Our favorite experiences from 2016

29th December 2016

As 2016 closes out in a couple of days we have looked back on what we think have been the family travel highlights for us during the year.

We realized a dream and three years planning to travel as a family over an extended period of time. Did we achieve our objectives? The answer is yes and then some but like anything the experience of hindsight would mean next time we do a few things a little differently (but not much)

So after great debate and discussions we have come up with our top 10 family travel experiences during 2016 (in no particular order)

– The climbing and summitting of Mount Kinabalu in Borneo

– Sandboarding the sand dunes of Namibia

– The Breakfast buffet at LUX* Belle Mare in Mauritius

– Camping in the Okavango Delta in Botswana

– Walking on the Jinshaling portion of the Great Wall in China

– Visiting Legoland in Malaysia during Star Wars month (May the 4th be with you)

– Experiencing African wildlife in their natural settings (and Panda’s in Chengdu)

– Reconnecting with friends and ex-colleagues in Asia and Africa after lengthy absences

– Our Weekend at Bloubank Game Park in Limpopo province, South Africa – Cheers Doc & Ada.

– The Namibian Desert sunsets and beers around the campfire

Overlooking from the top of Mt Kinabalu


Three tired children patiently waited outside Mauritius airport to receive our rental cars which took like 1.5 hour …. but buffet the next morning made it all worth while
  • Getting to our bush camp in the Mokoro

    As we are getting to Simatai it is clear that this part of the wall has never been restored and it really gave as a real sense of Great Wall. It’s original 400 year old appearance has been well preserved.
  • These magnificent creatures are endangered .. so lucky to see them up close in their natural environment


    Picnic in the Savannah bush
    At Legoland Johore / Malaysia – This impressively massive Millennium Falcon contains 200,000 pieces of lego bricks.  It took 30 work hours to complete and it’s 5 meter long and weigh 500kg.
    Kids first time on a big cruise ship they were quite fascinated by how everything works. Hong Kong to us is all about memories and food ..


This year will live on in our memories for some time to come but we won’t be looking back as we have plans to keep adding to the experiences.

In the meantime we will drink a toast to 2016 for being a kind friend to us and look forward to welcoming 2017.

Happy New Year!


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