It’s safe to say most children love a good holiday. A week or two of uninterrupted playtime involving sandcastles and sun – with no school work in sight.
There are many things to do in Kenya for families wanting to get-away-from-it-all andHeritage Hotels’ Young Adventurers’ programme gives little ones and teens the chance to learn the ways of the wild – while you get some time out to relax…
Proud to be Africa’s most all-encompassing safari programme for young people today:
Heritage Hotels’ Young Adventurers’ programmes are more than just another holiday kids club. Combining fun activities with education and cultural awareness little ones are both entertained and informed – giving them some special memories of their time in Kenya to take home with them.
The Adventurers’ Club is aimed at 4 to 12 year-olds, (with free membership to the under 12s) and is designed to give children the chance to get up close with Africa’s outstanding wildlife, learn about the local culture – and have fun! Naturalists are recruited to take the children through the activities and help them get to grips with the natural science of the local area. From taking the Animal Obstacle course at the Siana Springs club where children then learn the science of these animals survival to understanding the difference between a male and female zebra skull and swatting up on the areas healthiest plants or scariest snakes! Each Adventurers’ Club has its own centre where little ones can interact with displays, join in with educational games and learn about the local communities.
As well as having local naturalists on hand to pass on their expert knowledge children will also have their own trained children’s animator to make sure they are well cared for – and have fun! Most clubs also organise activities such as horse-riding, bicycle safaris, golf, tours, pool and beach games, aqua cycling or glass-bottom boat rides. There are also fun activities like bow and arrow making, campfire building, traditional dancing classes, spear throwing and organised sessions with Massai children and elders.
The 12 to 17 year-olds have their own group, The Young Rangers’ Club, to get stuck into.
As well as cultural activities delving into the Kenyan wilderness the club also helps out in the local community and gets involved in conservation initiatives – a great way to raise young people’s awareness of African culture and tradition.
For budding Crocodile Dundee’s teens can learn how to survive in the bush (gaining a certificate as proof of their new found competence) join bush walks, game drives or study their favourite species first-hand. As with the Adventurers’ Club, the Young Rangers’ Club offers sporting activities where beach combing, snorkelling trips and tennis are just some of the options available.
Obviously, the exact activities will vary depending on your location with the well-known Massai Mara Game Reserve, Samburu Game Reserve, Tsavo Game Park,Great Rift Valley Lodge & Golf Resort and Voyager Beach Resort all offering various youth programmes. Nevertheless, one thing is unanimous (aside from the inclusion of a swimming pool!), however much or little your child wants to do while out in Kenya, these child-friendly clubs offer more than just face painting and treasure hunts. With the opportunity to really get to grips with the African wildlife, culture and traditions, play and hang out with new friends – you’ll soon be wishing you were 12 all over again…