Luxury tour operator Jacada Travel has picked up on the "skip-gen" trend and has created an 11-night African itinerary combining city, island and bush experiences that is geared specifically toward grandparents and grandchildren traveling together.
An immersive learning opportunity first awaits travelers at Cape Town's iconic Ellerman House. During their stay, grandparents and grandkids will be taken on a township tour to visit two schools where the Click Foundation has implemented a literacy program. They will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from local students.
At Kenya's Angama Mara safari lodge, located high above the floor of Africa's Great Rift Valley overlooking the Maasai Mara, kids and grandparents will be able to meet the Mara Conservancy's anti-poaching dogs that are tasked with protecting the reserve from criminal activity. They will spend the morning training with these bloodhounds and Labradors and trying their hand at outsmarting them and listening to stories from the field.
Finally, travelers will visit the Seychelles' North Island, a private resort renowned for its white beaches and lush tropical environment. Kids and grandparents will get to spend some time apart there, so the elders can enjoy some peaceful alone time on the beach at the end of a whirlwind trip. Kids will have some independent time with the resident environmentalists on morning turtle patrol and planting indigenous trees from the island's nursery, all while learning how to value fragile environments and about the "Noah's Ark" conservation project, which has aimed to restore the island's ecosystem to its original natural abundance.
Rates start at $26,450 per person, double.