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Take the family to an adventure of the lifetime

Summer is perfect for great outdoor activities and where else to go up close with the wilderness but Kenya? Back here, Cheli & Peacock, a safari operator for the past 27 years is offering the ultimate wildlife experience for the family – a getaway to some of the most spectacular spots of the land and a real adventure travel deep into the bushes of African.

Kenya is the perfect place for adventurers with kids in tow, and The C&P Portfolio offers seven fantastic family-friendly properties, fun activities with lots of things to keep the young – and young at heart – amused! With some superb special offers – including the Family Special – there has never been a better time to book a summer getaway for the ultimate in adventure travel and outdoor activities.

“We have always had multigenerational groups on safari – although family safaris are definitely on the increase,” said Stefano and Liz Cheli, owners of Cheli & Peacock owners.  

“Twenty years ago,” they added, “we had couples ‘escaping’ for a romantic holiday; nowadays - with our more frenetic lifestyles - we have a great many families that consider a safari to be a perfect way to spend some time together. Kenya is great for kids – Kenyans are warm and welcoming, especially when it comes to young families.”

‘Warrior School’
At Cottar’s 1920s camp in the Maasai Mara, children can sign up at the "Warrior School."

“Lessons” cover fire-building, spear-throwing, bow-and-arrow practice, the art of the well-known adamu jumping dance and much more fun activities.

Young warriors will also join a traditional blessing ritual –  dressed in Maasai clothing, jewellery and henna – and, upon finishing the program, will be bestowed with a certificate, bow and arrow to equip them for life in the bush!

Cottar’s 1920s camp harks back to the pioneering days of the early 20th century. There is more acceptable way to experience this golden era of adventure than with the whole family. Four off-the-camp’s luxurious canvas tents are perfectly suited to families, while the Cottar’s Private House can accommodate a family of 10 and is the only true private luxury home in the Maasai Mara. The brand new 25m swimming pool is ideal for little ones wanting to splash in the shallows.

Elephant Pepper Camp
Meantime, in the middle of the exclusive and safe Mara North Conservancy wilderness area of the Maasai Mara lies the Elephant Pepper Camp – the quintessential place to be to see wildlife in the summer migration months and one of the seven “Wonders of the World.”

This authentic, yet exclusive, tented camp is Gold eco-rated and perfect for families keen at immersing in the wonders of the African bush. With two secluded, spacious and luxuriously-appointed family tents, a new “Treetops” viewing deck, opportunities explore the Mara on foot with local Maasai guides and an array of local villages and schools to visit, Elephant Pepper Camp is perfect for young explorers.

Elsa’s Kopje
Elsa’s Kopje is a huge success for those with kids. The place was named after George and Joy Adamson’s beautiful lioness Elsa,   Perched atop one of Meru National Park’s most beautiful kopjes or small hills, with a vast private house perfect for families and the entirety of Meru National Park to yourselves, this lodge has plenty of space for large families.

While the young and adventurous take off to explore the park, the superb Rhino Sanctuary, fish the Tana River or pay a visit to the local village; those opting for a gentler pace can enjoy the panoramic views from the lodge’s stunning infinity pool or enjoy a relaxing massage.

Shaba National Reserve
Meantime, not far from Elsa’s Kopje is Joy’s Camp which offers a family camping adventure like no other  in the dry frontiers of  Shaba National Reserve.  

As the only camp operating in Shaba, there is much to discover – Penny’s Rock (the site where Joy re-homed her beloved leopard), the Gorge Walk alongside the mighty Ewaso Nyiro river, a day fishing and picnicking at the nearby mineral springs or a visit to one of the many local villages. Once the sun goes down, there is whole other twilight world to explore and kids will love night game drives and the chance to spot the many sets of eyes peering out from the darkness.

Remote bush camp
Kitich Camp is Cheli & Peacock’s most remote and authentic “bush camp,” offering a forest wildlife experience like no other in Africa. Perfect for any budding young Bellamy, Kitich Camp lies deep in the heart of the little-explored Mathews Mountain Range. The forest is awash with some of the world’s most spectacular and unusual species and there are yet more to be discovered.

Ideally suited to those with teenagers, families can spend the day with “masters of the forest” the Ndorobo-Samburu, exploring the mountains, learning ancient tracking techniques and swimming in natural rock pools. Under the starry skies, intrepid adventurers can swap stories over the evening campfire.

Lewa Safari Camp
At the foot of Mount Kenya, lies an action-packed schedule for young families: Lewa Safari Camp. Get to know Lewa Wildlife Conservancy on horse – or camel-back, meet the tracker dogs at Lewa HQ or spend the afternoon playing with Lewa’s three orphan black rhino.

Further afield, young adventurers can explore the Ngare Ndare Forest, go quad biking in the Kipsing Lugga or visit the local village and learn  to use a bow and arrow and harvest honey. With two new family tents, a swimming pool, bird hide and large gardens, Lewa Safari Camp is one of Cheli & Peacock’s most family-friendly properties.

Mt. Kilimanjaro
Amboseli’s Tortilis Camp, in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro, should be on the bucket list of any elephant-loving family.

Cheli & Peacock’s largest camp, Tortilis has a superb family offering – a vast Family Tent with its own new private swimming pool (the camp now has two), unbeatable game drives over the plains of Amboseli, walking safaris led by local Maasai warriors, bush breakfasts and visits to the local village – a cacophony of song and dance and a great way for kids to meet their Kenyan contemporaries.

(Photo courtesy of Cheli & Peacock)