5 of the best safari and wildlife trips
All inclusive holidays, adventure holidays and beach holidays are all great options, but nothing matches the thrill of seeing wildlife in its natural habitat.
Whether you’ve got your sights set on seeing the big five in the Kenyan bush or blowing bubbles with sea lions on the Galapagos islands, wildlife experiences are everywhere – you just have to look a little harder to find the real gems.
Abercrombie & Kent are experts in wildlife holidays and those once-in-a-lifetime moments they bring. With that in mind, Abercrombie & Kent have picked our the very best safari and wildlife trips for families.
1/5 Spot the Big Five in Kenya
What better place to see beautiful, exotic wildlife than Kenya. Your little ones may have had their first insight to Africa through Disney’s The Lion King, but their imaginations are just waiting to be untapped – home to the world’s most breathtaking wildlife, Kenya will amaze all ages.
Begin your Kenyan adventure on the outskirts of Nairobi, at Giraffe Manor, a ten-bedroom boutique full of charm and era. Families are warmly welcomed at Giraffe Manor, but there’s more to this pad than beautiful accommodation, you and your family can have breakfast alongside resident giraffes – yes we’re serious! We know the kids will be totally impressed sharing the most important meal of the day with these beautiful animals.
Continue your wildlife adventure at David Sheldrick’s Wildlife Trust, where you’ll see baby elephants at play and being bottle fed by their loving, dedicated keepers, who will talk you through the process of returning these gentle creatures to the wild.
No trip would be complete without a visit to the Masai Mara, arguably one of Africa’s greatest game reserves. But don’t just do the ordinary, take the experience to a whole new dimension, with a glamping stay at Sanctuary Olonana. Their ensuite tents all have wooden floors, large beds and your own veranda overlooking a hippo-infested river. The area is also home to elephant, lion, and zebra so wherever you look you’ll be in the heart of spectacular wildlife. During your stay, you’ll be blown away by morning game drives – though getting the kids up may be a struggle. And a visit to a local Massai community will open your eyes as well as the kids to how different life in Africa is.
Flights depart from London Heathrow direct to Nairobi and the flight duration is 8+ hours. Visas are required and can be organized pre-travel and on arrival. Some medication considerations include Malaria tablets and Yellow fever vaccination may be required.
Best time to go: Spring, Easter and Summer holidays
Suitable for: Ages 5+
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