1 February 2018
For your next family holiday
You are never too old, or too young, to fall in love with Africa.
Multi-generational travel was a hot topic first spoken about a few years ago, and even labelled a 'trend' for quite some time. It's no longer a 'trend' - it's a way of life. In todays world of fast-paced living and demanding schedules, there is a deep desire for parents to spend quality time with their kids, and the grandparents, maximising their annual leave and this valuable time together.
Families want to explore new destinations together, have authentic experiences, learn about local cultures, witness unique wildlife and have the opportunity to give back, not only to our planet, but also to its people. The growing need to disconnect oneself from reality and bond as a family is becoming more and more important to today’s traveler.
Planning an African adventure for the upcoming school holidays? Here are my top tips for consideration:
- Encourage the kids to get to know the people and the cultures they'll be exposed to. Perhaps a few phrases like 'hello' and 'thank you' in the local language will come in handy on the trip. I can easily prepare a cheat sheet for you!
- Involve them in the 'why'. There is incredible work being done on both the conservation and community front across Africa, and so many incredible life lessons to take home.
- Teach them to be good travelers - travel with open hearts and open minds. It's a lifelong gift they will carry with them.
From island escapes and intimate villa safaris in Africa, to city adventures and culturally immersive experiences, we can help families explore, learn and, most importantly, reconnect with each other in the most magnificent, enviable destinations.
FOR THE LITTLIES
MAURITIUS - 5 NIGHTS GRANDE GAUBE
Located on a picturesque bay in northern Mauritius, the luxurious and innovative resort boasts sandy beaches and a serene turquoise lagoon where the rhythm of local life takes over. Stroll through the beautiful gardens, lounge in the hammocks beneath the coconut trees and visit the ice cream parlour daily. The PLAY kids club offers expert care and more than enough to keep young minds inspired for those aged from 3 years.
Good to know: Children under 5 years stay free of charge
SOUTH AFRICA - 4 NIGHTS AT OCEAN HOUSE
This private four bedroom villa resides in a unique 36,000 acre coastal reserve - an untouched marine coastline with dunes and rock pools lapped by the Indian Ocean, limestone cliffs, and coastal fynbos. The wilderness experience is perfectly tailored for you - picnics and stargazing, whale-watching, cycling, snorkeling adventures, sandboarding, nature drives, hiking and so much more...
Perfect for the pre-teens with boundless energy!
BOTSWANA - 4 NIGHTS AT FOOTSTEPS ACROSS THE DELTA
Situated on a private concession in the northern most reaches of the Okavango Delta, this tented camp is designed for private use - a place where you and your family have complete flexibility daily, bound together by shared experiences and the lack of everyday distractions. Exploring the concession is best by mokoros or on foot venturing across riverine forest, palm islands, permanent swamps and dry sandveld.
Best suited to those from the age of 14 years upwards
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