Africa with kids

We are off to AFRICA!

I think we have left you all in suspense for far too long. I’m not normally one for being secretive with plans, but we just had to ensure a few things were lined up and concrete before any announcements were made. However, I’m so excited to announce that… TRAVELYNN FAMILY ARE OFF TO AFRICA!

Me pregnant on Table Moutain, South Africa (2013)

Leaving India

India was a rollercoaster of adventures and I can’t believe that just this time last year we were packing up our lives in Kent, UK, and moving to Bangalore. In that year we managed to pack in so much including long weekends away to Hampi, Pondicherry and Kochi, and a couple of weeks in Northern India to visit the iconic Taj Mahal and splash in the River Ganges in Rishikesh. We also managed to travel to nearby countries Sri Lanka and Thailand, and more recently to Nepal for a 5 day Himalaya trek to Poon Hill.

2017 Travels in Review for TraveLynn Family

We did consider staying longer in India, but with changes in Daddy Lynn’s work it was not to be. It was a big decision to make, but after weighing everything up, he decided to take voluntary redundancy.

The decision

With a bit of money in the bank, the boys not in school yet (they’re only 2 and 4 years old) and our house in the UK still rented out, we felt the stars had aligned for a big trip. But where to go?

For a long time we considered South America as it’s a place we have never been, then we thought about heading back to Australia where we used to live and seeing old friends. We even thought buying a campervan and driving down to Morocco. We were going round and round in circles. But then another opportunity came our way…

Africa

Africa has always held a special place in my heart. Kenya was my first true travel adventure when I finished school at 18. I spent a summer working in the slums with street kids, climbed Mt Kenya, and travelled around making friends with likeminded people and opening my eyes to a whole different world.ย Then in 2000 when Jay and I met at Hull University, we spent our first summer together camping around Malawi. It was this trip together that bonded us as life-long travel buddies and we’ve been travelling ever since.

Africa with kids

Me in Kenya (1999)

Malawi (2000)

Africa with kids

Namibia (2013)

Those of you that have read Our Story will know that it was in Kruger National Park where we found out we were pregnant with our first. We continued travelling through South Africa, Botswana and Namibia (with a carefully chosen route to avoid malarial areas), before returning to the UK in time for the 12 week scan. We knew we would be back one day; Africa just has so much to offer!

Essaouira with kids - medina

We have taken the boys to Morocco (Essaouira), but we want to take them to the heart of Africa.

Our home for the next few months

So when a friend from Kent, who now runs an eco lodge and tour company in South Africa, got in touch and offered to help us out with a 4WD with roof tent, my imagination went into overdrive. This was just the adventure we were looking for!

Africa with kids

Our new home

This 4WD is our home for the next 3.5 months as we road trip around Southern Africa, and it is all thanks to Southern Sands Safaris. I love the fact that we have a ‘base’ and I won’t need to un-pack and pack everyone’s backpacks every day. We are all big fans of camping and can’t wait to see where she’ll take us.

Our route

We only have a rough idea of where we’re going; we only decided to do this trip a couple of weeks go! The boys are up to date on all vaccinations for Africa, except yellow fever, so we have taken this in to consideration. We will firstly head straight into Mozambique, up north into Tanzania, then back down through Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. If we have time we’ll explore more of Botswana and South Africa, but we really want to embrace a slower pace of travel.

Slow travel will help with budgeting, but also gives us time to plan a couple of weeks in advance at a time. With the countries we are visiting, it’s not really advised to arrive at a destination and drive around for a place to camp.

Follow along with our adventures

Flights are booked and we leave in 10 days! You can follow the next chapter of our adventures on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and make sure you sign up for emails each time I publish a new blog post.

And to guide us on our travels, we’ve bought Lonely Planet Africa, and the Tracks4Africaย Africa Southern Traveller’s Atlas.


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29 Comments

  1. Pamela Goward

    Wonderful to see the photos of your trip to Kenya, which, I suppose kicked off your travel dreams. I look forward to reading your blogs from Africa. Maybe Dad and I will get some ideas for when we start on our retirement bucket list.

  2. I am so jealous. I really want to bring our son to the continent I was born in. And I hope you do get to visit Botswana as that’s where I was born. Best of luck 9n your travels!

  3. Rachel Bier

    Hi, I’m a new reader of your blog and discovered your adventures when researching traveling to Thailand with our kids! I wanted to let you know about an amazing orphanage in Tanzania, it’s called Forever Angels and it was established by an English woman, Amy Hathaway, she was recently awarded an MBE for her services. We’ve sponsored a child for the past 7 years and it is on our bucket list to visit. They love volunteers and it could be a great opportunity for your family!

    http://foreverangels.org/volunteer.html

    Safe travels!!

    • TraveLynn Family

      Hello Rachel! I’m so pleased you found me. Are you off to Thailand soon? And thanks for this AMAZING tip! Much appreciated. Will definitely check it out.

      • Rachel Bier

        We’re goig to thailand at the end of 2018, Ko Lanta is def on our list!!

      • TraveLynn Family

        Yay!! I’m so excited for you guys!

  4. What an awesome trip you have planned. So looking forward to travelling the adventure with you.

    • TraveLynn Family

      Thanks Maura! We’re very excited for this next chapter ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Wow! This is going to be such a brilliant adventure. I love it when the planets align like this. This trip was meant to be ? I canโ€™t wait to follow!

    • TraveLynn Family

      And they’ve aligned perfectly for us this time. Was too good an opportunity to miss!

  6. Oh my gosh what an adventure! I got married in South Africa and it’s sooo beautiful, would love to explore a much wider area of Africa. Can’t wait to follow your journey! Good luck!

  7. OMG this is amazing. We have been looking at doing something similar in the future after meeting @raisedontheroad on our trip in South America. They have some car part sponsors. Might be worth touching base ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • TraveLynn Family

      Thanks you for the heads up Karen, will check them out ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Oh my goodness, what an incredible adventure you’re all going to have. I can’t even begin to imagine travelling with two so young but I wish I’d been brave enough to do it when my girls were small and our lives weren’t limited to school dates and work commitments. I’m really looking forward to following your travels – have an amazing time!

    • TraveLynn Family

      Thanks Chloe. We’ve been travelling with our boys since they were born, so we’re well practised. It’s not always easy, but we often see it as parenting with a different backdrop ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. I am so excitedly to Follow along with your
    African adventure and a bit jealous

    • TraveLynn Family

      Thanks Leona! We are absolutely bursting with excitement!

  10. Wow wow wow! What a trip and how exciting! Iโ€™ve just been reading this out to my husband and we are in awe! Adventurous travel for sure! Iโ€™m really looking forward to following your trip! Africa has such a special place in my heart to. Just magical!

  11. I am SO excited for you – what an amazing adventure, and so fantastic to have the opportunity before your eldest starts school. Africa is somewhere I’ve explored so little of, I would love to see more of it, so planning to live vicariously (and jealously) through your trip.

    • TraveLynn Family

      Thanks Cathy. We feel so lucky that all the stars have aligned for this trip. It’s been a dream of mine for so long. Beyond excited ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Oh wow! This is exciting! We’ve just started camping with the kids last year but camping in Africa.. wow! I am more than a little jealous!

    • TraveLynn Family

      Thank Erin. We started with camping in France when the boys were first born, maybe it’ll be Africa for your guys soon ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Oh wow Jenny! This is going to be another adventure of a lifetime for you all. Looking forward to following along;)

    • TraveLynn Family

      Thanks Lisa! Very excited for the next chapter ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. This is such exciting news for you. And why doesn’t it surprise me that your coming of age adventure was an African one?? I’m thoroughly looking forward to following everything you do on the trip. Hurrah! x

    • TraveLynn Family

      Thank Nell! Feeling very fortunate that the stars have aligned as they have for us. Crazy excited!

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