The National Trust held a summit this week, voicing concerns that kids are welded to their computers, losing touch with nature, and missing out on fun outdoor activities that their parents enjoyed at the same age.
Luckily, we’ve got plenty of ideas up our sleeves for unforgettable family adventure holidays: ones that see you scrubbing elephants at bath-time, flying over the rainforest on a zip line, and (maybe leave this one to the kids) digging around in piles of dung with expert safari guides.
Luxury Family Safaris in Africa
Give your kids their first glimpse of the big five, take breakfast with giraffes at Giraffe Manor, and learn how to track animals as you ride camels with Masai warriors. Do all this on our Luxury Kenya Safari for Families – along with a Robin Crusoe experience on the beautiful Kenyan Coast.
Alternatively, if you’d rather not give the kids malaria tablets, check out South Africa for some fab non-malarial safaris.
Mahout lessons in Thailand
After you’ve introduced your kids to Bangkok’s fairytale temples, giant reclining Buddha – and of course taken them on a tuk tuk ride – Southern Thailand’s pristine jungle is just a two hour drive away.
At the magical Elephant Hills camp you’ll wake up to the sound of gibbons before joining the mahouts as they care for the resident gentle giants. Help prepare the eles’ special diet, feed them, and best of all, join them for bath time in the emerald lake.
Walking with dinosaurs on the Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos is absolute heaven for animal lovers of all ages, and a fantastic way for kids to learn about evolution. Get up close to dino descendents as you meet extraordinarily tame lizards, before swimming with manta rays, snoozing on the beach with sea lions, and seeing blue footed boobies performing their famous mating dance.
For a slice of ‘Horrible Histories,’ you can also combine a luxury Galapagos holiday with Peru, and introduce your kids to incredible Machu Picchu. Take a look at our Family Adventure in South America: Peru and Galapagos holiday.
Finding Neverland in Costa Rica
Kids and grown up Peter Pans will love the natural wonderland Costa Rica: staying in Hidden Canopy Treehouses, wobbling over dizzying rope bridges, and zipping over the cloud forest on one of the world’s largest ziplines.
Want to give the next generation a helping hand? Head to Tortuguero where you can see tiny hatchling turtles shuffling their way along the beach, and get stuck in with conservation projects.