Safari holidays for the familyWith the ever increasing pressures of school life, not to mention piles and piles of homework, and the heavy demands of the work place, everyone can really use a holiday once the summer rolls around. A perfect change of pace is offered by going on a safari trip designed for the whole family. Not only are such vacations a relaxing way to spend your time away from home, but offer fun and adventure also.

For Kids and Adults

Safari is a Swahili word meaning journey, and they are generally taken in Africa, the world center for Swahili speakers. They involve a journey through the African jungle, where you and your family can interact with animals such as zebras, gazelles, lions, leopards and elephants in their natural habitat. Don’t get too alarmed though, you will be perfectly safe, ensconced in a van with animal proof windows and well trained personnel able to handle any emergency situation that may arise.

Most travel companies offer various destinations for Safari holidays, the most popular being Africa, of course. The ‘Big Five’ animals found in Eastern and Southern Africa are the lion, the rhino, the elephant obviously, the cheetah and the Cape buffalo. However, if a more exotic destination is what you want; India is also a popular safari spot. Tigers are India’s most sought after animals, and the Tiger Reserves at Kanha and Pench are a must visit spot to view some ferocious Bengal tigers. The streets of India are populated with monkeys and elephants, a feature you’re not likely to see in any other country, which would make for a great wildlife themed trip.

Thailand

Thailand is another good spot to spend your safari holidays, though one that’s not particularly popular. Most safaris in Thailand focus on elephant trekking, and activities like scuba diving and canoeing, to put you in touch with nature. Most safari packages include hotel stays, activities, and flight fares for 8-14 days, so your only hassle on vacation is food and of course personal shopping. Safaris are a great way to get in touch with the natural world around you.

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