Travel expert Alice Callander gives us the lowdown on family safaris in our Sept/Oct issue. We spotlight some of her top choices for taking Little Londoners on that big adventure.
Potato Bush Camp, Zambia
Families staying at Potato Bush Camp in the Lower Zambezi have the mighty Zambezi River as their playground, with fishing, canoeing and river safaris on offer to complement the land-based safari activities.
Ant’s Nest, South Africa
In the Waterberg Mountains, Ant’s Nest is set on a small game reserve within driving distance from Johannesburg. This is not the place to see the ‘Big Five’ (there are no elephants or lions) but rather an intimate owner-run lodge that specialises in safari activities for the whole family and riding for experts and beginners.
A safari is unlike any other family holiday – you can unplug, regroup, immerse yourselves in wilderness and share an adventure with your children that will create lifelong memories and undoubtedly a passion for nature. A good safari will tap into the senses of all ages – and yes, that includes essential downtime for parents.
Melton Manor, South Africa
I would suggest, where possible, that families book an exclusive villa or bush home for a tailor-made experience, child-friendly menus, flexible eating times and private 4×4 for game drives that fit your daily routine – Kwandwe in the Eastern Cape offers the magnificent Melton Manor.
Sand Rivers, Tanzania
For families looking for something a bit more adventurous, we recommend the Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania. Sand Rivers Selous welcomes children from the age of eight and upwards and in addition to the standard 4×4 game drives you can also do boat safaris and fishing – which is great fun for the whole family, with hippos and crocodiles spectating from the opposite riverbank!
For Alice’s full report see the Sept/Oct issue of Little London: on sale 22 Aug. For further information on all of these game reserves see sallyandalice.com