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Forget the beach! Or the snow! For the ultimate family holiday, an African safari is hard to beat according to Michael McCall Sanctuary Retreats’ Director of Sales - Australia, New Zealand & Asia.

The boutique luxury travel company operates some of Africa’s leading camps and lodges, and Michael believes there is simply no better way to broaden your family’s horizons.

With so many of Sanctuary Retreats’ properties offering dedicated children’s programs, here are some of Michael’s family favourites for where to go wild during the school holidays.

Children’s Retreat in Botswana

Sanctuary Retreat’s flagship property, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, has its own dedicated kids area, designed with children aged six and up in mind. The area includes a fancy dress corner and a nature table, where guides are on hand to help young guests identify wildlife by their droppings – cause for much interest and amusement! There’s even an entertainment zone for children aged 11+ complete with a PlayStation and table football to keep them entertained well after the excitement of the morning’s predator safari game drive is over.

Star gazing in Zambia

Overlooking the game-filled valleys of South Luangwa National Park, the historic hilltop Sanctuary Chichele Presidential has thought of everything to encourage younger guests to embrace the stunning natural surroundings. Activities at the one-time holiday haven of Zambia’s first president range from crafting papier maché African masks and elephant dung paper to making a campfire around which you and your family can admire the night sky with marshmallows and a warming cup of hot chocolate.

Reconnect with Mother Nature

According to Michael, there’s no better way to encourage your children’s spirit of adventure than with a child-friendly treasure hunt. At Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero kids can do just that, searching for hidden clues and collecting indigenous flora on a guided walking safari within the spectacular grounds. Families can also venture into the heart of the Botswana bush on special shortened game drives. Afterwards, there’s plenty of time for the kids to indulge in a pizza-making session with the lodge’s chef while parents indulge in some well-deserved ‘me time’ relaxing in the luxurious split-level pool.

Tree-house memories to treasure

If you are hoping to combine quality family time with the ultimate in luxury safaris, Michael says Sanctuary Retreats’ Zambian property Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma might prove just the ticket. About to reopen after an extensive refurbishment in April 2018, this boutique riverside retreat features just 12 tree-houses connected by wooden walkways, and two exclusive family houses, each with their own private vehicle, chef and plunge pool. Located 10 kilometres from Victoria Falls, the lodge feels a million miles from reality. As the sun sets on this special place, parents can enjoy a relaxing sundowner cruise, leaving the kids mesmerised by the guides’ tales of African explorers round the campfire.

Extended Stay Offer

And if you need any more tempting, there are great savings to be had when you stay at one or more of Sanctuary Retreats’ luxurious African safari camps or lodges in 2018. Book four or more nights at any of Sanctuary Retreats' luxury camps and lodges and save up to 40%, depending on your season of travel.

Stay four to six nights and save up to 30%.
Stay seven or more nights and save up to 40%.

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