Ideas for Activity holidays - luxury options

Last updated at 10:07 28 November 2001

Many children's activity holidays centre on the teenager taking part in the activity on their own or with a group of friends.

This is an excellent way of establishing their independence Click here to see some ideas for independent holidays for your teenager) but because you have so few holidays left with them, you might prefer to find activities that you can do together as a family.

Here are some ideas for activity holidays at the luxury end of the market. Please mention This is Travel when you book:

* Worldwide Journeys and Expeditions organise tailor-made holidays, either group or private, to some of the most beautiful and remote parts of the world. Not ideally designed for families on a tight budget, but you could certainly tempt your teenager with an elephant-back safari in Botswana(from £5,500 per person) or bush walking in South Africa and Zambia, staying in exclusive tented camps, from £3195 per person.

Destinations include Southern Africa, Egypt, South and Central America and Nepal. Worldwide Journeys and Expeditions (tel: 020 7386 4646; From 1st July 2003 onwards, please note that the website address will change to Abercrombie and Kent also run luxury tailor-made holidays and have a brochure specifically aimed at families called "A&K Family Holidays".

Divided up into 'Buckets, Spades and Escapades', which are primarily beach holidays, 'Adventures in the Wild', which include safaris and wildlife watching, and 'Temples and Treasures' in countries such as Jordan and Thailand, these offer a mouth-watering range of holidays to exotic locations.

Five nights at The Residence in Mauritius in July or August, for example, would cost between £1375 and £1910 per person. One or two children, aged 3 to 11, sharing with parents, can stay for between £660 and 1020, inclusive of flights and bed and breakfast in a garden view room.

The recent embargo on flights to Kenya has prevented the 'Land of the Lion King' trip from taking place this Summer 2003, although A&K have quoted prices for October pending resumption of BA services into Kenya.

The trip lasts for nine nights, and includes three nights in Samburu, camping on the riverbanks of the Uaso Nyiro River, two nights on Lake Naivasha, and three nights exploring the Masai Mara game park.

For a family of four, including two teenagers, the total cost would be apprix £13,020. This is the kind of holiday even a typical bored teenager would jump at!

Abercrombie and Kent (tel: 0845 0700610;

* Travelbag Adventures are a tailor-made holiday organisation with a special "Family Adventures" brochure.

A "Safari and Spice" holiday to Zanzibar, for example, would cost from £1,299 for 17 days. The holiday begins with a safari game drives before heading to Zanzibar to the beach.

Travelbag Adventures (01420 541007;

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