Kenya family holiday
Description of Kenya family holiday
Kenya is one of the most exciting destinations in Africa, a treasure trove of incredible wildlife, spectacular scenery and fabulous beaches. The children will adore everything about a safari, whether it is keeping their eyes peeled for 'the big five', eating dinner around a camp fire under a blanket of stars or taking a walking safari through a national park in search of some of Africa's less dangerous animals.
Key to a successful family holiday in Kenya is the accommodation and this holiday uses a number of different family friendly camps which have been hand picked for their ambience and facilities. Many are in stunning locations, with great views over the surrounding landscape and a comfortable bed at the end of the night in a deluxe safari tent or chalet. Most have swimming pools so that you can relax during the heat of the day, recharging the batteries before another game drive in search of lion, zebra, elephant, rhino and more.
Kenya also has some wonderful beaches with a wide variety of resorts ranging from large hotels with watersports, multiple pools and kids clubs to smaller and more informal boutique hotels with less facilities but a more personalised service. We will recommend a place that will suit your particular family.
PlanetA family holiday in Kenya will usually include a number of different game drives whilst on safari in various different national parks. All of our holidays are organised in conjunction with a local (Kenyan owned) tour operator which shares our committment to Responsible Travel. This is reflected in the nature of the guides who accompany our game drives as they take particular care to ensure that the safaris are conducted in a responsible manner. This includes providing advice to travellers about how to behave whilst on safari (for example not wearing bright colours) and also an explanation of the ecosystem in Kenya and the way that the different animals live. We find that children become fascinated in the environment and the guides enjoy teaching them about its preservation and the difficulties being faced, for example by poaching. We feel that this educational element is a core part of our trips.
Our UK office is run as environmentally as possible. The majority of our staff either walk or cycle to work and we operate a primarily paper free environment. We do not produce brochures (which often leads to a lot of waste) but market our tours exclusively on the internet.
PeopleThere has unfortunately been a degree of exploitation of indigenous peoples in Africa from tourism, particularly some of the Masai people living around the Masai Mara. Villages have turned in to little more than glorified photo opportunities for camera wielding tourists. That said, we do think that introducing travellers to the Masai way of life is an important aspect of any trip to Kenya and it is something that families particularly enjoy. We have therefore taken steps to try to arrange visits to as authentic and genuine a village as possible, without the degree of exploitation seen in some places.
Many of our families also enjoy visiting a local school so we try to include this where possible. Children always really enjoy this and parents are very pleased to offer their children a detailed insight into a rather different way of life!
The lodges that we use in Kenya are small and usually family owned. They generally employ a large percentage of staff from the local community.
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