Whether your child recently discovered the magical, wild world of the Lion King, or the classic Disney film has been a favorite for decades, you’ll love the new Lion King-inspired itinerary from luxury travel provider andBeyond. Just as the live action movie hits theaters July 19, families can book the new King of the Jungle itinerary for unforgettable adventures and their own helping of hakuna matata.
Going “on safari” had never been on my bucket list. In fact, until I actually had the incredible, transformative opportunity to stay at andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, a private big-five game reserve located a four-hour drive north of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, I believed the closest to the African experience I’d ever have was on the tram ride at the Safari Park at the San Diego Zoo and the rustic train through the savannah at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, in Orlando. My recent ride through Safari West in Sonoma was like biting into the Proustian madeleine; it brought into clear focus the memories from my treks into the bush on a South African safari.
Checking off a bucket-list destination is an incredible opportunity for any family, but add a once-in-a-lifetime experience to it and you have yourself a dream vacation. Enter South African Safaris. Between spotting wildlife in its natural habitat, surrounded by wild landscape and stunning views, with accommodations teetering on rustic-meets-modern luxury, it’s no wonder safari vacations are so highly sought after.
This summer, family travel at The Peninsula receives an upgrade with the debut of Camp Peninsula, a children’s experience that recreates the spirit of camping right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The journey begins with a special welcome from Peter Bear, the hotel’s lovable mascot, at check-in. After taking a picture with the life-sized teddy bear, kids will be whisked away by a Peninsula Camp Counselor to a luxurious guestroom where a charming teepee awaits. An afternoon of camp-themed games and activities, including a hotel-wide scavenger hunt, rounds off the family-friendly experience, fun for children of all ages. Whether it’s a luxe staycation or an extended holiday, Camp Peninsula is an ideal way to ensure the little ones are happy campers.
For many of us, a family trip to Africa is at the top of our bucket list, especially if the idea of seeing lions, tigers and — well, maybe not bears, but a whole menagerie of other exotic animals in the wild. But if the idea of roughing it isn’t your style, you can enjoy a deluxe version of the experience at Elewana Lodo Springs, a new luxury tented camp scheduled to open in June 2019.