your family you may ever need.
With practical tips for families with children planning to visit Africa, I have you well covered with insider tips from a local mom to make the most of your time in Africa.
So if you are planning a family Safari to Africa, my friend, you are in for a real treat.
Yes, the continent is gorgeous while at the same time wild and even adventurous more than you can imagine.
To make Africa even more perfect for family, this continent is exceptionally hospital and a friendly destination where you’re likely to find the welcoming faces wherever you go.
On top of that, Africa is also the perfect destination when it comes to catering for children and families.
However, you probably know about the beauty of Africa already and you are not here to be told again how much your family will find the Africa safari enjoyable.
Now, I like to believe that the reason you are here is to find practical and actionable tips for travelling in Africa with your family and make your trip a success and of a lifetime experience.
So, if that is the case with you, that is exactly what I am offering; top Tips for travelling in Africa with your family.
By the end of this post, you will feel better equipped to plan a family trip to Africa and you have my promise that family safari in Africa will be easy, fun and thoroughly enjoyable.
That is only if you’ll follow these tips, though!
One of the misconceptions most people have about Africa is that it is just one huge country.
Well, they couldn’t be more wrong.
In fact, Africa has a total of 54 independent countries. While visiting all at a go is next to impossible, you need to choose a few countries to start with.
Or you may just choose onedestination based on your budget, interest, time and others of the like.
Choosing the best African country to visit with a family for a safari might not be the easiest pick. However, SafariBookings has come with a solution to help you on this.
They conducted an in-depth of 3061 reviews of safari tourists and acclaimed experts voted Tanzania as the Best Safari Country in Africa.
SafariBookings’ Ratings for the 8 major safari countries
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This is what I like more about Africa, it is full of options!
So the first thing I want you to do in this guide is choosing the destinations. If it is your first time, well, go with the best, Tanzania.
When choosing for the destination look for the following;
Looking at the above 8 Africa destinations, all are almost safe to visit, free from dangerous diseases like Ebola, they are perfect for wildlife viewing, and they have a reputation of treating customers good.
So in case, you don’t go to Tanzania, feel free to choose the other 7 destinations. Your Africa family trip won’t fall short.
If you are travelling with kids chances are you are worried that during the school holidays which is the best time for you and your family might not be the best to go to Africa.
So you may think that you have a limited choice when to go to Africa. Well, you don’t have to worry.
School holiday issues and others of the like are not necessarily a problem.
Africa can be visited all year round.
The exception may only arise if you have some specific interests but if that is not the case, school holidays should never be your worry.
So the challenge may only arise when a family has got some specific interests that are not available all year round.
There are those who like to see the wildebeests’ migration in Serengeti, and they specifically want to see the wildebeests crossing the Mara River. On this case, for example,one should visit Tanzania note before August and not more than early November
That makes it so important to figure outyour interests and special wishes before planning to travel to Africa with your family.
After you’ve figured out what you and your family would need in your African trip, go ahead and jump to the next tip for travelling in Africa;
Getting the right tour operator is absolutely important and honestly, you should make sure you get this one right.
Remember, this isn’t just a solo trip.
This is about your family. With probably, the kids included. In other words, if you mess up on one aspect of planning your Africa family trip, it will directly affect your family as well.
Don’t allow this, not for something you and your family have waited for so long. And do not forget, African family safari is an investment, both of your money and your time.
That is why it is of extremely important that you plan your Africa Family safari with an ethical professional company that will protect your money. To find the best safari company, use the following checklists;
Support is the key — a good company should give you the ort you need in all stages of your Africa family safari. That is before you even touch the land in Africa and after you fly back home.
After finding the best match for you in terms of Safari Company, the next tip I have for you that will surely be helpful for your travel to Africa with your family is;
Talk with your safari planning specialist.
Yes, after you have found the perfect company for you, chances are you are going to be assigned to a certain safari/trips planning expert who will be happy to help you with anything that will be crucial for travelling in Africa with your family.
Do not hide anything at this point. Tell your safari expert everything you think is crucial for your family tripsatisfaction.
While there may be a lot to share with your safari expert, don’t forget to ask and get information about the following;
I consider this among the most important tips for travelling in Africa with your family.
Truly, think of it as giving your details to a doctor during an examination for discomforts. The more details you deliver is the more you’ll have the possibility of getting the right treatment.
Again, do not feel shy to tell your operator what you’d prefer for the meals while on the trip.
If you have specific dietary restrictions, for example, share away.
Most safari companies will be happy to help you organize with hotels in getting you the right meals to your satisfaction.
You may try the local foods as well.
In Tanzania for example, there are varieties of local foods which has attracted most visitors.
Mchuzi wa pweza, ugali, Biryani, a mixture of chips & eggs, mishkaki, octopus & cassava, Urojo, Coconut Bean soup, Durian and mandazi are the local foods you may need to test.
If your family has among those foodie folks like myself, Africa is going to give you joy for the eyes and the palate J
Well, this fifth tip for travelling in Africa with your family is aimed at insisting the two previously mentioned tips.
When you have got the best safari company and you also have done your homework on expressing everything you and your family would need, there is more than 90% guarantee that you’ll have a trip to remember.
The concept here is, a good company likes to make its customers happy.
They would like to maintain a good reputation and protect their public image.
So combining the good conducts by good company with the great information you are going to provide to your safari expert, a safari of a lifetime experience is all but confirmed.
Upon your arrival, a tour operator will give you even further details and help on your trip, expect informations like;
I believe at this point you have seen how much it matters to travel with a company with a good track record of taking care of its customers.
As I have repeated, among all tips for travelling in Africa with your family, choosing a good company is of paramount importance.
A good professional local operator should act as your personal resource to getting all the necessary details you need to have a perfect safari trip.
The most important thing I would strongly recommend is “make sure you make your company aware of all your wishes for the safari”
Let me know in the comments what is going to be your next destination for your African safari trip.