You probably want to give your children an unforgettable experience and a new appreciation for animals, but it is not always appropriate to take children on safari tours. Whether you can give this experience to your children depends upon their age, the tour company you choose and your budget.
The best place to take most children on a safari is South Africa. You do not have to worry about the risk of potentially fatal diseases such as malaria. Thus, your children do not need to take malaria pills and you do not have to panic every time a mosquito buzzes by your little ones. South Africa also has some of the best doctors and hospitals on the
continent, so if something unexpected happens to you or your children
you can get safe and prompt medical treatment.
Also, the roads in South Africa are excellent so you can rent a car and do an independently booked and guided journey. You do not run the significant risk of car problems that can happen with overland journeys in nations such as Tanzania. Your schedule can depend upon your children’s exhaustion level and you choose your breaks as well as hotel accommodations. This flexibility is impossible if you and your children join a group trip.
The country has a number of smaller wildlife parks so you and your family can see a lot of animals in a very short period of time. Most tourist areas have plenty of food options and recreational activities for kids and adults alike. Areas such as the Eastern Cape and the Garden Route also have beaches near the wildlife parks.
If South Africa does not appeal and you have older children who can handle long drives, you can try your
hand at the malaria-free regions of other countries such as Namibia.