What age can you take a child on safari?

What age can you take a child on safari?

Many people ask us what an appropriate age is to take a child on safari. It’s difficult to give a blanket answer to this question, as it is very personal to each parent. Generally speaking, if your child can sit in a car for a few hours at a time, you should have no problem taking them on a family safari.
Though it’s not common to see babies or young kids on safari, we have taken our own kids on safari in Tanzania ever since they were 3 or 4 months old! If a younger child is still sleeping a lot along the way, a safari is fine. Our personal experience is that a baby bumps along with the cadence of the car and falls asleep. During our consultation with you to plan the trip, we can always ensure we provide a suitable car seat. The slightly more challenging years are when a child no longer sleeps en route, but isn’t quite aware of the environment around them yet. As a parent, you are sometimes multitasking: enjoying the safari on the one hand and entertaining your child on the other. Even then, in our experience, everyone in the family quickly adjusts to the rhythm of a safari, and you can all get together in a certain flow.
As soon as primary school is in sight, a safari becomes much easier with children. In fact, a safari can be wonderful and also a very educational experience for them. To quote some of our younger guests - aged five and six – going on safari is “super cool.” Our own kids LOVE it, and even though they go a few times per year it never gets boring. They always discover new environments and learn new things about nature and animals.

Curious to find out more about a family holiday to Tanzania? Have a look at our example itinerary for a family safari to Tanzania.

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