I have a co-worker who is looking for a safari for this fall to surprise his wife on her birthday. They have a 3 year old son so they are looking for a kid friendly safari with lots of animals. They are well traveled and I thought I was however I'm out of the loop when it comes to Africa. I'd love to go myself in the future - esp. South Africa. Any help or recommendations would be great. Thanks, Michael
I guess your best bet will definitely be South Africa, as infrastructure, accommodation are perfect and you don't need malariapills or other injections other than HepA and DTP, but I guess most kids have the last one already.
During the hot and wetseason it is best however to avoid the northeast of the country, when malariapills might be needed. Check the Sanparks site for more information about malaria, parks and things to see and do.
But the southwest could be perfect, starting from Cape Town towards Addo Elephant Park, Mountain Zebra and Tsitsikamma parks. Possibilities include riding on an Ostrich (if that is your thing), watching whales as well (in season, depends on months) etc.
For some more rugged experience the Kgalagadi NP in the northwest would be good, with much more predators.
That way a loop would be possible, but it all depends on how much time you have and it's a long ride with a kid I guess.
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[ Edit: Edited on Apr 8, 2008, at 2:06 AM by Utrecht ]
I would agree, South Africa would be the best with a child that age. Many of the outfiters can direct you to lodges that are family oriented. Some do not allow kids but some do cater to families, complete with babysitting or nannies. I have never been disapointed with the game viewing either. Kenya and Tanzania safaris tend to be way to long for a child that age but the Serengeti, especialy during the migration time, is where you will see the greatest concentration of animals anywhere in the world. I have gotten to see both ends of the migration and it is one of the most awsome events you could ever want to witness.