The ardent traveler is constantly looking for obstacles to their journey. There are many topics covered, but “Is it safe to travel to Tanzania with an infant?” has become a frequent inquiry on our email list.
We have been prompted to provide some responses to that query by a recent client from Germany who traveled with our safari firm, East Africa Safari Guides, in November of last year.
We understand that you haven’t traveled in a while, but you worry a lot about your new, adorable child’s safety because you want to take him or her on a safari and you recently learned about the bumpy route. Do not be concerned; we have you covered.
Last year, Suraj Mohandas and his wife, Lisa from Germany, one of our all-times best couple, booked trip to Tanzania, with one lovely boy Ayan, who just turned one. They were supposed to be in a lockdown because they had a baby, but instead they made a crucial decision to travel to Africa.
Was it a tough decision?
When you work with knowledgeable and experienced travel planners, the answer is unambiguously no. However, if you come across unreliable planners who are more concerned about their financial well-being than your child’s comfort, the answer may change to yes. First and foremost is this, Goodluck, a safari planner for East Africa Safari Guides, was a contact person to help Suraj’s family accomplish their travel plans to Tanzania with their infant. He did this to ensure that the family received the accurate information and selected all accommodations keenly to ensure that the family will never feel unsecured and uncomfortable.
A very significant concern was the baby cot; perhaps this is also on your mind traditionally not all lodgings have these kind of beds, they typically offer one large bed. Is the responsibility for your trip planner to inform the reservations department of the requirement for a baby cot, for your infant’s comfort. However, it may not be a major concern for parents who prefer to sleep with their children.
Safaris are typically driven on rough terrain; having a comfortable vehicle with sliding seats is very essential. An infant car-seat is placed in one seat, and a child is protected by a seat belt in the front slide seat. This helps on our bumpy safari roads.
When I was driving on a bumpy roads, all of my thoughts were on the kid, but when we arrived to Serengeti National Park, I was amazed by the baby’s face smile,Driver guide Omary said
Excellent transportation is essential for this type of journey. So keep in mind to demand a comfy and well- maintained safari jeep when booking this kind of vacation.
The driven distance; from one park to another should be considered. Infants are too fragile for a long excursion, unlike adults, who can embark on a 7- or 10-day safari or drive up to 7 hours nonstop in a day. Our travel experts consider the length of your trip, especially when accompanied by an infant. Example: Tarangire National Park is located 379 km (236 miles) from Serengeti National Park. This distance requires 7 to 8 hours of driving on a bumpy and dusty road, and the condition can be extremely harsh to a child. If you decide to journey with your little one, we pay much attention to make sure we recommend the best itinerary, including the “Fly in/Fly Out” option, which enables you to use the small domestic aircraft to get around the national parks or game reserves.
Minimize the game drive time; Others choose to get up earlier and go on an early morning game drive because it is the best time to see the plenty of game before it gets sunny which push many animals to hidden, some people like to see the sunrise while in the middle of the bush. But if you’re traveling with a child, best time to start the game drive is at 8 am and return to the hotel a little earlier so the child can get some rest. If not, you can return to the hotel for a hot lunch, take a nap, and then go on a game drive in the evening this would give a child enough time to rest, we do not advise taking a long days’ worth of game drives.
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Travel season truly does important; Tanzania experiences a lengthy dry season from early June to late October. Roads are extremely congested, bumpy and dusty during this season due to the huge number of travelers. If you choose to visit Tanzania’s northern circuit, taking a flight from Arusha directly to the Serengeti is a better option. Alternatively, you can visit other parks like Mikumi, Ruaha, Gombe for chimpanzee viewing which experiences the little number of travelers and same time offer the mesmerizing lifetime exposure or Zanzibar Island for beach lovers.
There are hospitals with high international standards; For any emergency, a child can be taken right away to the hospital for a checkup before traveling abroad. Following the purchase of a flight ticket, we strongly advise you to purchase travel medical insurance.
Ayan appeared to swallow a small stone when playing at the lodge during the trip while in the Serengeti; he was well, but we had to postpone a wildlife drive at the Ngorongoro crater and return to Arusha for a checkup. When we got to Arusha, we headed right over to the Arusha Lutheran Medical Center where he was examined, and the ultrasound revealed nothing. That demonstrated excellent parental care; even a small suspicion needs to be treated seriously, particularly when traveling with a baby.Driver guide narrated
These pointers should be useful for anyone you know traveling to Africa in the future. A reliable trip planner should be used to make a thorough preparation for an African safari. A company must assign one specialist to help you plan from the start of your trip to its end. East Africa Safari Guides and Kilimanjaro Advisor have a specialized specialist to assist you with everything. You can reach them at any time for assistance on trekking and safaris. Your fingertips now have access to a simple travel world.
He has established himself as a top-performing planner for both safari and trekking excursions. With him, you may pre-plan your trip for a wonderful experience.