‘You need to make time for your family no matter what happens in your life’
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
Whether you find Nemo or not, all ages will adore this breath-taking phenomenon. If it’s your first time snorkelling or scuba diving, you can all learn together – accept that your 8-year-old may learn annoyingly fast! The opportunities for gaining knowledge, awareness and understanding make this a fabulous trip of enrichment as well as a seriously fabulous holiday.
If travelling in a family group with children of any age you will love the shortlist we’ve drawn up for you. We’ve ignored the camps or lodges that just say they’ll ‘accept’ you children and chosen those which value their presence, create engaging activities for them, seeing them as future wildlife ambassadors. Witnessing the wonder in your child’s eyes as it sees its first elephant in the wild is priceless but the lifelong interest that may follow is truly rewarding.
You may already have a horse-crazy teen in your family in which case, booking a tour that indulges him or her at somewhere like the Dixie-Dude Ranch will elevate you to super-cool status. If not, then do consider this as a non-rider too; on an authentic working ranch you’ll get to ride cowboy-style as well as hike, fish, swim and lots more. Yet another great way to join in activities altogether – ‘yee-haw!’
Head to California for an American Dream family trip, staying in apartments by the coast and in a Yosemite log cabin, an authentic experience where you can head where the Americans head, spread out in your own place, take your time and get into the heart of California.
Enjoy Botswana as a family with this experience by Desert & Delta. From the meandering lagoons and lakes of the Okavango Delta to the huge herds of elephants of Chobe National Park, discover why Botswana is a land of contrasts with surprises around each corner. Throughout your stay you will have a dedicated “safari hero” to organise activities and story time, while added touches like the child’s backpack – filled with fun activities and other goodies - will make sure everyone gets the most out of their trip.
Have a real cowboy experience on this family-orientated journey around the “Lone Star State”. Starting with the high rise majesty of iconic Dallas and its neighbouring city Fort Worth, travel south through the country to Dixie Dude Ranch. Learn the cowboy’s way over the next few days before heading to the coast and a relaxing stop in Corpus Christi. End the trip in Houston and experience a little more of that Texan hospitality and wonderful food.