With the holiday season upon us, we are enjoying a hearty discussion around the office about gift ideas. In the spirit of avoiding too much clutter, the conversation inevitably turns to travel experiences as a fantastic substitute for classic gift giving for many occasions! While we continue to offer fantastic itineraries for honeymooners, anniversary trips and families, to name few, here are other suggestions to consider!
- Why not celebrate this year’s festive season with a plan to get away next year! Avoid the disappointment of trying to get space in Cape Town and Kruger area in December by planning a year ahead. South Africans are enjoying their long summer break at this time of year which puts space at a premium, but with forward thinking you could be enjoying our Cape and Kruger itinerary!
Graduation – high school or college
- Families with older children realize quickly how precious time together is going to be in the future. College and school schedules rarely align, internships and summer camps intrude, leaving small windows of time for a family vacation. A safari is truly the ultimate family bonding experience, a chance to leave modern technology (but not modern conveniences) behind and enjoy nature, the wildlife and each other’s company! Our Rafiki itinerary around Kenya will also allow you to learn about the country’s key conservation efforts for both the endangered rhino and elephant population.
Larger family groups could consider properties offering private accommodation to mark a special event or trip – the benefit of which includes a private vehicle and staff, including guide and chef. For the ultimate splurge, combine two classic properties, Cottars Villa and Ol Jogi. I was lucky enough to spend time at each of these special places in May. You can read more about my adventure here: Victoria’s Travels to Kenya
- Finding an exotic destination while contemplating a family can seem like a challenge but South Africa can provide the perfect solution, as there are malaria and zika free areas, including the Western and Eastern Cape regions. Our romantic Babymoon itinerary includes time in Cape Town, the wine region (even if only dad-to-be can imbibe, it’s absolutely stunning and a culinary delight), a luxury eco-lodge and a malaria & zika free Big Five reserve.
- The luxury of time is both a curse and gift in a world where we are viewed through the prism of our occupation. We focus on the gift aspect – with more flexibility for travel, this is a fantastic opportunity to plan an adventure during the quieter seasons of the year, avoiding the crowds and the peak season rates! Enjoy January and February in Tanzania, where the wildlife abounds and the migration finds itself in the Southern Serengeti during calving season. Or take in a visit to Botswana and Victoria Falls during green season, which can also be combined with summertime in Cape Town!
- Let’s face it, the continent abounds with items that are on many bucket lists – seeing the Great Migration in Tanzania, hiking Table Mountain in Cape Town, jumping into Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls (Zambia), seeing the “big five” in the Kruger to name a few – but there is one experience described to us by a very well-traveled client as “the greatest wildlife moment of her life”. Thus, we recommend adding gorilla trekking in Rwanda or Uganda to your wishlist. Spending just one hour observing a habituated gorilla family after trekking through the steep, densely forested hills is an inspiring and privileged moment. Gorillas of Rwanda or Gorillas in the Mist are two such suggested itineraries and can be combined with Tanzania, Kenya or even Southern Africa.
Whatever you want to celebrate, we can guarantee that Africa is the perfect, most memorable, adventurous, unique and inspiring place to do it!