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Our monthly newsletter highlights the best of our unique stories from Africa in combination with hidden treasures we feel you may find interesting. This includes the best safaris, activities, accommodation, experiences, cultural experiences and conservation.
We get asked by many clients where the best place is to go on a family safari. So our highlight this month is malaria-free family safari holidays in the Eastern Cape, South Africa
Now that February half term is over, you have the next family holiday to look forward to, and if you haven't already started planning, then great news! We can help you get it all locked in. Before you know it, it's going to be Easter Holidays and then October half term and then... Christmas. And, where better to go than somewhere SUPER family-friendly, like South Africa? Even better - why not let us help you out a bit?
Here are a few of our properties for you to consider in the Eastern Cape, South Africa – not least because they are entirely malaria-free.
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is 22,000 hectares of wilderness playground when it comes to family holidays. With just 26 rooms split across five different and distinctive safari lodges and villas, you're in for an absolute treat with a stay here. Kwandwe tailor every safari to suit each family's unique sense of adventure. Kids of all ages are welcome on the twice-daily game drives around the private reserve, and they offer an abundance of things to keep little busy-bodies entertained. Rarely have we seen a four-year-old sit more quietly, as the guides really do bring them into the experience! Special date nights can also be arranged, as little-legs can be taken care of at no additional cost. Game drive times are flexible, and there is no minimum age restriction to allow for the ultimate tailored family safari destination.
If you're looking for a private game reserve that combines incredible learning opportunities with a luxurious setting, then Shamwari Private Game Reserve is your answer. The reserve has tonnes to offer, with plenty to keep those youngsters entertained, both in the bush and out of it. We particularly love the Shamwari Riverdene lodge, as not only do they have a dedicated coordinator to help book in exciting activities for your darlings but they also have child-care as an additional option for folks who want to catch a romantic, well-deserved supper (or a few extra G&Ts!). Kids can go wild at the Safari Adventure Centre, including jumping into the Shamwari Riverdene swimming pool or enjoying time in a treehouse like no other with connected suspended walkways, an adventure slide, zipline, and if that's not enough they also have a climbing wall.
'Children are very important people, and we take great care in giving them the best experience ever. After all, happy children make a happy family!' - Kariega Game Reserve's Main Lodge Manager.
What better way to introduce the "Kids on Safari" programme at Kariega Private Game Reserve? They tailor-make children's programmes, making sure your little ones have the most incredible fun but also ensuring they feel inspired, excited, educated and exhilarated all at the same time. As private game reserves go, Kariega makes for a hugely exciting family safari holiday.
We just love this place. There are a few lodges which are super child-friendly and take kids of all ages, and some are best for those kiddies who are 10-going-on-18! The great news is we know them all (very well), so we can help you pick the perfect base while on the Kariega Private Game Reserve. Also ideal for little ones are the huge variety of children's activities that take place every day including a guided trail walk, creating moulds of animal tracks, target practice with a traditional 'kettie' (handheld slingshot), arts and crafts, Bushman painting and environmental education.
We know what it's like to travel with kiddies, and therefore how important planning your family safari holiday is to make sure you don't miss out and get that trip you've always dreamed of. All of our trips are entirely bespoke, which means that we can help you design the perfect trip unique to you and your family's needs in the malaria-free Eastern Cape. Let the family safari fun begin!
Seahorses have lived in the ocean for about 40 million years. They have a head shaped like that of a horse, a tail like a monkey's and male seahorses have a 'pouch' like female kangaroos. If you've never seen a seahorse it's probably best to say that they range in size from 1.5 and 35.5cm, before you start looking for a horse-sized creature in the ocean!
Interestingly, it's the male seahorse that gives birth to offspring – the female lays her eggs in the male's pouch and when they are ready, the babies hatch out of the pouch into the water! AMAZING! Seahorses are fascinating to watch – you may even be lucky to see male and female seahorses in a coy courtship dance. Children are always thrilled to get the chance to witness this!
There are 30 to 40 different kinds of seahorses, but only five of these have been seen around the southern African coastline. The Knysna seahorse is the pride and joy of the Garden Route and as one of the only seahorses that is endangered, we're thrilled to be able to see it when visiting Knysna.
Work hard so that your kids can play hard during your Summer holiday in South Africa.
Here at Tailormade Africa, we just love the Cape Grace on Cape Town's Waterfront and what they have to offer for the ultimate family escape. There is so much for families to do together and they even offer fantastic kiddies activities to allow Mum and Dad some much needed alone time, whether it's just to be able to quietly read a book in the lounge or indulge in one of Cape Town's fine dining restaurants. Aquarium adventures, cozy movie nights, gingerbread decorating and Africa-themed story-time. The Cape Grace LOVE hosting families.
You have to stay here at least once in your lifetime. Quiet luxury at the foot of one of the most captivating wonders of the world - this is a hotel where kids are hugely welcome and cared for so that you can simply relax and take in all the luxury and views that the Cape Grace has to offer.
Work is being done to rebirth the Northern White Rhino and Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya is a vital role player.
Last year the world was hit with tragic news. The world's last male northern white rhino, a 45-year-old named Sudan, was lost to us. He left behind his daughter and grand-daughter, Najin and Fatu – the only two northern white rhinos left on earth. Sudan passed away at the beautiful Ol Pejeta Conservancy, 250km north of Nairobi, where Najin and Fatu are still being looked after by the incredible teams on the reserve.
With these being the only two females left to us on the whole planet, the thought of the northern white rhinos' survival really did seem impossible. That is until scientists successfully created three embryos which they hope will contribute toward the return of this incredible species. Using a process called ICSI (Intra Cytoplasm Sperm Injection), scientists combined frozen sperm from Suni and Saut, two northern white rhino bulls, with eggs taken from Fatu and Najin.
We would love for you to visit Najin and Fatu, the last two surviving northern white rhino in the world. As part of a Tailormade Africa itinerary to Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, you can!
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For those of you who are in London on the 19th of March 2020, we invite you to an Evening with Tailormade Africa at the Richmond Rugby Club. Meet our Directors Rob & Clyde and learn all about East African safaris, beaches and the challenge of hiking Kilimanjaro! Please CLICK HERE to confirm your attendance. As part of your free ticket you'll be given two free drinks at the bar on the night PLUS the opportunity to win delicious South African wines and two nights on safari! We look forward to seeing you there.