Location: Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Editor’s note: This post is contributed by Kate Collins, Online Contents Manager of Londolozi Nature Reserve, a Private Game Reserve located in the Kruger National Park. The article had been adapted for KidsOnBoard.net. For the original article and more on Londolozi Nature Reserve, please refer to this link. Photographs by Elsa Young and James Tyrrell.
As a young girl my parents would often take our family to the Kruger National Park for holidays. These times spent in nature, looking for wildlife and appreciating nature’s beauty have become etched in my mind and are some of my happiest memories. These beautiful wild spaces hold endless magic for young children and adults alike and are, more often than not, places to celebrate special occasions and milestones.
My love for wild places has stayed with me ever since those early trips. It is for this reason that I wanted to share with you why we believe that every family should have a safari experience on their bucket list:
The wild spaces of beautiful game parks are wonderful for families to reconnect not only with one another but also with nature. So often in our busy lives, we get caught up in the rush of living in cities that we forget to spend quality time with the people who are closest to us. Going on a safari allows you the time to appreciate nature as a family. It’s an experience that you can share together and there’s nothing quite like seeing a wild animal such as a leopard, lion, rhino or elephant for the first time.
2. Learn from nature
Visiting a game reserve is not only a relaxing and exciting experience. On a safari your guide or ranger will impart knowledge of the bushveld, animals, birds and the small wonders around you. We all know that there is a lot that we can learn from nature. Nature is a wonderful teacher and an especially wonderful place for young children to play and explore.
The untouched beauty and stillness of the wilderness offers a wonderful escape from the trappings of everyday life. This is especially important for your family and for children who get caught up in modern technology and forget to experience the outdoors. A safari is the ultimate escape from all this. Wake up to a beautiful dawn chorus and immerse yourself in the harmonious sounds of the bushveld. At night once you’ve left the crackle of the campfire for bed, the hoot of an owl or the roars of a lion will be the only alarm calls you’ll hear while you fall asleep. That’s pure relaxation, only to be found in wild places.
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