Safari holidays can be amazing trips and what better way to spend it than with all your family. Many people are put off from taking children on safari with them, thinking that they will not appreciate it much and may find it boring but it can be fascinating to a child and they really can learn a lot.
Going to a zoo or safari park in the UK does not even compare to going on a real safari adventure in Africa. If you go at the right time the weather will be just perfect for sight seeing.
Young children will not want to sit still for long periods of time waiting for the wildlife so you may wish to do a self drive safari instead, allowing you to go at your own pace and not worrying about them chatting away or playing on a tablet when there is nothing to see.
When booking your accommodation, be sure to select an area that is malaria free as this is very important if travelling with children. You will also need to check if there are any other vaccinations that are required or recommended prior to going.
If you are going abroad and have booked your flight you need to spend some time researching your airline and what you should and shouldn’t take.
All airlines have different restrictions and also many countries allow different items to be transported in and out of the country by plane. Firstly you need to ensure that you have a valid passport that will not expire within 6 months of your return date, if it does you may find that you cannot travel so it is worth renewing it prior to you going.
If the travel company that you booked with has not told you exactly what you can and can’t take on the plane, then you need to get in touch with them or have a look on their website to find out the rules and regulations. Never take information off a third party website as this information may not be accurate or may be out of date. If you are at all unsure then it is best to phone the airline direct and ask them.
Items may need to be declared or may need to be stored in your suitcase. For example any sharp objects such as nail scissors or tweezers must be in a suitcase not in your hand luggage.
When booking a holiday you need to take careful consideration over your travel arrangements and be sure that you know how and when you are getting to and from your destination but also how you are going to get from place to place whilst away. It may be that you are going to an all inclusive resort where you will not want to go offsite and your transfers are included in your holiday. If this is the case then there will be very little travel plans you will need to make, but it is always worth checking if you could hire a car or local public transport in case for example, you find that the food is awful at the resort and you need to go off site.
It is vital to have clear information about your travel arrangements such as flights, and ideally have a copy on your phone but also printed out. Be sure to check not only what time your flight is but also what time check in starts. Allow plenty of time to travel to the airport as often missed flights due to you being late are not covered by your insurance company unless you pay a lot more.
Egypt is a place that is steeped in history and culture. Although there are many concerns around safety upon visiting Egypt at present, if you chose a good resort and stay within it, you are most likely not to run in to any issues.
Egypt is quite a big country and there are areas that are deemed safe and areas which you should not venture out to. If you are wanting to visit the Valley of the Kings or the Pyramids for example then it is probably advisable to book this through your tour operator as you will have peace of mind that the trip is genuine and has been properly planned out. If you do chose to book with another company when there, make sure you check with the hotel as to if they can advise you which other companies are reputable.
If you are looking for a holiday with a difference, Egypt is definitely the choice for you. With so much to see and do you can be assured you are not going to get bored. Read plenty of reviews before you go and if you are going all inclusive then make sure that you find out what the food is like. Some review websites will even have photos that have been uploaded by guests so you can see for yourself.
One of the biggest concerns of taking a child on a safari trip is safety, but if you are confident that your child is of an age where they can comply with the rules, then it could be the trip of a lifetime. This age – whenever it may be – also means that your child is more likely to remember the holiday.
There are some safari destinations that also provide entertainment and enjoyment for children when they are not out sightseeing. For example you can choose a hotel that has a swimming pool or other games and activities. Ensure children eat well while they are in the hotel, though, as it can be dangerous to take food out on a safari but they may find it difficult to concentrate on the tour if they are thinking about their tummies.
It may also be worth having children document what they have seen so that they can reflect back on it in the future or share stories of their holiday with their friends. For example, if your child is at primary school then they may be able to do a ‘show and tell’ about their adventure, with photographs to accompany the discussion.