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  • Amy snow biking Our Team

    Steppes Travel is made by the people who work here. Incredible holidays are made possible because of their vast travel experience and the great enthusiasm they bring to their work.

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    We carefully select our experts based on their knowledge, companionship and influence, ensuring that you can travel with the most knowledgeable leaders in the field.

Family Safari, Masai Mara, Kenya

Family

Not all classrooms have walls…it is clear that a growing number of parents see the educational value in travelling, not to mention the advantages of simply spending time together on a stimulating adventure without the distraction of routine.

Our family holiday specialists, all of whom travel with their own children, will help you create long-lasting memories that will remind your kids just how cool you really were.

Before the age of eight, your children’s holiday needs are simple; they want to be near a pool or the sea. Once they are eighteen, parents are ‘uncool’ and they’ll want to travel with their friends. That leaves you with a ten-year window in which to plan a schedule of exceptional family holidays.

We take pride in our attention to detail. On a family holiday, each day needs careful curation to ensure your children are stimulated but not exhausted. We’ll take care not to include long, hot road journeys. We’ll take care to ensure there are educational aspects to your holiday but we’ll be just as sure to include a large dollop of fun along the way. We’ll take care to give you free time to make your own, spontaneous discoveries and we’ll also factor in time for parents to reconnect.

 

Giant Turtle and Children, Mauritius
Mauritius

Tailor-made Family Holidays

There is no such thing as an ‘off-the-shelf’ family holiday – what might work for one family will not work for another – but here a few ideas to whet your appetite:

  • Be a junior ranger and track meerkats, pangolin and rhino in South Africa’s Tswalu Kalahari
  • Snorkel alongside sea lions in the Galapagos
  • Sleep in a hammock in the rainforest canopy
  • Walk like an Egyptian on your private Nile cruise
  • Dog sledge in Swedish Lapland
  • Cycle along the backwaters of Kerala
  •  Go on a bug-hunt on a Madagascar family adventure

We look forward to opening your children’s eyes to the wonderful world of travel.

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Child driving, Family safari package, Botswana
Botswana

South Africa and Kenya

Combine all of Kenya’s highlights on a fun, family-friendly holiday that includes both spectacular wildlife and lots of activities. Go mountain biking, try horse riding and dive off waterfalls in Laikipia, before learning Maasai bush skills and spotting big cats in the conservancies of the Masai Mara.

In the South Africa, explore the game reserves of the Kalahari, Madikwe or Eastern Cape, learn bush skills and explore on horseback. Even dart, notch and tag a rhino as a family, getting hands-on with conservation in Kruger National Park.

Kenya holidays 

South Africa Holidays

Family in the Galapagos Islands
Family in the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

These magical islands are like nowhere else on earth. An incredible archipelago with unique creatures unafraid of humans. Perfect for children, and some adults, who lack the patience to sit and wait for wildlife to appear.

Whether exploring by boat or from a land base, your national park guide will show you all the islands have to offer both above and below the water – pirate caves, sandy beaches, volcanic lava tunnels, dancing blue-footed boobies and nostril squirting, prehistoric-looking marine iguanas.

Galapagos Holidays 

family, Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Cambodia

Explore South East Asia’s most fascinating country and experience the sights, smells and sounds of both modern and ancient cultures. Visit markets teeming with colourful fruits, explore hidden temples using old maps and go zip-wiring to burn off energy. Cambodia offers a family holiday that can fulfil the wanderlust of adults whose backpacking tales need refreshing while allowing their children to create life long memories (and tales to tell back at school).

Cambodia Holidays 

Children riding camels, Oman
Oman

Oman

Safe and friendly with endless sunshine and plenty to do and see, Oman is the perfect family combination. Only a seven hour flight from the UK brings families to a charming, stylish and welcoming Middle Eastern country.

Brimming with history, Oman has shiny daggers, embroidered clothing, wildlife with the Green Turtle and the elusive Arabian Onyx. Adventurous evenings under the desert sky and dolphins swimming offshore, Oman is the ideal destination from beach babies to young explorers alike.

Oman Holidays

Experiences

Family Activities

Experience fishing, cycling, walking, rhino conservation and children’s programs.

Bush School for Children

Learn bush skills, such as tracking and making bows, under the tutelage of fantastically knowledgeable local guides.

Kids’ Activities

Take advantage of the countless kids’ activities on offer at Madikwe’s lodges. These include treasure hunts, t-shirt painting, clay building, survival skills and bush memory games.

Madagascar Family Adventure

Search for pirate graves and elusive aye-ayes, before making bows and arrows and going on a bug-hunt.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.
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Chris Johnston

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.
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Roxy Dukes

I love to squeeze as much out of my day as possible. An outdoors fanatic, I love to delve into harsh environments having summited numerous mountains and trail running into the unknown whenever I get the chance – whether at home or overseas. Funnily enough, it didn’t start like that. It took a few years for the burning fire of adventure to truly take light with my eyes opened by the adventures travel could afford.
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Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way. In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.
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An excellent holiday well organised with personal help from Illona. Always available to answer my questions. Everything worked like clockwork whilst in South Africa.

South Africa

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Leopard shortly before the hunt getting in position to kill the deer. in Yala National Park Sri Lanka
Family Friendly Sri Lanka
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