Botswana Family Safari
Days 1, 2 and 3 – Makgadikgadi Pans
After arriving in Maun, Botswana, you and your family will fly east in a light aircraft to the expansive Makgadikgadi Pans for the start of your Botswana Family Safari. This surreal landscape is something completely different to the rest of Botswana (and Africa for that matter) and offers some of the best experiences for families looking for a little adventure. Although the Makgadikgadi Pans is home to herds of zebra, wildebeest, oryx, elephants and prides of lion, the experiences here are not your traditional safari experience. Spend an afternoon walking with the San Bushmen as they teach you how they survive in this harsh environment finding food and water in a seemingly desolate place. In the morning you can join a family of meerkats as they start the day foraging for grubs, scorpions and other delicious morsels they can dig up for breakfast. On one of the days you head out into the middle of Makgadikgadi Pans on quad bikes and it is only then you realise the expanse of this lunar landscape. There is an opportunity to sleep-out under the stars on the salt pans and experience stars like never before. There is no light pollution offering some of the best star gazing in the world.
Days 4, 5 and 6 – Young Explorers Camp
The Young Explorers Camp is situated on the private Shinde Concession on the northern edge of the Okavango Delta. Having the camp to yourself ensures an exclusive family safari experience that is completely tailored to your family’s interests. The Shinde Concession is one of the richest wildlife areas in Botswana due to its location on the northern edge of the Okavango Delta. Having access to the waterways of the Delta as well as some of the best game viewing in Botswana is a bonus as you get the best of both worlds. Explore the delta by traditional mokoro, gliding silently through the waterways in search of the shy birds, frogs and animals that hide amongst the reeds. Mini-walking safaris are an exciting way to learn more about the bush and animals. The concession is home to a wide variety of animals including elephants, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog, all of which can be seen (if you are lucky) during the morning, afternoon and night game drives. The Young Explorers Camp has just 3 traditional Meru style tents with ensuite bathrooms consisting of flush loo and bucket shower. One of the tents is a family tent with an additional room for the kids.
Days 7, 8 and 9 – Victoria Falls
After the excitement of your safaris in Botswana, head to one of the Natural Wonders of the World, the mighty Victoria Falls. There is so much to do in Victoria Falls that can be tailored to suit everyone. Whether you are looking for a heart pumping bungee jump, gorge swing or white-water rafting or looking for something a little more relaxing like an afternoon sunset cruise on the upper Zambezi, we can design your itinerary around your interests and needs. One thing we highly recommend is the scenic helicopter flight over the falls. Our top tip for visiting the falls, is to go as early as possible to avoid the crowds and heat, but it also offers the best light for photographs. The sun rises over Zambia, so it is possible to take photos with a beautiful pink hue in the sky.