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The Ultimate ‘School’ Excursion with Sanctuary Retreats

March 29, 2017 Hotel Deals No Comments Email Email

Looking for something different to do with the kids for the winter school holidays? Something that will broaden their minds and well as their horizons? Well, for families seeking extraordinary adventures off the beaten track, and for those who enjoy the great outdoors and connecting with nature, international luxury travel specialist, Sanctuary Retreats has just the answer.

When it comes to keeping enquiring minds stimulated, an African safari through unspoiled landscapes teeming with extraordinary wildlife is guaranteed to broaden your family’s horizons, and ensure that everyone shares a truly memorable experience.

And with so many of Sanctuary Retreats’ properties offering dedicated children’s program, here are our top picks for the ultimate school excursion.

Kenyan Magic at Sanctuary Olonana

Situated on a private stretch of the Mara River in the heart of Kenya’s most famous game reserve, the Masai Mara, Sanctuary Olonana is the ideal choice for a family safari. This small and exclusive camp is only a short 45 minute flight from Nairobi and offers an array of activities including game drives, cultural visits, bush dinners, sun-downers, balloon flights and scenic flights, making it a wonderful and unforgettable African safari for guests of every age.

Special family tented rooms feature two double beds – making it perfect for those with young children. Plus there’s a broad range of children’s activities on offer. The Camp’s friendly and expert guides will take children out on special game drives and accompany them to the nearby Masai village where they can learn how to make and shoot a traditional bow and arrow, make a fire, build a hut and herd cattle. They can also mingle with local children over a game of football and learn Masai songs and traditional dances.

Other activities sure to keep them engaged include nature walks where they’ll learn to identify animal footprints, bush treasure hunts and even planting their own tree.

And for parents wanting a bit of ‘me time’ baby-sitting facilities are available and the Camp offers a delicious range of children-friendly menus. The perfect Kenya family holiday.

New Children’s Retreat at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, Botswana

Sanctuary Retreats’ flagship property, the recently refurbished Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, has its own dedicated kid’s area, designed with children aged six and 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 tracks droppings. There’s even an entertainment zone for kids aged 11+ complete with PlayStation and table football. So there’s no chance that any ‘cubs’ will get bored once the excitement of the morning’s predator safari game drive is over.

Making tracks at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, South Africa

Where better to spot the ‘Big Five’ than with a visit to the malaria-free, wildlife-rich Madikwe Game Reserve. Renowned for offering children the quintessential African safari experience, one of the main draws of the Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge is its Junior Ranger Course available for children aged 12 and over (NB children of all ages are welcome when the lodge is booked exclusively).

Here kids can channel their inner Bear Grylls, learning survival, tracking and orientation skills, while rangers help instill in them an appreciation of the importance of preserving African wildlife in places like Madikwe – arguably one of Africa’s most successful wilderness reclamations.

Hidden Treasures at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, Botswana

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 collect indigenous flora on a guided walking safari within the spectacular grounds of Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero in Botswana.

Here families can venture into the heart of the Botswana bush on especially shortened game drives, before returning to the luxurious riverside lodge where there’s plenty of time for kids to indulge in a pizza-making session with the lodge’s Chef while parents indulge in a little ‘R & R’ beside the luxurious split-level pool.

Treehouse Fantasy at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma  

Hoping to combine quality family time with the ultimate in luxury safaris? If so, Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma may tick the box. With 12 tree houses 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 totally secluded.

As the sun sets on this magical place, parents can enjoy a relaxing sundowner cruise, leaving the kids mesmerized by the guides’ tales of African explorers round the camp fire.


Right now is the perfect time to book your African family safari with Sanctuary Retreats’ extended stay offer. Book 3 or more nights at any of Sanctuary Retreats’ luxury camps and lodges including the above properties and save up to 15%.

Extended Stay Offer

Right now is the perfect time to book your African family safari with Sanctuary Retreats’ extended stay offer. Book 3 or more nights at any of Sanctuary Retreats’ luxury camps and lodges including the above properties and save up to 40%.

  • Stay 3 – 4 nights at any combination of Sanctuary Retreats African camps and lodges and save 30%
  • Stay 5 – 7 nights and save up to 35%.
  • Stay 8+ nights and save up to 40%.

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