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My husband's parents are in Durban for 18 months on a mission for our church. We would love to come visit them - probably in august. We would probably bring our sons who will be 7 months and 3 years at that time. (If I can decide that the 24 hours of travel time will be worth it!)

What would you suggest for us to do while we are there? Would you take children that small on a safari? Any other concerns (or positives) that I am not thinking of?

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I doubt any tour operator/private reserve would take kids that young on an open vehicle.

You can do a self-drive safari in your own vehicle, a normal closed car, in Hluhluwe/Imfolozi. This will allow you to have a lot of down time and stretching leg time in the picnic areas. Make sure you have a nice picnic and snacks for the car. You will not be allowed out of the car at any other point.

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Durban is a brilliant place with kids even in the depths of "winter". There are so many things to do that you will be spoiled for choice. Coming from the UK in August we still swim in the sea (find an area without huge waves though!) on life guarded beaches. We spend a day at UShaka water park (heated kiddie pool and small slides) and visit their aquarium (with seal and dolphin show). You can hire small trikes and carts to whizz along the prom, visit the small fun fair and generally have a seaside trip.

You can safari but as lamlee said, it is easier to self-drive if your little ones are restless. Tembe will take a well-behaved toddler out on game drives. our daughter was nearly two on her first trip there - however, she was happy to sit quietly and use her toy binoculars. You know your child best. The alternative is to enlist the help of grandparents to babysit and get away for a couple of days of safari on your own. We like to self cater in Mkhuze and Mpila, too.

Where about are your relatives based so we can give you some local ideas for day trips or shorter visits from your base?

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Hello and great suggestions above from SafariFriend. I would add that its a lovely time of year to be in and around Durban as its warm with just about no humidity. Also take a look at Nambiti Pvt Game Reserve. Its approx 2 1/2 hours in land from Durban and several lodges there specialise in taking young children. I was there just over a week ago and have had many family & friends take their children there. Its a Big 5 reserve, with lots of other game, malaria free and has a cheetah rehab centre. Its also well placed for visiting the World Heritage site Drakensberg Mountains. However it does get cold up there in August with snow on the peaks.

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Thank you so much for your responses. I don't know exactly where we will be in Durban but your ideas are fantastic.

It all makes me willing to take a chance on the super long flight. It could be the trip of a lifetime.

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