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Traveling with children to Kenya

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Traveling with children to Kenya

We have been invited on an all expense paid trip to Mombasa and Masa Mara with an old friend who lives in Nairobi. We are very excited but debating on whether or not to bring our kids. They have a baby and a 3 year old. We also have a 3 year and a 9 year old and possibly other families as well. We would prefer to bring our children but are having reservations about safety.

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there will be no more safety problems than taking them to any other country. Just make sure they have there innoculations and anti-malaria tabs.

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Hi Chaddy,

What a fantastic opportunity! We have been to Kenya many times but waited until our children were 7 and 8 to take them.

A few considerations:

You will all need to a variety of injections before travelling to Kenya and also need take anti- malarials whilst there. This may not be suitable for the baby or 3 year old.

I have seen babies/young children on safari but it is always so much hard work for the parents. Keeping quiet for long periods of time does not suit too many children either and they can get bored very quickly which may spoil the whole experience for everyone.

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I would advice you leave them behind...with the state of kenyan roads...it will be tooo hard for them to be quiet...well when they are not crying from the bumps.

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Sorry shantyl but I think that's rubbish. Do you think the resident Kenyan children spend their entire life crying every time we take them out on the roads? Or perhaps they're just kept indoors until they're 15? ;-)

We often find that, with the younger ones, just driving sends them to sleep, regardless of the bumps - babies will often sleep through anything, and the older ones are always kept busy with toys, books or games of I-Spy.

Chaddy - as for safety, your friends live here, have children and don't seem to be worried; so why should you? You have nothing to worry about.

Take the offer up and enjoy the trip of a lifetime!

Safari njema,


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As your friends in NBO have children, ask them questions.

But on your end, Check the www.cdc.gov/travel (select Kenya) for details beforehand, print the information so can discuss with Pediatrician re inoculations and malaria meds. Bear in mind the info seems alarmist, but it's nowhere as. There is a pediatric dose of Malarone (malaria med), based on child's weight, so ask.

You'll have to take precautions for sun protection (hats also) and repellants especially when on the coast.

For transport within the country, child-seats (for 3/yrs) best in vehicles and flights, so see if friends can arrange for you in Kenya. At hotels, lodges, camps, arrange for small bed for the 3/yr old; 9/yr old will be fine in regular bed. And, do prearrange for a nanny for hours you and hubby want to have some "own time" if children arent's out on game drives, or whenever; fees are reasonable.

The 9/yr old especially is at the perfect age to enjoy this adventure. The 3/yr old will have another to play with, besides they often sleep when in vehicles. With proper planning this shouldn't be anymore difficult than travel elsewhere.


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Wow, thank you so much for the input. We are thrilled about the opportunity and do feel like it's a chance of a lifetime. After reading some of the travel advisories it's easy to become alarmed. Our children are wonderful little travelers and are used to driving on extremely bumpy beaches here in NC. We are an adventurous family and oh so excited!!!

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Hi Chaddy,

we took our 2 girls aged 6 and 9 on a 18 day safari through Tanzania and Kenya last year. And at no stage did we feel unsafe. To keep the girls occupied when there was no animals to look at we took a a portable DVD player which got plugged into the cigarette lighter of the car so the battery was always charged, and a pack of cards, which got used so much they had to be thrown away at the end.

Our guide also took the time to teach the girls the Swahili word for all the animals and he would test them every day and give them a rewards for being correct.

The only problem we had with the girls was that by the end of the day they were so tired they either fell asleep on the bed before we could get to the restaurant or fell asleep at the table.


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My advice would be take them but don't do a long safari! I don't care what anybody says childrenn only have short attention spans and once you have seen a few elephants as a child you have seen them all. The roads are really bad and the difference between our children and Kenyan children is that they are used to it! So I would car seat and just take it easy.

My duaghter has been to Kenya twice now and loves it, the guides are very patient with children and it will be a great experience for them.

But def get all their jabs etc as this is really important, and take them to a snake farm or something when you arrive so that they learn the dangers of things like that which will help them realise that touching is not sensible in most cases.

Take really strong sun cream as its hot - try and get some No Ad its the best and lots cheaper than most others. Get the lotion at least factor 30 and apply very thickly first thing. If you let the cream just sit on the skin - when you apply it you should not be able to see the skin at all - and then let it naturally absorb. Rubbing it in is a common mistake and means the kids will burn, and it is really hot. Just remember if you are on safari etc the glare through the windows of the truck etc on little skin is dangerous.

Have a great time.

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