Families go wild in Africa with Sanctuary Retreats



With so many of Sanctuary Retreats’ properties offering dedicated children’s programmes, Michael McCall, DoS Australia, New Zealand and Asia, shares some favourites for where families go on wild on an African safari during the school holidays.


Sanctuary Olonana, idyllically set on a private expanse of Kenya’s 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.


Sanctuary Retreat’s flagship property, the newly refurbished Sanctuary Chief’s Camp has its own dedicated kids’ 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 – cause for much interest and amusement! There’s even an entertainment zone for children aged 11+ 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.

According to Michael, there’s no better way to encourage your children’s spirit of adventure than with a child-friendly treasure hunt. At Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero kids can do just that, searching for hidden clues and collecting indigenous flora on a guided walking safari within the spectacular grounds. Families can also venture into the heart of the Botswana bush on especially shortened game drives. Afterwards, there’s plenty of time for the kids to indulge in a pizza-making session with the lodge’s chef while parents indulge in some well-deserved ‘me time’ relaxing in the luxurious split-level pool.


Overlooking the game-filled valleys of South Luangwa National Park, the historic hilltop Sanctuary Chichele Presidential 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 you and your family can admire the night sky with marshmallows and a warming cup of hot chocolate.

If you are hoping to combine quality family time with the ultimate in luxury safaris, Michael reckons Sanctuary Retreats’ Zambian property Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma might prove just the ticket. 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 10 kilometres from Victoria Falls, but feels a million miles from reality. As the sun sets on this special place, parents can enjoy a relaxing sundowner cruise, leaving the kids mesmerised by the guides’ tales of African explorers round the camp fire.

Extended stay offer

If guests need any more tempting, there are great savings to be had when they stay at one or more of Sanctuary Retreats’ luxurious African safari camps or lodges. Book 3 or more nights at any of Sanctuary Retreats’ luxury camps and lodges before 31 December 2017 and save up to 40% depending on season of travel:

  • Stay 3 – 4 nights and save up to 30%
  • Stay 5 – 7 nights and save up to 35%
  • Stay 8+ nights and save up to 40%



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