Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Family travel - kids on safari, adventure in Latin America and castles in Ethiopia

An African Safari never fails to wow everyone in the family! Photo Imvelo
Safari Lodges

The minute the kids head back to school, we start thinking 'vacation!' We are focusing on family-friendly accommodations and travel inspiration in this week's enews. Read on for ideas for your family travelers...

Kids can burn off energy in the villa's private pool
overlooking the lake
Maya trails: Casa Palopo sits above Guatemala's intensely scenic Lake Atitlan, and stays are usually reserved only for adults. Maya Trails shares a little-known secret allowing families to bypass that restriction - exclusive use of the property's private villa! The 2 bedroom, 3 bathroom villa has a living room, kitchen and private pool, with gorgeous views from nearly every room. Room service is available, as is the option to hire a private chef for the duration of a stay. Note - children must be over the age of six, and the villa's stunning hillside location requires a climb of 150 stairs. Check out Maya Trails' Signature Guatemala Family Getaway for an idea of some of the family-friendly activities on offer!

Kids will never forget the wonder of an African safari!
Imvelo Safari Lodges: Imvelo Safari Lodges knows how to cater to families! Nehimba, Bomani and Zambezi Sands all have wonderful family suites (with another new suite announcement coming soon!), and Imvelo has a great kid-friendly safari running till the end of this year. This 10 night, all inclusive safari (it's a stay 10/pay 7!!), will make the whole family happy. In addition to fantastic wildlife viewing, there are lots of interesting activities for families and special experiences for kids including a school visit, ride on the Elephant Express, a treasure hunt, catapult lessons, and more! This special safari is available for families whose kids are at least 7 years old, and kids' participation in activities are at guide's discretion.

Families will love learning about Namibia's wonders -
large and small
Ultimate Safaris: What does a family safari in Namibia look like? Ultimate Safaris paints a pretty picture for us! Ultimate's guide's aim is to not only keep kids entertained, but also to learn about what they see. Accommodations are selected where staff are accustomed to children, and are happy to involve them in duties where possible - they are often found helping to prepare snacks in the kitchen with the chefs. In essence, the children are either busy or asleep, and always happy! Busy children ultimately mean a relaxing holiday for parents! Contact us to learn more about Ultimate's family safari, and remember that it's for inspiration - safaris can be customized to age, size of family, special lodges, etc - almost anything is possible!

There's no end to family adventure opportunities in Costa
Rica! Photo Alex Arias.
Costa Rica Sun Tours: Rainforest, cloudforest, beaches, volcanoes, and crystal rivers. Swimming, boating, hiking, biking, horse riding, rafting, rappelling and relaxing...just to name a few. Costa Rica is a natural destination for family travel and Costa Rica Sun Tours are the experts to plan with. They know how to arrange itineraries to allow for a variety of activities and destinations, and the perfect lodging to provide fun for all ages. Click here to view two sample itineraries combining some of their favorite regions and activities using family-friendly accommodations. Then, contact us to discuss your travelers' interests, travel time frame, and budget to help create a specialized itinerary just for them! 

Families can discover Ethiopia's history and ancient
(Harry Potter-esque!) architecture in Gondar
Travel Ethiopia: Get more out of an East African family safari by adding a visit to Ethiopia on to a Kenya or Tanzania safari. With easy flights between Addis Ababa and Nairobi or Arusha on Ethiopian Airlines, travelers can experience both a classic wildlife safari along with Ethiopia's intriguing history. Travel Ethiopia has found that older kids especially find exploring the ancient architecture of Gondar and Lalibela intriguing, and for active families, hikes in the Simien mountains (with a chance to see endemic wildlife such as the charismatic gelada baboon) are a great option. Contact Travel Ethiopia to learn more.

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