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African Adventures with Kids
Fast Facts
Historic Interest
Amusement Park
Native Experiences
Scuba Diving
Pack & Saddle
Places to Visit


Photo by Magical Africa Safaris Ltd.

Sweeping savannas, thick jungles, glorious mountains, endless seas of sand. Native cultures, imperial civilizations, early man. Wind swept ramparts, tranquil tropical waters. Family travel to Africa offers something for everyone. Marvel at mummies in Egypt. Explore the imperial cities of Morocco - Marrakesh, Meknes, Rabat and Fes. Tour the Roman ruins of Dougga, Djemila, Volubulis and Leptis Magna. Travel overland in the Sahara Desert. Follow in the footsteps of Ibn Battuta. Partake in a jeep tour or camel pack trip. Laze on the beach from Morocco to Mauritius. Snorkel in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. Discover remote Madagascar. Safari in the East African nations of Kenya and Tanzania and the Southern African countries of Namibia, Zambia, South Africa and Botswana. Trek for gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda, if you're traveling with children over the age of 15. Travel to South Africa and combine adventure, culture and fun. Our family travel guides are designed to help you travel in Africa with kids.
Documents Required
Entry requirements vary by country and nationality of the passport holder. Some African countries require passports be valid for at least six months beyond the length of stay. Some physically stamp passports on entry and exit and thus require a minimum of two empty pages. Some require proof of sufficient funds. Some require a valid return or onward ticket. Some require a visa. Some countries issue visas at the border. Others issue visas through their embassies and consulates only. Some visas are available the same day; others take several months. Some countries require special documentation for children traveling without both parents. To make matters more confusing, entry requirements can change without notice. Hence travel planning is important. We recommend the following well in advance of travel: 1) Check the entry requirements of the countries you intend to visit. Bear in mind that only the countries you plan to visit can provide up-to-date information about their visa requirements thus it's best to contact the nearest embassy or consulate. UK, U.S., Australian and South African passport holders can also find country specific information on government websites. 2) Verify the validity of your passport. Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned return date, has sufficient blank pages for visas and immigrations stamps, and that the name on your passport matches the name on your tickets. 3) Don't limit your inquiry to the entry requirements for adults. Make sure you've checked the rules for children and verified the validity of their travel documents.
When to Travel
Africa is an extremely large continent and the weather varies significantly from one region to another. That said, there are few rules of thumb. Overlanding is unbearable in the searing heat. The dry season is the easiest time to travel. What's more, it's the best time of year for beach combing and game viewing and has the lowest rates of malaria infection. Birding is often better in the wet season as are photographic expeditions. Countries on the equator have two wet and two dry seasons whereas those farthest away have one wet and one dry season. East Africa has two dry seasons, a long dry season from June to October and short dry season from mid-December to mid-March. (The heaviest rains fall in April and May. The short dry season is rarely rain-free.) In West Africa the cool dry season is October and November; the hot dry season is April and May. Subtropical southern Africa has one dry season from April to October and one wet season from November to March. In southern South Africa the wet and dry seasons are reversed. The Sahara Desert - from Morocco to the Red Sea - is best visited from October to March. The coastal areas of North Africa are hot and dry from April to October. The cyclone season runs from January to March and can affect coastal areas of eastern South Africa and Mozambique as well as the island nations of Mauritius and Madagascar.
Health & Safety
Topics such as health and safety can make planning a trip to Africa a truly daunting endeavor. That doesn't mean families should stay home; it means they should be prepared. Detailed research and sensible precautions will help family travelers stay safe and healthy. BEFORE BOOKING: Research the health and safety risks in the country or countries you plan to visit. Check government sources for travel advisories, travel health notices, and recommended vaccinations. Consult your health care provider or travel medicine clinic 2 to 3 months in advance of travel as some immunizations require a series of injections. The World Health Organization (WHO) advises that all travelers, independent of their travel destination, be up to date with routine vaccinations against measles, rubella, mumps, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) and poliomyelitis. Additional vaccinations, such as rabies, may be recommended by your doctor. Other vaccinations, such as Yellow Fever, are an entry requirement in some African countries. There is no vaccine for malaria but prophylactic treatment is recommended for visitors to risk areas. PRIOR TO DEPARTURE: Review your medical coverage to ensure it applies abroad and covers emergencies, for example a trip to a foreign hospital or an evacuation. If not, supplemental travel health insurance should be given serious consideration. Pack a first aid kit. Check expiration dates and ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice on items to include as well as tips for keeping the contents of your kit effective and safe to use. Organize your family's essential medical history in a single document and keep it with your travel papers. Make two copies of your passport, medical history, travel documents and credit cards. Bring one copy with you but keep it in a separate place from the originals. ON THE ROAD: Take sensible precautions. - Don't wear jewelry and expensive watches. Stow cameras after use. Keep a firm grip on daypacks and handbags. Safeguard valuables including passports and money. Avoid isolated or deserted areas. Keep an eye, if not a hand, on the kids. Beware of hustlers, touts and con men. - Be careful about what you eat and drink can help, it can help prevent traveler's diarrhea. - Wash your hands before eating. Avoid raw foods. Peel uncooked fruits and vegetables. Drink bottled water only. Avoid unpasteurized dairy products, including milk, cheese and ice cream. - Safeguard against the southern sun. - Wear sunglasses and a hat with a brim. Apply high factor sunscreen to all exposed areas. - No drug is 100% effective in preventing malaria thus it's important to avoid mosquito bites. Here are three tips: 1) use insect repellent with DEET. 2) Wear trousers and long-sleeved shirts after dark. 3) Sleep under a treated mosquito net or in a screened or air conditioned room. Going on a wildlife safari? Keep in mind that the animals are wild and all wildlife is potentially dangerous. Follow the rules set out by your guide.
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