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Who are we?

Family travel is a lifestyle choice for which we go the extra mile, such that we live and breathe it every single day.

We’d much rather see you spend quality time with your loved-ones instead of spending time behind your screen to take care of time-consuming travel logistics. This is why we organise well-deserved family holidays for parents on-the-go and select destinations of which we know for sure that they will offer your family a fabulous time together… in nature.

Contact us now to help you create your own family adventure in the wilderness and be inspired by our expert blogs!


Petra Vandecasteele

Managing Director – family travel planner, reviewer & hospitality consultant

“A turning point in my life came 10 years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a blessing in disguise. At the time, I was running a successful design agency, but cancer made me understand what my true priorities are, and made me want to spend more time on what is really important to me – my children, nature and travel.

Starting Kids of Nature 6 years ago was how I decided to honour my priorities. As the main focus of my job is family travel and mindful living for families, my children – who are being homeschooled – come with me on nearly all my trips. We‘re always keen to try out exciting new adventures, as well as meeting like-minded people. My family comes first, and I’m passionate about helping other families to spend more quality time together in nature. I’m often asked where the good holiday destinations are, so here we are …  only a click away…”

Meet my fabulous team of experts

Junior Explorers James & Enya Godard

Citizens of the World – hands-on destination reviewers


Enya & James travel regularly to explore extraordinary places and projects and meet fascinating people. By sharing their discoveries they hope to inspire other young people to follow in their footsteps and make a difference by caring for our beautiful planet. And, as the saying goes, ‘The proof is in the eating of the pudding’, so if Enya and James put their stamp of approval on a destination, we can rest assured that it works for young people.



Jacqui Taylor

Jacqui Taylor

Marketing & Business Developer

Jacqui grew up on an apple farm in the Elgin Valley and went to school in Stellenbosch. She is passionate about agri & eco-tourism (and good food & wine!). She uses her marketing, business development and communication expertise to assist farmers with building direct relationships with their consumers.

Jacqui has joined Kids of Nature to create links between our Travel Routes and the most rewarding farmlife experiences to be found in the South African countryside.



John Roff

Environmental educator at Hilton College, Howick, and author of ‘Bridging the Gap’, a handbook for environmental educators and interpreters.

John is also a poet, loves playing the flute and laying on his back under a tree to contemplate the sky and the buzzing bees. And last, but not least, John is an absolute spider enthusiast!

John joined Kids of Nature to share his brilliant ideas and activities to help families make meaning of our environment, and to add some ‘Roff spice’ to our Travel Routes.


Alice Ashwell

Alice Ashwell

Coaching & experiences inspired by nature

As a child, she grew up at the bottom of the garden … exploring, catching frogs, following butterfly life-cycles, building bamboo shelters, and waiting for fairies to emerge from a hollow tree. Nature has always felt like home to Alice, a place where she can play, retreat, restore, rejoice.

Her twin passions – nature and education – led her to the field of environmental education, her career for 25 years, including Kirstenbosch Gardens as head of education. In 1999 she started her own business, EnviroEds, and developed and evaluated numerous education programmes and teaching materials focusing on environmental care.”

Alice joined Kids of Nature to inspire families to benefit more from nature.


Estelle KapEstelle Kapp

Coaching & metaphysical training

Estelle has a BA Honors degree with a specialization in Psychology, is a Reiki Master, Metaphysical and Astral healer, channel and practicing Andean Shaman. Estelle is a mother of two and has been running her own healing practice since 2005.

Estelle joined Kids of Nature to teach families how to handle emotions in a natural way.


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Why book with Kids of Nature?

“Spending a holiday with my family in South Africa to celebrate this special birthday was so much more rewarding than throwing a big party in a fancy restaurant. It was the best advice you could have given me. Thank you Petra, for making this happen. The choice of accommodation and the recommended activities were a delight for both generations. We had a fabulous time and we will all treasure the memories of a beautiful time spent together.”

Rod Millard, UK, November 2015

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