One of the fabulous things about holidays are the memories you bring back with you – many of which last a lifetime. What better gift to give your family! Here are some of our top holiday experiences to enjoy with your family -
What better memories to take home than the Darwin legacy, seeing first-hand the unique species of the Galapagos, swimming with sea lions and following in Darwin’s footsteps around the islands. The Galapagos archipelago consists of 13 major islands, 6 smaller ones and scores of islets. The best way to visit these islands is to take a cruise for three or four nights. There are a wide variety of boats ranging from the small motor yachts with just a few cabins to larger boats with up to 46 cabins. The cruises offer a variety of activities led by extremely knowledgeable naturalist guides, including on-board lectures, hikes on the various islands and snorkelling, as well as relaxing aboard your luxury yacht. It is also possible to stay at one of the hotels, most of which are located on Santa Cruz Island and explore other islands on daily cruises.
Private Houses, The Waterberg Mountains, South Africa
Throughout the country from Cape Town to the Kruger there are many private homes that are let out on an exclusive basis which make them ideally suited for families or private parties. The Waterberg Mountains are a stunning, malaria-free wilderness region of the Limpopo province and the perfect place for bush walking, horse riding, birding and good game viewing. The private reserves here generally do not have the big cats and other predators, which make them perfect first safari destinations and great for young families to explore the bush.
Ants Nest and Ant’s Hills are two of our favourite very private bush homes located in the Waterberg specialising in family safaris. Ants Hill is a luxury retreat built on the edge of a cliff offering breath taking views across the Waterberg, with a family cottage ideal for families of up to five people. Ants Nest has a luxury suite perfect for families.
Jaci’s Safari Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve
The Madikwe Game Reserve is the fourth largest game reserve in South Africa. is in the extreme north-west of South Africa’s North West province close to the Botswana border close to the Kalahari Desert. Madikwe boasts more than 60 mammal species including the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant) as well as wild dog, cheetah and more than 340 species of bird.
Jaci’s Lodge is perfect for larger families looking for a unique, exclusive and intimate bush experience and the family Safari Suite can accommodate up to eight guests making it perfect for two families, an extended family travelling together, or as an exclusive family getaway. The Safari Suite features its own private plunge pool as well as a personal field guide and private game-drive vehicle.
Tree House Hideaway, Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
High on our list of most sensational experiences to share with your loved ones is tiger spotting in India. The Bandhavgarh National Park has the largest number of tigers in India. Together with cheetah, wolf, barking deer,sloth bear and a dazzling variety of birds that live within its forests, marshes and streams. Tree House Hideaway is an intimate retreat of five exclusive Tree houses which are dotted among 21 acres of dense jungle on the doorstep of Bandhavgarh National Park, the world’s finest tiger reserve. As well as the tiger safaris, elephant safaris are also on offer as well as cycling and walking wilderness tours for wildlife spotting in the area surrounding the park. Village visits, bird walks and picnics to lakes are also popular activities.
Desert Nights Camp, Wahiba Sands
Oman is one of the most attractive travel destinations in the Middle East and remains appealingly untrodden and unexplored. With its rich cultural heritage, breathtaking natural beauty and a fascinating 5,000 year old civilization is a perfect destination for a family holiday. There are desert forts and ancient ruins to explore, dune running in the Wahiba Sands, trekking in the Hajar Mountains and even a camping expedition into the Empty Quarter. Desert Nights Camp is the perfect base from which to explore the untamed desert and to immerse yourself in the traditional world of the Bedouin with desert feasts and Arabian music beneath a sky full of shimmering stars. Our clients Paul, Fi and their two teenage daughters visited Desert Nights Camp and this is Fi’s feedback; “Having not visited the desert before, the experience did not disappoint. It was the classic quintessential view of how the desert should be – totally romantic, stunningly beautiful, the patterns in the sand, big starry skies, the Bedouin adventure was wonderful, the food delicious – I would 100% recommend it”.
Hacienda de san Rafael, Seville
Hacienda de San Rafael has 16 stunning bedrooms and is ideal for a family gathering. It is situated in the South Western part of Andalucia with the historic city of Seville to the north and Jerez with its sherry bodegas and dancing horses to the south. Eastwards is the Sierra de Cadiz where the famous white villages lie.The award winning Hacienda de San Rafael, once a thriving olive estate, has been meticulously restored and converted into a luxury hideaway, striking a balance between rustic charm and modern sophistication. The privately owned eighteenth-century hideaway is perfectly positioned halfway between the historic cities of Seville & Jerez de la Frontera.