Approached sensibly, many families find an African holiday a rewarding and thrilling experience. While some posh hotels, lodges and tented camps ban kids under a certain age, some higher-end safari lodges run special wildlife-watching programs for kids, and babysitting services are available in some midrange and top-end hotels.

On the whole, Africans adore children, and wherever your kids go they will be assured of a warm reception and a host of instant new friends.

Practicalities

Outside the main cities, you can pretty safely assume that disposable nappies won't be available, so bring everything you need with you. Child car seats, high chairs in restaurants and cots in hotels are rare except in top-end hotels in tourist areas. Hygiene is likely to be a major issue – carry a hand sanitiser with you.