African safaris for families

An African safari is a great way for a family to reconnect with each other.  In the developed world our existence is so influenced by the media and material wealth.  We very rarely have the time to relax with our families and enjoy each other’s company without interruptions and distractions.  Even when we do go on holiday to Europe and further afield, there are still many things occupying our minds that we often return from a holiday feeling as if we need another one just to get over the last one.

An African safari offers a completely different experience.  Children of all ages are catered for and activities are always arranged to include every member of the family, while still taking into consideration each person’s unique interests.  It is an opportunity for families to relax and enjoy each other’s company – learning more about each other and the world in which they live.

Cultural experiences are often life changing experiences for teenagers.  Visiting a traditional village where children have no access to the luxuries of modern day life is an eye opening experience.  They often remark on how emotional it is to see people so content and happy with so little material wealth.  Family life is very important in these communities – working together to support and care each other in very difficult circumstances.  Education, which is often taken for granted by today’s youth, is very important and many children walk for miles and miles with no shoes to get to an open air classroom. A way of life so contrasted from the nuclear family units of modern society.

Children also learn so much by interacting with nature.  The interactive nature of the activities shows children how learning can be fun.  They will spend time with the game rangers – learning how to manage a reserve.  They will learn how to track animals, how to cook bush food and make fires the old fashioned way.  Older children can usually join their parents on game drives while the younger ones stay at the camp and enjoy craft activities.

On an African safari all arrangements are meticulously arranged and the safety and enjoyment of your family is of paramount importance.  The standard of accommodation is excellent and at some of the camps you will have your own private house with a swimming pool and private butler and guide.  All your needs will be taken care of which means no meals to prepare, no crowds and busy airports to negotiate, no stress – just a relaxed environment to appreciate your family and an opportunity to make lasting memories and learn lifelong lessons together in one of the world’s most beautiful and unspoilt places.

Rebecca Sparrow is Marketing Manager at Safari.co.uk.

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