Kids' camps to write home about

Active Education

Canoeing on the Tugela River.

Tugela Treat

Tugela Trails is an outdoor education provider, specialising in journeys and expeditions for school groups, but good news for busy parents of junior school kids is that they also run smaller wilderness skills courses during the holidays. They’re based outside Winterton, and all their trips explore the surrounding farmlands, Spionkop Game Reserve, private game farms and Central Drakensberg. Trips can include camping, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, history talks, farm tours and horse riding.

Each journey is tailored to achieve the specific goals of the school. Depending on the activities during the journey, group size and trip duration, parents are looking in the region of paying between R450 to R700 per child per day. The wilderness skills holiday camps are three nights and the cost is R2 500 per child. Costs are fully inclusive of food, camping equipment and facilitators.

Outdoor education and expeditions for school groups and holidays away from the parents for the school holidays.

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Summer camp surprise

Sugar Bay, a top holiday destination for kids, was the first American-style summer camp in South Africa. It's open every school holiday to kids between 7-17 years old, and airport transfers from King Shaka International Airport allow children from all over the world to enjoy a tropical beach holiday without their parents.

Situated in Zinkwazi Beach just 30 kilometres north of Ballito, it prides itself on facilities like a 25-metre pool with three waterslides, a paintball arena, indoor sports hall, theatre, obstacle course and a waterfront with access to the lagoon and beach. Kids can choose from over 100 activities – some favourites including paintball, surfing, bungee trampoline, skateboarding, kayaking, rock wall climbing, BMX, zip lining and dance lessons. With no "compulsory" activities, kids are free to decide how they spend their holiday.

Kids are welcomed by superheroes, cartoon characters, or whatever the unique theme for the holiday calls for, in an entirely new and imaginative setting from their previous visits, if they're holidaying at Sugar Bay again. Children sleep in spacious wooden cabins with en-suite bathrooms, allocated according to age and gender. The cost of a typical seven-day camp includes accommodation, activities, three meals per day.

With a high staff-to-child ratio (1:3) and faultless safety record over fifteen years, parents can rest assured little ones are supervised around the clock. All counsellors are trained in first aid and CPR, and water activities are supervised by qualified lifeguards. The property's secured by electric fences, 24-hour armed response, 25 CCTV surveillance cameras, night watchmen and fire alarms., email, 032 485 3778

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Prices correct at the time of going to print.