For family holiday makers, choosing the best destination is dependent on the availability and standard of child facilities. Unfortunately, suitable child friendly safaris are not always easy to find due to the very nature of the safari holiday. Rest stops can sometimes be infrequent, weather conditions too extreme and camping facilities too ‘rustic’. Furthermore, wildlife sightings may be too infrequent to entertain younger safari goers, who often do not appreciate the beauty of vegetation or changing landscapes. Fortunately the Kruger National Park in South Africa, one of the world’s most famous game reserves, has excellent facilities for both young and old safari-goers, making it one of the best child friendly safari destinations.
According to the Kruger National Park website, the south has more child friendly facilities than the north. First of all, the distance to entry and exit points is shorter on more southern Kruger Park safari routes. The landscape is also more varied and the game is easier to spot, making the game drives more entertaining. Because of the dangers of malaria, it is advisable that child safari goers are over the age of five.
Crocodile Bridge Gate is one of the best entry points for families with young children as game is often spotted within a short driving distance from the gate. It is also only an hour’s drive from the popular camp Sabie, which has many child friendly safari facilities. It also has a fast food service that supplies quality meals to travellers.
To make the best of your Kruger National Park safari with you family, research what child friendly facilities are available at certain camps. Berg-en-dal offers rolling lawns, great for children’s games and sports, a swimming pool and the educational Rhino Trail. Pretoriuskop is relatively cool compared to other camps, has a large swimming pool and has the educational Sable Trail. The popular Skukuza offers entertainment for the whole family, and often features film shows and educational activities, has a swimming pool and is also home to the Skukuza shop that has great selection of child friendly safari toys and activity books.