Things you need to know when picking an africa safari package

Monday, October 09, 2017

Africa Safari

African safari, what to look for in planning and to book your safari.

There are many options available when it comes to planning and booking a family safari holiday to Africa. Below, we look at some frequently asked questions when it comes to planning and booking an African family vacation with kids.

Which national park is the best for an African safari?

African National Parks

All African national parks can provide families with a unique experience to enjoy. However, it is important to work out what experiences you want to have and what animals you would like to see on your safari. CNN Travel has recently released a list of the top ten parks to visit. The article is worth a read if you are researching safari destinations for your holiday with kids. The parks mentioned are:

  1. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
  2. Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
  3. Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda
  4. Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Tanzania
  5. Etosha National Park, Namibia
  6. National Parks along Gambia River, The Gambia
  7. Ahaggar National Park, Algeria
  8. Kruger National Park, South Africa (We enjoyed this park!)
  9. Okavango Delta, Botswana
  10. Perinet Reserve, Madagascar

What animals can I expect to see on an African safari?

African Safari Animals

Typically, when people go on an African safari, they want to see the "Big Five" (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and rhino). It’s important not to build your hopes up as you are not always guaranteed to see all of the Big Five. Despite this, there is an excellent chance you will see one or more of the following animals on your safari:

  • Animals of the Big Five: lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and rhino
  • Other animals to look out for: giraffe, wildebeest, leopard, zebra, hippo, hyena, crocodile, and a variety of antelope
Side story: I got lucky in Kruger National Park. We had just gone through the gates when our driver's intuition picked up on something happening nearby. The vehicle was silenced. Suddenly, we witnessed a fresh "kill" in which a leopard caught its breakfast. We were told this was a scarce thing to see.

Spotting the right animals is all about timing and some good luck!

How much should you budget for an African safari?

You have to consider a number of factors when setting your budget. These include the type of accommodation you are seeking, which places you are planning on visiting, and what time of the year you are travelling to Africa.

For instance, prices for a 7-day stay can be around $1,500 per person or more, depending on what is included in your package. Also, the longer your stay is and the more places you're planning to go to, the bigger your budget should be.

We often feature special offers on family packages to Africa, so be sure to visit our travel deals page. You can also take a look at these African family safari packages by Bench Africa. There's a wide range of offerings you can choose from depending on how long you're planning to travel, your budget per day, and the country you're most keen on visiting. They also have sweet deals you should take advantage of!

What should we look for in an African safari package? 

Safari Guide Africa

A great African safari package offers value for your money and includes the essentials. These are:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Game drives
  • Airport transfers and transport

 It’s even better if it includes: 

  • Organised activities and education programs for kids
  • Meals catered for children
  • Accommodation options that are family-friendly
  • Baby/child sitting services

How much time should you allot at your chosen safari destination? 

African Wild Dog

Allow approximately 36 to 48 hours to arrive at your safari destination. When it comes to how long you should spend in a park area, I recommend a minimum of three nights. You don't want to rush the experiences you are going to be rewarded with from each park you visit. The longer you can stay, the bigger the chance you will spot that elusive animal you’ve been wanting to see, like the white rhino.

What can you expect on an African safari? 

An African family safari is an experience which will be cherished by everyone and a holiday memory they can look back to for years. You really can't put a price on the experience of taking a family vacation to Africa for a safari. You can expect to return with great memories and the urge to do it all over again.

Share your African safari stories!

Have you had the chance to go on an African safari or are you still having a hard time choosing which destination you’d like to visit? We'd love to hear what you have to say! Share it with us in the comments section below or on our Facebook page!


James Hayward

James is the founder of Little Nomads a family-focused​ travel site where he shares his experiences about travelling with kids. You can have a conversation with James on twitter @littlenomads or via his Facebook page.

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