Travel tips

  • 5 Insider Tips for Planning a Budget Safari in Tanzania

    Chris Walker Bush
    March 26, 2018
    Planning a budget safari in Tanzania can be intimidating, but it's entirely possible to have an unforgettable private safari without breaking the bank.
  • Tsetse Flies in Tarangire National Park and Tanzania: What to Expect

    Chris Walker Bush
    January 20, 2018
    When planning your Tanzanian safari, you'll want to learn a little about the biting tsetse flies and African sleeping sickness. While not a big risk to visitors, here is our guide on how to avoid a nasty surprise on safari.
  • What Vaccinations Do I Need for Africa?

    Chris Walker Bush
    June 23, 2017
    What vaccines do you need ahead of your safari adventure? We highlight the vaccines and medications you should look into ahead of your trip to Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, or Tanzania.
  • Planning a Dream Honeymoon in Africa

    June 1, 2017
    Planning your dream honeymoon? The Shadows of Africa team can arrange something truly unforgettable across our huge selection of destinations.
  • Do's & Don't's on Safari

    Chris Walker Bush
    September 12, 2016
    A safari is the ultimate vacation experience, but there are a few do's and don't's you need to know to ensure you stay safe and have fun.
  • Yellow Fever Update for Visitors to Tanzania

    Chris Walker Bush
    July 26, 2016
    A number of important announcements have been made concerning Yellow Fever vaccinations in the past week. Read on to learn all of the latest news.
  • Yellow Fever Update

    Chris Walker Bush
    May 25, 2016

    Due to the recent outbreak of Yellow Fever in Angola and reported cases in both Uganda and Kenya, the Ministries in Health in Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania have issued a statement regarding the need for Yellow Fever vaccinations for all travellers wishing to enter these countries.

    In light of this recent development, we urge all Shadows of Africa clients to ensure they have had their Yellow Fever vaccination at least ten days ahead of their intended travel dates and have an up to date Yellow Fever vaccination card with them at immigration.

    An up-to-date Yellow Fever vaccination card is needed if entering Tanzania, Kenya, or Rwanda from another African country, even if you are just transferring through.

    If you are flying directly from your home country, you don't need to worry about this.

    The Yellow Fever vaccination lasts for ten years, so if you have had yours in the past decade, you'll just need your vaccination card.

    It's also important that your vaccination be up to date for health reasons. Yellow Fever is completely avoidable if vaccinated.

  • How to Have a Fantastic Safari with Kids

    Chris Walker Bush
    May 2, 2016

    A Safari With Kids?

    Taking your kids on safari is a great way to introduce them to the animals they've always read about or seen on the television.

    While taking your kids on safari is a perfectly safe vacation choice, there are a few things to consider when planning your safari adventure. Children want different things out of their trip than adults tend to, and it takes special preparation to ensure that they enjoy the adventure as much as Mum & Dad do.

    Keep drives between parks short

    Rare is the child who can sit still for a few hours as you drive between parks, so it's important to break up the longer drives if possible.

    young explorers on safari Marjeta from our European office recently took her young explorers on a safari.

    This might mean spacing out parks with visits to smaller parks, or it might mean making stops at attractions along the way for a bathroom break and a chance to stretch your legs.

    Countries like Tanzania are lucky, as the major parks are 2-3 hours apart. In Kenya, where parks can be six hours or more from one another, it might be worth asking your safari provider to suggest good stops along the way.

    Mix things up with fun activities

    Game drives offer a fantastic opportunity to see animals such as lions and elephants up close, but when young minds are involved, variety is the spice of life.

    Keep things varied by mixing in hiking safaris, canoeing, and stops at kid-friendly spots such as the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Africa Amini Masai Lodge, or Crescent Island in Lake Naivasha so kids get a variety of experiences.

    horse riding zanzibar Young Ty enjoying a horse ride on Zanzibar.
    africa amini masai lodge kids Africa Amini Masai Lodge specializes in educational and fun activities for kids and adults alike.

    Use lodges with a pool and/or WiFi

    Dependent on the ages of your kids, a pool might be a real treat at the end of a long day in the car. Many lodges across East Africa boast pools, and they're a great way for kids to let off some steam while you enjoy a sundownder.

    safari with kids pool Even Natasa's young son appreciates a good pool.

    If your kids are of the older variety, they might struggle being away from Facebook and Instagram. Consider looking for a lodge that can offer reliable WiFi.

    Shorter game drives

    With shorter attention spans and smaller bladders, kids aren't designed for long days out on the Masai Mara or the Serengeti.

    Consider starting your day with a short game drive, taking a break and using the lodges facilities over lunch, and then heading out again at sundown.

    Amini life lodge safari with kids Marjeta and her family at Africa Amini Life Masai Lodge.

    Keep them well-fed!

    A good lunch is vital in keeping young traveller's happy and full of energy. Choosing lodges and tour operators who can put together a nutritious and delicious safari lunch box can go a long way towards avoiding headaches.

    safari with kids

    Choose kid-friendly accommodation

    Not all hotels are created equal, and it pays to look into which lodges can provide the best for your family.

    Some lodges have special on-site kids areas or daycare services, while others arrange activities such as nature walks and craft demonstrations to keep young minds occupied.

    Consider Sleeping Arrangements

    You'll also want to consider sleeping arrangements. Are you looking to put everybody in one large space? Or are the kids old enough to have their own room adjacent to yours?

    Are the kids old enough to really enjoy a tented camping experience? Or will they be more comfortable in a traditional, brick & mortar hotel?


  • How to Book the Perfect African Safari Vacation

    Chris Walker Bush
    April 24, 2016
    Planning your dream safari trip? Here are a few questions you should ask yourself to ensure you get exactly what you're looking for.

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