Go Wild on a Family Safari
When it comes to keeping enquiring minds stimulated, we can think of no better way to broaden your family’s horizons than with an African safari.
Possibly the most evocative word in the world of holidays, safari conjures up images of luxurious 4x4 adventures through unspoiled landscapes teeming with extraordinary wildlife - all in just six powerful letters.
And, with the word meaning journey in Swahili, this immersive holiday style has the potential to dramatically influence your children’s own personal journey of discovery. Whether they return home with a new-found respect for the natural world, a passion for conservation or a love of the great outdoors, a family safari promises to strengthen bonds and create a lifetime of shared memories.
With so many of Sanctuary Retreats’ properties offering dedicated children’s programmes, here are some of our family favourites for where to go wild during the school holidays.
Enjoy the magic of Kenya
Sanctuary Olonana, idyllically set on a private expanse of the Mara River, is kitted out with kids of all ages in mind. From nature walks identifying animal prints to bush treasure hunts, the award-winning tented camp is also a wonderful place to open up their eyes to new cultures. Young guests get to visit a nearby Maasai Village where they’ll learn how to make a bow and arrow, herd cattle and even build huts before joining the local children for some traditional singing and dancing. The perfect Kenya family holiday.
New Children’s Retreat in Botswana
The newly refurbished Sanctuary Chief’s Camp has its own dedicated kid’s area, designed with children aged six upwards in mind. The area includes a fancy dress corner and a nature table, where guides are on hand to help young guests identify wildlife by their droppings. There’s even an entertainment zone for kids aged 11+ complete with PlayStation and table football. So there’s no chance that your little animals will get bored once the excitement of the morning’s predator safari game drive is over.
Star gazing in Zambia
Overlooking the game-filled valleys of South Luangwa National Park, the historic hilltop Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge has thought of everything to encourage younger guests to embrace its stunning natural surroundings. Activities at the one-time holiday haven of Zambia’s first president range from crafting papier maché African masks and elephant dung paper to making a camp fire around which your little angels can admire the night sky with marshmallows and a warming cup of hot chocolate.
Reconnect with Mother Nature
What better way to encourage your children’s spirit of adventure than with a child-friendly treasure hunt. Let them search for hidden clues and then collect indigenous flora on a guided walking safari within the spectacular grounds. At Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero families can venture into the heart of the Botswana bush on especially shortened game drives. Then, after returning to your new riverside home, there’s plenty of time for the kids to indulge in a pizza-making session with the lodge’s Chef whilst you wallow in the luxurious split-level pool.
Treehouse memories to treasure
Hoping to combine quality family time with the ultimate in luxury safaris? If so, our Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma may have just the answer. With 12 treehouses connected by wooden walkways, and two exclusive family houses, each with their own private vehicle, chef and plunge pool, this boutique Zambezi lodge is just 7 miles from Victoria Falls yet feels a million miles from reality. As the sun sets on this special place, why not enjoy a relaxing sundowner cruise, leaving the kids mesmerised by the guides’ tales of African explorers round the camp fire.
For more family safari inspiration visit www.sanctuaryretreats.com/family.