The malaria-free game reserves of South Africa provide the perfect introduction to safari-life, with activities for children including tracking, learning survival techniques and spotting the Big Five. Complement a safari with a few days on the coast – go horse riding and whale watching at Grootbos. Enjoy kayaking and water-skiing or explore the sandy beaches at Plettenberg Bay. Take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain, feed the ostrich at Cape Point and bring the region’s turbulent history to life with a visit to Robben Island.
The Maldives is just the tonic for exhausted families seeking some October half term relaxation. Go diving, snorkelling or swim with manta rays and turtles in the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean. Learn to surf in the lagoon before heading for the challenging breaks. Many resorts have excellent children’s’ clubs which cater for youngsters whilst jaded parents rejuvenate in the spa.
Few places satisfy thrill-seeking families as well Nepal. Leave the classroom and work desks behind and enjoy the fresh Himalayan air, trekking, staying at comfortable lodges en route. Go rafting down the peaceful Seti River Valley, setting up camp at a riverside tented camp and explore the jungle on elephant back, looking out for Asiatic rhinos, tigers and crocodiles. Explore the bustling heart of Kathmandu with its busy squares, tranquil temples, labyrinthine alleys and colourful bazaars.
The climate in Morocco is especially pleasant in October. Use Marrakech as your base, staying at one of the delightful riads such as Riad Farnatchi. Learn how to haggle in the souks and watch the snake charmers, story tellers and water sellers in the Djemaa El Fna Square. Head into the Atlas Mountains to go hiking, quad biking or riding. Take a helicopter over the mountains to the edge of the Sahara and ride a camel to a Bedouin camp to spend the night under the stars.
Take your children to experience tribal life in the Masai Mara, meeting Masai warriors and learning bush skills in Kenya. Fly in a bi-plane, swim beneath waterfalls, spot endangered rhino, go fishing on Mount Kenya and ride a camel to breakfast. Experience unimaginable game drives amongst lion, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, plains game and leopard. Complete your safari experience with a few days relaxing on the white sandy beaches of the Kenyan coast.
A wonderful opportunity to explore other cultures and landscapes, take a train through rainforest clad mountains to Machu Picchu or go biking along the paths of the colourful Quecha Indians. Go rafting along the rivers of the Incas and speed along a tributary of the Amazon to spend the night under the stars in a tree house high up in the forest canopy. Absorb the magnetic atmosphere of Cusco, people watching in the lively plazas, markets and cafés.
For some expert advice on where to go during the October half term holidays, please contact the specialist team at Red Savannah on + 44 (0)1242 787800 for more ideas.