This summer, Cheli & Peacock is offering 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, will be awarded with 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.
Four off the camp’s luxurious canvas tents are perfectly suited to families, while the Cottar’s Private House can accommodate a family of 10 and is 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 7 ‘Wonders of the World’.
This authentic, yet exclusive, tented camp is Gold eco-rated and perfect for families keen to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of the African bush. With 2 secluded, spacious and luxuriously-appointed family tents, a new ‘Treetops’ viewing deck, opportunities explore the Mara on foot with local Maasai guides and an array of local villages and schools to visit, Elephant Pepper Camp is perfect for young explorers.
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), 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 and kids will love 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’, offering a forest wildlife experience like no other in Africa. Perfect for any budding young Bellamy, Kitich Camp lies in 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 and there are yet more to be discovered. Ideally suited to those with teenagers, families can spend the day with ‘masters of the forest’ the Ndorobo-Samburu, exploring the mountains, learning ancient tracking techniques and swimming 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 horse- or camel-back, meet the tracker dogs at Lewa HQ or spend the afternoon playing with Lewa’s 3 orphan black rhino.
Further afield, young adventurers can explore the Ngare Ndare Forest, go quad biking in the Kipsing Lugga or visit the local village and learn how to fire a bow and arrow and harvest honey. With 2 new family tents, a swimming pool, bird hide and large gardens, Lewa Safari Camp is 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. Cheli & Peacock’s largest camp, Tortilis has a superb family offering – a vast Family Tent with its own new private swimming pool (the camp now has 2), unbeatable game drives over the plains of Amboseli, walking safaris led by local Maasai warriors, bush breakfasts and visits to the local village – a cacophony of song and dance and a great way for kids to meet their Kenyan contemporaries.
With these 7 amazing properties, you and your family are spoilt for choice. Go try them out and so share your experience.