Take the kids to … West Midland Safari Park

Featuring A-listers of the animal kingdom, this safari park gets a thumbs up from the children – though adults may learn to regret a trip to the hard-to-dodge fun fair

An ‘Arctic’ safari in the Scottish Highlands

Winter in the Cairngorms national park can turn positively Arctic – perfect for Kari Herbert to give her young daughter a taste of the polar conditions, and creatures, she enjoyed as a child in Greenland

10 of the best swimming holidays around the world

Whether it’s wild swimming in lakes and fjords, a sea ‘safari’ in Crete, or a 6km swim in the warm waters of Mexico’s Baja peninsula, this selection of swims (and stays) is a stroke of genius

The Angels of the Forest in Madagascar

Fuelled by the Chinese desire for hardwood the forests of Madagascar are being denuded at an alarming rate. Here’s hoping that tours to this place http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/feb/21/madagascar-rainforest-lemur-marojejy save some trees and the beautiful sifakas that live in them.

10 affordable safaris in east Africa

Safaris in East Africa don’t have to be expensive – see here for more details: http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/feb/19/top-10-affordable-safaris-east-africa