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Splash out on a self-contained African adventure, writes Katie McGonagle

here are lots of predictions for which trends might see an upswing in post-coronavirus

travel, and one of the factors for choosing holidays in the near future seems to be a desire for self-contained escapes. From villa holidays to self-drive

breaks, the common theme is that clients want to travel but in a way that ensures they can keep their distance from those outside their immediate circle of family or friends. Operators have responded

accordingly with new products dedicated to keeping travellers comfortable, while still giving them the full holiday experience they are seeking. This might come at extra cost, but for those who’ve missed out on their family holiday this summer, putting the money

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they’ve saved this year towards an adventure they feel confident in booking seems like a worthwhile trade-off.

With more time to plan, clients will be looking for something that goes above and beyond their usual sun-and-sea beach break, so why not suggest a trip that introduces their kids to landscapes, wildlife and cultures they might not have experienced before? If parents have fond memories of their safari-beach honeymoon, why not send their brood on family- friendly game drives to spot lions, elephants, giraffes and more? Or if they fell in love with the Arabian- influenced culture of North Africa on a pre-baby break, why not spur them to explore those ancient landscapes with the kids in tow this time?


Nothing beats the stillness of the Masai Mara as light begins to break and wildlife starts to stir, or the sight of a majestic elephant framed by the misty backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro in Amboseli National Park. If couples were swayed by a honeymoon at one of Kenya’s incredible reserves, why not recreate that sense of wonder in their little ones with a safari stay elsewhere?


Finding a family safari might feel like a challenge, with factors such as age restrictions on game drives and child-friendly accommodation to take into account, but opt for a pre-planned family itinerary and much of that hard work is done for you. Rainbow Tours has a private Botswana & Victoria Falls Family Safari that dives straight in with some of the region’s top sights. Guests start by viewing Victoria Falls from the Zambia side, with the option of a tour of the falls or a visit to a village school, before crossing into Botswana. There, they’ll spend two nights in a family chalet in Chobe National Park, where game drives and a boat trip along the Chobe River offer ample chances to see the huge herds of elephants for which this park is famous. Next, a light aircraft trip to the Okavango Delta means families can mix regular game drives with journeys by mokoro (canoe) and guided walking safaris, looking out for hippos

and crocodiles in the water and leopards and buffaloes on land. Book it: Rainbow Tours’ Botswana & Victoria Falls Family Safari costs from £4,510 for a 10-day trip from December 2020 to March 2021, including all flights and transfers,

activities and accommodation with meals.


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