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In Botswana, several lodge operators have made it more enticing to safari as a family. We discuss why certain camps are better for larger age ranges.
It’s All in the Family
What is more pleasurable for a family than to experience new places together? More and more multigenerational families are now seeking to explore the African bush, away from the urban commutes, the modern day routines and the distraction of iPhones.
It is true today that an African safari is an opportunity for families to immerse themselves in the wonder of the natural world and explore, experience and connect in new ways. It has become much easier now for families and multigenerational groups to travel together on a safari to Africa.
In Botswana, there are several lodge operators who have made it more enticing to safari as a family.
Desert & Delta and Ker & Downey provide spacious accommodation options for families; they also offer reduced rates for children under 16. In some areas, children of all ages are welcome. Youngsters are also provided with specially designed activities to keep even the most energetic child’s days filled with joy – from identifying spoor around a lodge to learning to cook in the bush and making bows and arrows as the Bushmen have done for centuries.
Wilderness Safaris (children from six upwards are accepted) has several lodges in Botswana geared for family adventure travel. Seba Camp in the Okavango Delta has two tents which are designed for families, with interconnecting bedrooms and plunge pools. Savuti Camp in Northern Botswana is perfect for families too. The camp has a family unit and a log-pile hide – a mesmerizing spot to watch elephant at close quarters come down to drink at the waterhole.
In Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe, Wilderness Safaris has a highly successful ‘bush buddy’ system in family-friendly camps where, for no extra fee, children are paired with a well-trained mentor for the duration of their stay. All activities are tailor-made for the children’s ages and interest. Activities like bird and animal call identification, treasure hunts, creating natural sculptures out of collected materials, painting with natural dyes and in the evenings, star-gazing and storytelling.
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