Agritourism – where farming and family holidays collide – is trending for post-pandemic travel. So, start dusting off those wellies to work the land, herd livestock and enjoy farm-to-table cooking classes with Lightfoot Travel.
Agriculture is one of the most important parts of New Zealand's community and economy, and your family can experience it in style at Cabot Lodge. Bordering the majestic Fiordland National Park, this four-bedroom lodge is set on a private 2,000 acre farm with sheep, deer, cattle, beehives and two miniature horses. Families are encouraged to feed the horses and pet sheep, explore the art of beekeeping, join 4WD tours to learn about sustainable farming techniques, and to watch Sam the sheep dog in action. Cabot Lodge is also home to a number of reserves with native tree plantations and riparian planting for those who are particularly green fingered.
Just a few minutes by boat from Cambodia’s south west coast, Six Senses Krabey Island is 30 acres of paradise where the guests are invited to muck in. Visit the resort’s mainland farm where chickens peck at grain and goats graze between fruit and vegetables grown for the hotel kitchen and local markets. Khmer cookery classes with a chef are held at the adjoining farmhouse. Back on site, sustainable living is the name of the game with a large organic garden, lovingly tended to with treated wastewater.
Angama Mara in Kenya is designed to ensure that there’s no way of you forgetting where you are. Every moment of your trip - from eating to sleeping to chilling out – takes place with views of the Mara in the background. Unlike other safari camps that come with a strict daily routine, Angama Mara allows guests to be flexible and to really get to know the vast surrounding savannah. Guests are encouraged to enjoy picnics on-site, head on village visits, and to pick their own salad ingredients from the property’s incredible one-acre shamba full of fresh produce. Of course, thrilling game drives to search for Simba and Nala are also on the schedule.
Four Seasons Bali at Sayan offers yoga, spa treatment and relaxing raft rides, but the most satisfying activity is joining local Balinese farmers to plant rice. Guests here are invited to experience a muddy day in the life of a rice farmer. You’ll learn how to flip the soil with a hoe and patiently insert the rice seeds for maximum growth – a process that can take months without help from the community. You’ll be rewarded with relaxing walks through the rice fields, villages and jungle paths, and luxury massages to prepare you for the following day.
Covering 200-hectares, Babylonstoren Farm Hotel in South Africa is a working farm with lots to offer. Kids with a love of exploration will be in their element as they roam the exotic Spice Garden full of aromatic spices and the kitchen garden with more than 300 varieties of edible plant. Guests can enjoy workshops on the land, feeding the donkeys, collecting eggs and picking fruits and vegetables. Elsewhere on the property you can brew your own herbal tea, make olive oil. Parents: don’t miss the tasting at the vintage cellar to the backdrop of the Banghoek Mountains.