Safariline Newsletter Family & Exclusive Safaris
December 4th, 2007

Dear Sherrie,

Now is the time to begin plans for your Spring Break or upcoming family vacation. This year think adventure...think Africa, think safari! Can an African Safari be family friendly? Yes! This newsletter will help you understand the options for a fantastic family adventure you'll never forget.

Maybe you have a small group of friends or are planning a private, luxury family reunion, see our article on exclusive, private tours and safari houses.

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Is a Safari Really Safe for Kids?
Uncharted Africa

When considering travel plans with your family, an African safari is an adventure you will all want to share! Come to Africa with your family for a really fantastic trip you will always remember. Is Africa a safe destination for kids? Yes, it simply boils down to...know where to go.

More and more family oriented safaris are becoming available for guests at a very young age! A family safari must be safe yet still an adventure.The many specially adapted family safaris have made that a reality. See our featured itineraries in the article Family Friendly Safaris for examples.

Expect a family friendly safari to operate under special precautions:No walking safaris for young guestKids stay in the vehiclesPrivate or separate vehicles are encouraged for familiesDepending on child's age, consider lodges with electrified fences. The excitement of sleeping out in the wilds of Africa is still very real, yet the fences keep the animals at bay so you can sleep peacefully at night.

Travelling safely in Africa also means protecting your family from Malaria. Malaria is a blood born disease spread by infected mosquitos. There are precautions to take.

  1. Travel in Malaria Free zones, areas that do not have infected mosquitos and therefore, carry no risk of spreading Malaria. South Africa has many malaria free areas. See our itinerary Jewels of the Cape for a fantastic tour of South Africa in malaria free areas only.
  2. Malaria Prophylactics for children are available as with adults. Children's Malerone is in pill form and is considered 98% effective.
  3. Take extra precautions such as using kid friendly bug spray with a high concentration of Deet, wear long sleeves, long pants and socks in the early morning and at dusk when mosquitos are most prevalent. Use of mosquito netting over bedding is advised.

A safari is a learning experience and an adventure to share. It is important to have someone like Safariline, who knows Africa, knows what areas are family friendly,to plan your trip with confidence so that it will be a safe adventure for everyone.

Exclusive Getaways
Luangwa Safari House

Private, exclusive safaris are great for families as well as couples travelling together in small groups and family reunion groups. An exclusive- use bush villa or private bush home offers flexible, secluded accommodation options for 8 - 10 people. These beautiful private homes & villas include the personalized and attentive services of your own Chef and Guide throughout your stay. Here are just some options for private safaris. Koro Lodge - Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve
This villa lodge is located on the Bushmans Kloof Reserve, and provides an exclusive and complete wilderness experience for families with children of all ages, and groups of friends. Koro Lodge, has recently been transformed into a spectacular private home, perfect for a private, spectacular safari experience.
Robin's House
is a uniquely designed private house for up to eight guests. Four large ensuite bedrooms, massive dining/sitting area, swimming pool and platform all to yourselves! All activities are exclusive to the house guests, including game drives in private vehicles, guides and armed scout for walking safaris. Canoe and boat excursions. A private chef and house manager will design activities and meals to suit your individual group. Exclusive luxury in the wilds of Africa.
Morukuru Lodge in Madikwe
An exclusive-use bush villa in one of the largest private, Big Five, Malaria-free game reserves in South Africa. Morukuru Lodge offers a modern lounge with a cosy fireplace, an attractive dining room, fully equipped kitchen, and three richly decorated en-suite spacious bedrooms. Plenty of room to share.
1933 At Lion Sands
A family affair nestling on the banks of the Sabie River, 1933 at Lion Sands represents a secluded environment. There are four spacious suites, each with their own private view of the Sabie River. There is a lap- size swimming on the wraparound wooden deck waiting just for you and your friends or family's use.
Jack's Camp
Most overland camping can accommodate 8 to 12 people so it would be easy to get a small group together to fill all the tents and create your own private tour. Some of these camping expeditions, especially Jack's camp in the Kalahari, encourage children to join in the experiences of Africa while keeping their adventure safe.

Tips for Kids, Tweens & Teens
Chlidren, as well as adults, are awed by the experience of just being in Africa. Family friendly lodges will cater to children and will make your experience even better. Lodges best for familes will also include age appropriate activities such as:Child minding during the day and in the eveningSpecial meal times and kid friendly foodNature walks to collect plants and identify animal tracksVisits to the camp kitchen and gardenCrafts & StorytellingFishingSwimming games and races
Some lodges have camps for kids which offer special educational and entertaining outings such as:
Rocktail Intertidal walks to investigate rock pools, star gazing, beach volleyball, kite flying, hair braiding, turtle watching.
Pafuri: basic survival skills, themed excursions, baobab tree top picnic, hat making with natural ingredients, mini Pafuri Chef Course.
North Island: sand castle building, treasure hunts, bead making, basket weaving (traditionally Seychelles), board games, children's bikes, snorkel equipment, body boards, blow-up pool toys.
Chitabe and Chitabe Lediba Camps: Kiddies Nature Walks, Traditional Dancing Lessons, painting of ceramic "animal" items (elephants, lions, etc), mini history presentation on Botswana.

Things to bring for the kids:
  • Pack personal backpacks. Include a cheap pair of binocular, hard candy or vitamin C drops if their throats get dry, music or books on tape, special toys or coloring books.
  • Give each child a journal and special pen for writing (or drawing) their experiences. This will also help them remember all they have seen when they get home.
  • Bring small gifts for the children at the schools they may be visiting. Old National Geographic Magazines, picture books and ball point pens are always appreciated.
  • Birding and game viewing guides.
  • Our friends at Robin Pope Safaris also suggest having them learn a couple of magic tricks to have fun with the staff and local community.

A trip to Africa also means lengthy airplane travel, here are some ideas to make your flight more enjoyable.

  • if you need water or juice for your small child, don't hesitate to walk to the kitchen area and nicely request it
  • avoid ear pressure problems, during takeoffs and landings; small kids can suck on a candy or chew gum
  • for older children, pack a new, small electronic gadget to present when they get restless.
  • take a high quality portable DVD player to play your own movies in flight
  • encourage your kids to stretch in their seat or a take a short walk around, every couple of hours
  • aid sleep with neck pillows, sleeping favorites like blankets and stuffed animals, earplugs and eye shades
  • pre-moistened anti-bacterial towelettes can be a lifesaver
  • bring a sweater

Finally, try out your sun block, and start your malarial pills on children before you go, to see if they react against them.

Did You Know?
Did you know that Sand Grouse soak their absorbent belly feathers in water, then fly back to their chicks - sometimes up to 60km away - who carefully strip the water from the individual feathers?

Family Itineraries
Uncharted Africa 2
See how much fun a safe, family oriented safari adventure can be! Following are just a few of the family adapted safaris offered by Safariline.
Kenya Family Explorer
Enjoy family friendly lodges, adventure camps for kids 12 years and younger and family adapted safaris all within the greatest concentration of free-ranging wildlife on earth. Discover the dramatic Rift Valley, snowcapped mountains and soda lakes. Visit the country where "Safari" was born.
Ulusaba Private Game Reserve
KIDS GO FREE AT ULUSABA! Ulusaba Private Game Reserve is Sir Richard Branson's safari lodge located in the Western sector of the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. Guests can taste the spoils of Africa in peace and tranquility providing the perfect place for all age groups and for any occasion to experience a safari. Travel to this exciting safari lodge between March 1st to October 31st, 2008 and YOUR KIDS CAN COME FOR FREE! If you bring your kids aged from 0-11yrs to Ulusaba between March 1st and October 31st, 2008, the kids stay for free. Ulusaba even has a Kids Club for them and rooms designed especially for families. You'll be saving R2,000 per child per night! Call Safariline for details.
Safari Houses of Zambia
are great for families, small groups or couples traveling together. Visit several of these unique, private homes in the bush on this fasinating trip through Zambia, home of the Victoria Falls.
Wilds of South Africa and Giants of Botswana
Sample the remote wilderness and beautiful camps taking in all the exquisite game, varied terrain, stark beauty, endless savannah for four, six or eight nights.
Jewels of the Cape
Discover South Africa from beautiful Cape Town, through the Garden Route and onto the Eastern Cape on a family friendly adventure in all Malaria-Free Zones. This amazing trip is great for travelers with small children. Includes fun excursions such as whale sighting, visiting African Penguins and walks with baboons.
Uncharted Africa Botswana Migration Safari
A camping expedition like no other. Luxurious mobile tented camps move you through exclusive sites on the Okavango Delta in Botswana. You will enjoy being in the heart of nature in the greatest comfort.. Three of your nights will be at the fabulous Jacks Camp in the Kalahari.
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