Family Safari Holidays: Your Ultimate Guide
Embarking on your family safari is an unforgettable adventure that offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature and wildlife while creating lasting memories with your loved ones. However, planning your family safari can be overwhelming, especially if it's your first time. That's why we've put together a comprehensive guide to help you plan the ultimate family safari adventure. From selecting destinations to booking accommodations and preparing for the trip, our guide provides valuable insights and tips to ensure a smooth and stress-free experience for everyone. Read on to learn more and start planning your dream family safari today!
Frequently Asked Questions
When Is The Best Time To Go On A Family Safari?
Choosing the best time of year to go on a family safari is crucial as it can determine the type and abundance of wildlife that you will see. Time of year can also affect the weather conditions, price and accessibility during your safari. Planning ahead and selecting the right time to travel will lead to a more fulfilling, memorable, easy to enjoy family safari experience. In order to maximise your family's chances of thrilling wildlife sightings, it's best to plan your trip during the dry season, typically running from June to October. During this period, the landscapes are dry, and animals are more visible as they congregate around watering holes. You and your family will have a higher chance of spotting the Big Five - lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and rhino – as they roam through the savannahs.
However, peak season also means higher prices and more crowds, which may not be ideal for families with younger children. If you're looking to avoid the masses and get the most value for your money, consider traveling during the shoulder seasons of June and October. During these periods, the weather is usually pleasant, and wildlife sightings are still excellent, but you'll have more opportunities for a secluded and intimate experience with your family. Additionally, you may find more affordable rates during the low season, which typically falls between November to May. However, unpredictable weather can be a downside during this period.
For Rangers Top Tips:
Firstly, shoulder seasons fall between the peak and low seasons, June and October. Often, these months are less crowded with better chance of good weather, less expensive than peak season and wildlife sighting opportunities are still excellent (especially in October). If school timetables permit, these periods are rewarding and cost-effective times to travel.
Secondly, plan with an expert and book in advance to secure the best family-friendly accommodation at the best price.
What Is The Best Age To Take My Children On Safari?
The best age to take kids on safari can vary depending on several factors, including your child's temperament, interests, and maturity level. Some safari lodges have age limits for activities, often with a minimum age of around 6 or 7 years old. This is because young children may have a harder time sitting still and staying quiet during the drives, which can disrupt the experience for other guests and potentially scare away the animals. Additionally, some safari activities, such as walking safaris or hot air balloon rides, may have higher age limits or be restricted to adults only. Don't worry though, there are plenty of great lodges that are set up for families with young children and without an age limit.
Really, there is no set age that is "too young" or "too old" to go on safari and with the correct planning, safaris can be enjoyed by families of all ages. Some families choose to bring infants and toddlers. and this may need to make special arrangements and specific family-friendly safari camps and lodges. Others may wait until their children are older and more able to appreciate and remember the experience. Ultimately, the decision should be based on the individual child and family's needs and preferences, as well as any guidelines or restrictions set by the safari camps and lodges.
How Much Does A Family Safari Cost?
The cost of your family safari can vary greatly depending on various factors such as the destination, length of stay, level of accommodation, activities, and number of people in the group. On average, a family safari can range from £300 / $375 to upwards of £1500 / $1850 per person per night (approximate). It's important to work with a reputable safari operator who can advise on how to get the most from your budget and provide an itinerary that fits your family's needs and preferences. Additionally, keep in mind that a portion of your safari cost goes towards conservation efforts and supporting local communities (through both For Rangers and through our hand-picked suppliers), making it a meaningful and worthwhile investment.
What Is Included In A Family Safari Package?
A For Rangers Adventure family safari package typically includes accommodation in family-friendly lodges or campsites, designed to accommodate families with children of all ages. The package also includes safari activities like game drives and nature walks (other activities may be included), where families can experience the thrill of encountering wildlife in their natural habitat. All-inclusive meals and drinks (unless otherwise stated) are provided during the safari, ensuring that families can enjoy the best of African cuisine and drinks while on their adventure.
In addition to accommodation and safari activities (as listed in your itinerary), the package also includes all necessary road transfers and internal flights, so you won't have to worry about travel logistics at all while away. Conservation fees and levies are also included in the package.
A typical For Rangers Adventure family safari package also includes medical evacuation cover, ensuring that your family is can access emergency medical attention in the unlikely event that it is needed. Lastly, the package offers in-destination support, providing families with peace of mind that they will have assistance should they need it during their adventure.
For Rangers Adventure make a donation from our profits to the For Rangers campaign, that supports the brave rangers who protect wildlife from poachers in African national parks. Through this commitment, every For Rangers Adventure help to protect and preserve wild places for generations to come.
How Do I Plan A Family Safari Itinerary?
Planning a safari trip yourself without the help of a professional safari expert can be risky as there are many potential pitfalls that could ruin your trip. These include missing out on the best wildlife viewing opportunities, booking accommodation in unsafe areas, not accounting for travel time between destinations, and not being aware of cultural differences and customs. A professional safari expert can help you avoid these risks and ensure that your itinerary is well-planned, safe, with important in-destination support, and optimised for wildlife sightings and memorable experiences. Additionally, safari experts often have access to exclusive deals and discounts that can save you money on your trip.
The best way to plan a family safari itinerary is with the help and support of our travel experts. We can then assist and advise while you determine the best time of year to travel, choose the right destinations, accommodations and activities that suit your family's interests and preferences, and ensure that the itinerary is safe and manageable for all members of the family. Consider factors such as the ages and interests of your children, the duration of the trip, budget and any special needs or requirements. Working with ours safari travel expert can also help you ensure that you are supporting eco-conscious and sustainable tourism practices. It's important to plan well in advance and allow plenty of time to research and make arrangements to avoid disappointment and ensure a successful and enjoyable family safari experience.
To speak with the For Rangers Adventure team about your family safari, contact us here.
Is It Safe To Go On Safari With My Family?
Yes, safaris are safe for families as long as certain precautions are taken. It's important to choose a reputable tour operator with experience in planning family adventures and with a trusted network in destination.
When travelling it is important to always follow the rules and guidelines provided by the guides and to exercise common sense when encountering wildlife. For example, it's recommended to keep a safe distance from animals, not to approach them or try to touch them, and to stay inside the safari vehicle at all times. Additionally, parents should supervise their children closely and make sure they understand the importance of following safety procedures.
When it comes to malaria, which is a concern in many safari destinations, it's important to consult with a healthcare professional before your trip. They can advise you on the appropriate prophylactic medication and other preventative measures to protect against malaria. Speak with an expert about malaria-free and low-risk malaria destinations today.
Why Family Safaris With For Rangers Adventure?
At For Rangers Adventure, we're dedicated to providing exceptional family safari experiences in Africa. Our team of experts have planned numerous family safaris, and we know the best destinations, camps, and lodges that will create unforgettable memories for you and your family. From the moment you arrive, our trusted teams in each destination will ensure that your family is safe and comfortable throughout your trip.
We pride ourselves on our relationships with the best family-friendly camps, lodges, and activities that are not available through other travel companies. From exciting game drives to walking safaris, cultural experiences, and educational opportunities for children, we tailor each itinerary to meet the specific needs and interests of your family. Additionally, every family safari booked with us supports Africa's wildlife rangers and their crucial efforts to protect the continent's iconic wildlife and wilderness areas. So not only will you and your family have an unforgettable safari experience, but you'll also be making a positive impact on conservation efforts in Africa.
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