Anyone familiar with the minds of six-year-olds can appreciate their obsession with all things wild. Below we describe how our Private Travel consultants, using three Virgin Limited Edition retreats—and some savvy private transfers—would indulge them.
Mahali Mzuri, Kenya
Private Travel: Taking Kids on Safari
Virgin Limited Edition is Sir Richard Branson's collection of unique retreats and luxury hotels. They haven’t forgotten what it’s like to be a kid. Neither have we.
The Manor House, Mont Rochelle, South Africa
Be met upon arrival in Cape Town, South Africa by your driver—who also assists you with customs, immigration and your luggage—at the end of a flight booked for your family by our in-house air travel specialists. Privately transfer—in under an hour—to Mont Rochelle, a stunning 26-bedroom hotel and vineyard in Franschhoek, a wine town located in a province considered to be the food and wine capital of South Africa. Settle into The Manor House, your exclusive four-bedroom villa. Drop the kids off with the babysitter we’ve pre-arranged for you, and relax. Your children are afforded their own room in the Manor House, expertly curated kid-friendly menus and access to a fully-stocked game console. Together, you can opt to play a variety of pool- and garden-side games, picnic on the grounds, monopolize the private game room or plan horseback excursions and bike rides into town.
Ulusaba, South Africa
Following a return private transfer back to Cape Town International Airport, travel to Ulusaba via Johannesburg on two privately chartered or two commercial flights we’ve arranged for you and your family. Ulusaba, Sir Richard Branson’s private safari game reserve, is located in South Africa’s world-renowned Sabi Sand Reserve. In between signature morning and afternoon game drives, which are limited to kids six years of age or older, you and your children—whom we’ll have pre-enrolled in Ulusaba’s Cubs Club—can pre-arrange, or plan in real time, fun, tailored mid-day activities including, but not limited to, treasure hunts, traditional South African games, junior ranger training, community visits and cooking classes. Adults have their optional spa treatments at Ulusaba, as do children under the age of 12: six different ones.
Mahali Mzuri, Kenya
Mahali Mzuri—‘beautiful place’ in Swahili—is Sir Richard Branson’s Kenyan luxury safari camp. It is perfectly situated within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, which is in the world famous Maasai Mara National Reserve. Due to its prime location within the conservancy, only children six years and up may stay at Mahali Mzuri. Guaranteeing quality family time during your stay, all children of any age must be under parental supervision at all times. The tradeoff: unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities including twice-daily game drives and optional walking safaris. In between wildlife viewings, unwind with your children in your family tent, which is fully-stocked with a TV, games, a DVD player and a video game console. Frolic in an infinity pool, or get acquainted with Maasai life through crafting, races and jumping contests. As with the previous two properties, meals can be modified for young palettes.