Travel to Africa With Kids

Travel to Africa With Kids
Traveling to Africa with kids is a once in a lifetime experience, even if you never come close to a real safari. There are dozens of different things to do on this continent, including exploring nature parks and wetlands. You'll get your kids out and about, but they'll be too busy having fun to realize that they are learning at the same time.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Formerly the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, iSimangaliso Wetland Park is located in South Africa and is an outdoor lover's dream. Scuba diving, canoeing and watching the animals are all popular things to do in the park. The park also offers miles of hiking and walking trails and a craft center where kids can make souvenirs to take home. Additionally, the whole family can take drive through the local safari with a trained guide.

Malindi Marine National Park and Reserve

In Kenya, Malindi Marine National Park boasts boat rides, scuba diving and snorkeling for adventurous travelers. Glass bottom boats take the family out to the coral reef, where shark, sea turtles and starfish all dwell. You also have the option of scuba diving or snorkeling, which bring you closer to those animals. If your kids really want to see something different, take them to the Crocodile Farm and Snake Park inside where you can actually hold the animals.

Malindi Marine National Park and Reserve
c/o Kenya Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 40241-00100
Nairobi, Kenya
+011 (254-020) 600800


Located near Ibo Island is Majaca, a rural area with a large dive site. Expert guides are on hand to teach kids the fundamentals of scuba diving or snorkeling before taking the whole family into the water. If you prefer sitting on the beach, you can watch turtles and sharks swimming through the area, or wade through the low waters near the shore.

Amboseli National Park

The Amboseli National Park in Kenya is another place to take the family on a safari tour. This national park is more than that though because it sits right at the bottom of Mt. Kilimanjaro, with amazing views and trails leading up the nearly 20,000 foot mountain. A Masai local gives tours of the area and also offers a children's walking safari, where kids walk through the safe parts of a safari, but get closer to the animals.

Article Written By Jennifer Eblin

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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