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Kate Simon is the Travel Correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. She was Travel Editor of The Independent on Sunday from 2005 to 2011. Kate is also the co-founder of Little Black Book Creative (www.lbbcreative.co.uk), which offers editorial services, media relations consultancy and travel-writing training.
Sunday 18 May 2014
Scramble up the world's highest sand dunes and look cheetahs in the eye on a trip to the African bush. The seven-night "Namibia Family Adventure" with G Adventures (0844 272 0000; gadventures.com) also includes a trip to Walvis Bay, to see wild flamingos, and game drives in the Etosha National Park where there's elephants, lions and antelope. This small group tour (maximum 15) is led by guide, with accommodation at a mix of hotels, lodges and camps. It costs £1,549 per person and departs Windhoek on 10 August. Excludes flights.
Exodus (0845 287 3647; exodus.co.uk) has launched a new Cuban Adventure By Bike for active families. The nine-day cycling tour of Cuba takes in Havana and Trinidad, crosses the Viñales valley and visits the Bay of Pigs Museum and Che Guevara's mausoleum. The trip costs £1,989 per person, including return flights from Gatwick to Havana, transfers, B&B accommodation in hotels, homestays and beach cabins, and some meals. Bike hire costs £55 per machine.
For some families, holidays are about exploring the world together and firing everyone's imagination. If that's your brood, take a look at the new family tour of Borneo being offered by Stubborn Mule Travel (01728 752751; stubbornmuletravel.com). Highlights of the two-week journey include walking in the canopy of a rainforest, staying in a traditional Rungus longhouse, watching turtles lay eggs in the moonlight, and encountering orang-utans. It costs from £1,350 per person, including accommodation, internal flights and transport, excursions, entrance fees and some meals. Excludes flights.
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