The astonishing landscape and superb selection of wildlife in Africa make for an unforgettable experience, regardless of travellers’ ages. In an increasingly demanding modern world, the opportunities for families to spend time together and in the natural world are far and few between. A safari gives guests time to reconnect and fully immerse themselves in the natural environment.
Boutique luxury safari specialist, Sanctuary Retreats, has several properties tailored towards creating the family trip of a lifetime. From private houses at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma to its comprehensive children’s program at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero and the sublime Geoffrey Kent Suite at Sanctuary Olonana, it has all the ingredients for a memorable family vacation.
Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, Botswana
Boasting fabulous suites for families and a host of dedicated children’s programs and activities, plus a fence that surrounds the perimeter of the lodge, this is an ideal family safari destination for those with younger children in tow.
Three of the lodge’s stylish new suites feature an extra adjoining bedroom, making them perfect for families. Outside, guests can relax on their own expansive private terrace, just the spot to sip a cocktail, enjoy a romantic private dinner or simply soak up unparalleled panoramic views across islands and floodplains as far across as Namibia.
Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero‘s children’s program offers a variety of fun and educational activities, including guided walks within the grounds of the lodge, treasure hunts, kids’ croquet on the lawn and pizza-making classes with the resident chef. Expert guides will also take children out on special shortened game drives.
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma, Zambia
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma’s two private Chuma Houses are ideal for larger families. With two ensuite bedrooms, each house offers a sophisticated take on modern safari life, with stylish interiors marrying local artworks with handcrafted artefacts and rugs. Even better, each one comes with a private plunge pool and its very own chef.
Children will also enjoy tailor-made game drives and visits to the local Nakatindi Village School. In the evening, they can enjoy a picnic dinner by the campfire, while parents indulge in a little ‘me time’ on a sundowner cruise down the Chobe River.
Sanctuary Olonana, Kenya
Sanctuary Retreats’ flagship property, the luxurious Sanctuary Olonana safari lodge, is set on a private stretch of the Mara River, deep in the heart of Kenya’s Maasai Mara. The lodge boasts fourteen suites, three of which feature an extra bedroom for children.
For the ultimate luxury experience or for large families, it is hard to beat the Geoffrey Kent Suite. The exclusive-use Suite is set apart from the other suites and is far and away Olonana’s most extravagant accommodation option. The lodge is accessed by a private road and features an exclusive lounge and dining area, a personal chef on standby to prepare meals and snacks on demand, not to mention the lodge’s own dedicated safari guide and vehicle.
Sanctuary Olonana also offers a range of engaging children’s programs. Kids can join specialist game drives, followed by a trip to a local village where they can immerse themselves in Maasai culture; learning how to make and shoot a traditional bow and arrow, make a fire and perform traditional dances.
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