Katy Holland: Take the kids to South Africa
Are we there yet? South Africa is one of the few places Brits won't be crippled by poor exchange rates
Sunday 09 November 2008
If you've always fancied taking the kids to South Africa, there are two reasons why you should do it right now. Firstly, it's pretty much the only place in the world where Brits can holiday without being crippled by poor exchange rates. Secondly, some fantastic new family tours have just sprung up.
To give the kids a thrill, check out Kids in the Cape from Adventure Company (0845 4505316; adventure company.co.uk ), a two-week sojourn along the southern coast. Next year, as part of its "South Africa Up Close" programme, it's offering families all sorts of opportunities to get involved with local conservation projects, from townships to wildlife sanctuaries.
Activities Abroad (01670 789991; activitiesabroad.com ) also has a rather special offering: a 12-day exploration of Kwa Zulu Natal, where you and your tribe can live among Zulu villagers. When you're not enjoying traditional hospitality, there's a tantalising mix of game drives and cultural tours to enjoy. And the kids will also have plenty of opportunities to go snorkelling, sea kayaking and spear fishing.
For tailor-made family itineraries, Native Escapes (020-8977 7034; nativeescapes.com ) offers some great off-the-beaten-track adventures. Take its guided Safari and Cape Town trip to experience everything from sunset hippo and croc cruises to whale-watching. You can sleep at an elephant sanctuary and cross the border into Mozambique to swim with wild dolphins and relax on the beach. Then return for a guided canoe trip through the forest in the Kosi lakes.
A cut-price adventure: that's just the ticket for this winter.
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