Family-Friendly Safaris

Safaris are a great activity to try as a family for so many reasons. Whether you choose a guided safari or a self-drive safari, the thrill of spotting some of the most amazing animals on the planet is incredible. What child doesn’t name either an elephant or a lion as one of their favourite animals? It is so educational for the kids as they are not just learning about the animals, they are also learning about conservation and protection which is key to the survival of these animals. Our safari related posts will help to give you guidance on various subjects like how to choose a safari, what to take on safari and how to improve your wildlife spotting techniques.

What's the best way to take kids on safari?

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Never thought of going on safari with kids? Neither had we! We thought that they needed to be over 12 years old to go on safari as we had heard that big game can view young children as prey! We assumed when having kids that it would be a long wait to go on safari with them but we are pleased to report that we were wrong!

South Africa's best family-friendly safari options

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Having been on safari in quite a few countries across eastern and southern Africa, we know that South Africa is a great place to go on safari with your family for a few reasons. South Africa has it all. From the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and Cape buffalo – to antelope, zebra, hippo, giraffe, hyena and a wide variety of bird and marine animals...

The perfect 14 day family-friendly southern Sri Lanka loop

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The beautiful rural county of Suffolk is the furthest East you can go in the UK and has a gorgeous 50 mile stretch of heritage coastline. It is glorious in the summer months and with so many traditional British country pubs with fabulous beer gardens and great local produce, your inner foodie self will be spoiled for choice .

Top family-friendly activities in South Africa

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South Africa is easily one of our favourite places to travel with kids. It is vast with an incredible variety of landscapes and wildlife, so it is somewhere we can go back to again and again and still find somewhere new to visit or something new to do. It is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful with the sun-soaked white sandy beaches of Cape Town overlooked by Table Mountain, the wild and rugged beaches of the Eastern Cape...

Half day safari in Udawalawe National Park

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Udawalawe was created in 1972 to provide a habitat for animals displaced by the construction of the Uda Walawe dam. The park is now famed for its elephants and has the largest population of Asian elephants of all of the national parks in Sri Lanka. With around 500 resident elephants, if you want to do some elephant-spotting, Udawalawe would be a good choice with sighting all but guaranteed.

What to take on safari

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Ever heard the saying ‘less is more’? This couldn’t be more apt than when packing for a trip with the family. You have to consider that you are not just carrying your own bags but that there may be times when you will find yourself carrying your little people’s bags (and maybe even them too!) if you are having a long and tiring transit day. However, if you are going to be going on safari during your trip, there are certain things that you should definitely consider taking. So, in no particular order, here’s our list of the top 10 things to take on safari...

Yala National Park - where crocodiles eat leopards!

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The two most popular National Parks in Sri Lanka seem to be Udawalawe and Yala and it is well worth including one or the other in your itinerary. They are very similar especially in terms of the wildlife you may see, although Yala has the highest density of leopards in the world so it really depends on the route you are going to take as to which one you choose. If you love safaris, maybe you will have time to squeeze in both!

7 Top tips for spotting wildlife on safari

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Going on safari is all about wildlife spotting. With our boys it is also a competition to see of who can see the most animals or who spots such and such animal first. To have a successful safari in terms of animal spotting, doing a little research is a worthwhile investment of your time – especially on a self drive safari when you don’t have a guide doing the hard work.