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What could be more exciting to a child than stroking a baby elephant, feeding giraffes or learning to surf in Australia or Costa Rica?

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On safari children (and adults, of course) can learn how to stalk game across the savannah with Maasai warriors by their side or learn about ancient Aboriginal culture. There is little chance to be bored with opportunities to snorkel, fish, ride horses, camels or even an elephant, to learn how to pole a dugout mekoro or shoot an air rifle at tin cans.

Many camps and lodges have specially designed safaris offering families the opportunity to discover the wonders of the wilderness together (many have spacious rooms or even family tents so younger children can be with their parents). As an alternative there is a wide choice of private houses which are ideal for families and offer a cost effective stay, especially if travelling as two families together. Please visit our Private Houses section to see a hand picked selection.

We can arrange a fantastic family safari for any time of year… be it during the summer holidays, half term, the Easter holidays or even over Christmas and New Year.

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Here are some of our favourite lodges that are great for families.

Please get in touch to hear more about our full portfolio so that we can help create the perfect family holiday.

Pacuare Lodge

Tucked away in the middle of 840 acres of private reserve, Pacuare Lodge sits peacefully on the banks of the mighty Pacuare River. This remote lodge is best accessed (at least one way) via a half-day white water rafting ride passing stunning rainforests, narrow canyons, and waterfalls on every side.

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Explora Patagonia

This landmark lodge has an enviable position within Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. Explora offers highly experienced guides, luxury accommodation and stunning views from every window. Guests can explore by horseback or 4×4 and there are also excellent opportunities for mountain climbing with incredible views of the fjords below.

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Casa Cairuçu

Casa Cairuçu takes its name from its spectacular location near to the coastal town of Paraty. A few steps from the calm, protected waters of Paraty Bay, this pretty, three bedroom house is located inside the Environmental Protection Area (APA) of Cairuçu surrounded by pristine beaches, uninterrupted swathes of rainforest and traditional fishing communities.

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Estancia Huechahue

Estancia Huechahue is a 15,000 acre working ranch set in the foothills of the Andes, amid archetypal northern Patagonian landscapes. The estancia remains one of our favourite destinations for guests who are looking for a genuine Argentine experience of Patagonia in the hands of a team who are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the region.

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Alila Diwa Goa

Set amidst the serene landscape of lush, verdant rice plantations flowing towards the Arabian Sea, relaxation reigns at this Goa resort.

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Awasi Iguazu

Awasi Iguazú is the perfect spot to explore the spectacular Iguazu waterfalls as well as the miles of rainforest that surround them. Few people take the time to venture further than the waterfalls and the forests are almost empty.

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Bullo River Station

Bullo River Station is a working cattle station and homestead covering 500,000 acres of the Northern Territory. It operates in harmony with the land, balancing sustainable farming methods with best-practice land management.

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Constance Lemuria

Built with a modern approach to design and quality, Constance Lemuria lives up to – and often exceeds – the expectation of guests who enjoy pure luxury and preserved nature. Constance Lemuria Seychelles is located just five minutes from Praslin airstrip in an idyllic setting on the northwest coast of the island.

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Damaraland Camp

Visit Damaraland Camp for peace and isolation under huge blue skies, beside the auburn basalt peaks of the Etendeka Mountains. Damaraland feels as far removed from hustle and bustle as geographically possible and guests are odds-on to spot desert-adapted elephants.

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Eagles Nest

This multi-award winning 75-acre estate offers five private luxury villas. Each of these villas, offer inspirational views across private heated infinity edged lap pools to the Bay of Islands. Eagles Nest is a world class retreat over-looking the spectacular Bay of Islands, designed and furnished in an eclectic international contemporary style.

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Emirates Wolgan Valley

Carefully sited between two National Parks and spread out at the foot of towering cliffs, Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is set within its own private conservation and wildlife reserve. The main homestead offers distinctive dining, luxury facilities and stand-alone Timeless Spa.

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Flor Blanca

Flor Blanca is flanked by unspoiled tropical jungle and seven acres of world famous surf that rolls onto the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula. The property is well known for its yoga and pilates lessons that are delivered by internationally trained instructors in a studio overlooking the jungle.

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Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai is spectacularly located in the lush Mae Rim Valley just 30 minutes North of the city of Chiang Mai, set in 32 acres of extensively landscaped gardens and terraces which feature two small lakes, lily ponds, waterfalls and a working rice farm, complete with its own family of water buffalo.

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Hacienda Zuleta

This stunning 17th century working-farm was the residence of Ecuador’s former President Galo Plaza Lasso and his family. A pretty two hour drive from Quito brings guests to this warm and friendly hacienda nestled deep in the Andes.

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Hemingways Resort

Hemingways Resort lies within the Watamu Marine National Park, approximately 90 miles north of Mombasa. The ambience of the hotel is one of relaxed sophistication with the friendliness of a privately-owned hotel matched by the facilities and standards of an international resort.

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Kaya Mawa

Translated as “Maybe tomorrow”, the lodge uses the stunning natural surroundings to create an idyllic island lodge of unique character and imagination with a very special ambiance. Kaya Mawa sits in a pretty bay, covered with mango trees and ancient baobabs, encircled by glorious sandy beaches and rocky coves.

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Khwai Tented Camp

Khwai is a private, community-run concession on the eastern border of the Moremi Game Reserve along the river Khwai. The river is the sole source of water for miles around attracting wildlife from afar. All proceeds from tourism go directly to help local people and local projects through the Khwai Community Trust.

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Kinondu Kwetu

An hour and a half south of bustling Mombasa, Kinondo Kwetu’s secluded position means that its beach and adjoining gardens are utterly private. After bathing in the sea, you can completely relax in the hotel’s grounds and two pools, beneath the shade of towering baobab and palm trees.

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Las Alamandas

Las Alamandas is hidden amid 1,200 acres of a pristine nature reserve on the Costalegre coastline between Merida and Puerto Vallarta. Las Alamandas is breathtakingly romantic with plenty of nooks and crannies to rest and relax in the privacy of lush gardens that fringe the miles of beach ahead.

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Lewa Wilderness

Lewa Wilderness is one of Kenya’s major private conservation successes as it is one of very few ranches in the world where guests can see a remarkable variety of wildlife, including many endangered animals such as both black and white Rhino species, Grevy’s Zebra and Sitatunga.

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Little Kulala

Little Kulala is an extremely stylish desert retreat among towering red sand dunes. Gravel plains and low rolling sand dunes stretch out in front of the lodge, with the iconic dunes of the Namib Desert in the distance and the Naukluft Mountains to the rear providing a dramatic backdrop.

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Little Ongava

Little Ongava is quite possibly Namibia’s most luxurious and exclusive safari destination. Perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking a waterhole, Little Ongava is known for its panoramic vistas of the surrounding African savannah.

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Matetsi Victoria Falls

Matetsi Private Game Reserve is tucked into a nine mile stretch of private land that runs along the banks of the Zambezi River. Beyond the river bank, 123 000 acres of a private game reserve is yours to explore in the hands of first-class guides.

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MV Origin

This luxury yacht in the Galapagos offers guests comfort and space on board and a highly experienced 14-member Ecuadorian crew, which includes two fantastic naturalist guides (one for every ten guests). Ecoventura pride themselves on local conservation and guests who board this boat can be assured they are in the hands of a team that takes protecting these precious islands seriously.

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Nihi Sumba

Nihi Sumba, formerly Nihiwatu, is a unique and intimate, luxury eco retreat, situated within 560 hectares and 2.5km of pristine beach on the little known and beautifully preserved Indonesian island of Sumba.

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NIYAMA

NIYAMA is a luxury contemporary and vibrant resort for the stylish aspirational traveller, incorporating traditional Maldivian elegance in a naturally modern aesthetic. Split over two islands, Niyama Private Islands Maldives offers up the luxury of choice for active couples and fun loving families.

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Offbeat Mara

With exceptional game viewing and a small, friendly team running this camp to the highest of standards, Offbeat Mara is exactly what an authentic safari camp should be. Guests have access to the Game Reserve, the Mara River and early morning balloon trips.

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Ol Malo

Situated on the northern edge of the Laikipia plateau, Ol Malo is nestled into a rugged escarpment looking out across the time-honored lands of Kenya’s Northern Frontier District. An ancient land inhabited by wildlife and peoples of a time long ago, undisturbed and living by the rhythm of nature and as part of this untamed and beautiful landscape is Ol Malo.

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One&Only Royal Mirage

One&Only Royal Mirage is a stylish hotel of intricate arches, domes, towers and courtyards. In a thriving world-class city renowned for its soaring skyscrapers, One&Only Royal Mirage recalls the romance of Old Arabia, with 65 acres of lush green lawns and immaculate flower beds set along a kilometre of private beachfront.

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Riad Kniza

Enjoy Moroccan hospitality at its finest in the lavishly restored suites of Riad Kniza, an historic 200-year-old mansion, owned by one of Marrakech’s most famous antique dealers. Teams of Morocco’s most highly skilled craftsmen have honoured their masters in creating this gem of Moorish architecture.

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Rincon del Socorro

The Ibera Wetlands are often overshadowed by Brazil’s larger and wider-known Pantanal but they are just as spectacular. Ibera means ‘bright water’ in the local guarani dialect and, when the sun catches the water and every horizon flashes sliver, it is easy to see why.

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Roça Sundy

Roça Sundy is a beautifully restored cocoa plantation house in the heart of the African rainforest. It is located on the remote, little known and utterly beautiful tropical island of Principe, the smallest of the two islands that make up São Tomé and Principe.

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Sacha Lodge

This remote jungle lodge is hidden deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon. From here guests can explore the pristine rainforest in the hands of fantastic guides who know the jungle and waterways of the Napo River better than anyone.

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Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa

Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa comprises a total of three hotels, catering for myriad of travellers and parties from young families to young-at-heart couples. The family friendly Al Waha offers several swimming pools set among date palms while Al Bandar has been designed to reflect a small town with a variety of fine restaurants.

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Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa

Located near Gan in the south of The Maldives, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa is the definition of luxury, a place where all experiences are tailored to suit your passions. Retreat in style in one of Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa’s private villas perched atop the emerald green jungle or strung along the turquoise shoreline.

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Sirikoi

At Sirikoi the spacious living and dining area, infinity swimming pool and veranda deck are set within extensive lawns, scattered acacia trees and overlooking a natural waterhole where wild animals frequently visit to wallow and drink.

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Six Senses Laamu

Just an inter-island plane trip from Malé International Airport and a short boat ride brings you to the pristine palm-fringed paradise of Laamu. The resort features 97 villa accommodations, with most being set over the lagoon’s turquoise waters and some on the island, and all constructed of sustainably sourced materials.

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Skeleton Coast Safaris

Skeleton Coast Safaris is a truly unique experience in one of the most hauntingly beautiful and unspoilt places in the world. Spend three or four nights flying and overnighting along Namibia’s dramatic Skeleton Coast in the company of the world-famous Schoeman family.

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Somalisa Acacia Camp

Somalisa Acacia, a premium family safari camp in Hwange National Park, is situated on the western side of Somalisa, its simple but luxurious tents, all on slightly raised decks, are beautifully positioned beneath the dappled canopy of a grove of Acacias. The ultimate Zimbabwe Safari experience.

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Soneva Kiri

Award-winning luxury resort Soneva Kiri is located on Thailand’s fourth largest but least populated island, Koh Kood, offering an unrivalled combination of luxury, an integral environmental approach, authentic Thai experiences and mouth-watering organic food.

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Tiger Blue

Combining traditional design with modern comforts, Tiger Blue offers a unique opportunity to discover the crystal clear waters, pristine island landscapes and spectacular natural beauty of Eastern Indonesia.

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Txai

Everything about Txai feels exclusive. Private bungalows with peaceful terraces facing the fringes of the forest or the Atlantic ocean; a near Olympic sized swimming pool lined with palm trees and a spa is widely recognised for its excellent treatments.

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Vamizi Island Private Villas

Vamizi Island defines castaway chic, with five impossibly romantic timber villas strung loosely along one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Vamizi isn’t about the usual five star luxury and all mod cons, it’s about the more rarefied pleasures of exclusive island life.

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Villa des Orangers

Get away for a dream vacation and dive into an oasis of calm and freshness in the heart of the Medina of Marrakech. At the foot of the Koutoubia Mosque, between the Royal Palace and bustling Jemaa El Fna Square, the Villa des Orangers 5* hotel opens up to you like a jewel of serene, quiet living.

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Villa Maroc

Villa Maroc is Essaouira’s original, 18th-century riad hotel with 21 shabby-chic rooms, a Carita-endorsed spa and a front-row, ocean-view location in the Unesco-protected medina. Situated on top of Essaouira’s ramparts, Villa Maroc was one of the first riads in Morocco to be converted into a boutique hotel.

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