Family, Responsible Travel
Written by Julie Graham
A wildlife safari trip to Africa is not just an experience limited to honeymooners, adventure-seekers or adults. Family travel is an increasingly growing trend, with more and more families seeing the indelible positive impact an African holiday can have on children of all ages. A continent of wild, exotic locations, diverse cultures, epic wildlife and action-packed experiences, Africa is a thrilling, stimulating destination with a diverse offering of languages and landscapes. A family safari in Africa is one of the most exciting and eye-opening travel experiences a child can have, with few other places on the planet offering such a rich insight into the world and its inhabitants.
Considering our children as the future guardians of our planet, who will one day be entrusted with preserving and protecting the world’s wilderness and wildlife, it is so valuable to afford them the opportunities to witness the importance of sustainability first-hand. It is only through this kind of tangible experience that we can truly inspire them to act as responsible travelers, and future custodians of conserving our beautiful world.
Pioneering sustainable African safaris that evolve with both our traveler and earth’s best interests at heart, Ker & Downey® Africa are committed to leaving a positive legacy in Africa and specialize in curating the very best safari itineraries tailored to your families’ needs.
Here are some of our reasons why a luxury safari in Africa is great for the whole family:
Think of Africa as one huge outdoor classroom, equipped with engaging things to learn around every corner. It is a window for exploration and learning through doing with our greatest primal teacher, Mother nature, existing in abundance – in every grain of sand, every wild roar, and every leaf on every tree.
The team at Ker & Downey® Africa have thoroughly researched and explored the top world-class lodges in Africa that offer educational experiences to teach children how to identify different animals, birds, plant species and other bushveld wonders. This not only steers them forward in gaining a better understanding of conservation and the preservation of the ecosystem, it also reveals the importance of living in harmony and balance with the natural world first-hand.
A cultural melting pot, traveling to Africa with children opens their eyes to a wide range of customs, teaching them to celebrate diversity and become citizens of the world. Ker & Downey® Africa curates itineraries that invite families to interact with local communities and to get involved in all kinds of initiatives like gardening projects and visiting local communities. Through these interactions children serve to gain an indelible appreciation of the richness of culture. They are also able to realise the importance of connection and making sure it is nurtured through philanthropic efforts in the future.
Carefully selecting eco-sensitive lodges that have a limited impact on their direct environment, Ker & Downey® Africa’s preferred luxury lodges allow children to draw direct inspiration from their immediate temporary living spaces.
These lodges place great importance on sustainable practices like solar power, greywater recycling, organic vegetable gardens, and naturally sourced resources from sustainable forests or their surrounds used for construction. Guides and rangers take great pride in educating children and adults alike about their sustainable practices for them to take home and implement in their own lives.
An African safari creates amazing unique opportunities for quality family time and a time to bond without the stresses and distractions of home. Being removed from our fast-paced lives powered by technology and gadgets, transports your family to a peaceful environment where you can connect through sharing memorable experiences. It provides the whole family a time to connect and reflect, all the while learning about the importance of working together to sustain our planet, and leave a positive legacy behind.
We believe strongly in passing on knowledge to younger generations and providing them with a platform to gain a greater understanding of conservation, communities and the ecosystem through exciting interactive activities.
Get in touch with one of our expert LuxVenture® Designers now to plan your next luxury safari to Africa, children in tow.