Nurturing Family Safaris across Africa

Multigenerational travel has many benefits for kids and families

Kids who are exposed to nature benefit in many ways

Family-friendly safaris provide children with the chance to learn and acquire life skills through exposure to novel environments and experiences. Such trips present a distinctive chance for kids to depart from their regular routines and embark on thrilling adventures that pique their curiosity and stimulate their imagination. This exposure is believed to foster adaptability and flexibility in children, making them more inclined to take healthy risks and explore new concepts and activities.

Some of the key findings from a Student and Youth Travel Association study show that 74% of the educators polled believe travel helps student’s personal development, and 56 % believe travel has a positive impact on their classroom studies. According to researches Strife and Downey, many studies specifically highlight the role of nature in the development and wellbeing of kids, indicating that contact with nature is important for children's cognitive, emotional, social, and educational development.

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These days, kids spend much more time inside, in part due to technology. The Child Mind Institute states that the average American child spends about 4 to 7 minutes a day playing outside and over 7 hours a day in front of a screen. While this may not be true for all, we can all agree that travelling in nature is a wonderful antidote to our high tech lives and opens kids up to learning and life experiences that are priceless.

Travel in nature builds awareness and appreciation for our natural heritage

Carefully curated travel experiences offer families and children a distinctive perspective on the natural world. They get a front-row seat to the magnificence and marvels of nature, which enables them to connect with their heritage in a way that will leave a lasting impact on their perception of the world. Awareness and comprehension of the natural world, and our responsibility towards it, represent the initial step for children to become responsible stewards of the environment. “Restore Balance. Most kids have technology, school and extracurricular activities covered. It is time to add a pinch of adventure, a sprinkle of sunshine and a handful of outdoor play” Penny Whitehouse.

Kids who travel are exposed to different cultures and people and tend to be more open minded

Many studies show that exposure to people different from ourselves reduces prejudice (Bregman). A uniquely packaged family friendly Safaris’ take kids to places where people may look, live and do things differently. This provides a wonderful opportunity for kids and their families to see both how people are different, but importantly how we are also the same. This exposure to different kinds of people helps kids foster a more expansive and inclusive world view.

Multigenerational travel has many benefits for kids and families

Family-friendly safaris work well for multigenerational travel, with something for everyone, and are a wonderful opportunity for the family to bond and create unique and wonderful memories together. Multigenerational travel allows important opportunities to share and explore family history through storytelling and memory sharing. It is also a wonderful opportunity to share and learn more about the family’s own heritage, while learning about that of others. Parents and Grandparents see the world through their history and lived experiences, while kids see it through a new life lens. This mixing of world views enhances how we see ourselves and how we view the world! “Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” — Alex Haley

Jean Armstrong (Development Practitioner and Parent)