Escape the Screens: Unplug and Reconnect on a Thrilling Family Safari Adventure

by Tia

In today’s technology-driven world, family holidays hold unprecedented significance. Spending quality time together is crucial for building strong bonds, creating cherished memories, and nurturing emotional well-being. However, the persistent lure of screens presents a growing concern, with teenagers dedicating an average of 7 hours and 22 minutes and tweens allocating 5 hours and 33 minutes daily to digital interfaces. This troubling trend yields adverse effects, including heightened symptoms of depression, negligence of responsibilities, and diminished social skills.

Amidst the challenges of choosing a family holiday that caters to everyone’s needs, an exceptional option emerges that every family should consider: a safari family holiday in the Kruger National Park. Renowned for its ability to replace screen time with enriching experiences, this holiday option has been a firm favourite amongst South Africans and draws people worldwide to our country. The Kruger provides a unique opportunity to unplug and immerse oneself in the captivating realm of the African landscapes.

Real-life stories from families who have experienced the delight of a safari holiday highlight its transformative power. For a family from Pretoria, their teenage son’s excessive screen time and withdrawal from social interactions became a growing concern. No matter what the parents did, things got worse every day. But, during a safari holiday, surrounded by the beauty of nature, the young boy started opening up, engaging in conversations, and taking positive steps towards his well-being. The healing power of nature became evident, positively impacting his overall mental health. The time in nature was a turning point in his and the family’s life.

Another family from Cape Town shared their love for visiting Skukuza in the Kruger National Park, considering it their home away from home. Early morning drives, learning about animals and nature, taking incredible photos of their favourite species, boardgames in the afternoons and stories around the campfire. With hundreds of photos and cherished memories, the safari holidays brought them closer together as a family, creating lasting bonds and experiences.

Have you got plans for Christmas this year? Kruger Station and Kruger Shalati would like to invite families for an unforgettable safari adventure in the coming December holiday. The chance to witness the awe-inspiring Big Five and observe the marvels of hundreds of extraordinary bird species is bound to resonate deeply within the entire family, crafting an experience that genuinely enriches the soul.

A safari getaway not only strengthens family ties but also forges shared memories. Embarking on a safari together provides uninterrupted moments that nurture everlasting bonds, transcending mundane routines. Guided by experts like Kruger Shalati knowledgeable guides, children gain a firsthand appreciation for diverse animal species, ecosystems, and the critical significance of preserving nature.

A visit to Kruger Park won’t be perfect without a visit to the historical Kruger Station in Skukuza Rest Camp. The Kruger Station, revamped and celebrating its 3rd anniversary since reopening in September 2020, is far from a mere homage to the past; it’s a vibrant and bustling hub of activity. Picture yourself enjoying a meal in a train carriage of significant historical importance, surrounded by the stunning landscapes of Kruger Park! The Station offers various options, from a family-friendly restaurant boasting must-try dishes like the Kudu Bobotie pizza to a fully stocked bar, a captivating 360° immersive cinema, and a coffee and ice-cream café. It is an oasis of food and drinks with a welcome rest for parents with a delightful kids’ play area. The on-site gift shop features bespoke souvenirs and trinkets, while the En Route Grab ‘n Go ensures quick bites for those on the move or packed picnics for the next thrilling game drive. Additionally, they’ve got your biltong cravings covered.

Within the expanse of Kruger Park, you have various accommodation options catering to different budgets and inclinations. Camping in the Kruger is very popular. The campers, a tightly knit and welcoming community, hold an unwavering conviction that no alternative could match the exhilaration of camping in the Kruger. Reserving one of the snug chalets offers an ideal solution for families seeking more privacy and favouring robust accommodations. Start your summer morning on a private stoep, enjoying coffee while listening to the birds welcoming another day in Africa. And then, there is the epitome of luxury embodied by upmarket lodges. Among these is the most unique, internationally acclaimed Kruger Shalati, the Train On The Bridge. For a once in a lifetime experience, book exclusive, luxurious accommodations at Kruger Shalati. Families with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old are accommodated in the 7 interleading Bridge House Suites located adjacent to the bridge in a picturesque garden setting with the train’s gentle glow as the backdrop.

Have you ever experienced a green Christmas? Not just green but a landscape bursting with lush greenery. It will make you want to reconsider the lyrics of every ‘white snowy Christmas’ song! Christmas time in the Kruger National Park sets the stage for an extraordinary and memorable adventure. As the sun ascends, the atmosphere comes alive with the lively chatter of birds and the distant calls of elephants. The air is crisp and pure, carrying the distinct and refreshing aroma of the African Potato bush.

Amidst the festive preparations like arranging the Christmas tree and stringing up lights, you can take your Christmas celebration to a whole new level. Step away from the kitchen and treat yourself to a dining experience out. Kruger Station eagerly awaits to provide you with the most sumptuous harvest table this year. Sit down at their table and indulge your taste buds in a culinary journey. For those seeking an even more exclusive experience, consider booking a special Christmas lunch in the historic carriage. It’s a family memory waiting to be cherished for years to come.

If you plan your braai at your campsite or chalet, Kruger Station will be a welcome sous chef. While you ensure the best meat, they will look after preparing mouthwatering side dishes that will make your Christmas meal delicious and stress-free. And the icing on the cake? Kruger Station sell gifts! a Treasure trove of splendid choices awaits you. There is something special for everyone.

Step away from the ordinary this December and treat your family to a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Set out on a safari family holiday to Kruger Park and weave together a beautiful tapestry of enduring memories and enriching moments in your lives. This pristine destination offers the luxury of time—a rarity in today’s fast-paced world. Time to read, time to play, time to savour delicious meals, time to share laughter, time for unhurried conversations, and most importantly, time for thrilling adventures!

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