• africa,  south africa

    A malaria-free safari alternative in South Africa.

    Whether you are a backpacker, an adventurous nomad or a luxury lover, your personal health (and that of your fellow travelers) is always an issue of the utmost importance whenever you’re wandering the globe. Since we are a family with a small child, we tend to be very cautious in this respect. Although Febe’s six now already, and doesn’t get sick so easily anymore, we still don’t want to take any unnecessary risks, especially in areas with poor medical infrastructure. Consequently, we try to avoid destinations with malaria, dengue or other dangerous, infectious diseases. Last year, we were facing a challenging dilemma. As we are all wildlife enthousiasts, we wanted to go on…

  • africa,  kidstravel,  south africa

    Child-friendly Oudtshoorn

    When we travel, we travel as a family. It’s something we’ve always done and will keep doing until our daughter decides for herself she doesn’t want to be part of it anymore. Febe is 6 now, and we’ve never traveled without her. There are a couple of reasons why we choose to do it this way: We love her so much, we simply couldn’t cope with her not being there when we are experiencing all those magical travel moments; We want her to have an exciting and interesting life with lots of long-lasting impressions, so why not start at an early age?; Traveling will teach her a lot about the world,…

  • africa,  south africa,  unesco world heritage

    5 moments that made our visit to De Hoop unforgettable

    Last summer, we went on a road trip between Cape Town and Addo Elephant Park in South Africa. It was the first time Febe and Annick visited this country, and it was by far Febe’s most remote destination up to now. We had planned to turn it into a (relatively) low-budget, child-friendly, nature-oriented travel experience, and it didn’t disappoint! Although we had already done our fair share of nature exploration and wildlife-gazing (at the Cape of Good Hope NR, in Jonkershoek NR, on a whale-watching tour near Kleinbaai and in the magnificent Fernkloof NR), we definitely hadn’t reached our saturation level for indigenous flora and fauna yet. So we set out for The Hoop Nature Reserve. Covering…

  • africa,  south africa,  unesco world heritage

    The Great White and beyond: Hermanus and Gansbaai, South Africa.

    South Africa is a popular travel destination for a number of reasons. Since we went there this (European) summer (i.e. SA winter), we are starting to understand why. I think it is the combination of wildlife (safari), stunning landscapes, culture (from wood carvings to braai (= SA barbecue)), history (both ancient and recent) and delicious food and drinks (including Stellenbosch’s wines and the omnipresent biltong (= dried meat)) that makes this country worth a visit every moment of the year. South-African summer (October to February) is still the most popular period for tourists and travelers, although winter in SA also has a lot to offer! One of the highlights of…

  • AF,  belgium,  europe,  kidstravel,  where to go: belgium

    Muziekbos

    We love fall. The colours of the leaves, the fresh air, the food, the cosiness at home… What’s not to love about it? One of our favourite things to do in fall is go to a forest for a nice, long walk. Forests in Belgium are hard to come by. One of our best is Muziekbos. Located in the heart of the Flemish Ardennes,  near Ronse, this forest has gentle slopes that make it look stunning. It’s beautiful in all seasons, but fall and spring are the best times to visit. In springtime the forest colours blue due to the bloom of thousands of bluebells – a phenomenon also spotted…

  • AF,  belgium,  kidstravel,  where to go: belgium

    China Light Zoo

    The zoo in Antwerpen is the oldest zoo of Belgium. In 2014 they celebrated the holidays the Chinese way: with a light festival. We decided to check it out and didn’t regret it. A big part of the zoo is illuminated with all kinds of animals, making it a light festival both adults and children can enjoy. This year, China Light Festival is returning to the Zoo of Antwerpen. Below you can find an impression of what you can expect. We are keen to go again! We entered at 18.00, when the festival opens, because we wanted to get back at a decent hour for Febe. If you are not going with…

  • AF,  belgium,  kidstravel,  where to go: belgium

    Planckendael

    A zoo is always a great idea with children. They all love animals and it’s a very educational place for them. We, as parents, especially like zoos with enclosures that simulate the natural habitat of the animals. For that reason, we have been visiting Pairi Daiza the last couple of years. They’ve got great enclosures, the park is decorated really well – which is especially nice for the parents, since the little ones don’t seem to notice that much – and they’ve got a really big playground in the middle of the park. It had been a while since we visited another zoo. Febes school issued a reward system for…

  • kidstravel,  traveling families

    Traveling families: Eric Stoen

    Eric Stoen, or Travelbabbo on Instagram, is one of my all time favourite travelbloggers to follow. He is almost always on the road, often taking his kids with him. He invented #takeyourkidseverywhere and travels to the most beautiful places on our planet. He’s a busy man, so I was very honoured that he wanted to take time out to answer our questions about traveling with children. He’s the last contributor to our series.  Names: Eric Stoen Blog: http://travelbabbo.com/ Full-time travelers or part-time travelers: We’re part-time travelers. We’ll pull the kids out of school occasionally, but most of our travel is during school breaks. Do you always take your kids along on your travels? No.…

  • kidstravel,  traveling families

    Traveling families: travel mamma

    I came accross Laurence on Instagram and asked her to share her traveltips with us for our traveling series. She is a single mum with 3 kids, showing you that you can always travel with your children! I was really glad she wanted to join in, because I believe she can be an inspiration for many mums out there 🙂 Names: Laurence, Billie (12), Lola (9) & Gaspard (6) from Montreal, Canada Blog: I don’t have time 🙂 travel_mamma on Instagram Full-time travelers or part-time travelers: Part-time. I work in the movie business in Montreal. My job allows me to leave for long periods in the winter since it’s our low…

  • africa,  capetown,  citytrip,  kidstravel,  south africa,  unesco world heritage

    Cape Town (and its surroundings) in three days and a 1000 impressions.

    After more than 24 hours of traveling between airports (Brussels-Madrid-Johannesburg-Cape Town), we finally arrived at CPT (Cape Town International Airport) around 5PM. Being August, thus South-African winter, the sun was already setting when we set off with our rental car towards our hostel in Cape Town’s Green Point. There were a number of hindrances that complicated us getting there: an unfamiliar car (I didn’t discover my 1st and 2nd gear until the next morning), driving on the “wrong” (left) side of the road, darkness falling, no gps, and taking the wrong exit. Moreover, we had read that Cape Town is one of the most dangerous cities in the world, and some…