Is an African safari the ultimate multi-generational getaway?
In 2014 the annual Virtuoso Luxe Report proclaimed that the multi-generational trip was one of the hottest trends in travel. Three years on, the trend is showing 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 recognise that a holiday is the ideal vehicle to do 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 recognising this and are tailoring offerings to the needs of families travelling with younger and older relatives.
One of the most popular family get-together options is an African safari. Safaris incorporate 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 multi-generational travellers at many of its 14 African lodges and camps, with plenty of experiences and activities family members can opt in or 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 Maasai 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, sundowners, 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 – great 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 Maasai village to learn about how to make and shoot a traditional bow and arrow, mingle with locals and learn Maasai songs and traditional dances, nature walks, bush treasure hunts and tree-planting. And for parents and grandparents wanting a bit of ‘child-free time’, babysitting 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 Sanctuary Retreats’ flagship property, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp.
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. Its 10 spacious bush pavilions are among the largest in the area, and each has incredible views over the surrounding Okavango Delta, which can be enjoyed from a private plunge pool or tranquil outdoor seating area. Bathrooms, which come complete with floor-to-ceiling windows and folding glass doors, also have a spacious outdoor shower and an indulgent bath tub – perfect for soaking in after a day’s game viewing.
Best of all for families, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp has its own dedicated kids’ area, designed with children aged six and up 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 – cause for much interest and amusement! There’s even an entertainment zone for children aged 11-plus complete with a PlayStation and table football to keep them entertained well after the excitement of the morning’s predator safari game drive is over.
Now is definitely the time to book a family safari holiday with Sanctuary Retreats’ extended stay offer at one or more of its luxury camps and lodges, including Sanctuary Chief’s Camp and Sanctuary Olonana.
- Stay three to four nights at any combination of Sanctuary Retreats African camps and lodges including Sanctuary Chief’s Camp and/or Sanctuary Olonana and save 30 per cent.
- Stay five to seven nights and save up to 35 per cent.
- Stay eight or more nights and save up to 40 per cent.