October 2015 – Wilderness Safaris is excited to announce its recognition as ‘Best Family Educational Holiday’ at the inaugural Family Traveller Awards 2015. Hosted by BAFTA award winning presenter Katy Hill, the awards took place on 6 October 2015 at London’s highest viewing platform at the top of the tallest building in Western Europe, The View from The Shard.
The Awards, in association with Family and Friends Railcard and Efteling Theme Park, were the first of their kind; launched by Family Traveller magazine and familytraveller.com to recognise the best of the best in family travel. Over 26 000 votes across 18 categories were received from the public and expert panel, comprising Family Traveller Columnists Simon Reeve and Mariella Frostrup, Family Traveller Editor Jane Anderson, The Times Travel Editor Jane Knight and Elle’s Travel and Lifestyle Director Sue Ward Davies.
“We are thrilled that the readers of Family Traveller magazine and members of this esteemed panel have voted for Wilderness Safaris in this important category. Our specially-crafted Bush Buddy children’s programme is designed to ensure that the entire family not only experiences an incredible life-changing journey, but one that also gives them the opportunity to reconnect with each other in today’s busy world. We also hope that by sharing the wonders of the natural world with children, we are able to instil a passion for the environment and a future understanding of the importance of conservation”, said Dave Bennett, Chief Sales Officer.
As part of the Bush Buddy programme, Wilderness Safaris guides subtly encourage children to learn about and fall in love with the wildlife and natural environment around them. Each of Wilderness Safaris’ family-friendly camps offers different activities suited to its own particular environment; for example, water activities characterise the wetter regions in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, while desert-related activities mostly take place around Wilderness Safaris camps in Namibia. Children can also take part in various arts and crafts, often geared towards acquiring particular traditional skills, giving them the opportunity to learn about the local culture and customs, while still having fun.
Andrew Dent, Publisher of Family Traveller magazine, said: “We are delighted with the travel industry’s response to our first-ever Family Traveller Awards, and congratulate Wilderness Safaris on being named Best Family Educational Holiday. Our awards represent the very best of the family travel industry, and Wilderness Safaris is a superb example of just what can be achieved, and is a more than worthy winner”.
Front page photo: Nadia Walford (Left) from GRIFCO PR collects the award on behalf of Wilderness Safaris