The ideal family holiday destination.
When I think back to my childhood, my happiest memories are days spent together on family holidays. My favourite were our camping holidays in Zimbabwe and the Drakensberg. What about you?
Now, as a parent myself, travel and holidays are something I take great pleasure in sharing with my children and husband. I try, as far as possible to expose my children to as many new environments, people and activities as possible, to open their minds. Because this is what travel is very good at.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” Mark Twain
Apparently the rich learning environments created by travel can even make your children smarter. Of all the family holiday destinations you could choose, South Africa is one of the best. The diversity of experience in South Africa is unparalleled. From beaches to bushveld, mountains and deserts… and that is only the landscapes. There is also great diversity in people, culture, language and food. Being exposed to conservation of wilderness areas in one of our national parks, can lead to a lifelong interest in conservation for children; as can the exposure to our social issues and history give children empathy for those less fortunate. Whether learning experiences for your children are important or not, you will have endless amounts of family fun in South Africa. The variety of activities are endless, but I will leave that for another newsletter.
I have worked on some incredible family holidays over the last 2 months and these holidays are close to my heart because I feel they have the potential to be life changing experiences for the families. Each family trip has been unique in its requirements and budget. For those with a higher budget, I have enjoyed selecting the very best South Africa has to offer. For those with lower budgets, such as a multigenerational family trip which included a self drive safari and basic national park accommodation, I worked hard to create the best value trip I could offer. For an adventurous family of 4, travelling to Africa for the first time, I helped curate a holiday that exactly suits their style of travel. For two families travelling together, with children ranging from age 7 to 21, it was important to select a safari lodge that will cater to their needs, as well as activities suitable for the whole family in Cape Town.
Regardless of budget, the experience of being together, in Africa, and particularly on safari will, without a doubt, be one of your most memorable family holidays. If you’re not convinced, just ask anyone who has been to South Africa.
I collected some of my favourite photos of our family holidays in Southern Africa in the 1980s and 1990s into this album.
I am standing by to help you plan the family holiday of your dreams, for late this year or 2021!
P.S. Our thoughts and best wishes are with all of those around the world affected directly or indirectly, personally or professionally, by COVID-19.
The impact to travel has been catastrophic, but we believe that we will emerge stronger than before.
Now, more than ever, we are all in this together. Please look after yourselves and look after each other.
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