First-time Safari FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to go on safari in Africa?
Yes. Each year, millions of travellers go on safari in Africa, and on average, about one tourist may die as a result of a wild animal. While safari deaths are extremely rare, wildlife encounters anywhere in the world carry some degree of danger. Thankfully, we help to mitigate nearly all of these associated risks by using expert safari guides trained in safety procedures to deal with any situation. Also important is that guests closely follow their guide's instructions to help ensure their well-being and that of the animals.
How do I start planning my first safari?
When you reach out to us our safari planners will help you every step of the way with planning the perfect safari for your family. Having worked extensively across Africa, our travel professionals have intricate regional knowledge and will assess your specific needs to help find the perfect African safari for your family. From popular packages and combinations to building a custom family safari from scratch, our experts will help you make an informed decision about every last detail of your trip.
Where should I go?
Our safari planners have all the information you need to help you pick the right African destination for your family. Where you choose to go will depend on factors like the type of safari experience your family wants, when you plan to visit, and how flexible your travel schedule can be. For instance, the most popular time for wildlife safaris in Africa is during the dry season from May to October. But if you've got a penchant for photographing baby animals or want to see the wilderness when it's lush and green, the wet season is a better time for your visit. See When to safari in Africa for more.
When should I go?
Most often, the question of when you should go to Africa completely depends on where you are going. As soon as you know where you would like to go or what you'd like to do in Africa, we can help you answer the question of when to go. And if you don't yet know either, get in touch and our travel planners will help you. Traditionally, the dry months from around May to October is the safari season in Africa. But depending on whether you visit Southern or East Africa, and what kind of wildlife you most want to see, winter isn't always the best time. From years of taking guests on all kinds of safaris in every corner of Africa, we have the knowledge and experience to help you plan an excellent family safari at any time of year.
See When to safari in Africa for more.
What else can my family do besides see animals?
Seeing wild animals in their natural habitat is a definite highlight of any safari in Africa, but there's much more to see and do for families—no matter their age or special interests. From cultural tours and community projects to beauty spas, archery and astronomy, our handpicked camps and lodges have activities for multi-generational families right from our youngest guests to the most senior.
Will my children get bored between game drives?
For groups travelling with kids of all ages, there are family lodges with enough entertainment to keep them engaged throughout their stay. Experienced camp staff head up specialised educational programmes with activities that might include adapted game drives, scavenger hunts, cooking lessons, jewelry making, animal feeding, community visits and more. Through these activities, your kids will not only keep busy but also learn about the importance of culture, conservation and environmental sustainability.
See Why take a family safari for more.