When it comes to choosing a family vacation, a destination that works best for all the members of the family more so the little ones are key in making this decision. For most families it is tradition to travel at least one destination every year to bond and recover time lost during the normal hustle and bustle. However, this year everything has proved to be not-so-normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More families have been obliged to spend time together at home as a measure to protect the spread of the virus. And almost everything has been virtual for the last couple of months though with relaxed travel restrictions, all protocols observed, there’s so much that everyone will get to enjoy outdoors. This time safely.
Today we shall highlight three safari destinations that you must take your little ones to enjoy adventure filled activities, fun & games as well as learn a lot about nature. All these destinations are children friendly allowing children from 6 years and above to stay at 50% adult rate whereas facilitating aspects such inter-connecting rooms, children’s menu, early meal times and child minding services for children below 6 years.
Sweetwaters Serena Camp
Located in the expansive Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Nanyuki, approximately 2 hours from Nairobi, this destination is really flexible while traveling as family. The tents are family friendly to accommodate interconnecting tents making it easier for mum & dad to check on their young-ones. The family can have a day full of activity such as day or night game drives inside the popular Ol Pejeta Conservancy, home to the last remaining 2 female northern white rhinos. Game drives are a perfect time to spot the Big Five in perfect splendor as our experienced guide answers all the questions on flora and fauna. What’s even more amazing about this destination, is the fact that the sighting starts from the watering whole situated at the camp as wildlife come to quench thirst. Make your way to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary to interact with rescued chimps that call Ol Pejeta home. Camel rides are also a very adventurous way of bringing some fun into the family vacation, even more captivating with the serene views of the destination. One of the main highlights of your vacation would be visiting Baraka the blind rhino, where you could pose for a family portrait next to him. But in case the weather is not permitting for outdoors, there are indoor games that the whole family can enjoy as you bond. 3- 4 nights’ stay is highly recommended to enjoy all this and more but the memories will live with you for a lifetime.
Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp
Set in an extremely scenic location, with the pristine Lake Elmenteita stretched out in front of you and the sleeping warrior, Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp is perfect for a family vacation. After a hearty Full-English breakfast, set-off for a guided horse-back riding by the lakeside as you also spot the famous flamingoes and pelicans by the lake. If you are lucky, you may sight wildlife such as buffaloes and waterbucks. How about capturing what you see through painting? Try to put nature into perspective through water-color painting that the adults and children alike will enjoy. In case your family loves sports or at least the practice then Target Archery will be a great game for you to shoot your shot. Family holidays can be fun but they are also an opportunity to learn something new and at Lake Elmenteita, whether its cooking lessons or knowledge on the 400 bird species that call this paradise home, you will forever be enthralled when you remember this destination.
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge
As the first lodge built in Tsavo West, Kilaguni Serena plays an important role in Kenyan history. For one, it was one of the favorite getaway place for Kenya’s first President, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. Secondly, Kilaguni located at the heart of Tsavo West National Park was home to the infamous man eater lions to whom many of the railway line builders lost their lives. Families can set off to discover its rich history as well as the array of exciting activities for everyone. Can you imagine having breakfast on a raised hill as you overlook the beautiful natural settings of the Tsavo National Park? The Lion Rock Breakfast is an experience not to be missed during your stay at Kilaguni. Explore the wonder of the Mzima springs where fresh water percolates from the natural lava rocks. This popular wildlife attraction is home to resident hippos and crocodiles which you can spot. In case you feel like taking it easy, the viewing terrace at the lodge also offers an opportunity for you and your family to sight wildlife that come to drink from the watering hole. You can also go biking within the environs of the lodge as you bond with the whole family over intimate family tales. If the weather also permits, there is a pool where the whole family can take a dip. This family vacation will definitely be something to write home about.
Reservations can be made directly with Serena hotels by calling +254 732 123 333 or writing to firstname.lastname@example.org , through the website or through your preferred travel agent.