Friday, 29 July 2016 11:15

Families Love Fancourt

Fancourt is the ideal holiday resort for the whole family with an impressive range of leisure facilities on site including the Fancourt KidZ Club - but is an ideally located base from which to explore the Garden Route. There's still time to book families on a last minute getaway using their Pay3/Stay4 offer valid till the end of August 2016. Check out full details of everything on offer from young to old!
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Families looking for an introduction to African adventures will be delighted with what’s on offer in Malawi. Known as ‘The warm heart of Africa’ this safe, friendly and compact country offers family friendly wilderness and beach luxury without the crowds or hefty price tag often associated with safari holidays.

With a rising demand for more adventurous holidays, more and more parents are looking to broaden their children’s horizons, educate them regarding new cultures and above all have fun together. In Malawi, the landscape, wildlife, lake and of course, the people, combine to make this country an amazing destination for younger children to experience their first African adventure.  

Malawi has an excellent tourist infrastructure. Getting around the country is easy as it is small by African standardsand there are good roads and inexpensive flights. Families can be swathed in culture by morning and be coming eye to eye with game by afternoon. Two hours later they can be relaxing on golden sandy beaches.

Lots of countries claim it but Malawi’s people really are the most friendly in Africa and they delight in seeing children from other countries, races and cultures.

There are plenty of activities to capture the attention of little ones who like variety during their holidays. There’s everything from cycling, nature walks, fishing, and boat safaris to tracking animal footprints, watching playful baboons, learning bush skills and help build a campfire before sleeping under canvas as a family.

Lake Malawi is the jewel in Malawi’s crown, hosting more fish species than the rivers and lakes of Europe and North America put together. It’s warm enough to swim in all year round, there are no tides and the water is clear and fresh not saline.  On Lake Malawi there are lots of different activities to choose from sailing, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking and lots more!

The beaches along lake Malawi’s coast are coated in soft golden sand and can easily rival the Mediterranean or nearby Indian Ocean in terms of beach resorts. Untouched by mass tourism you can find that perfect spot on the beach for your family to relax.

There is a wide range of family accommodation on offer at realistic prices too. Danforth Yachting has so many watersports on offer and lots of other stuff – mountain biking, a trampoline and their own swimming pool. Family-run Makuzi Beach, is very welcoming of families in a nice sheltered cove on the lake, offering lots of activities and great opportunities for village visits, or Mumbo Island provides families their very own Robinson Crusoe like island to explore.

The climate is family friendly too in Malawi, the best months to travel are April to November, taking in the school summer holidays when rainfall is low. Year round temperatures are in the early twenties and rarely ever exceed 30 degrees. 

Above all, Malawi, where the welcome is even warmer than the climate, is the perfect place to introduce the best of Africa to young children and mum and dad will have just as great an experience too.

Adele Cutler  - Malawi Tourism PR
[email protected]

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Learn the Super Powers of a Bush Ranger

Perhaps it's a generational-thing, but it would appear that fewer children these days spend time playing make-believe games or climbing trees and developing their spirit of adventure. Has the advent of game consoles replaced this? Hopefully not.
With the likes of Bear Grylls turning his adventurous hand to childrens storybooks, it is likely that there is a new generation of budding outdoor adventurers aspiring to follow in his footsteps.

What better place is there for these young discoverers to fuel their imaginations than on safari? Here children become real-life adventurists exploring the natural bush in the company of rangers. It is very endearing to watch as young children are captivated by the tales of these rangers, who are soon elevated to the ranks of super hero.

At Makalali Private Game Lodge children can participate in the Junior Ranger Programme, which offers a fun-filled 2 days for kids aged 6 – 12 years.
With the excitement of the early morning game drive behind them and a scrumptious breakfast filling their tummies, kids will wave goodbye to Mum and Dad before heading off for 1 ½ hours with their newfound super-hero.

During the first day the ranger introduces children to various bush skills which will make them feel like mini Ray Mears. The kids will learn about local vegetation, including the 'toothbrush bush' and edible plants, whilst also learning how to source and purify water and other skills necessary to survive in the bush.
On the following days adventure the focus is on the animals. Rangers will teach the youngsters to identify and track the spoor. Whilst watching the animals, rangers will explain how the behaviour and warning signals can be read to ensure ones safety in the bush. This young tech-savvy generation will also be shown how one can avoid getting lost in the bush without the use of a TomTom...
The next morning the children will sit an informal test before they are presented with their graduation certificates and photos.

Much is said about the necessity to educate the next generation on conservation; they are the future custodians of protected wildlife areas. This Junior Ranger Programme will hopefully ignite that spark within them, ensuring that future adventurists preserve areas in which to explore.

Makalali Private Game Lodge provides accommodation in 4 satellite camps, each with 6 luxury suites, a communal pool, dining area, and boma. Some of the camps are equipped with family suites ensuring two kids can share with Mum and Dad. For extended families or a party of friends, these smaller camps are ideal and can make for an exclusive camp if there are at least 8 adults travelling.

Accommodation is on a full board basis inclusive of 2 game drives per day. The Junior Ranger Programme is available at a cost of ZAR300 per child.
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