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FATHER-SON BONDING TIME

If the men of the house (both big and small) are in need of some boy time, then check out these holiday ideas from Abercrombie & Kent that are simply perfect for a father-son getaway.


With the tendency to live incredibly busy lives, it somtimes becomes difficult to find the quality time you desire for spending time with your kids. So no matter what the reason - a special event, graduation, or just because you can - hang up the suit and tie and check out these holiday ideas from Abercrombie & Kent. They’re perfect for that much-needed father-son bonding time.

EXPLORE
If the gaming console craze has stolen your son away into the virtual world of FIFA, then tempt him back to reality with the opportunity to experience the FIFA World Cup first-hand in Brazil. How could he say no? Seize this opportunity to give your son an experience he will never forget with a tour that immerses him in the culture, sights and wonders of Brazil that stretch far beyond simply hosting this year’s World Cup. The Abercrombie & Kent, ‘Best of Brazil’ tour delivers a terrific taste of the multitude of experiences on offer in Brazil. You'll join the flurry of activity that makes Rio de Janeiro a party capital of the world while staying in the stunning Copacabana Palace Hotel, appreciate the beauty of Salvador de Bahia (Brazil’s oldest town)  and explore the surrounding farm districts and the World Heritage-listed Old Town. You'll also stand in awe as the roar of three kilometres worth of water drops dramatically over the cliff at Iguassu Falls, marking the border between Argentina and Brazil. Who knows, your son may not be so interested in television and video games when he returns!

ADVENTURE
There’s nothing more exhilarating and relationship building than a holiday packed with adventure, long days and experiences that develop new perspectives. Depending on your interests, A&K have a number of tours that will challenge, excite and motivate everyone, whether an experienced trekker or a novice hiker.

Without having to worry about the women in the family, why not spend your father-son bonding time doing something you wouldn’t otherwise be able to on a regular family holiday - like climbing a mountain perhaps? The seven-day ‘Snows of Kilimanjaro’ tour presents a safe and accessible way to scale  Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Rising 5922 metres above sea level, the hike will present an exciting challenge to all as you acclimatise to the high altitude. You will continuously exceed your own expectations in an environment where the landscape is constantly changing, an experience sure to look and feel incredibly rewarding. There will be many an opportunity for ‘post-card’ shots, beginning in dense forest at the base and finishing with a snow-covered, rocky landscape at the peak. The tour not only gives participants ultimate bragging rights, it also give you the opportunity to learn more about each other, developing a relationship any father would be envious of. While A&K say that no previous mountaineering experience is required, they do recommend having a good level of fitness in order to get the most out of this tour.

 


Lead image: Splash time at Shangri-La’s Mactan
Resort & Spa, Cebu
Above: Party room at Kerry Hotel, Shanhai
Water fun at Kerry Hotel, Beijing 

 


Top banner: Clowning around at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa
Above: Slide fun at Rasa Sentosa

To experience a culture so vastly different to our own and untainted by tourism is not something that is easily achieved in our modern society. The Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan is one of the few places in the world that still achieves this. High in the Himalayas, Bhutan holds a culture that is rich in tradition and religion and a landscape that will leave everything you see after leaving with a slight green tinge. The eight-day ‘Himalayan Explorer’ tour provides luxury accommodation in the Uma by COMO hotels in Paro and Punakha, and days full of walking tours, hikes, mountain biking and opportunities to see many of the Buddhist monasteries. The fortress monastery Punakha Dzong, built in the seventeenth-century, and the Taktsang Goemba, commonly known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, one of the most important and amazing examples of Bhutanese architecture, are just a couple of the sights you will have the privilege of seeing. The activities that create this tour combine beautifully with a peaceful and charismatic culture, bound to be forever memorable.

The great outdoors offers so many different options for holidaying; however, the choice to safari in some of Botswana’s most beautiful and dramatic wilderness environments knocks quite a few others off the shortlist. The ‘Central Kalahari Mobile Safari’ is a five-day camping trip like no other, and is definitely hard to beat. With on foot and 4WD game viewing daily and in-depth instruction of the ecology and wildlife of the Central Kalahari, your highly qualified guides will have you looking at honey badgers, jackals, lions, cheetahs and wild dogs in no time at all, immersing you in the landscapes of Deception Valley, Passarge Valley and the surrounding dunes. Don’t be disheartened by the mobile 'camping' setup of the tour. Rest assured it comes complete with all the comforts of home such as real beds, ensuite bush bathrooms, down pillows and cotton sheets, with tents fully able to give you that much-needed good night's sleep.

RELAX
Sometimes when you go on holiday, you just want to chill out and do things at your own pace. With this in mind, A&K’s eight-day ‘Hideway: Six Senses Laamu’ tour is just the thing for you. Combining a plethora of water sports including snorkelling, diving, wakeboarding, waterskiing, windsurfing, sailing and fishing with the option to explore Olhuveli Island and engage with the local community, this tour is sure to bolster all father-and-son relationships. With the choice of reef diving and channel diving you may even find yourself face-to-face with sharks, barracudas, stingrays and turtles. For those who want to treat it as a surfing trip, the best time to go is between April and October, with the famous Yin Yang break just off the outer reef of the island. If you’re travelling towards the end of September, you may also be lucky enough to witness the green sea turtle hatchlings as they make their way to the water’s edge.



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