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Should I take my 8 months old child on an African safari?

YOU ASKED


We have won a complimentary for an African safari with strict validity period. Our child will be 8 months by the latest date that we can use the offer. Is it wise to travel with him to Africa?


ANNE HUYSMAN REPLIES


There are several reasons why African safaris may not suitable for a 8 months old. To start with you need to take vaccinations against yellow fever, hepatitis, tetanus and add malaria prophylaxis if you will be traveling in countries where malaria is endemic. While adults can tolerate all these medications without major side effects, your child at 8 months could for all you know have very serious side effects.

Besides an 8 months child is within the period that he taking his important childhood immunizations and you never want to feel that the extra medications he would take for the African trip would compromise the efficacy of his immunizations.

Also note African safaris, as exciting as the sound, can be exhausting especially the road travels and also the game drives - all this could make your child very uncomfortable and it will take-off the safari excitement from you.

Food is also another issue that you should consider as your child may get his preferred foods from the menu in the hotels and safari camps.

While you can't decide when good luck like the complimentary of an African safari should fall your way, your decision of if you should take the offer must be guided by the best interest of your child.

Anne Huysman
Ontdek Kenya Safaris



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