Putting the Fun into your Family Safari with Children
Making an African Family Safari in Uganda – Rwanda exciting and fun-filled – a Learning Experience for Children and Parents
Putting the Fun into your Family Safari with Children. A Family is a time for fun on another continent, a time of experiencing other cultures, more than anything else, it is a learning experience. You are in the African Wild, see Lions, Leopards, Rhinos, Elephants, Buffaloes, Zebras, Giraffes, Hippos, Crocodiles and monkey that you can only see in a zoo, which is not the same.
An African Family Safari is a fun added, classroom. It is here that your children fall in love with nature, Wildlife, Birds, Primates, Scenery and most of all different people and cultures.
Your Kid-Friendly Tour Guide is your teacher, the village story-teller of old, and he will do an incredible job introducing your Family to Africa where the first roads were only Elephant Paths. He will add color, stories of interest, facts about the animals you see and the people groups that you meet.
Yes, an African Family Safaris is fun but more than anything it is a time of learning in the Classroom of the African Wild, its towns and Villages.
Family Safaris are one of the things we enjoy creating and planning for you and your family. Putting the Fun into your Family Safari with Children, we create learning experiences in the midst of your new surrounding that will not be soon forgotten.
Living here, we have learned a lot about Nature,Wildlife, Birds, Primates, the creation of the vast Western Rift Valley and the countless of Explosion Craters found in Western Uganda and it is a goal of ours for you and your family to Experience Authentic Africa, in some cases such as in Kidepo Valley Park, as it was 50 some years ago
Your Family will experience a world that is foreign, but exciting and adventurous, something that cannot be replicated anywhere else, a zoo can show the animals, but this is the wild of Africa and no zoo can compare to what you and your children will experience on a Family Safari in Africa.
Ugandans, Rwandans, are some of the friendliest people on the continent. They are shy but curious, most of them are welcoming, bring along some pictures from home, your family there, the town you come from and make it an intercultural learning experience.
Yes, an African Family Safari in Uganda will be fun, but also a time of learning in the Pearl of Africa.
Practical Ways of Putting the Fun into your Family Safari with Children
Involve your children in the planning of the Safari:
Ask them what they would like to do and see on Safari in Africa – Uganda or Rwanda and you might be surprised that one of the things children like to do is to meet other children. They certainly love the wildlife, the scenery, but enjoy the Cultural Interaction.
Ask them what they like to see in Uganda on Safari and for each of them to make a list of even the wildlife that they like to see.
Add on top of those cultural activities such dancing, learning how to drum, make some jewelry, cooking over an open fire …the list of things to do for children on Family Safari in Uganda or Rwanda is endless.
Involve the children in the early planning of the safari and it will heighten the anticipation. Explain to them what they will see and encounter, where they will stay, from the itinerary we have sent you.
Prepare your children for the Family Safari
Show your children some Ugandan 0 Rwandan wildlife videos on YouTube. If they are younger, the Lion King is great of getting into the mood movie for your younger children. Older movies such as “Born Free” are also great for your children to see. If they are a bit older, show them the True Story of “The Queen Katwe” how a Ugandan girl from the Slums triumphed in the world of Chess.
Uganda Wildlife Authority has some great children stories that you can download and either read to them or allow them to read, they are illustrated and written by a Ugandan.
In Preparing – there is buying safari clothing and for kids that is a lot of fun, we suggest a camera and binoculars.
Preparing your children becomes a fun project for the whole family.
Wildlife Game Drives:
This is one of the reasons that you came on a Family Safari to Uganda or Rwanda. Game drives are best done early in the morning and late in the afternoon.
This is both a fun and learning time, this is not the zoo but the African Wild. You will see Elephants, Giraffes, Buffaloes, Antelopes, Gazelles, savanna birds.
We can have animals and bird checklist. The Driver – Guide and Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger will assist you in spotting animals. the vehicle has a pop-up roof where you can stand and get a better view of the animals and birds.
Have the children note which animals and birds that they have spotted and seen on the Game Drive.
The length of a game Drive is about 3-Hours, your knowledgeable driver-guide and a Ugandan Wildlife Authority Ranger is with you to explain things.
Boat Launch Trips are one of the highlights of your Family Safari. The favorite one of most is the boat-ride up the River Nile in Murchison Falls Park. There is an abundance of Elephants, antelopes, buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles, water birds and then the most powerful waterfall in the world, Murchison Falls.
If you have older children, you can disembark here and hike up to the top of the falls which is a 45-minute hike normally, it may be longer with your family. You are escorted by rangers.
On to the Falls, your driver-guide meets you and takes you back to the lodge
With younger children, you continue back down the river and see more wildlife and birds. This will take you about three hours to complete and you will be glad you did.
Guided Nature Walks can be taken in most parks in Uganda. You are escorted by Uganda Wildlife Rangers and if you have children 6 years or older, this will be both fun and learning time.
Pictured is the Murchison Falls Nature Walk, but there many more that are even easier than that one. We have had quite a few kids ages 7 to 12 do this hike.
The length of nature walks can be arranged by us or cut short by you if it should wear your children down.
These one of a kind nature walks are a great way for kids to get out of the vehicle and see the wild on foot.
The Lake Mburo Salt Lick trail is one of the best trails for children and is about 1 1/2 hours in length.
Sosolya Dance and Drumming Academy add fun to your time in Uganda. Sosolya Dance and Drumming Troupes have won countless awards including a trip to the Toronto Drumming Festival in Canada.
Your children can learn African Dance, African Drumming and get to know Ugandan Children. We can incorporate a visit to Sosolya into your Family Safari Itinerary which is a cultural part of Putting the Fun into your African Safari with Children.
Wherever you turn in Uganda, Cultural Surprises will await you at every turn of the way. We can arrange School visits and even for your children to site in a rural school classroom
Our Take on Putting the Fun into your Family Safari with Children is what we do for your family. We also realize, that it is learning time and your Tour Guide will tell your family the stories of old that were told under the mango trees in villages.
Uganda is like a storybook that is alive and unfolds before you as you are on your on your family safari.
Your Driver – Guide will be kid-friendly and a storyteller. He will tell you about Ugandan Ways, about animals, birds and your whole family will learn and have fun on top of it.
Family Safaris, take more planning, more coordination, but all well worth it when we hear that you enjoy it.
Family Safaris with children, fun as they might be, are a time of learning where they can be their own version of “Dora – the Explorer in the Pearl of africa – Uganda.
Putting the Fun into your African Safari with Children –A Kid-Friendly Family Safari in Uganda is adventurous and you can make it even more fun for your family by following some of the above tips and advice and adding your own. We love to assist you in creating that just right for your Fun-Filled Family Adventure Safari in Uganda…mostly – enjoy Uganda – the Pearl of Africa.
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