Why Choose Botswana for Your Family Safari?
Botswana is a wild country and home to some of the most luxurious and exclusive lodges in the whole of the African continent. A safari here will lead to some of the most incredible wildlife sightings and outstanding landscapes imaginable, a picture of classic Africa that won’t fade from memory. It is often thought that Botswana is purely for the older generations, but that, simply put, is not the case. Here you can find some fantastic family activities and child friendly lodges, as well as the opportunity for private camping – the perfect idea to cater for all of the family.
Great Ideas with Kids
Spending time with the local San Bushmen in the Kalahari is a real treat, no matter what your age. Learn how to track animals or try making fire with sticks (wind dependent!), you can also gain a real understanding into how the live and hunt.
Meerkats are always a success with the younger (and older!) generations and a stay at San Camp means great access to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans where they are relatively habituated. Get to them early and they have been known to snuggle against humans in attempt to steal their warmth, or even use their heads as lookout posts. Back at camp you can even go quad biking in the day and sleep under the stars at night.
Of course, we have to mention the outstanding game of the Okavango Delta; one of the world’s best known wilderness areas with spectacular wildlife sightings. We always say we can’t predict the expression on a child’s face the first time they see the true size of an African elephant, or the ferocity of a lions roar, but we can predict, however, that it will be priceless. We can organise private vehicles for families, or you can head out as a family on a mokoro down Botswana’s waterways for close encounters with the elephant drinking at the sides. It is also possible to organise a completely activity for the younger ones so you get some alone time.
Where to Stay
We love to recommend private mobile camping safaris to those with children; this offers complete relaxation and a total back-to-nature experience without the responsibility. Your ‘camp hand’ will set up your tents safely and securely, and cook surprisingly delicious cuisine which you can enjoy under the African skies. You will also have your very own private vehicle for game drives, so you can enjoy you wildlife spotting surrounded only by the ones you love, and not worry about them disturbing anyone else. A private mobile safari means you will also have your very own knowledgeable guide who not only has a strong passion for the wilderness and wildlife of Botswana but is also highly trained in the art of dealing with families. Your guide will share everything he can with you, inspiring the younger generations to be enthused about the wild and ensuring that you leave with an extra friend.
If you prefer the comfort of a lodge rather than camping, then there are plenty of family friendly places to stay, some of which can be hired out exclusively for families or groups. Take a look at Linyanti Bush Camp, Little Kwara, Meno a Kwena, Elephant Valley and Shinde which are just a few of the great options available.
Safety & Travel
Botswana is one of the most politically stable countries in Africa and we always ensure that we check the FCO travel advice prior to bookings. You must, however, bear in mind that Botswana is wild and many camps are unfenced. Children are your responsibility on safari and must be under strict supervision.
Most camps and lodges can be reached within 60 – 90 minutes of Maun or Kasane, via light aircraft or game drive. Botswana is a great destination to combine with Victoria Falls or Johannesberg and Cape Town in South Africa, all fantastic places to venture on your family safari.
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