2017’s shaping up to be a vintage year for family adventure holidays. It’s not even January and bold ideas are already taking shape from Caribbean voyages to Western Cape safaris, Borneo jungle treks and South Pacific whale spotting tours.

Turns out next year is the one where road trips round New Zealand and across Australia are easier than ever. And if you thought anything from rainforest to desert was off-limits for kids, take a look at what Turquoise Holidays have in mind for young travellers over the next twelve months.

Poo safari, South Africa

1/10  Kids love poo-tracking on a South African safari

It’s not every day your kids are invited to hunker down, pick up poo and have a sniff – unless, of course they’re in South Africa. Animal poo-tracking’s perfectly normal here. As normal as breaching whales along the coast, penguins on the beach, white rhino running wild, giraffes before breakfast and big-five jeep safaris.

Wide-eyed with awe is a default position anywhere in South Africa. But nowhere pulls everything together and does unforgettable better than the mesmerising Western Cape. Here, once kids get the hang of basic bush craft (that’s poo to you), they can move on to ranger-training days on game reserves, dolphin spotting, mountain trekking and ticking beasts like lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo off their long and crowded must-see list. Even downtime in Western Cape manages to sneak in learning disguised as fun and turn anything from bread-making to traditional African storytelling into an adventure.

Wild and wonderful as it is, Western Cape’s also the most visited South African province and one of the world’s safest, most accessible and luxurious family safari destinations. But don’t think tame: the animals are wild, the raw landscape’s breathtakingly grand and even poo-tracking’s the genuine article. Just think: authentic safari with stunning places to stay, incredible food, fabulous cities and legendary scenic drives on excellent roads.

Find out more about South Africa family safaris from Turquoise Holidays