Give your children the gift of travel with a little help from our JG Black Book Collection Members. Whether they’re learning how to track wild animals on an African bush safari, tubing on a backcountry lake during an Alaskan summer or visiting a dinosaur and blue whale exhibition at one of the most famous museums in London, our partners promise a trip full of memories that will last a lifetime. And to help with your family travel plans, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top kid-friendly activities 8 of our Collection Members have to offer!
What could be more exciting for a child than an African safari? At Azura Selous Game Reserve, children from the age of 6 and up can learn about the bush from Azura’s expert guides. They offer a range of educational activities such as animal tracking, traditional bow and arrow making, and learning the Swahili names of all the animals they’ll encounter. With game drives, walking, and boating safaris, children of all ages will have a memorable safari experience with Azura Retreats.
The Stafford London
With Buckingham Palace, the Royal Parks, and child-friendly museums and shops right at their doorstep, The Stafford London is perfectly located to help your children explore all that the Capital has to offer. A kid-favorite is without a doubt The Natural History Museum, famous for its exhibition of dinosaur skeletons and the magnificent blue whale skeleton. Next on the list is The London Dungeon, one of London’s ‘must-see’ attractions. The journey takes visitors through 1,000 years of the capital’s past, reproducing set scenes using live actors and special effects. For the younger children, just a ten-minute walk from The Stafford on Regent Street, there is Hamleys, England’s oldest and biggest toy shop and one of the world’s best-known! This famous multi-story store has fantastic demonstrations and displays for all the family to enjoy.
For generations, Micato Safaris has been orchestrating African safaris that are kid-friendly, offering exciting activities and journeys that enthrall children and grown-ups alike. And Micato’s experts are always ready to help families get into all the delightful details of nearly boundless activities that Africa has to offer. For families traveling to East Africa, they might love the private, crowd-free visit to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage or learning how to track big cats with Maasai warriors. For families looking for a Southern Africa trip, Micato offers exciting experiences like following in Nelson Mandela’s footsteps at Robben Island, where he was imprisoned for two decades, and visiting the cuddly colonies of African penguins and Cape fur seals during privately-arranged kayaking excursions. Only-in-Africa experiences are made real by Micato Safaris, whose attention to detail and unsurpassed service have earned the company the #1 spot on Travel+Leisure’s World’s Best Safari Outfitter list an unprecedented nine times.
A safari adventure awaits at Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp, with special guided bush walks that teach their young guests about animal tracks, birds, insects, flowers and trees, allowing them to get a better understanding of the eco-system and appreciation for all the abundance that nature offers. Being well-located in the Mara North Conservancy allows Elewana to teach their young guests about the colorful and vibrant Masaai tribe. With fun warrior training, children learn how to light a fire, throw a Masaai ‘rungu’ and use traditional bows and arrows. Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp also offers visits to their partner school, allowing guests to get involved with the local community and students and to learn about the education system. Lastly, an evening roasting marshmallows encourages young guests to share their tales of exciting adventures from the day, cementing memories that will last a lifetime and a love of the destination, its nature and its people.
When traveling with family, children are always so excited to explore and curious about their unfamiliar surroundings. And that’s exactly why Inca Rail offers kid-friendly activities for their youngest Machu Picchu passengers! Maritza Montero, Business Manager of Inca Rail, said, “We know that children are always in constant movement and traveling often becomes an enriching experience for them. That’s why we have created kid-friendly activities that will help them enjoy a unique and fun experience before they arrive at their destination.”
Children traveling on Inca Rail will receive coloring pages with illustrations of Machu Picchu. Aboard the train, children are also provided with tools to learn about flora and fauna of the Sacred Valley. On Inca Rail’s First Class Service, children will receive an onboard entertainment kit, which includes an activity book specially designed for children to paint, draw, and solve word search puzzles. Each wagon of the First Class Service will also have board games that the whole family can enjoy!
With almost 34 years of creating amazing experiences for families under their belt, Quasar Expeditions has a pretty good idea as to what a wonderful family trip should be all about. In the Galapagos, their very family-friendly yachts are the perfect way for kids to get one of the best educational trips of their lives. The crew is attentive, accommodating and patient, and the guides are experts with children (and with moms and dads too)! Quasar’s Patagonia Overland Safari in partnership with JEEP is another amazing family bonding experience. This personalized, private adventure in Chile and Argentina allows parents not only to spend exciting, quality time with their children, but it’s also a wonderful way for the entire family to be immersed in local culture, be awed by unbelievable scenery, and enjoy the wonders of a very unique natural environment, complete with tons of wildlife.
Tordrillo Mountain Lodge
The remote location of Tordrillo Mountain Lodge provides a gateway to the best family-friendly adventures. Here, the long days of the Alaskan summer are filled with every activity imaginable -from wake surfing and tubing on a backcountry lake to catching trophy salmon that you and your kids spotted from the helicopter – Tordrillo can serve up any level of adventure. Scenic hiking, glacier exploration, wildlife, bear viewing, and of course, their new steel cable rock climbing route with jaw-dropping views are a few family favorites. The adventure of a lifetime awaits in Alaska for any and all generations!
The Chedi Andermatt
Your children will love The Chedi Andermatt’s authentic ‘Fondue Under the Stars’ experience under the starry skies of Andermatt. A chauffeur-driven Porsche will pick your family up in style from The Chedi Andermatt and take you to Realp. After changing into snowshoes, a pleasant walk through a winter wonderland will transport you to a wonderfully cozy, rustic Alpine hut, where you’ll be served an authentic Swiss cheese fondue. After the gourmet indulgences, hand-carried fire torches will light the way to the Porsche for your family’s return journey back to The Chedi Andermatt. Continue to enjoy the warmth throughout the evening in one of the many fireplaces at the hotel.