Lonely Planet Pathfinder Jenny Lynn of Travelynn Household just lately spent 4 months exploring sub-Saharan Africa together with her younger household. Of all of the nations they visited, Zambia and Tanzania stood out as actual highlights of the journey – this is why.
Folks raised their eyebrows once we instructed them we have been going to borrow our good friend’s Land Rover Defender and journey round Africa with our two boys (aged 2 and 4). Many warned us of the corruption, the horrible roads, the poverty, the malaria… absolutely Africa simply is not a spot to journey with children!?
After 4 months traversing the sub-Saharan continent, I can actually say that Africa is a fairly superior playground for little ones. From working down sand dunes, to recognizing elephants and lions on a self-drive safari; leaping in waves crashing onto pristine seashores, to being thrilled by the sheer thundering drive of Victoria Falls – all of the whereas tenting below the celebrities in a roof-tent each evening; Africa gives the last word journey, even with younger children in tow, and really stole our hearts.
Zambia and Tanzania have been in all probability probably the most difficult nations because of their measurement, and a bias in the direction of luxurious travellers (which we’re sadly not). As well as, our go to to Tanzania coincided with the worst rains in over a decade, making some roads impassable. Nevertheless, our efforts have been rewarded with epic household reminiscences that might be treasured for the remainder of our lives.
My four-year-old immediately recognised Mt Kilimanjaro from The Lion King; its snow-capped peak rising majestically from the expansive plains beneath. Though tempting, we thought a climb to the summit can be a bit a lot for little legs. As a substitute, we loved some pretty brief walks by way of banana and sunflower plantations within the foothills round Marangu, which gives picture-postcard views on a transparent day.
Elephants in Tarangire Nationwide Park
The Serengeti could also be Tanzania’s massive ticket attraction, however the extortionate park charges deterred us. As a substitute, we visited close by Tarangire Nationwide Park, the place we camped in a single day (the distant roars of lions ensured we slept with one eye open). We seemingly had the complete park to ourselves and spent the day watching tons of of elephants roam freely throughout the open Savannah, dotted with baobab timber.
Tenting each evening
We cherished tenting every evening below the African stars, reliving our day’s adventures across the campfire earlier than retiring to our roof-tents. Typically we’d be the one ones staying at a campsite.
Lonely Planet ebooks
The Lonely Planet guidebooks have been invaluable to our overland travels by way of Africa, notably with discovering the most effective campsites after an extended day on the street. As we have been travelling by way of a number of completely different nations we opted for the ebooks, which we downloaded onto our telephone and pill for fast and quick access.
We skilled some horrible street circumstances all through Tanzania and Zambia; potholes, police checks, washed out roads, corrugated roads. Nevertheless, this was our favorite sort of street. A protracted stretch of dust observe passing by way of villages. And as we barely handed one other car, for lunch and luxury breaks we’d simply pull over to the aspect.
Nothing fairly prepares you for the thundering immensity of Victoria Falls. If you happen to’re visiting after the rains, like us, put together to get completely drenched and pack a spare change of garments for the youngsters in a water-resistant bag! Your voices might be drowned out by the sheer quantity of water, so maintain on tight to your little ones. Kids below 6 are free, which is at all times a pleasant bonus for younger households.
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