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African family holiday

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African family holiday

Hi we are a family of 5, the eldest child is 11 and the youngest is 6. We are looking for a 2 to 3 week holiday in Africa. We want beach as well as safari and wildlife. We wre thinking of Kenya but is it safe?

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1. Re: African family holiday

Yes.

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Absolutely!

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Yup!

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Kenya is as safe as anywhere else as long as you are sensible and your children listen to you! (eg they don't go out in midday sun without hats, eat things from the side of the road, fraternise with strangers and they do obey their safari driver etc).

I came to UK on 10th August and my Kenyan friends are asking if I am safe because of the English riots!

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Fly410 - you caught that also... sneaky touts!

Kenya is safe and will provide a wonderful experience for you and your children.

Remember to check/visit with your physician and children's pediatrician regarding malaria meds and any other health requirements.

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I have recently returned having visited with my children during our stay we never felt threatened at all; that said, Kenya is a third world Country with all the inherent problems that brings. Read the recent threads concerning safety and security and the advice given in Guide Books and by the FCO and you will not go far wrong.

I would worry more about subjecting the children to long, hot, dusty, arduous and at times very boring drives than anything else. Whilst safari is great for adults, it does get a bit tedious for kids with their noses pressed against the window, particularly during the periods where the wildlife is a little thin on the ground. There is also little for children to do in and around the Camps, which can bore them a little, you really need to choose carefully.

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We took our kids (8-10-12) on a safari this summer and they loved it. We stayed 5 nights in Kenya (masai mara, amboseli) and then moved to Tanzania for the remaining 11 nights ( Tarangire, lake manyara, ngorongoro, sergengiti) and we felt safe all the time. It was very easy to combine both countries (our Kenyan safari guide dropped us off at the Tanzanian border next to the jeep of our Tanzanian guide - so no hazzle with carrying luggage over the border). In Tanzania, besides it being a great safari destination we went hunting with the bushmen and visited a local village. Our kids did not get bored during the game drives (they had their own camera and binoculars) and as we had a private safari vehicle we had some flexibility to go back to the lodges when they were getting tired. Make sure you have a lodge with a swimming pool in some of the places you are visiting . During long drives, our guide kept the kids entertained by teaching them swahili words and songs. If you want to combine safari with beach, you could consider going to Zanzibar. We did not bring any nintendo's or similar electronic games and they did not miss them. We were there end of July/ beginning of August and then it was not so warm (between 20-25°C max) and during morning drives it may get cold. Our kids loved it that much that we are already planning a new safari for next summer.