Catriona’s Travel Tips – Your Travel Questions Answered #3!

by Friday, March 9, 2018

So far, in this new section of the Journeys To Come blog, we’ve covered ‘the ultimate traveller’s handbag’‘tips for taking kids on a plane to Thailand’  and ‘enrolling children in a primary school abroad’.

Here is my response to this week’s question…


Reader Question from Sue:

I am struggling with a decision I made NOT to take my young kids (aged 3 and 4) on safari in Africa and now I am second-guessing myself.

Did I make the right decision?

I relied on my gut and it told me that they were too young to go.

Was I being a neurotic worrywart? Would love your advice, please.

Catriona’s Answer:

Dear Sue,

In my heart, I believe you’ve made the right decision. I think your Mother’s Instinct has served you well, as it always does.

I’ve done several safaris and the bottom line is that small children don’t really have the patience to sit still for what can sometimes be several hours in an open-air 4WD. They are known to fidget, often request the loo, are unwilling stay quiet (so far I’ve described myself ?) and want to jump out of the 4WD. Hmm, that does not bode well for a jungle trip.

That said, my Brother went on a spontaneous, African trip last year and took his children, aged 8-12 and they loved it.

On each safari I’ve taken, I’ve always asked the question ‘Is this appropriate for under 12s?’. As it’s my dream to one day do a family safari, my instinct is that 14 is an awesome age.

The professional response I’ve always had is ‘This is not the best trip for small children, but unforgettable for the over 12s, or thereabouts’.

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Read Catriona’s previous responses to Travel Questions here:

Catriona’s Travel Tips – Your travel questions… answered!

Catriona’s Travel Tips – Your Travel Questions Answered #2!