A safari vacation to East Africa can leave a life-long impression on the whole family— but for a child, it can be especially impactful.

Below, we’ll answer some questions you may have when considering a plan for your next African safari trip


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1. Is it worth it to take a my child on Safari?

There are a few things to consider here— first, if the kid is too young, it may be a little more difficult to keep up with the set schedule of your custom safari trip, or handle a long plane ride. But, when your child is around 8 or 9, a safari vacation may actually leave an even greater impact on a kid than you’d imagine. A kid experiencing, up close and personal, the animals and landscapes from their favorite animated film— think: The Lion King, Madagascar, or The Jungle Book— could leave a lasting memory that they hold with them for the rest of their lives.


2. What other activities can I do with my child while on safari?

There are so many family-friendly activities to do while on safari. From chameleon night walks around your base-camp, to cultural-exchange visits to local East African Maasai villages, to tacking on a few days in Zanzibar to snorkel in the emerald blue Indian Ocean— your options are endless. When booking your safari, your trip planner will take into account everything you’re looking to do whilst visiting East Africa.


3. Is the accommodation during my safari going to be suitable for the whole family?

Absolutely! Depending on what you’re looking for, your needs can always be accommodated. Lodges in East Africa are well equipped to handle your family, and, again, your trip planner will always make sure to find the best suited lodging for you and your loved ones. Additionally, meals are provided— both back at your lodge and while on your day trips/game drives— with any and all food restrictions taken into account ensure the comfort of both picky eaters and those with allergies and/or dietary restrictions.


4. Are there health concerns to take into account when taking young kids on safari?

As East Africa is a malaria-endemic area, you should always consult your doctor before visiting. Travel nurses are well-versed in protocols for traveling to malaria-endemic regions.


5. Is there anything specific to pack before heading to East Africa to go on safari?

Other than the typical variety of clothes you’d want on an adventure vacation (comfy, walkable shoes, moisture wicking clothes, and maybe a bathing suit or two for Zanzibar)— there are two things you’re definitely going to need: bug spray, and sun screen! Don’t skimp. The whole family will thank you!


Any more questions about taking kids on safari, or anything else to do with planning your next Safari vacation with Adumu Safaris? Don’t hesitate to reach out— click the contact button at the top of this page and start planning your next customized family safari vacation with us ASAP.