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May 12, 2021updated May 18, 2021

Become a Conservationist at Great Plains, Kenya

The Young Explorers Program offers children as young as five; the chance venture into the bush with expert guides.

By Samantha Coles

Multigenerational vacations were popular long before Covid-19, and will be even more so in the future, considering many families have spent such extended periods away from one another. Great Plains is a pioneering conservation organization with camps in Kenya, Botswana and Zimbabwe, and this particular program is specially catered to little ones. The camp itself is perfect for families, too: This year, the Mara Nyika Camp has two new family suites as well as a two-bedroom villa nestled among the trees.

The Young Explorers Program is for children as young as five; they’ll venture into the bush with expert guides to see animals in their natural habitat, and learn to track animal prints and the importance of conservation initiatives, as well as survival skills. The young explorers will visit local schools, learn ceremonial traditions of the young Maasai, and practice local bush beading with Maasai women at a neighboring village. Once the young explorers have completed this fun and fascinating program, they’ll be awarded a badge and certificate. There are plenty of opportunities for family activities, too: Head out on game drives, horseback rides, hot-air balloon rides and guided walks accompanied by Maasai warriors.

Best for: A kid-friendly safari

From $4,350 per family per night. Contact Cheryl Lubner, reservations director, res.manager@greatplainsconservation.com, +27 873 546 591, greatplainsconservation.com

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