By Xavier Lopes.
Travelling in Southern Africa with your kids can be a truly rewarding adventure and help you build lifelong memories, but it also requires a much more elaborate preparation. Safe travel is key. That’s why our team of experts (and parents) have decided to put this article together in order to help you optimise the chances of living a unique and worry-free experience. In this article, you’ll find ideas and advice. Hopefully we will answer any doubts or questions that the organisation of such an adventure might raise.
Here’s our check-list to ensure a safe, exciting travel with your kids:
- Check your children’s passport validity. Keep an eye on South Africa’s entry requirements as they currently require parents to travel with an unabridged birth certificate.
- Be aware of any food and drink safety recommendations during your travels.
- Be informed about the local climate, for both day and night.
- Choose your accommodation wisely. Consider that amenities like a swimming pool and other activities will be fun for your children. Moreover, some lodges in private game reserves provide baby-sitting and childcare services, so do your research about your accommodation and plan accordingly.
- For parents travelling with toddlers, it is advisable that you bring some of your own equipment. For example, a noise machine, a nightlight or even a childproofing kit (power plug covers, foam corner guards, etc.) are all things that would be useful to bring.
- Check that all planned activities are accessible to the whole family (take into account age limits, height limits, specific licenses required, etc.)
- Make sure to introduce the itinerary to the children before travelling. That will reassure and motivate them while giving them instructions to follow and rules to respect (concerning attitude during visits, behaviour towards animals when on safari, etc.).
- If you intend to drive a lot, make sure the travel distances remain acceptable and bearable for children. (We suggest between a two and a half hour to a three hour maximum travel time)
- Bring things that will occupy them during the journey, such as reading, holiday notebooks, travel journal, or music to make sure they’re always busy.
- Think about buying snacks in advance that meet your and their specific cravings. Different countries have different snack foods!
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