A photographic safari for kids. That’s a real safari – you know, with elephants and buffalo and antelope – in Tanzania, designed for families, that comes with a photography tutor. I’m sold. (We’ll ignore the minor point that I don’t have any children and haven’t been on anything that resembles an organised holiday since my Art and Visual Culture lecturer took me and 21 other classicists to Pompeii in 2002.)
The trips, organised by The Adventure Company, last 11 days, have maximum numbers of 16, and take in the Mikumi and Saadani National Parks as well as a bit of Zanzibar. They reckon that they’re suitable for children six and upwards, but the photography tuition follows the GCSE curriculum. I’m sure that it’ll be a lot more exciting than anything taught in a classroom, though. Tanzania definitely beats Tottenham.
I asked Small Aperture’s resident travel advisor (that being Mummy Bowker) if she thought that at £2,649 for an adult and £2,489 for a child was good value. Her opinion: ‘It’s never going to be a cheap trip, but I don’t think that it’s terrible either. It covers all your travel and accommodation and most of your meals.’ And taking kids on safari? ‘Well, I would’ve happily taken you from the age of six, but it depends on the child.’
Of course it isn’t going to be for everyone, but travel and getting kids involved in photography? I think it’s a great idea.
Lots more information on Safari and Spice trips are available on The Adventure Company’s website.