This summer, Cheli & Peacock have the ultimate family getaway – a safari to some of the most spectacular corners of Kenya and a real adventure deep into the heart of the African bush.
Kenya is the perfect destination for those with little ones in tow and The C&P Portfolio offers 7 fantastic family-friendly properties, with plenty 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.
At Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp in the Maasai Mara, visiting children can enrol at their Maasai Warrior School. Lessons cover fire-building, spear-throwing, bow-and-arrow practice, the art of the well-known Adamu jumping dance and much more.
Young warriors will also participate in a traditional blessing ceremony – adorned in Maasai clothing, jewellery and henna – and, on completing the course, they will receive a certificate, bow and arrow to equip them for life in the bush!
Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp harks back to the pioneering days of the early twentieth century. There is no better way to experience this golden era of adventure than with the whole family.
Cheli & Peacock have four off-camp luxurious canvas tents perfectly suited to families. Meanwhile, the Cottar’s Private House can accommodate a family of ten in the only real 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 lies in the heart of the private and protected Mara North Conservancy wilderness area of the Maasai Mara – the ultimate wildlife destination during the summer migration months and one of the seven ‘Wonders of the World’.
This authentic, yet exclusive, tented camp is Gold eco-rated. It provides a perfect option for families keen to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of the African bush. It comes with two secluded, spacious and luxuriously-appointed family tents. Families can take in the scenery from the new ‘Treetops’ viewing deck. They can seize the opportunity to explore the Mara on foot with local Maasai guides. Otherwise, they can visit an array of nearby local villages and schools.
Named after George and Joy Adamson’s beautiful lioness Elsa, Elsa’s Kopje is a roaring success for those with kids! Perched atop one of Meru National Park’s most beautiful kopjes, 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.
Not far from Elsa’s Kopje is Joy’s Camp in the dry wilds of Shaba National Reserve. Built on the site of Joy Adamson’s former tented, Joy’s Camp offers a family camping trip like no other!
As the only camp operating in Shaba, there is much to discover. Penny’s Rock (the site where Joy re-homed her beloved leopard for instance. The Gorge Walk alongside the mighty Ewaso Nyiro river. A day fishing and picnicking at the nearby hot springs or a visit to one of the many local villages.
Once the sun goes down, there is a whole other twilight world to explore. Kids will love the night game drives and the chance to spot the many sets of eyes peering out from the darkness!
Kitich Camp is Cheli & Peacock’s most remote and authentic ‘bush camp’. The camp offers 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. Some have not yet been discovered. Ideally suited to those with teenagers, families can spend the day with ‘masters of the forest’ the Ndorobo-Samburu. They can, explore the mountains, learn ancient tracking techniques and swim in natural rock pools. Under the starry skies, intrepid adventurers can swap stories over the evening campfire!
At the foot of Mount Kenya, Lewa Safari Camp offers an action-packed itinerary for young families. Get to know Lewa Wildlife Conservancy on a horse. You can also do it on camelback. Meet the tracker dogs at Lewa HQ or spend the afternoon playing with Lewa’s three orphaned black rhinos.
Further afield, young adventurers can explore the Ngare Ndare Forest. They can, for instance, indulge in quad biking in the Kipsing Lugga. Alternatively, they can visit the local village and learn how to fire a bow and arrow and harvest honey. With two new family tents, a swimming pool, bird hide and large gardens, Lewa Safari Camp are one of Cheli & Peacock’s most family-friendly properties.
Amboseli’s Tortilis Camp, in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, is a must for any elephant-loving family. This is the largest camp by Cheli & Peacock. It has a superb family offering – a vast family tent with its own new private swimming pool. Families, without a doubt, will get unbeatable game drives over the plains of Amboseli. Top that up with guided walking safaris led by local Maasai warriors, and bush breakfasts. Visits to the local village – a cacophony of song and dance and a great way for kids to meet their Kenyan contemporaries.
With these seven amazing properties from Cheli & Peacock, you and your family are spoilt for choice. So go try them out and share your experience.