For many, a trip to Disneyland represents the pinnacle of a dream family trip. For us as parents, it was always safari, after a life-changing holiday to South Africa in 2002. Three kids later, aged 10, eight and six, we knew the timing was right.
Our family safari is made extra special by the fact that we have rather unique digs. Kwandwe sits on South Africa‘s Eastern Cape, a private 22,000-hectare reserve of pristine wilderness, with 22 rooms across four luxury lodges. We’re staying in Uplands Homestead, a restored Cape Dutch farmhouse that was built by European settlers who farmed ostriches here from 1905. The walls hang with sepia prints of the family, the lady of the house incongruous in full-length Edwardian gown and wide-brimmed hat in the sweltering African heat.