Irish country-house charm
Within the magnificent 350-acre estate of Ashford Castle, overlooking magical Lough Corrib.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
The story of Xigera Safari Lodge is one of renewal. Of rebirth and family legacy, and of the pioneering spirit that drives us to seek out Africa’s wild spaces. The same spirit that inspired this remarkable reimagining, perhaps a complete reinvention, of an Okavango Delta safari. This is Xigera (pronounced ‘kee-jera’), named for the Pied Kingfisher that makes its home amid the watery channels of Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve. Every aspect is handcrafted to beguile our guests’ senses and stir their souls – from the evocative interiors to one-of-a-kind encounters. But Xigera is equally a line in the sand. A raising of the bar. A bold statement in the realm of luxury safaris in Botswana, and an Okavango Delta safari experience like no other.
Children of all ages are welcomed at the hotel, and guests aged 12 and below stay free of charge when sharing with two adults. Children receive a complimentary gift bag on arrival, filled with a welcome gift and a souvenir card to redeem special treats throughout the hotel. Child-sized bathrobes are provided, with cots and playful sleeping ‘tents’ included at no additional cost. Young guests will love the hotel’s two swimming pools, or can visit our on-site cinema, where child-friendly films are screened each afternoon.
For parents hoping to enjoy a private dinner in one of the hotel’s acclaimed restaurants, a professional child-minding service can provide experienced babysitters, on request and at additional cost. For more information on our child-minding offering or to arrange this service in advance of your stay, please contact our Guest Services Team via the link below.
Young travellers will love the two pools at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. The infinity pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean offers the unique opportunity to spot whales and dolphins from the pool, while the quieter ‘rock pools’ at the rear of the hotel boast impressive views onto Table Mountain. Older children will also love exploring our gardens of indigenous fynbos. Pool toys are provided during school holidays, or on request.
A special menu is available for poolside service, with a dedicated kid-friendly selection to keep young ones from going hungry. Complimentary water, fruit and sun lotion is available throughout the day from our refreshment stations. Private picnic sites offer wonderful mountain and sea views, and generous picnic baskets are available on request. Finally, our Café Grill provides child-friendly food options and a relaxed, casual-dining environment that's perfect for families
Named for the Atlantic and Indian Oceans that meet at Cape Agulhas, the southern tip of Africa, this world-class aquarium is a must-visit in the Mother City. The Two Oceans Aquarium has three large tanks holding sharks, rays, turtles and pelagic fish, alongside dozens of fascinating smaller exhibits.
One of the most popular and convenient places to see and buy gemstones and gemstone products is at The Scratch Patch and Mineral World outlet at the V&A Waterfront. Come and pick your own gemstones in the Scratch Patch. You never know what you might find.
An award-winning public park promising outdoor entertainment for all ages. Wide lawns are ideal for the kids to run free or kick a ball, while innovative age-appropriate play areas offer hours of entertainment. There is a café within the Park, as well as numerous restaurants nearby.
Situated adjacent to the excellent South African Museum and historic Company’s Garden, the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome is the most advanced planetarium in Africa, using digital projection technology to create an immersive 360-degree experience. A regular schedule of planetarium shows takes stargazers deep into the origins of the universe, and on a discovery of southern hemisphere skies.
Our dedicated Family Experience Manager is on hand to help you with any requests you may have to make your stay with us even more memorable. Their knowledge of our wonderful multigenerational experiences allows us to provide creative suggestions for activities and arrange special family experiences for you to enjoy. No request is too large and no detail too small.
This unique animal sanctuary is a popular stop in the Stellenbosch winelands, and the many colourful free-flying butterflies will amaze young and old alike.Discover more