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Travel Sommelier - Luxury Safari Travel and Bespoke Wine Tourism
Newsletter | April 2015

Family Safaris 101: What to do, Where to go!

Dear <<Nickname / Preferred Name>>

A Safari vacation is one of the most bonding family experiences possible. Irrespective of the family dynamic there is something for everyone to enjoy individually - to tick all of their personal boxes - as well as collectively. We pride ourselves on being very thoughtful when we construct family itineraries . This month's Tipsy Traveler showcases product from our best partners in the region. As Q1 draws to an end and we throw off the shackles of winter, let's start planning a family Safari for 2016 ... just think how fantastic a Safari will be in March school break 2016 to avoid the depths of winter!

In the meantime, travel well ... travel often ... and travel with us!

Best Regards,

Darren & The Travel Sommelier Team


  • Dined ... and gone to Heaven!
  • Wined ... and gone to Heaven!
  • Five Favorite Family Spots!
  • Cape Town with Kids!
  • Planning a Family Safari
  • Recipe of the Month
  • Pictorial Gallery








South Africa was our top choice for an exciting honeymoon destination, and Travel Sommelier was the perfect partner to make it happen. From Johannesburg to Cape Town, safari to wine country, we had the most incredible time exploring the treasures this unique destination has to offer. The wine is top notch, the people are warm and friendly, and the scenery can’t be beat. Darren’s knowledge and recommendations were fabulous, and we had the trip of a lifetime!
~ Melissa Ain & Mark Skidmore

read more | Client Feedback

WHERE TO GO | Dined ... and gone to Heaven!

Safari lodges have geared their experiences around family - and children's - enjoyment. One of the standout lodges is Madikwe Safari lodge. They have structured a 'Junior Ranger Program' based in their Eco-House which is very special: kids learn bush skills - make fire, find water, find their direction in the wild. In addition there are painting and drawing classes, baking in the kitchen and pizza making in a bushveld pizza oven Children 0-5 are free and 6-15 pay 50% of the adult rate!

read more | Madikwe Safari Lodge
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WHERE TO GO | Wined ... and gone to Heaven!

Le Quartier Francais, our Franschhoek favorite nestled in the heart of the wine region offers VIK: Very Important Kids program. While mom and dad are savoring the finest wines from the valley, kids can exercise their culinary muscle learning about charcuterie making, crafting artisanal pizzas and discovering the herbs and ingredients that make the South African kitchen so unique. Then they can wind down the day with movies at the property's very own in house Screening Room complete with homemade popcorn and all the trimmings!

read more | Le Quartier Francais
website |

TRAVEL JOURNAL | Five Favorite Family Spots!

As you start your safari planning, here are just a few of the favorite family spots in our portfolio:

Seba Camp – one of Wilderness Safaris’ classic camps in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Seba has gained an excellent reputation amongst families. With two family suites, it can accommodate a variety of group sizes, and there is a dedicated kids’ swimming pool and sand pit. As with most professional guides, Seba’s have an affinity for the younger clients, teaching them how to track animal prints and how to identify the spoor ...

read more | Five Favorite Family Spots!

TRAVEL JOURNAL | Cape Town with Kids!

Cape Town, aka the Mother City, Africa’s southern most metropolis, is fabulous family destination. It’s a perfect blend of urban and outdoor activities and, time permitting, an easy spot to spend time as part of a South African itinerary. We’ve assembled just a taste of what the city has to offer families:

V&A Waterfront – a great spot in the city to start your visit with children. The kids will be awed by the sights and sounds of the waterfront, with glorious Table Mountain as its backdrop. Start at Nobel Square, where you can take a moment to appreciate some of South Africa’s most influential public figures including Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Albert Luthuli and FW de Klerk. Sports fans can visit the Springbok Rugby museum while artists can thrive at Art Jamming! The waterfront is also home to the continent’s largest museum, the Two Oceans Aquarium where kids can get up close with some of the regions largest predators – sharks, as well as a myriad of marine life ...

read more | Cape Town with Kids!

TRAVEL JOURNAL | Planning a Family Safari

A safari is one of the most bonding experiences a family can undertake together. It is richly rewarding as parents and children explore the African bush, learning about wildlife, terrain and cultures so different from the every day lives we lead. When starting your planning, there are a number of points to consider in your decision making.

When to go? Most families are ruled by their kids’ school vacations – which is perfect, as both Spring break and summer time are excellent times to visit the region! ...

read more | Planning a Family Safari

Crunchies – a traditional South African “biscuit” aka cookie!

Crunchies – a traditional South African “biscuit” aka cookie! Great to make with kids.

read more | Crunchies

Pictorial Gallery | Travel Sommelier's World [view all]

For more information on any of the items above or other travel requests contact:

Darren Humphreys
Travel Sommelier 
+1 203 286 8338
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