An Elephant back safari experience

Africa is a very popular choice for a safari holiday, not just because of the wildlife that is on offer but also the amazing and breathtaking views that can be seen.
When booking a safari holiday many people are not aware of the wide choice they have available to them when it comes to choosing your transport around the area. Most of the safari tour operators in Africa offer a choice of safari transport experiences such as Jeep, biking or even on foot and if looking for one-off land, then a boat. But did you know that you can actually do part of a safari on the back of one of Africa’s big five, the Elephant?
Why not take a three and a half hour ride on the back of one of the Shearwater’s herds of twelve elephants. You will get to explore the local area, allowing you to not only have first-hand experience with these magnificent animals but to also see the area from a totally new perspective. All of these elephants have a very close bond with their handler as they have been reared from birth, so you can rest assured you are in good hands.

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Travelling by plane with young children

When going abroad with little ones the thought of a long flight can strike fear into the hearts of most parents, however with the right preparation the experience doesn’t need to be a nightmare and can, in fact, be a trip everyone can enjoy.
The first thing to check is the airline’s guidance on what food and drink you can take on board. Snacks are a great way to keep little ones entertained however you may need to buy them after you’ve been through security.
Sweets to suck or dummies are good for little ones for take-off to stop their ears popping, also breastfeeding can help to stop any discomfort for babies.
For entertainment try some wipe clean activity books for fun activities for older children and for little ones you could try MagnaDoodle or AquaDoodle type activities that create no mess.
You could also preload some movies onto a tablet and get some earphones so the children can enjoy a film together.
For older ones, you could also pack some travel games to play and if all else fails a good game of eye spy always or the shopping list game helps pass the time.

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Planning a safari holiday with children

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 sightseeing.

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.



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Checking on flight arrangements

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 directly 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.



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Planning your travel arrangements

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.


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