Travel Dreams For Families Start Here

Published - 09 April 2021, Friday
  • Travel Dreams For Families Start Here

While booking a holiday right now comes with many complications, dreaming of travel in the future does not. So, for now, let Lightfoot Travel speed you to some potential family escapes in preparation for a time when we can holiday while feeling safe and stress-free.

Sri Lanka with kids

Sri Lanka

Small but mighty, the compact teardrop island of Sri Lanka really does have it all. Pick tea leaves in the Central Highlands, look for leopards while on safari on the east coast, and unwind on golden beaches in the south for an all-encompassing adventure. Go for a colonial-style stay which will whisk you back into the past or opt for a private villa on the Galle coastline for seclusion, space and a pool you can call your own. For an extra treat, combine with a few nights in the Maldives. Discover more here.

Best to go: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Nov, Dec


Group getaways to Whistler


A destination where you can do as little or as much as you like, Whistler reigns supreme during the summer months. With runs for all abilities, great après-ski and friendly people, it’s great for those seeking an adrenaline rush (after much of 2020 on a sofa). Also boasting a lift that connects Whistler and Blackcomb mountain, serious skiers will be in their element amid the 8,000 acres of pistes. Click here for an example itinerary.

Best to go: Jun, July, Aug, Sept


Egypt for families


Bring to life the legends of ancient Egypt on this magical journey with a lot of learning and time to unwind. Marvel at the Great Pyramids and their hidden treasures before setting sail on a luxurious river cruise down the Nile. Sanctuary Sun Boat IV offers facilities the Pharaohs would approve of: kids will adore setting sail, and the swimming pool and games room will keep them well occupied. Disembark to visit the west bank of the Nile and the Valley of the Kings, and let your little ones unleash their own inner Indiana Jones’ as they explore the tombs and relics.

Best to go: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec


Fun times in China

China Rafting

Introduce the whole family to China by taking them on a journey to discover past history, traditions and ways of life. Enjoy the culture and cool of old Beijing: explore the Hutongs, learn the art of making dumplings and prepare for squeals of excitement (yours and the kids’!) as you toboggan at the Great Wall of China. Afterwards, descend to the countryside where you can cycle through local villages and pretty orchards, hike waterfalls and rice terraces, and calmly float on a bamboo raft down the tranquil Li River. Find out more on this itinerary.

Best to go: May, Jun, July, Aug, Sept


Puglia for all


Set on the olive-studded coastline of Puglia, Borgo Egnazia is one of Italy’s highly acclaimed hotels. An ideal option for a multi-generational group looking to fly and flop, choose a three-bedroom villa which comes with its own pool, garden and roof terrace from which to enjoy the views. It will be hard to leave your accommodation, but Puglia’s delightful coastline, darling towns and quaint streets will suck you in for sightseeing and obligatory scoops of gelato in between siestas.

Best to go: Jun, July, Aug, Sept


A Cape and Safari adventure


Combine the bustling city of Cape Town with the extraordinary wildlife of the Sabi Sands on this week-long adventure. Tour Table Mountain with its panoramic views over Cape Town, soak up the atmosphere at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and witness the castle of Good Hope. In contrast, on safari you can watch the wildlife world come alive on morning game drives as you seek out leopards, lions and elephants in their natural habitat (not forgetting the cute penguins at Boulders Beach back in the city). Discover more here.

Best to go: All year


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Pick tea leaves in the Central Highlands, look for leopards while on safari on the east coast, and unwind on golden beaches in the south for an all-encompassing adventure.

Did You Know

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Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town has a lot going for it: the ancient granite boulders protect it from the wind and large waves, making it an ideal swimming spot for kids.

The beach is always clean and safe, because it falls under the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area. It is rarely crowded, and kids will be delighted by the stunning rockpools.

But the soft white sand and warm(ish) waters are not the only reasons why 60 000 visitors a year make their way along the coast, past Simon’s Town, to Boulders Beach. The local inhabitants—African penguins in their thousands—know how to pull the crowds.

African Penguins used to be known as jackass penguins because of their distinctive braying, and they’re the only penguins found on the continent. Colonies can be found from southern Namibia all the way around the South African coast to Port Elizabeth, but few places offer as remarkable a viewing point as Boulders Beach.

The penguins first came to False Bay in 1983 from Dyer Island, which is near Gansbaai. Back then, there was plenty for them to eat and the colony grew rapidly. Sadly, commercial fishing, marine pollution, and habitat destruction have taken their toll on the colony.

In 1910, it was estimated that there were approximately one-and-a-half million African Penguins; a century later, the aquatic bird was classified as an endangered species. By 1982 there were only two breeding pairs remaining. Incredible conservation efforts have grown the Boulders colony to over 3,000 birds in recent years.

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