Mother-Daughter Adventures: The African Safari

As a kid, I remember being a huge fan of the Choose Your Own Adventure series.  You know, those chapter books where you get to choose how the story ends.  I would be so wrapped up in it, that I’d pause only for bathroom breaks.

Now that I’m a full-grown, Chaka Khan- inspired- I’m-every-woman kind of girl, I would like to dip my fingers in a different kind of adventure- the real kind!  I’d like to share an extraordinary type of adventure with the love of my life- my daughter.

The first thing that comes to mind is an African safari.  What could be more exciting than witnessing wild animals in their natural habitat?  My daughter loves going to the zoo, so a safari will be an entirely new experience for her.  I can almost imagine the adrenaline rush go through her as she strokes a baby elephant.

I thought that all safaris were the same, but apparently they’re not.  There are all sorts of safaris- guided safaris, walking safaris, river safaris, etc.  What will be perfect for my daughter and me would have to be the family safari.

South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya are the best destinations for a family safari.  The people here are particularly skilled at making sure that safaris are safe and fun for both parents and children.

With a family safari, I wouldn’t have to worry about my daughter’s short attention span, as the people in charge provide for other activities such as crafts, or even biking or canoeing.  There are also crafts for kids to do, if and when they feel like taking a break.  The learning never stops.

Oh, I can feel my fingers tremble with excitement as I search online for family holidays with Life is one huge adventure, and I want to go on it with nobody else but my daughter.  Toto’s song, Africa, is playing in my head now…

About Pepper

I am a single working mom, trying to raise my kid the best way I know how. Join me as I navigate my way through the jungle that is Single Mom-hood, armed with rose-colored glasses and strength of spirit. As pepper adds spice to food, so does my daughter add spice to my life. She makes life no less than…PEPPERRIFIC!

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  1. Yes!! Love Toto!! It’s wonderful to hear how passionate you are about your relationship with your daughter and life.

  2. I’m all OVER the river safari!!!! Oh and Toto ROCKS!

  3. Carla Barilá Karam says

    Pepper, I would have to admit that this is one vacation I would have never thought of.. Grace, peace and blessings, Carla.

  4. How exciting. Let me know when you go!!! Id love to take poppet to see the oranutans.

  5. That’s quite adventurous! I’m all maxed out on adventures, just by being a mom…

  6. This would be a dream vacation for my kids–we’ve done Animal Kingdom and Bush Gardens and they LOVED both but NOTHING would beat the real thing!

  7. I will live vicariously through you… because I’m too chicken to do a safari on my own! :)

  8. What an exciting experience that would be! My son is always giving me animal facts.

  9. I can’t think of a more exciting and wonderful vacation than a safari. Sounds like so much fun, like going to the zoo times 100!!

  10. I had no idea a safari could be a family activity! Our church does quite a bit of ministry in Kenya and have often dreamed of my hubby and I going there on missions but maybe we can take the whole family and squeeze in a family safari too!

  11. Sounds like an awesome trip! Look forward to seeing photos posted one day.

  12. i would love to have my own adventure someday with my kids too!

  13. Leigh says

    I went on an elephant back safari – riding the elephant. This was in SA near Sun City in Pilansberg/burg.
    Affordable and amazing!

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  15. That’s true, Pepper. Safaris are different from country to country. It depends on what you want to see, and every experience is truly unique.

  16. An African safari is quite an adventure that I think every kid would love. I feel excited for you and your daughter. :D

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