Should we take our toddler to Kenya, if not, where?
February 2, 2013 5:02 PM Subscribe
I have a great opportunity to go to Kenya in June, the question is, does my partner and daughter (20 months by then) come with, or do I meet them somewhere on the way back to Australia?
posted by smoke to travel & transportation around Kenya (21 answers total)
So, through my job I have been given the opportunity to work on a development project in Kenya for one month in June. I'll definitely be doing this; it's an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing.
My partner will want to holiday with me an in exotic locale afterwards. The catch is, this will be our first international/major holiday with our daughter, and I'm not sure whether a) we should do that in Kenya, what with long flight from Sydney etc, and b) If she would appreciate the kind of holiday we could uniquely (i.e. not get somewhere else, or even in Australia) take in Kenya (i.e. we are not flying all the way to flipping Kenya to have a beach resort holiday, we are from Australia, after all!).
I am worried about subjecting my partner to a hellish, long flight, and then we both have our holiday ruined by our gorgeous, yet very toddly daughter.
Three years ago, my partner had a similar opportunity in Nigeria (we work for the same employer), and I met her in Namibia after for a holiday. It was amazing. Unequivocally the best holiday I've ever had. The camping, the desert, the nature, the wildlife, being on safari, trekking through savannah - blew my mind. I know that I will love what Kenya has to offer me.
The problem is, it's not just me - or even us - any more. I have a little person attached to me now with a specific set of needs and desires, and I'm not so sure that she will love what Kenya has to offer her - and I'm not so selfish as to demand we do what I want, nor am I comfortable with an even longer absence from her than strictly necessary.
So, my questions relating to this are threefold:
1) Has anyone done a holiday with a toddler in Kenya, or similar sub-Saharan country like Tanzania etc? What was your experience like? Are there specific things in Kenya you would recommend, or Sub-Saharan African activites in general you would recommend? What was your kid like camping/on safari etc?
2) Is the prospect of a huge timezone jump (about 9/10 hours), plus a couple of 8 hour or longer flights simply too horrible to endure with an active child between 1-2? Is that an insane thing to even consider?
3) If Kenya sucks for any or all of the above reasons, where would you recommend we meet up for a holiday after? Note, this needs to be somewhere that will be at least sort-of en-route from Kenya to Sydney. As a guide, interconnecting flights could land us in UK/Europe; Dubai/Abu Dhabi/middle easty; Singapore, Honkers/Southern Asianish. Americas or anywhere near them is out. Partner and I have been to Hong Kong, Vietnam, Namibia, she's done much of Europe from Germany west, and I've been to Singpore. Not super-interested in revisiting any of those places - especially Hong Kong as we've been there tonnes.
PS not looking for comments around general safety issues, etc. Assume I'm on top of that.
Mefites, shower me with your wisdom?