Going on a family safari is a life-changing experience when the wilderness becomes a huge outdoor classroom with the camp guides being the most inspiring and insightful teachers imaginable!
Botswana is considered by many as one of Africa’s top safari destinations. It is home to warm, friendly people, diverse wildlife and a good selection of authentic luxury family-friendly lodges in the premier wilderness areas such as the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Central Kalahari and the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.
Family-based safaris are well priced with many of the lodges geared for family adventures offering discounts for children 16 and younger, sharing with their parents. A family safari in Botswana, professionally managed and tailored to your family’s unique preferences, will allow everyone to have an unforgettable time, no matter the age range in your group.
Here are four reasons why going on a Botswana safari will bring the whole family together:
Bed-down in family-friendly camps
There are several camps and lodges in Botswana that strive to offer the ultimate safari experience to families because they know the incredible enjoyment and lifelong value a trip into Africa’s great wilderness can have for the whole family. Well-established luxury safari establishments like Wilderness Safaris, Desert & Delta Safaris, Ker & Downey Botswana, Natural Selection and Under One Botswana Sky all deliver a classic family-friendly safari holiday.
Some are flexible in terms of mealtimes and special dietary requirements for the kids, while others may offer a private guide who looks after only your family the entire trip. The accommodation itself caters well to families with children as there are dedicated family tents with two rooms that are either in the same suite or interconnected. Comfort and safety are always a top priority.
Engage in a wide range of fun activities
Activities like nature walks and mokoro cruises do have age restrictions so your family-friendly camp will have designed other ways for the younger children to have fun and not feel like they are missing out. Your children will be in capable hands of trained staff who will usually run the activities at or within close vicinity of the camp.
Kids will enjoy exploring lagoons and lakes and go on game drives to spot the wildlife that lives in the floodplains. Children will learn bush survival skills, understand the importance of conservation, and use their detective skills to track animals with their own private guide. At night, families can gather around the fire to share their stories of adventure in the African bush.
Meet people from different cultures
While people in Botswana are generally all fluent in English, the local language is Setswana and it is a great opportunity for the family to have fun learning parts of this different language. Together with the staff at your camp, you can venture into the camp kitchen, identity a bird nest, listen to the stories of people who call Botswana their home and learn some new sayings in Setswana!
A very special time spent is talking and walking with the San Bushmen of the Central Kalahari. It is a great privilege to learn about the stories, traditions and ways of life this ancient culture continues to practice today. You will also learn about nature’s interconnectedness and that even the tiniest creature has a vital role to play in keeping the ecosystem healthy.
Bond during some downtime
Great family moments can be created whilst sharing stories around the outdoor firepit or during a midday cool-off in the camp pool, perhaps with a magnificent view to go along with it. These are the quiet times spent together sharing the highlights of each day, remembering some of new pieces of information learnt from the guides and wondering what the next day will bring.
Away from the blare of city life and the stresses of work and school, a family safari is an excellent opportunity for a family to re-connect, unwind and share treasured experiences together.
Contact us to discuss what your perfect family safari holiday looks like.
Feature image courtesy of Ker & Downey Botswana.