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Enjoying a safari adventure with kids

You see their faces light up when they squat down to examine the animal footprints, and eyes widen when they see the Big 5 - lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards and rhinoceros. Couple that with fascinating tribal stories and interesting plants, taking your children on an unforgettable safari adventure will give them an education which no classroom can achieve, and above all, inspire them for years to come.

The knight of Eastern Cape

One of the best family-friendly safaris is the private game reserve of Kariega, about 140km east of Port Elizabeth in South Africa. Spreading across Eastern Cape's Kariega and Bushmans rivers, Kariega is a malaria-free game reserve - it means you don't have to take any antimalarial tablets or deal with any of the unpleasant side effects.

At Kariega, children (5 years or older) are encouraged to enjoy organised game drives (twice daily, one in the morning and one afternoon) as well as the river cruise on this 22,000 acres of the African wilderness. Alternatively, there is a plethora of daily children's programmes on offer, including guided trails, fishing, canoeing, lessons on rhino awareness, and arts and crafts. Then there's also a play area equipped with television and wildlife DVDs, table tennis, books, toys, and games to keep the children entertained should the weather make a turn or when mum and dad need a break.

At the Kariega Main Lodge, children under three years old stay free while children 12 years and under get 50% off the usual rate. Contact Somak today to start planning the unforgettable safari adventure for your whole family.

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The champion of Kenya

The Main Governors Camp at Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya was once reserved exclusively for the country's colonial Governors and their royal visitors coming to witness the spectacular wildebeest migration. Today, this luxury camp site is home to 37 family-friendly tents with en-suite bathroom including shower and private veranda, as well as offering flexible timetables and the sole use of game drive vehicles (subject to availability).

The well-trained guides here are excellent with children; they are always ready to share enthralling insights into animal footprints, bugs, plants and tribal stories with them. Added to that, there are 95 species of mammals and over 570 recorded species of birds in the reserve, so your children will certainly gain a wealth of knowledge during this safari adventure.

Masai Mara National Reserve is at 1500-2100m above sea level; the high elevation means malaria, although it exists, is very rare, as mosquitoes do not live at such elevations. To enquire about the Main Governors Camp in Kenya and its prices, fill in this Safari booking enquiry today and your family will soon embark on a safari adventure of a life time.

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