No one would say that having a baby isn’t great, but sometimes it feels like caring for an infant child is like being trapped in a jail cell. With all of the fiscal responsibility, time constraints, and money it takes to raise an infant, plus all of the worry which goes into keeping your bundle of joy safe, going off on vacation can seem like a Herculean, if not impossible task. This may seem even more daunting when you try to go on one of the most exotic types of holiday excursions imaginable: an African safari. However, this sensation of debilitation does not have to be. In fact, if you are prepared to do the necessary planning, taking a baby on safari can be a relaxing and (nearly) stress-free experience. Checkout Mon Bébé Chéri for more information about babies !
Let’s first dispel some common misunderstandings which may be running through your mind right now. Contrary to what you may think, it really isn’t all that uncommon for parents to take their children on safari with them, even infants. Moving on, it is obvious that on a vacation of this type your child’s personal safety is paramount, and while you may think your biggest safety concern for your baby would be lions, leopards, and hyena’s it’s actually disease carrying mosquito’s. Mosquito’s are nasty vectors for potentially lethal diseases like malaria and yellow fever. Your child can, however, be protected from this through the administration of easy to find anti-malarial compounds. We do caution you to use Mosi-guard natural repellent, rather than harsher drugs which contain DEET, as the latter can be potentially harmful to children when applied liberally. Also, cover your child’s (as well as your own) sleeping area with anti-mosquito netting to mitigate any nighttime insect bites. Following tropical diseases, the next thing you’re going to have to plan around in sunny Africa is the risk of sunburn, so the use of high SPF sunblock is highly recommended.
Moving forward, there are some safari resorts which prohibit children under the age of twelve or fourteen from staying, but fortunately there are some camps which specialise in hosting families. In fact, some guides have safari “light” options which condense the safari experience into something which highlights the most exciting elements of the circuit. In the event that your baby is a little older, say around eighteen months, you’ll find yourself on a tour which captures both your interest and theirs throughout the entire tour.
On the other hand, if your child is younger and happens to fall asleep rather easily on long driving excursions you can likely get away with going on a standard tour without having to worry about any loud “infant moment” interruptions. As a final option, you can always hire a day sitter to watch your tyke at the resort while you enjoy the day.
To reiterate, while taking a baby on safari does require a little more planning than it would be if it was just you and your spouse, it is something that can still happen. Just be sure to take a few extra safety precautions and select a specialist resort, and you should have just as much fun as all of the other kid-free adults.