From island hopping in Mozambique, ‘Horrid Histories’ Zulu style in South Africa to saddling up on a private riding camp in the bush, luxury travel specialist, Scott Dunn has introduced a selection of new adventures in Africa for active families.
Saddle up at Camp Davidson
Follow in the dusty footsteps of the first 19th century settlers of South Africa’s Waterberg on a new family horse riding holiday with Scott Dunn. Tucked high up in the bushveld with stunning views over the Matlapeng Valley, Camp Davidson opened in May 2012 and offers the taste of a bygone era and an authentic exclusive-use bush camp experience for families.
Camp Davidson features just three simple decked canvas tents with views stretching to the central highlands of the Waterberg massif and the picturesque Sunset Lake. Each tent is authentically appointed, harking back to the days of explorers past and with en-suite bathrooms with traditional bucket showers. Families would have the camp exclusively for themselves for the duration of their stay offering an unrivalled private riding adventure.
Ride out together across rugged tracks in search of hippo and giraffe, swim with the horses, and share stories around the camp fire at nightfall. Keen young riders can also try polo-crosse, cross-country jumping and gymkhana games organised by the camp.
Scott Dunn (www.scottdunn.com , 020 8682 5070) offers seven night family riding safaris at Camp Davidson from £8,374 per family of four on a fully inclusive basis including all riding activities, British Airways flights to Johannesburg and transfers.
Zulu ‘Horrid Histories’ at Fugitive’s Drift
Capture the kids imagination with stories of the bravery and courage of the British soldiers and Zulu warriors at Fugitive’s Drift in South Africa, which has introduced ‘Horrid Histories’ battlefield tours, Zulu Style.
The safari lodge, located close to the famous battle fields, Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift now features a Battlefield Kids programme especially for under 12s that covers the blood curdling tales of valour and daring that occurred during the Zulu War.
Children also have the opportunity to handle an old-fashioned Martini-Henry rifle used by the British at Rorke’s Drift, Zulu shields and assegai, traditional Zulu spears. The young historians will also be able to visit a traditional Zulu village to learn about their way of life discover other Zulu medicinal techniques before heading out on a game walk to see giraffe, zebra and wildebeest in the 5000 acre private reserve. Children will also receive a small Zulu shield to take home with them as a momento.
Scott Dunn (www.scottdunn.com , 020 8682 5070) offer four nights at Fugitives Drift from £4,650 for a family of four, including tours, international flights and car hire.
October Half Term – Ibo Island Dhow Safari, Mozambique
Island hop through the untouched Quirimbas Archipelago National Park in northern Mozambique on a Dhow Safari now offered by Scott Dunn. Perfect for families with a sense of adventure, the sailing safari includes four nights eco-camping under simple canvas, guided by an experienced crew and has departures over October half term.
Stop to snorkel though pristine turquoise waters, picnic on remote sand-banks and kayak through mangroves spotting an array of birdlife including storks, fish eagles, mangrove kingfishers and plovers. With help from the crew drop anchor to catch fish for that night’s BBQ, prepared by a private chef under the stars.
The safari also includes a visit to the uninhabited Mogundula Island one of the prettiest in the archipelago and the Ulumbwa estuary, where guests can wander through rural fishing villages and discover the local culture. Concluding at Ibo Island, the largest of the 32 islands, families will take a guided tour of the 200 year old town. Explore 15th century forts, mysterious ruins and ancient trade buildings, see silversmiths at work and discover a way of life untouched for hundreds of years before three final nights at Ibo Island Lodge.
Scott Dunn (www.scottdunn.com , 020 8682 5070) offers Ibo Island Dhow Safaris from 10,758 per family of four (two adults and two children aged under 12 years) inclusive of international flights, all transfers, seven nights on a full board basis including four nights mobile camping and three nights at Ibo Island Lodge, guided tours, the services of an experienced crew and park fees. Half term departures on 21 and 28 October.
Family luxury in the Maasai Mara at Saruni
Especially designed for families Saruni Safari Camp has just opened a luxurious new villa offering an intimate private escape in the bush at the Maasai Mara’s smallest lodge.
Located in a remote valley in one of Kenya’s most spectacular wilderness areas, the new two-bedroom colonial style villa features stylish bathrooms and a huge family dining area overlooking the lawn where impala, zebra, buffalo and waterbuck graze every evening. From the veranda the views extend down to the plains where the annual migration arrives each July.
Family activities include game drives, guided walks with Maasai warriors to learn about their traditions and way of life, and excursions to Rusinga Island on Lake Victoria. Cuisine is also a highlight as guests can dine on the freshest ingredients from the camp’s own vegetable garden and enjoy eating alfresco on a family bush picnic.
Scott Dunn (www.scottdunn.com , 020 8682 5070) offers tailor made family holidays to Saruni Safari Camp from £2,694 per adult and £2056 per child, based on four nights on a fully inclusive basis, including international, internal flights and transfers.
For more infromation on Scott Dunn’s family-friendly safari holidays call 020 8682 8070 and visit www.scottdunn.com