Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Family Travel Roundup

Kids living it up on Todos Santos Eco Adventures' Baja
Fabulous Family Fun Adventure

Now that the kids are back in school it's time for families to start planning for those precious days off when everyone can be together for fun! This week's Kusini enews brings you inspiring ideas and fantastic offers for family travel to help you motivate your clients to get the next holiday on the books. 

Ultimate Safaris: Ultimate Safaris loves the Namib Desert for families. Benign critters of all sorts abound, there are no lions, beaches complete with incredible shipwrecks are within reach - discovery is everywhere! Sossusvlei Desert Lodge keeps families enchanted with desert activities and stargazing in their observatory with resident astronomer. Kids rates range from FOC (0-5 years) to 50% off (6-16 years) when sharing with an adult. For those sticking to the coast, the Strand Hotel offers kids age 0-6 sharing with parents FOC and a 50% off rate for kids 7-15 sharing with adults.  

Tropic's newest Galapagos ecolodge is also a giant
tortoise sanctuary!
Tropic Ecuador: A family vacation to the Galapagos is unforgettable, and what better time to go than the holidays? Travelers can take the season's pressure off by taking the kids (and grandparents) on an amazing adventure! It's extremely rare to find space during the holidays this late, however Tropic Ecuador has a few spots remaining on their recently announced December 17th, 22nd, 24th, and 31st land-based departures that visit 3 different islands. Travelers will enjoy water sports, land and water-based wildlife viewing, local culture immersion and more, and it's an amazing value at just $2,475pp rack for holiday departures. Contact Cristina ASAP to book as the space will sell out!

TOSEA: Todos Santos Eco Adventures has the perfect escape for families - their Baja Fabulous Family Fun Adventure Week. This special trip has something fun for everyone - surfing, horseback riding, cooking lessons, lots of different water sports, hiking, glamping and more! Every age from kiddos to grandparents will have an unforgettable experience. Todos Santos is pleased to offer 10% discount for families booking travel in April, May, June or July 2017. View the full itinerary here and contact Bryan for availability and to book.

A visit to nearby Sedibani Village is a fun activity for families
New Frontiers: Planning a family trip to Botswana can feel like an intimidating fiscal exercise, so New Frontiers is excited to share a fantastic special family offer. Children 16 and under stay for free at Delta Camp (Footsteps in Africa) when sharing a room with two parents through December 2017. The offer is valid for either 1 or 2 children depending on family chalet availability. The camp has a light footprint (bucket showers and flush loos) and is perfect for families seeking adventure. Activities take place in Moremi GR and include mokoro excursions (seasonal) and cultural visits.

Albatros Travel: While families love Tanzania's Northern Circuit, Albatros Travel has something new up their sleeve. Their Azura Selous and Park Hyatt Zanzibar special takes family travelers off the beaten track. Remote and exclusive Azura Selous is a true wilderness retreat, and a visit to Zanzibar will open kids' eyes to a new and colorful culture. Great rates are available for kids between 6 and 16 when sharing with parents, and an optional upgrade includes a private vehicle and villa room at Azura, plus a deluxe ocean view room in Zanzibar for just $285pp.

Everyone loves getting their hands dirty at the
peanut butter workshop offered by Maya Trails
Maya Trails: Guatemala is an amazing destination for families. Easily accessible from the US, it's a refreshing change of scenery and culture. Families on Maya Trails' Guatemala Family Getaway have the chance to try lots of new things together - from hiking and horseback riding to exploring Mayan ruins and zip lining high above Lake Atitlan's shores. Bonus - kids 12 and under are gratis when sharing with their parents at Antigua properties El Convento, Casa Santo Domingo and Meson de Maria - ask Adriana for details.

Classic Africa Safaris: Don't rule out a family safari to Uganda! Kids as young as 12 can trek to see chimps depending on location, and can trek gorillas at 15. If parents want to trek without the kids, there are fun options to keep them entertained, including school or community visits, or playing with local kids, all under the supervision of their Classic Africa Safaris guide. Uganda is a great family value, as most accommodations offer 50% off for children under 12 sharing with parents, and scheduled charter flights are 30% off for under 12's. Email Phil for specifics.

Imvelo's 'look up' blind is a great way for young kids to view
wildlife in a safe space
Imvelo Safari Lodges: Taking kids on safari is magic, and Imvelo Safari Lodges really knows how to accommodate families. Everyone loves riding on the Elephant Express train through Hwange (parents love its elevated game viewing platform and space to stretch out). The 'look up' blind is another secure viewing space for younger kids (and amazing for photographers). And for quiet times, kids receive a Junior Safari companion book with games and information on Hwange's wildlife. 12 and unders are 50% off when sharing with an adult, making a family safari an incredible value!

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