In 2014 the annual Virtuoso Luxe Report proclaimed that the multigenerational trip was one of the hottest trends in travel. 18 months on, it’s one which shows no signs of abating – hardly any wonder as ever-increasing numbers of time-poor parents and grandparents eager to spend as much quality time with family as possible, are recognizing that a holiday is the perfect vehicle for doing this.
There are so many benefits to holidaying with the whole tribe. A great opportunity to reconnect, families can mix it up helping with the kids, with grandparents babysitting to give the parents a night off, while single grandparents get to travel and enjoy the company of family.
The secret to successful multi-generational holidays? Identifying the right destinations, and creating unforgettable experiences that will appeal to grandparents, parents and children alike. Unsurprisingly, more and more travel operators are recognizing this and are tailoring offerings to the needs of families traveling with younger and older relatives.
One of the most popular family get-together options, African safaris provide the perfect opportunity for multi-generational travel, incorporating everything from wildlife viewing and walking safaris, to canoe trips and cultural experiences with the Maasai.
To meet this growing demand, boutique luxury safari operator, Sanctuary Retreats now caters specifically to multigenerational travellers at many of its 16 African lodges and camps, with plenty of experiences and activities, which family members can opt in and out of and bond over shared interests. Popular safari destinations, Kenya and Botswana, offer up two of the best options.
Sanctuary Olonana, Kenya
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 multi-generational 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 tented family rooms feature two double beds – making it perfect for those with young children. Plus there’s a broad range of family friendly activities on offer including tailored game drives, an excursion to a nearby Masai village to learn about how to make – and shoot, a traditional bow and arrow and mingle with locals and learn Masai songs and traditional dances, nature walks, bush treasure hunts and tree-planting.
And for parents and grandparents wanting a bit of ‘child free time’, baby-sitting facilities are available and the Camp offers a delicious range of children-friendly menus.
Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, Botswana
For the ultimate intergenerational family safari, it’s hard to go past Botswana’s Sanctuary Chief’s Camp. Ranked at #7 in the 2015 Top 30 Resorts in Africa according to the readers of international travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, this camp is renowned for its exceptional service, and is consistently rated as one of the top safari camps in Botswana.
Located on Chief’s Island in the Mombo Concession of the famous Moremi Game Reserve, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp lies in the heart of Africa’s predator capital meaning you’re almost guaranteed to see the Big Five. Currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment program, the exciting new-look Camp is scheduled to open just in time for the high season in late June 2016. The twelve existing bush pavilions will be re-built, dramatically increasing in size, and each will include new features such as a private dining area, a tranquil outside seating area and a terrace plunge pool -– all perfect for absorbing the surrounding plains and majestic African skies.
Even better news for families, the newly refurbished camp will have 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.
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 before 31 December 2016 and save up to 15%.
Stay 3 – 3 nights and save 5%.
Stay 5 – 7 nights and save 10%.
Stay 8+ nights and save 15%.
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