With multi-generational travel on the rise, it’s no wonder that families are looking for unique experiential vacations.

Aside from an incredible Big 5 malaria-free wilderness safari, here at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, located in the untamed Karoo, just outside Cape Town, Gondwana Family Lodge offers younger guests the opportunity to learn more about nature conservation.

The Kids on Safari initiative gives parents the time to go on game drives or even indulge at one of the Relaxation Retreats, whilst kids have a fun, yet educational experience back at the lodge.

We really do believe it’s important for the younger generation to truly learn about their own environment so that when they return home, they see their own neighbourhood through fresh eyes and the synergy between Mother Nature and their daily lives.

While kids under 4 years old are not permitted on game drives, there are a host of exciting adventures that await them such as the Interpretive Trail, which takes them through the garden at Gondwana, to learn about animals on the reserve as well as their tracks, important plants, and more. We have also created an educational, fun and interactive book, teaching children about the wildlife at Sanbona while also encouraging them to get involved with everyone, as they often require the ranger’s assistance to answer some of the questions.

Aside from outdoor activities, there are arts and crafts to enjoy, puzzles of varying sizes and difficulties covering a broad age range, documentary DVD’s on various conservation topics and animals as well as animated movies entertaining and educational children’s books plus a selection of fun board games to keep them occupied.

Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandad can be part of planning an educating, multi-generational holiday to really maximise what the children get out of it. Cape Town and South Africa is steeped in fascinating history and families can choose so many experiences whilst in or around Cape Town to avail the youngsters to facts and lifestyles they may never have been aware of. Robben Island, the Castle of Good Hope, the suburb of Bo Kaap and the very many museums and art galleries around the city centre are sure to keep you busy from morning to night.

One thing is certain; they will leave Sanbona with a new-found respect for the environment, flora and fauna.

Who knows, they may become conservationists in the future?